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Ravenwood residents visit Air and Space Museum

August 31, 2008

Recently, nine independent and assisted living residents from Ravenwood Lutheran Village and the Village at Robinwood traveled to the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center in Dulles, Va.

Harold "Butch" Butcher, a retired Navy pilot, was one of the residents who went on the trip. During World War II, Butcher became an enlisted pilot, he said. Throughout the day, he recounted many stories of his 37 years in naval aviation.

Shirley Young also enjoyed the experience of seeing in person several of the aircraft and spacecraft. She said during her career as a legal assistant working with the vice president of IBM, she had a hand in supplying the technology that would make modern aircraft fly. She recounted that she did some of the behind-the-scenes work in providing the space shuttle project with state-of-the-art computer systems.

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