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Email Autor Correction ID #1740027 / 132 Views
22-June-2016
48-626 On display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Ten of the Arctic rescue variants were ordered by the USAF and delivery started in 1950. The Arctic version could be equipped with RATO, a ski undercarriage and carry twenty stretchers. The STOL aircraft were found to be underpowered and retired by 1955. Most were sold to operators in Latin America. (more of 48-626)
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22-November-2022
52-6526 On display in the Cold War Gallery at NMUSAF. The swept-wing F-84F Thunderstreak was completely different to the straight-wing F-84 Thunderjet. It was powered by a Wright J65-W-3 engine rather than the Thunderjet’s Allison J35. The Thunderstreak equipped USAFE squadrons and a large number were supplied to NATO countries under the Mutual Defence Assistance Program during the Cold War. It could deliver a nuclear bomb using LABS. This aircraft served in Europe and the Ohio ANG before being flown to the museum in 1970. (more of 52-6526)
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22-November-2022
87-0800 On display in the Research & Development Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (more of 87-0800)
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22-November-2022
ZD374 "Miss Behavin" on display in the Cold War Gallery at NMUSAF. A JP233 can be seen underneath. Built in 1982, this Tornado served with No. 17 Sqn. at RAF Bruggen, Germany. Deployed to Dhahran, the aircraft flew combat missions during Op Desert Storm. GR.1s commenced their attacks with Tallil airfield on 16/17 Jan 1991. Tasked with runway denial, GR.1s carried JP 233 bomblet dispensing pods, 495 gal drop tanks, a Sky Shadow jammer and a BOZ-107chaff/flare dispenser for a take-off weight of 30 tons. (more of ZD374)
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22-November-2022
39RED On display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. This is the export version of the MiG-23 that was less capable than domestic Soviet versions. It was flown by the 4477th TES, nicknamed the "Red Eagles," which also evaluated the MiG-17 and MiG-21 under Project Constant Peg over the Tonopah Test Range. The Soviet aircraft were used to simulate realistic adversaries, helping American aircrews to gain skill and confidence to defeat these threats. Constant Peg ended in 1988. (more of 39RED)
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22-November-2022
N90EZ On display in the Research and Development Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) produced a Pulsed Detonation Engine (PDE) in the 2000s using off-the-shelf automotive components. Shockwaves from controlled detonations of the fuel-air mixture provided a peak thrust of about 200 lb at around 125 decibels through four tubes at the back. After a five-year joint effort with Innovative Scientific Solutions Inc. (ISSI), Pete Siebold flew the first manned PDE flight in this modified Rutan Long-EZ "Borealis" on 31 Jan 08 at Mojave. It only flew once. (more of N90EZ)
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22-November-2022
41-24485 The original "Memphis Belle" on display in the World War II Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Built at Boeing Seattle, she was named after Capt. Robert K. Morgan's girlfriend Margaret Polk. Flying with the 324th BS, 91st BG at Bassingbourn, England, the B-17 was the second USAAF bomber to complete 25 missions over Europe between Nov. 1942 and 17 May 1943, preceded by 358th BS B-17F "Hell's Angels" in this feat. She was the first to return to the USA and completed a three-month war bond tour with more than 30 stops. (more of 41-24485)
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22-November-2022
52-7259 On display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. This SAC Thunderflash of the 91st SRS, 71st SRW(F) based at Larson AFB in 1956 is one of 25 that were modified as parasite aircraft to hook up with ten GRB-36 FIghter CONveyers (FICON), which were modified strategic bombers. The concept was to carry the fighter or recce aircraft near the target, drop and recover the same so that the range of the fighter could be extended at a time when aerial refuelling was unproven. Separating and hooking back was hazardous. (more of 52-7259)
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22-November-2022
46-0682 On display in the R&D Gallery at NMUSAF under the XB-70 Valkyrie. Convair researched the high-speed delta wing after World War II. In response to a USAF requirement for a supersonic interceptor, it built prototype XF-92A. The landing gear, engine, canopy and ejection seat were borrowed from other aircraft. First flown on 18 Sep 48, it was tested by Frank Everest, Chuck Yeager and Scott Crossfield. This aircraft helped in development of Convair’s F-102 Delta Dagger, F-106 Delta Dart and B-58 Hustler. (more of 46-0682)
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22-November-2022
66-7943 "Lady Bird Special" on display in the Presidential Gallery at NMUSAF. This King Air B90 with a special VIP interior was purchased by the USAF in 1966 to support President Lyndon B. Johnson and his family, flying primarily between Bergstrom AFB and his ranch in Texas. Designated as the VC-6A, it had pressurization for comfort at high altitude, all-weather navigation, de-icing and reversible propellers for short landings. After presidential service, it was operated by the 89th Military Airlift Wing. (more of 66-7943)
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22-November-2022
86-0201 On display in the Presidential Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. This aircraft carried President Clinton and former Presidents Carter, Ford and George H.W. Bush. It was also used by First Ladies, Secretaries of State and Defense and a number of dignitaries. Operated by 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews AFB with a crew of five, the C-20B had secure, worldwide communication facilities and could operate to smaller airfields which could not be used by larger presidential aircraft. It went to the museum in 2015. (more of 86-0201)
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22-November-2022
62-4478 On display in the Presidential Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. This short body T-39A Sabreliner with two triangular windows is one of ten Presidential aircraft in the gallery. Retrofitted to a VIP configuration, it was used by former President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1968 to 1973 to travel to his ranch. Later, it flew as an avionics and communication test bed. It went to the museum in October 1984. One can see the air brake extended behind the nose wheel. (more of 62-4478)
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FFO/KFFO - Dayton [Wright-Patterson Air Force Base], OH, USA
22-November-2022
Arjun Sarup
USA - Army  Bell XV-3
54-0148 On display in the Research & Development Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. This was the world’s first VSTOL tilt-rotor aircraft, powered by a single P&W R-985 Wasp. It was the result of a joint initiative in 1951 between the US Army and USAF. Two were built, and the first hover tests began in 1955. Take off to horizontal flight and back was achieved on 18 Dec 58. It never went into production, but paved the way later for the CV-22 Osprey. The first XV-3 was written off, and this is the only surviving example. (more of 54-0148)
Email Autor Correction ID #1708418 / 348 Views
FFO/KFFO - Dayton [Wright-Patterson Air Force Base], OH, USA
22-November-2022
Arjun Sarup
USA - Air Force  North American XB-70A Valkyrie
62-0001 On display in the Research and Development Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Dwarfing the SR-71, this exotic Valkyrie was intended to be a Mach 3 nuclear bomber. A sharp-edged splitter plate of the wedge-fronted intake reduced airflow to Mach 1.3, the design helping the XB-70 to surf on its shockwave. The wingtips folded downward on the AV-1 at 25 and 65 deg. at supersonic speeds to add to stability, also adding to lift. It had a retractable visor, delta canards and all-moving vertical stabilizers. Power was from six YJ93-GE-3 turbojets using JP-6 fuel. (more of 62-0001)
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FFO/KFFO - Dayton [Wright-Patterson Air Force Base], OH, USA
22-November-2022
Arjun Sarup
USA - Air Force  Consolidated B-24 Liberator
42-72843 On display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Built in San Diego, the Liberator was ferried to the 9th Air Force, where it was assigned to the 512th Bomb Squadron of the 376th BG. "Strawberry Bitch" flew over 50 missions, including the raid on the Ploesti oil refinery in August 1943. One of the four propellers of B-24D "Lady Be Good" of 514th BS that was lost with its crew in the Libyan desert in April 1943 on its first combat mission lies by the nose. (more of 42-72843)
Email Autor Correction ID #1617518 / 57 Views
FFO/KFFO - Dayton [Wright-Patterson Air Force Base], OH, USA
22-June-2016
Arjun Sarup
USA - Air Force  Lockheed AC-130A Spectre
54-1626 Prototype Spectre gunship that was converted under Project Gunship II at Wright-Patterson AFB. It carried four 20mm cannon and four 7.62mm multi-barrel guns, used in a 30-degree left bank at night. This AC-130 was sent to Nha Trang AFB in Vietnam on Sept. 21, 1967 for a 90-day test. Other Spectres of 16th SOS based at Ubon flew interdiction missions along the Ho Chi Ming Trail from 1968 onward, destroying many trucks. (more of 54-1626)
Email Autor Correction ID #1610488 / 17 Views
FFO/KFFO - Dayton [Wright-Patterson Air Force Base], OH, USA
22-June-2016
Arjun Sarup
USA - Air Force  North American B-25 Mitchell
40-2344 One can imagine Lt Col Jimmy Doolittle’s B-25B tied down to USS Hornet and being armed in this diorama at the Nat. Museum of the USAF. Launching 10 hours earlier and further away from their targets then intended on 18 April 1942, the 16 B-25s left an indelible psychological impact as the first raid on the Japanese homeland. Fifteen aircraft barely reached China and one the Soviet Union on the most daring one-way mission. All 80 airmen were awarded the DFC and Doolittle received the Medal of Honor. (more of 40-2344)
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FFO/KFFO - Dayton [Wright-Patterson Air Force Base], OH, USA
22-June-2016
Arjun Sarup
Vietnam - Air Force  Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 Farmer
0138 On display in the markings of the NVAF at the Nat. Museum of the USAF. This aircraft was obtained from the 457th Technical Evaluation Sqn. based at Nellis AFB. The majority of NVAF MiG-19s were the Shenyang J-6, which equipped the 925th Fighter Regiment. Mainly used during Operations Linebacker I & II, MiG-19s claimed seven victories over the F-4 Phantom II in 1972 by using Kuban tactics that included trailing NVAF MiG-21s by staying low or attacking under GCI and being able to out-turn the F-4. (more of 0138)
Email Autor Correction ID #1597542 / 63 Views
FFO/KFFO - Dayton [Wright-Patterson Air Force Base], OH, USA
22-June-2016
Arjun Sarup
Germany - Air Force  Junkers Ju-88
430650 On display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. This long-range photo reconnaissance Ju-88 was completed in June 1943 and delivered to Romania, an ally of Germany. In July 1943 a Romanian pilot defected to Cyprus. The aircraft was later handed over by the RAF to the USAAF for testing. A Fritz-X guided bomb lies beneath the fuselage. (more of 430650)
Email Autor Correction ID #1595669 / 50 Views
FFO/KFFO - Dayton [Wright-Patterson Air Force Base], OH, USA
22-June-2016
Arjun Sarup
USA - Air Force  Lockheed C-60A Lodestar
43-16445 On display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The Lodestar served in the transport and training role. The C-60A was the most numerous of the different versions that were built. (more of 43-16445)
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FFO/KFFO - Dayton [Wright-Patterson Air Force Base], OH, USA
22-June-2016
Arjun Sarup
USA - Air Force  De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito
NS519 On display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The USAAF operated the Mosquito as a photographic and weather reconnaissance aircraft, nightfighter and for Red Stocking intelligence gathering missions. This Mosquito with a red tail is painted to represent an aircraft of the 653rd Bombardment Sqn. based in England in 1944-45 that conducted Blue Stocking weather reconnaissance missions, as well as dropping chaff. (more of NS519)
Email Autor Correction ID #1594512 / 63 Views
FFO/KFFO - Dayton [Wright-Patterson Air Force Base], OH, USA
22-June-2016
Arjun Sarup
Germany - Air Force  Focke-Wulf Fw-190
601088 On display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The Dora was powered by the Junkers Jumo 213 inverted V-12 engine and considered by its pilots to be more than a match for the P-51D. After its capture, this Dora was shipped to the USA for evaluation. It wears the markings of IV. (Sturm)/JG3 "Udet". (more of 601088)
Email Autor Correction ID #1594502 / 173 Views
FFO/KFFO - Dayton [Wright-Patterson Air Force Base], OH, USA
22-June-2016
Arjun Sarup
Germany - Air Force  Messerschmitt Me262
501232 On display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. This is Yellow 5 of KG(J)6, which retrained from the bomber to fighter role toward the end of the war, as denoted by the (J) for Jäger. After its capture in 1945, it was shipped to the USA aboard HMS Reaper for evaluation. The restoration has omitted both the Yellow 5 as well as the checked identification band applied to Reichsverteidigung fighters on the fuselage. (more of 501232)
Email Autor Correction ID #1559656 / 46 Views
FFO/KFFO - Dayton [Wright-Patterson Air Force Base], OH, USA
22-June-2016
Arjun Sarup
USA - Air Force  LTV A-7D Corsair II
70-0970 On display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. This Corsair of 354th TFW with tail code "MB" for Myrtle Beach AFB was flown by Maj. Colin A. Clarke from Korat on a nine-hour rescue support mission on Nov. 18, 1972 over Thanh Hoa, Vietnam. Maj. Clarke made a number of passes through low cloud to locate the downed F-105 Wild Weasel crew through heavy AA fire and directed a HH-53 to do a DF letdown on him for the rescue, for which he received the Air Force Cross. (more of 70-0970)
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FFO/KFFO - Dayton [Wright-Patterson Air Force Base], OH, USA
22-June-2016
Arjun Sarup
USA - Air Force  Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
45-49167 "Five by Five" 44-33287 in the markings of Col. J.P. Laughlin, CO 362nd FG, 9th AF on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. This is a former Peruvian Air Force Thunderbolt. (more of 45-49167)
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