Last weekend we decided to try something different. We have been members of FMCA since 2006, but have only attended one regional rally several years ago. So after getting some information from FMCA headquarters about local chapters, we made arrangements to attend a rally being held by the Bay Area Travelers (BATS) chapter of FMCA in Ozark, Alabama.
There were 22 motorhomes attending the events centered on the Ozark KOA. When we arrived we did not know a single person there, but everyone was very friendly and welcoming. We soon were having a great time getting to know a lot of nice people. Over the next three days there was lots of food and fun.
One of the highlights was an arranged tour of the Army Aviation Museum located on the grounds of Fort Rucker Army base. They have exhibits starting with the earliest aviation activities of the Army thru to modern operations. We had a super tour guide who was a pilot that flew in the Vietnam conflict.
As you enter the museum you confront a series of sculptures which depict the dress of air crews from WWI thru combat operations taking place currently. Each of the sculptures is based on a specific pilot who flew during the period depicted and our guide was able to tell us a little history from each of these individuals.
A tour of the museum provides a pretty good summary of the total history of Army air operations. One of the exhibits is the first helicopter that was used to transport the President of the United States, President Eisenhower. The president personally asked for this transport mode to be developed and has been used by every president since then. You can read about all the modifications including special design for wheel floats in case the helicopter was forced to land on water.
One of the more impressive displays was how helicopters were used during the Vietnam conflict.
A great free museum for anyone interested in aviation.