Wright-Patt emergency management chief pays tribute to Doolittle raid
In total, Frank built over 1,000 models in his lifetime, each presenting an increasingly greater challenge than the last. Last year he assembled a replica of the USS Yorktown to mark the anniversary of its sinking in the Battle of Midway in June 1942. The 1/200 scale ship also took just over four month.
“Building these models is something that I have a great passion for,” Frank said. “It’s just a hobby that I enjoy and it keeps me in touch with our military history. In a strange way, I think it pays homage to those who served before us.
Frank grew up in the area. His father would take him to the National Museum of the US Air Force several times a year.
“I think that’s where I developed my love for airplanes and model building, that’s also why I joined the Air Force after high school,” he said. declared.
It has been at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base since 2002 and has slowly built up its collection over the past 20 years. He also has over 160 models in his office, 135 of which are airplanes.
Frank says he will continue to build more models as long as bigger and better kits are produced.
“My only concern may be running out of space,” he added. “I estimate I can fit another 100 in the office, but time will tell.”