Cold War Era Gallery

Cold War Exhibits at the National Museum of the US Air Force.
Cold War Exhibits at the National Museum of the US Air Force.

National Museum of the US Air Force

Not one of my usual posts, but I couldn’t visit this museum without taking lots of pictures.

As with all my posts, click on any image to see it full screen and kick off a slideshow of all the images.

It was interesting to note the differences between this museum and the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. I mean apart from the size — this hanger alone has a maximum capacity of 10,000 people! There was a lot more emphasis on the people including displays of personal items belonging to ‘famous’ pilots and flight crews, and lot less about the engineering and development.

B-2 Stealth Bomber + added SR-71

B-2 Stealth Bomber at the National Museum of the US Air Force
B-2 at the National Museum of the US Air Force (where’s Ginger?)

I couldn’t get far enough away from it for a non-distorted picture. Ginger loves these because they used to buzz her parents’ house on training runs.

She also has a thing about the SR-71 Blackbird, and there was one tucked in behind the B-2. It looked like the SR-71 hadn’t been cleaned since its last flight.

B-2 and SR-71 Blackbird at the National Museum of the US Air Force.
SR-71 Blackbird at the National Museum of the US Air Force.

A-10A Thunderbolt (Warthog)

I took a shine to these watching them on training flights along Stockton lake. One passed a hundred feet or so above me when I was out in my kayak. The kayak shook. And I know it was low because it had to pass over an island and that is 60′ tall. Unusually on that occasion there were three of them — they normally practiced in pairs — The first two passed further out in the lake. The last one made me jump, as I wasn’t expecting it, and the first I knew about it was when it crested the island about 100 yards from me. I could count the rivets…

Their training flights along the lake were cancelled when one hit a powerline. So, yes they flew low.

A-10 Thunderbolt (Warthog) at the National Museum of the US Air Force.
A-10 Thunderbolt (Warthog) at the National Museum of the US Air Force.

And lots more …


Convair B-36 Peacemaker

The B-36 really is unique. What with the pusher props and jet engines as well.

It wasn’t until after I visited the museum that I read up about it. They even had a tiny fighter that could be carried inside!

Unfortunately the fighters (Avro CF-100 Mk.4A Canuck nearest to the camera) get in the way of the huge and very different Convair B-36 at the National Museum of the US Air Force.
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