In 1945, the U.S. Army brought the captured German V-2 rocket program to Luther Forest in Malta, Saratoga County, NY, so that scientists and engineers from the Schenectady General Electric facility could recreate the facilities that the Germans had built at Peenemunde under the German Army Weapons Office (Heereswaffenamt). From 1945 to the early 1960s over 5,000 static tests of rocket motors, fuels and nose cone materials were conducted in Malta and then sent on to other sites for in-flight tests.
The Empire State Aerosciences Museum, located at 250 Rudy Chase Drive in Glenville, Schenectady County, NY, will hold its monthly Fly-In Breakfast on Saturday, June 17th, from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. At 10 am, Malta Town Historian, Paul Perreault will present “From Malta to the Moon.” The Museum has a Malta Rocket Test Center Exhibit located in Gallery II.
Perreault is a retired school administrator, having held many positions with local schools. He is on various local Boards and was recently honored with a Public History Award by the Trustees of the Saratoga County History Center.
The Empire State Aerosciences Museum is a one-of-a-kind cultural resource located at the Schenectady County Airport in the Town of Glenville, at the site of the former General Electric Flight Test Center.
Dedicated to interpreting aviation, particularly as related to New York State, the museum offers visitors a variety engaging and educational experiences, including interpretive exhibits, a spectacular collection of restored aircraft, the State’s largest aviation library and an airpark with over 20 aircraft.
Exhibits include the enemy aircraft in the film Top Gun, a 13’ scale model of the Japanese aircraft carrier “Akagi” built for the film Tora, Tora, Tora and a mockup of Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed 10, used in the TV movie The Final Flight starring Diane Keaton. Also, newly erected is a ½ size replica of a British Airways Concorde, in front of the Museum.
The breakfast menu will include pancakes, french toast, eggs, sausage, potatoes, juice, coffee, tea and more.
Pilots: Tower Frequency 121.3; Ground 121.9. Land at Schenectady County Airport and taxi to Richmor Aviation North. Tell them you are going to ESAM.
For more information about the museum call (518) 377-2191 or visit the museum website.
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Photo of an engineer working on the first stage of Vanguard engines at Malta Rocket Test Site provided.