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Weeks Air Museum Closes

July 24, 2001

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MIAMI (AP) _ The Weeks Air Museum, a collection of mostly vintage military planes, closed its doors after 15 years at the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, due to poor attendance and low earnings.

Kermit Weeks, the museum’s owner, will move the 22 planes to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Sun ’n Fun Museum in Lakeland, which has an 85-plane collection.

``Weeks felt he had been losing money here,″ said Vincent Tirado, who managed the museum. ``Sometimes on a Monday we would get eight or nine people.″

Admission for adults was $9.95 and $5.95 for children, a ticket price that barely covered the cost of utilities, Tirado said.

News of the closing on Sunday did not spark a final rush to see the collection, which included a basic trainer for the Russian air force built in 1995 and a 1945 Super DC-3 used in World War II and Vietnam.

Some 30 to 40 people visited the museum, said staff member Charles Mahoney, up from the 20 to 25 visitors on a ``busy″ Sunday.

David Dutcher of the Sun ’n Fun Museum said adding the planes would be good for Weeks and the museum.

``He has a bunch of very good airplanes,″ Dutcher said. ``It is wonderful for us, and it also gives him a place to go.″

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