The Dirigo Flyer

January - March 2017

News that Americans hungered for came on May 8th, 1945, when President Harry Truman announced that Nazi Germany had unconditionally surrendered to Allied Forces the day before. In less than three weeks, war-weary bombers appeared in the skies over Bangor on their way home through Dow Field. The first group of twenty homebound bombers landed on Friday, May 25th, refueled after their 1,600 mile flight from Greenland, and left for Bradley Field in Connecticut. Each bomber carried its flight crew and as many of the ground crew, usually 10-12 "anxious to get home soldiers," as was safe. Once at Bradley, the Army Air Forces issued each airman a 30-day furlough while telling each to prepare for duty in the Pacific. The AAF then flew many of the bombers to various depots where they planned to retrofit them for Pacific war duty; the war with Japan raged on.

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October - December 2016

The afternoon light was fading as Lt. Thompson began his descent southerly onto the new north-south runway when trouble appeared. The young pilot “undershot” the runway as he brought his ship down for a landing. The right landing gear collapsed, and the B-18 ground looped, flopped around like a fish out of water, and skidded off the runway across the safety strip, coming to rest at the edge of the grass. Base officials witnessing this mishap from their primitive control tower near the steel hangar sent the “crash wagon,” housed in the new central fire station, rushing to the scene.

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July - September 2016

This article seeks to highlight some of the many colorful, artistic, often humorous contributions to the MAM of this multi-talented and caring man. As Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hank’s vision of the Museum’s future affects us all. The Museum will greatly miss this remarkable man.

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April - June 2016

This feature is just one example of the “one-off” stories and material that are hidden away in our museum archives, just waiting to be found and told. The aircraft in the photo to the left is a “Potez 840,” a three-man crew, French built, four-engine, turboprop monoplane for 18 executive passengers, with a range of 1,865 miles. The date was November 20, 1963, when the plane made a stopover at the Augusta Airport.

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January - March 2016

Gary Ivan Gordon - A Maine Hero

Gary Ivan Gordon, a native of Lincoln, Maine was one of two 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, or Delta Force, operators to posthumously receive the Medal of Honor.  Bestowed by President Clinton on May 23, 1994, to their widows, these...
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The Hank Marois Viewing Platform

October - December 2015

The Hank Marois Viewing Platform

As those of you who have visited the Maine Air Museum in Bangor know, the museum is ideally situated on land adjacent to the runway at Bangor International Airport.  That location makes the area behind the museum almost perfect for viewing and photographing...
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Bernard Decre with Chuck and Deanna at the Byrum's

July - September 2015

Bernard Decre visits the Museum

On July 5, 2015, the MAM had the great pleasure of a visit from Bernard Decré, President of the LA RECERCHE DE L’OISEAU BLANC from Boulogne, France and his photographer, Pierre Le Normand from the same place.  We found in the MAM archives...
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April - June 2015

Elephant Mountain 17 January 2015

The B-52, not designed for low level flight, began to pitch violently, causing the vertical stabilizer to depart the aircraft. The aircraft immediately entered a 40 degree nose down attitude and crashed. Three members of the nine-person aircrew managed...
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January-March 2015

President's Message

Members, we need your help with happenings at the museum this year: We need help painting the outside of the museum. We are only ¼ done now We need some new ideas on how to raise money for the museum We need to get new members. Ask your family,...
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Captain Peter Goutiere at 100

November 2014

Special Edition

Feature Story Peter Goutiere - Pilot with a Maine Connection By Ray Gibouleau On September 28th, 2014, Captain Peter Joffre Goutiere became a centenarian. The odds of an average male born in 1914 reaching age 100 are 0.3%. Those are pretty slim odds,...
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October-December 2014

Amelia in Maine

What's Inside? Amelia in Maine | Boeing KC-97 Stratotanker | 2014 Was a Great Year at the Maine Air Museum Feature Story Amelia in Maine By Bob Umberger It’s well known that many aviators of celebrity status have visited the State of Maine....
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July-September 2014

President's Message

As your new President, my goal is to make improvements to the museum for all to enjoy, hoping you will visit the museum more often to see all of our new displays. We would like to make the Maine Air Museum a great place for all family members to visit.  We...
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April-June 2014

Museum History Made

When you receive this DIRIGO FLYER you will be a part of a new era In Maine Aviation Historical Society member communications. This is the introductory issue of your new and improved newsletter. No more licking stamps or waiting for the letter carrier...
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Winter 2013

For the Winter 2013 Newsletter from the Maine Aviation Historical Society, we've added a collection of articles organized by MAHS Member Bob Littlefield. In these articles, Bob has detailed some interesting historical facts about Maine's aviation history....
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