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#MuseumGuide Sam K.
Meet Sam K. who has been a volunteer for over 17 years. Sam's vast experience of working in aviation and aerospace for almost half a century with Republic and Grumman allows him to convey a unique perspective to the information he gives visitors about various exhibits. Most of the aircraft and spacecraft in the museum's galleries are old friends of his and he knew some of them when they were just pencil sketches! Sam enjoys the looks of awe and wonder on visitor's faces when he tells them something they didn't know. Sam's favorite piece in the museum is the Lunar Module, having worked on the proposal that won the NASA contract to build the spacecraft, but, he has a soft spot for the F6F Hellcat, the first plane he ever worked on, helping to modify the WWII fighters into target drones in 1951. Sam believes that "Aerospace history...in fact all history...is important for young people because, in order to know where you are going, you've got to know where you've been."