I read about the Aero Club of Buffalo's plan to locate their aviation museum in the Bell Aerospace plant in Wheatfield. I feel that this would be a very interesting place to visit and an honor to our region's contributions to aviation history.
My only reservation about the Aero Club's plans concerns the potential drawing power of their museum. While aviation history is certainly interesting, I don't see it as enough of an attraction to prompt many people to travel to Wheatfield.
This would place the aviation museum in the same situation as the Carousel Museum in North Tonawanda, the Buffalo Naval and Servicemen's Park on the Buffalo waterfront, the proposed Railroad Museum in the South Towns, and the proposed Great Lakes Museum to be located on the outer harbor.
These are all fine attractions, and share a rich local history, but are too small or isolated to draw large numbers of tourists.
I propose that we combine these attractions into one large Museum of Transportation, Technology and History to be located at the foot of Main Street.
This would allow tourists the opportunity to view assorted aircraft, vintage trains, grain elevators, the Coast Guard base and the old lighthouse. They could also ride on an authentic carousel and tour ships. We can house most of these exhibits in the soon-to-be-vacant Memorial Auditorium.
As always, we already possess the necessary resources. We just need the leadership to work together, combine our resources and utilize them to better our community.