A Sad Day Indeed...

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A Sad Day Indeed...

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Rumor has it that the B-52 simulator mobile trainer railcars at Aviation Challenge (at least one of them) has been condemned. One of our BUFFs has finally reached the end of a prodigious journey.

Obituary to follow. Stay tuned.[/img]
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May it rest in peace......... :cry:
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Say it's not so. I have pictures of those trailers from when i was there. Only went in there once to get my flight suit but AC wont be the same without both of them there.
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I am like a few what are the B-52 trailers?
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At the top of the hill at AC, next to the volleyball court stand two railroad cars utilized in the 1950s and 1960s as mobile simulation trainers for the B-52 Stratofortress aircraft.

They house the official office of the Aviation Challenge program and the counselor wardroom.

The trailer closest to the volleyball court has had the office inside for years, as well as the original storage closest for the program. Thanks to the SGM it grew large enough to be housed other places. The far trailer housed the counselor breakroom or wardroom as well as a full-size B-52 cockpit simulator that was never used for what it was intended.

Spanky and Joker will know what I meant by that....
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Thats really really depressing, I got bored at school and looked it up on Google Maps and it seems theyve moved the Falcon out from behind the Tomcat up next to the O-Club
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no those maps are like 10 years old... i looked AC up then i looked up my house and saw that my pool was missing from my back yard...haha... and if you look really close you can see a copyright in the photo that says 1996 so maybe 10 years ago it wasnt there... but the falcon definetly hasnt moved from behind the tomcat...TRUST ME!
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Well in the case of that particular picture the oldes it could be is from 1999. Big clue to how old it could be is the standing Saturn V Replica it wasnt there till 1999. Other big hints that ist not recent. No Saturn V center construction, no obvious work being done around the real Saturn V, no new area 51, and no new NASA education facility that now houses the Marshall Educator Resource Center that use to be next to G-force.
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Hey, I didnt even notice that. The copyright I see says 2007, but there is stuff missing all over the place, heh. oops
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THERE IS A B-52 COCKPIT SIM IN THE TRAILER?

NO, it's can't go anywhere...not till after i get a job there and get to see it!

There are snakes under those trailers though......
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sorta like snakes on a plane, just not quite
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Well, I was there just this sumer, and both railcars were still there. And as to whomever said the thing about the Falcon moving, the falcon was on the hill by the O-Club my first year @ AC.
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yeah, the Falcon is still safe and sound behind the Tomcat, and both railars are still there, but I never did actually see anyone go in or out of the one next top the MiG, only the one by the volleyball court, maybe it is condemned
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Oh believe me the one is definately condemned. From what i hear from counselors who helped clean it out is definately nnot fit for human habitation anymore.
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Boomerang wrote:Oh believe me the one is definately condemned. From what i hear from counselors who helped clean it out is definately nnot fit for human habitation anymore.
Sounds just like the Skylab exhibit. :(
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I know this is an incredibly old post, but I think both railcars are condemned now. When I was a Crew Trainer in 10/11, the far railcar was in fact condemned and locked up tight, but the one closest to the O-Club was still the office. The DMZ for staff was in the back of the land trailer. My first summer there in 2010, it was - and I kid you not - infested with Black Widows (somehow just th eDMZ, the rest of the land trailer was totally fine) and we weren't allowed to use it for about a month and a half. After that, I just wasn't super keen on hanging out in there. The only channel we got was E! anyhow and all they ever aired was "Keeping up with the Kardashians". Gag me with a spoon.
I hear that in the last few years, the other railcar was taken offline and the office was moved into the swing bay on the first floor. I can't for the life of me think of the name of the bay (McConnell maybe?), but I lived there my first summer at AC.
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Post by p51 »

How can you condemn a railroad car, unless it's infected with black mold or something? You can strip it down to the metal and start over. I'm in RR preservation and have never heard of any RR equipment being condemned before. You can rebuild almost anything from just a few metal pieces...
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