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Museum Volunteer Retires After 22 Years
Museum Volunteer Retires After 22 Years

A U.S. Air Force veteran from Warner Robins will hang up his Red Vest Friday, February 18, after giving more than 5,000 hours of volunteer service to the Museum of Aviation since 1989. 

That is according to a Museum of Aviation news release.

Norm Richards, who faithfully greeted visitors at the front door of the Museum for 22 years, is saying good bye after saying “hello” to thousands of visitors who came to see one of the largest Aviation Museums in the country.

Norm served in the Air Force from 1951 to 1975 as a communications officer, flight navigator, electronics warfare officer, an Inspector General and a Director of Logistics.  He spent the first half of his career as a B-52 crew member, instructor and evaluator in the Strategic Air Command, flying over 6,000 hours in B-52s including the one sitting in front of the Museum.  

In the late 1960s, he deployed twice to Southeast Asia with his B-52 unit, the famous 509th Bomb Wing from Pease AFB, New Hampshire.

After the 509th Bomb Wing converted to the swing-wing FB-111 bomber, he was appointed as the Chief Electronic Warfare Officer in the new organization.  His last assignment was as the Director of Logistics at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. 

In his 24-year career he flew a grand total of 7,200 hours in T-33s, T-29s, B-25s, C-45s, C-54s, C-119s, KC-135 tankers and B-52s.

After retirement from the Air Force, he became an educator at Penco Technical College near Philadelphia, PA.  He and his wife Betty, who passed away in 2008, moved to Warner Robins in 1988. 

He is preparing to move to Virginia to be near his son. 

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