Want to talk to a B-17?

On Saturday, Sept 17, 2011, Savannah’s Coastal Amateur Radio Society will be operating Amateur Radio Station WW2COS from the radio compartment of the B-17, “City of Savannah” at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum to celebrate the 64th anniversary of the United States Air Force.

Coastal Amateur Radio Society radio operators will be making radio contact with other HAMs around the world to celebrate the Air Force birthday and to bring awareness to the restoration of the “City of Savannah”. The team has been working on the restoration of the radio compartment over the last eighteen months.

The station will be on the air from 8am-5pm.

They will be using a combination of modern and WWII era radio gear to communicate. The activity will take place during museum hours on Sept 17th and visitors will be able to hear the communications in the Combat Gallery.

Activated in 1942, only days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, in Savannah, GA the Eighth Air Force was a critical strike element in World War II and remains an active force today.

The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum is one of the world’s most powerful Museum experiences as it honors the Mighty Eighth’s proud legacy by preserving the stories of courage, character and patriotism displayed by the men and women of the Eighth Air Force from World War II to present.

Just minutes from Historic Savannah the Museum is located at 175 Bourne Avenue in Pooler, right off of I-95 at Exit 102. The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum is open daily from 9 AM until 5 PM. For more information, please visit www.mightyeighth.org or call 912-748-8888.  

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