Local

May 10, 2012

Mojave Transportation Museum is featured on Aerotech NewsRadio

by Rebecca Amber
Staff Writer

Cathy Hansen is Treasurer and a founding member of the Mojave Transportation Museum Foundation.

Aerotech NewsRadio hosted special guest Cathy Hansen, treasurer and founding member of the Mojave Transportation Museum Foundation May 10.

The non-profit foundation was started in 2002 and has continued to grow significantly since that time.

While the museum currently has no physical structure, it has made quite a splash. The museum has sponsored Plane Crazy Saturday, a monthly event at the Mojave Air and Space Port since 2009. Hansen shared several of the PCS highlights over the last few years including visits from AOPA president Craig Fuller, Emergency Services in Kern County and the Orbital Sciences Lockheed L-1011 “Stargazer.”

The museum has also sought to impact the youth of the area and encourage them academically. One of the ways this is accomplished is through an annual 4.0 banquet for students in Kern County schools that have received a 4.0 grade point average. Speakers are chosen each year that will hopefully inspire both the students and their parents.

The idea to build a transportation museum in Mojave was first brought up in 2001. “We just thought Mojave’s the perfect place for a museum because we’re kind of a hub of transportation,” said Hansen. She shared some of the details of Mojave’s history dating back to the gold rush and mule-teams used to transport borax though the Mojave Desert.

The goal is build a museum with interactive displays where people can come and learn. They want it to be a place where people come and say “I didn’t know that.”

The funds for this however, are still a long way off. According to Hansen, they need a donor with a large financial backing to come alongside and share the vision. Meanwhile, the Mojave Airport board has said it will provide land at the entrance to the airport, where currently there is a NASA Convair 990 and an F-4 Phantom on static display.

The facility is envisioned as being more than just an aviation museum, however, and will cover all aspects of Mojave’s transportation history. The area was a nexus of trading routes for Native Americans, and later was the rail hub for Southern Pacific during the time that the rail line was being built over the Tehachapi Pass. Several wagon trails terminated at the rail line in Mojave during the late 1800s that served to bring gold and silver ore from the eastern Sierras. The famed 20-mule team road ran right through the airport property (vestiges of the road can still be seen in aerial photos), and later the airport served as Marine Corps Air Station Mojave during World War II.

To listen to the podcast and get the complete story, visit our radio page here.  Aerotech News Radio is a weekly program that airs 11 a.m., Thursdays on AM 1380.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds

Devil Pups:

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Graduates of Devil Pup pose with accolades and certificates they received from Palmdale Mayor James Ledford and dignitaries during a recent council meeting. Over 51,000 teens have graduated the 1...
 
 
civilian-of-year

Range safety engineer named CAFA Civilian of the Year

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Andrew Hansen, 412th Test Wing Range Safety engineer, was named the U.S. Air Force Civilian of the Year for 2014 by the California Air Force Association. The award features famous aviator G...
 
 
Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds

Giving back

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Mary Beth, Jonah, Elias, Isaac, Micah and retired Air Force F-16 Test Pilot Col. Todd Ericson pose with goods that friends donated to Airman’s Attic at Edwards Air Force Base. Friends came to c...
 

 

News Briefs July 3, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,194 As of July 1, 2014, at least 2,194 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,817 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result...
 
 
Courtesy photograph

Bots battle at world championship for third year straight

Courtesy photograph The 2014 Joe Walker Middle School VEX Jets team that went to the VEZ Robotics World Championship, holding their 3D printed model of their robot and the Create Award they won. The effort to teach Science, Tec...
 
 
www.jacobnelson.com 

Grounded and flying high

www.jacobnelson.com  Flight Instructor Jacob Nelson poses with N108ED at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. It doesn’t matter if his life is up in the air or firmly planted on a stage, Jacob Nelson, 21, is living the dream; bot...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>