It was a beautiful Autumn Saturday morning to check out a new event with the family. We decided to make the trip to Grissom Air Museum for the Jeeps, Jets, and Jams event in Peru, Indiana. We arrived a little before 10 a.m. and there were already a ton of Jeeps of all types in attendance with the opportunity to park next to some awesome retired aircraft. It was a little chilly outside, but at least it was sunny. If you are a fan of Jeeps, Jets, and good music, be sure to check out next year’s event.
A little about the Grissom Air Museum from their website, near Peru, Indiana was founded in 1981, by seven prior service military personnel who lived in the area. The Heritage Museum Foundation (HMF) wanted to preserve aircraft that were currently located at Grissom Air Reserve Base, formerly Grissom Air Force Base. The HMF started the Grissom Air Museum in 1982 outside of what then was the main gate of Grissom Air Reserve Base.
Prior to May 12, 1968, the base was known as Bunker Hill Air Force Base before it was renamed Grissom AFB in honor of Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Indiana native and the second American astronaut into space. He perished in the Apollo I fire on Jan. 27, 1967. Former home of the 305th Bomb Wing (BW) and the 319th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS), and is now proud to be the home of the 434th Air Refueling Wing.
The Grissom Air Museum currently offers 29 aircraft, and 4 trainers. Check out more at: https://www.grissomairmuseum.com/