01 June 2011

Public Exposed to Contaminated C-123K at Warner-Robins Aviation Museum

On May 23 we visited the Warner-Robins Aviation Museum adjacent to Robins AFB Georgia...a superb collection skillfully presented by an outstanding organization of staff and volunteers.

A problem, however: Last year, AFMC melted down the remaining C-123K aircraft because of Agent Orange toxins (dioxin) an their inability to decontaminate effectively. Yet, here sits a UC-123K Agent Orange spray aircraft, Tail #633.

Another museum display UC-123K is Patches #362 at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, PH...and that was surveyed by Air Force specialists and reported as "heavily contaminated!" and remains roped off for public safety. So, why is the Robins UC-123K Provider, an aircraft identified by AFMC (Air Force Material Command) as toxic, sitting out on public display?

And why, oh why, is there a bench set beneath the wing (right about where the Agent Orange spray apparatus was ) for weary museum visitors to rest upon? Why wasn't this bird set apart as is Patches to prevent physical contact? Personally, I'm glad as heck to see the plane displayed...but prefer it done so safely!

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