COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Here, they stay. Magnificent machines from a very uncertain time.
Twenty-five World War II aircraft sit in stoic silence, broken occasionally by a school field trip.
It’s the National Museum of World War II Aviation in Colorado Springs.
Co-chairman Bill Klaers will be the first to say the museum, unlike most, is a living one, a place where you can see, touch, even smell these birds of prey.
And unlike most museums, every single plane is fully restored, and can still fly a mission.
One of the museum's stars, a B–25 bomber, was used in the movie "Pearl Harbor" starring Ben Affleck.
Last year, the museum was recognized by Congress as being a very special place.
On Dec. 12, it became America’s National Museum of World War II Aviation. There’s only one, and this is it.
National recognition means it will be here for a long time. A fitting tribute to the machines, and more importantly, the men who flew them.