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NASM Curator, Author, USAF Pilot Bob Mikesh Has Died


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Earlier today I received the following via the 72ndscaleusmilair Google group. All of us who built the Airfix B-26 Invader in "Monie" markings were familiar with Bob. The official message from Chris Mikesh, Bob's son:

"Hi All,

 "I have the sad news of telling the modeling community of another MIA.  My Father, Robert C. Mikesh, passed away this morning, one week short of his 95th birthday.

"He served as an Air Force Pilot for 22 Years.  Was decorated in Korea flying B-26s ('Monie' often modeled) and later in Vietnam flying Forward Air Control in O-2s (2 tours).  His flying career included: T-6, B-25, T-11, C-47, B-26 (Douglas), T-33, F-100, A-1E, O-1, O-2, B-57A, B, C, & E versions, Cessna 150,172, 182, & 337 - just to name a few.  On retiring he became a Curator at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum for 20+ years. His "collection" included the most historically significant aircraft in the world - and he got to play with all of them (so did I occasionally)!  In that time he wrote many notable books like Japanese Aircraft Interiors, B-57 Canberra, Flying Dragons, Japanese Aircraft Equipment, Excalibur III, Broken Wings of the Samurai, and Zero Fighter - just to name a few among his numerous articles.

"He was an avid model builder - both flying and static since he was 7.  Many of his models are on display in the Ottumwa (Iowa) Airpower Museum, Smithsonian, and National Museum of the USAF.  Most if not all are scratch built-in numerous scales. During WWII, he built 1/32 scale Stearman N2Ss for graduating pilots at NAS Ottumwa - each with their soloed serial number (only $5.00 each). I have many models including a Betty Bomber in white with green surrender crosses.  Unique to this model is that the clear parts are made from the clear plexi from the real plane! (Documented). He produced many other unique aircraft models also.

"Not everyone could have a career in aviation like my Dad.  In aviation circles, he is probably the most envied man in the world. Our family will miss his caring and humor, but I know he is without pain and regret.  Revelation 21:4 "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.

 "God bless you guys - I'll stay in touch.

  "Chris Mikesh"

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