Electronics museum adds gun from World War II to collection


January 11, 1998|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE HISTORICAL Electronics Museum at west Nursery and Elkridge Landing roads in Linthicum has acquired a 90-mm anti-aircraft gun to add to its quirky collection of antennae, tube radios and encoding machines.

The gun is part of a World War II-era weapons system. The museum has two other parts of the system -- the radar and a fuse -- but needs an M-9 gun director to complete it.

The gun was made available to the museum in 1996 by officials at the Rome (N.Y.) Air Force Base. It arrived in Linthicum by flatbed truck last spring, then went to Fort Meade, where it was rigged so it could not be fired. Later, its lead paint covering was removed and it was repainted.

Last month, a heavy-duty crane lifted the 17-ton weapon off the truck and placed it on the small hill on the West Nursery Road side of the museum.

The museum, operated by a nonprofit corporation, is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday. However, almost any schedule or hours can be arranged by contacting Jeff Buchheit, the museum director, at 410-765-3803. Admission is free.

PAAL concert series

The Performing Arts Association of Linthicum presents the the U.S. Naval Academy Band at 8 p.m. Saturday at North County High School, 10 E. 1st Ave., Ferndale. The band is under the direction of Cmdr. Ralph M. Gambone. Admission is free.

Three concerts remain in the PAAL concert series; Washington Brass will appear at 3 p.m. Feb. 8; violinist Daniel Heifetz is scheduled at 3 p.m. March 22; and the Annapolis Chorale will present the music of George Gershwin and Cole Porter at 8 p.m. May 2.

All concerts are at North County High. Tickets are sold for a subscription price of $23 for all concerts. The auditorium is handicapped accessible and has assistance for the hearing impaired.

For subscription information: Jo Barker, 410-859-3308.

Flower arranging

Members of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights are getting a jump on Valentine's Day at their meeting at 10: 30 a.m. Tuesday at the clubhouse on Hammonds Ferry Road. Stephen Formwalt, owner of Flowers Extraordinaire by Stephen in Burwood Plaza in Glen Burnie, will demonstrate how to make a Valentine floral arrangement.

Information: Barbara Anderson, 410-859-8619.

Pub Date: 1/11/98

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