We had heard of this Aviation Museum from some folks in the lodge and our friends knew of it but had not gone there, so today the four of us headed up to see it.
"The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center strives to educate visitors about the historic contributions of aviators and innovators who have helped create modern technology, and celebrate these individuals who have forever changed the way we live. It only takes one person to change the world."
Click here to learn about Forrest Morton Bird
. His credentials are: M.D., Ph.D., Sc.D., D.S., AVIATOR, INNOVATOR, ENTREPRENEUR, SCIENTIST and PROFESSOR, PHYSICIAN, VETERAN, and RENAISSANCE MAN.
We were greeted by a docent who was very knowledgeable, explaining the life and accomplishments of Forrest Bird, and of the grounds and the company on the grounds that are still producing and maintaining the respirators that they manufacturer. There is also a landing strip on the property.
The Aviation Museum was a mix of various airplanes, model planes and lots of interesting things to read about aviation, WWII and some of the famous pilots of by gone eras. There was a photo of Howard Hughes and other famous pilots and inventors that he befriended.
There was a side room dedicated to the Inventors that he felt were significant, and a room of medical inventions from many eras.
Here is a link to read about the National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees.
Scroll down the page and see the accomplishments of some of the inventors.
As a pilot he improved the respirators that the government had given him to use while flying, then he went on to invent better respirators for hospitals, eventually replacing the iron lungs with personal devices. The “Baby Bird” respirator decreased the neonatal death rate with Respiratory Distress Syndrome from 70% to less than 10%. He also developed the use of air ambulance transportation to transport patients more quickly.
It was interesting to learn that Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn designed the architecture of the Internet and the procedures known as the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol, or TCP/IP that allow supercomputers and desktop PCs to share the Internet. Thus the term "Surf the Internet" is really named after Vinton Cerf = "Cerf the Internet".
After the museum we enjoyed lunch at the Trinity at City Beach located in the Edgewater Inn, overlooking Lake Pend Oreille.