We took a short drive to Rome, NY, to visit Griffiss
Air Force Base Technology Park. Planes, especially military planes, just don’t float my boat. Real snoozers. But I have two sons who are crazy about machinery. Aren’t all boys? So this is for them.
Griffiss was an AFB for decades before the Clinton Administration downsized it. The city of Rome developed it into a technology park, and, among other things, also hosted a debauched rerun of Woodstock in 1999 here. The AFB was named for the first U.S. airman killed in action during WWII, Townsend Griffiss.
For most of its operation, the base was equipped with B-52 stratofortresses. All are gone except the “Mohawk Valley.”
The kids circled round and round, very impressed with its size. I know what they were thinking: If only someone had left the keys in the ignition, right?
Under the wing:
Here’s the tail:
The huge wheels:
Here’s the coolest thing, a cruise missile. I’ll probably be tagged by Fatherland Security for mentioning those words.
A sobering plaque has the eternal words of Douglas MacArthur when he accepted Japan’s surrender. We love Douglas MacArthur. My kids are always writing reports on him, and I think we have seen the movie MacArthur ten times now?
It has been difficult for the community to say goodbye to the Air Force Base. Its closure still stings and many people are still bitter about it. Slowly, some other things are rising from its ashes (like a mechanical school, and NEADS, but the base is missed by Romans.
I know there are a lot more things going on at the site, but for the life of me, I couldn’t find them. I guess I was confused by the dozens of little roads and signs pointing in every direction. I just drove round and round in circles…kinda like those NORAD fighter jets on 9/11.