This week involved the addition of new equipment from Fort Carson’s DRMO office. I also trained some new docents in the proper procedures for opening and closing the museum. Additionally, we researched information for one of the museum’s restoration projects.
I was asked by Rex, on of the member’s of the museum’s restoration team, if I could join him on a trip to Fort Carson, Colorado to procure some new equipment from the Defense Re-utilization and Marketing Office (DRMO). Museums like the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum often procure equipment, parts, and exhibits from DRMO through auctions. In our case, we were going to pick-up some recently won propeller service stands from the Fort Carson DRMO office. Because I hold a Military Retiree Identification Card, we could shorten the amount of time required to gain access to the post to get the equipment. Once we received the stands, we returned to the museum. These stands will allow our restoration crews to restore propellers off of the aircraft, or if need be, build new blades, in a much more effective manner than previously had been used.
In the last few weeks, the museum has seen a number of new volunteers join its ranks as docents. Like any new job, there is a certain amount of training that must be accomplished in order for an organization to operate effectively. I was tasked with some of the more basic training requirements for some of out new docents. This meant training them on the routines for opening and closing the museum. The procedures are fairly simple, but because of the number of monitors, videos, and lights, there are some basic steps that must be followed. I also trained many of our new docents on the basic orientation speech given to guests when they visit the museum. Again, a relatively simple procedure, but one that is personally tailored by each docent once they have the basics down.
The last thing of note this week involved some basic research for the museum’s UH-1M Iroquois helicopter gunship restoration. The sircraft is missing some parts, and so some of us decided to research a few of the parts during downtime. The primary focus of our research involved the pilot and co-pilot’s gunsites. These were unique to each position and to the UH-1M as well. We found the Federal Stock Numbers, which we were then able to convert to the more easily found National Stock Numbers (NSNs). Using this information, we contacted a number of companies that dealt with Bell Helicopters, and forwarded our findings to the head of restorations and the Curator.