Oct 05, 2018Cold War Era Gallery

Cold War Exhibits at the National Museum of the US Air Force. Copyright © 2018 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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 at the National Museum of the US Air Force (where’s Ginger?) Copyright © 2018 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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. Copyright © 2018 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
SR-71 Blackbird at the National Museum of the US Air Force. Copyright © 2018 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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. Copyright © 2018 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
A-10 Thunderbolt (Warthog) at the National Museum of the US Air Force. Copyright © 2018 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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 different Convair B-36 at the National Museum of the US Air Force. Copyright © 2018 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
Copyright © 2018 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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