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.

A 4.5-foot model of the USS Hornet aircraft carrier is recently on display in Building 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. David Frank, chief of emergency management for the 788th Civil Engineer Squadron, built a collection of models for the 80th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid. US AIR FORCE PHOTO/SENIOR AIRMAN JACK GARDNER

A 4.5-foot model of the USS Hornet aircraft carrier is recently on display in Building 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. David Frank, chief of emergency management for the 788th Civil Engineer Squadron, built a collection of models for the 80th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid. US AIR FORCE PHOTO/SENIOR AIRMAN JACK GARDNER

“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.”

A collection of models built by David Frank, chief of emergency management for the 788th Civil Engineer Squadron, is on display April 6 in Building 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He assembled a new set for the 80th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, in which 16 B-25s took off from the USS Hornet on April 18, 1942 and carried out bombing raids on Tokyo during World War II. US AIR FORCE PHOTO/SENIOR AIRMAN JACK GARDNER

A collection of models built by David Frank, chief of emergency management for the 788th Civil Engineer Squadron, is on display April 6 in Building 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  He assembled a new set for the 80th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, in which 16 B-25s took off from the USS Hornet on April 18, 1942 and carried out bombing raids on Tokyo during World War II.  US AIR FORCE PHOTO/SENIOR AIRMAN JACK GARDNER

A collection of models built by David Frank, chief of emergency management for the 788th Civil Engineer Squadron, is on display April 6 in Building 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He assembled a new set for the 80th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, in which 16 B-25s took off from the USS Hornet on April 18, 1942 and carried out bombing raids on Tokyo during World War II. US AIR FORCE PHOTO/SENIOR AIRMAN JACK GARDNER

A model of a B-25 bomber is on display recently at Bldg. 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. David Frank, chief of emergency management for the 788th Civil Engineer Squadron, built a collection of models for the 80th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid. US AIR FORCE PHOTO/SENIOR AIRMAN JACK GARDNER

A model of a B-25 bomber is on display recently at Bldg.  15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  David Frank, chief of emergency management for the 788th Civil Engineer Squadron, built a collection of models for the 80th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid.  US AIR FORCE PHOTO/SENIOR AIRMAN JACK GARDNER

A model of a B-25 bomber is on display recently at Bldg. 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. David Frank, chief of emergency management for the 788th Civil Engineer Squadron, built a collection of models for the 80th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid. US AIR FORCE PHOTO/SENIOR AIRMAN JACK GARDNER

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