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ESAM provides cure for mid-winter blues

At both events, brave kids and adults who aren't prone to motion sickness can climb inside the Simulated Reality Vehicle (SRV) for a wild ride. Passengers take a bumpy adventure that replicates a flight with a barn stormer.

"The barn stormers were the early stunt flyers in bi-planes," said Mahon. "They literally flew through barns. Our simulation takes riders through caves and tunnels, and over volcanoes."

The seats move up, down, and back and forth in tandem with the images presented on the screen. The SRV ride comes with an additional ticket purchase of $5 for adults and $4 for kids under age 16.

The museum operates from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for Seniors, $2 for kids age 6 to 16, and children under 6 are free.

The Empire State Aerosciences Museum is a nonprofit corporation, chartered by the state Department of Education. The museum occupies nine buildings and 27 acres of land on the western perimeter of the Schenectady County Airport, where Charles Lindbergh landed in 1927. During the 1930s, it was an aircraft manufacturing site and became a military training area and an AAF base during World War II. Aircraft research and development conducted there was so important that the first jet airmail started from the site in 1946. The museum's collection of aircraft includes: F-14A Tomcat, A-6E Intruder, A-4F Skyhawk II, F-4D Phantom II, F-101F "Voodoo," F-105G Thunderchief "Wild Weasel," Huey helicopter, Russian MiG-17F and MiG-21, A-10 "Warthog," A-7E Corsair II and F-84F Thunderstreak.

The main galleries contain some of the more fragile aircraft, detailed models, dioramas, historical artifacts, memorabilia, and photographic displays. A sampling of the exhibits are the DePischoff "flying motorcycle," the Amelia Earhart Exhibit, and a 32-foot scale model of the Japanese aircraft carrier "Akagi." The museum's hands-on exhibits include a mock-up of a 1910 Von Pomer airplane, electronic "spotter" aircraft identification, and the Simulated Reality Vehicle. The Restoration Center houses aircraft in various stages of restoration.

ESAM is located at 250 Rudy Chase Drive in Glenville. For information, call 377-2191 or log onto www.esam.org.""

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