What are the Styrofoam rods for in the MIG air intake?

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In summary, the conversation revolves around visits to different air museums and favorite exhibits, including the Combat Air Museum, the National Air and Space Museum, and the U.S. Air Force Museum. The conversation also includes discussions about General Chuck Yeagar and a personal experience at the U.S. Air Force Museum. The final topic is a question about the purpose of styrofoam rods in the air intake of a MIG aircraft.
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I went to the Combat Air Museum in Topeka, Kansas a couple days ago and thought I'd post a few photos:
Inside of turban
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An old "Air Force One"
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Inside of hanger 1 of 2
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Me
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Yeah, there is a similar Air Museum in Sacramento that I've been to a coulple of times. Once was for an event where General Chuck Yeagar was giving a talk -- very cool. :smile:
 
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berkeman said:
Once was for an event where General Chuck Yeagar
That would have been a treat. :smile:
 
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Here's the Combat Air Museum Visitor's Map:
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The National Air and Space Museum at Dulles is worth a visit. I liked the SR-71 and rocket exhibits. Also, the Concorde was smaller than I expected.
 
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caz said:
I liked the SR-71 and rocket exhibits.
Those would probably be my favorites.
 
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I grew up 19 miles from Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio built at Huffman prairie (Wright Brothers enthusiasts will recognize the location) and home of the U S Air Force Museum. A very impressively large collection of aircraft, missiles (although their Atlas missile sprang an air leak and deflated/crumpled :frown:), and technology. It is my favorite aero museum (although I have not seen the Udvar-Hazy wing of the Smithsonian out by Dulles airport). I remember a very weird visit to the USAFM over Christmas college break listening to MuzaK carols while contemplating the B-36 underside with the Mark 17 thermonuclear weapons at the bay.
Not to be missed.
https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/
 
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hutchphd said:
I remember a very weird visit to the USAFM over Christmas college break listening to MuzaK carols while contemplating the B-36 underside with the Mark 17 thermonuclear weapons at the bay.
Yeah, that's a very weird juxtaposition.
 
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Here are a few more photos:
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What's that stuff filling up the air intake of MIG? (I think it's a MIG)
 
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berkeman said:
What's that stuff filling up the air intake of MIG? (I think it's a MIG)
They are just styrofoam rods. I'm guessing to keep the opening well opened.
 

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