Sunday, July 21, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
While in Tulsa, I visited the small, but interesting, Tulsa Air and Space Museum. It is not often that I see aircraft types I've not seen before but the Tulsa Museum had two.
A former American Airlines MD-80 has been donated to the Museum and it will be modified into a park ornament and classroom.
A nice looking Spartan NP-1 has traveled to to quite a few places in its lifetime; including Grosse Ile, Michigan, Wooster, Ohio, Seattle, Washington, and now Tulsa, Oklahoma. (For the eagle-eyed, the red airplane is a Spartan C-2.)
I've seen Spartan Executives before, but never a nose gear version. This is the Spartan 12W Executive. It was the only example of its type built. Nice looking plane.
Another new aircraft to me was the Rockwell/DASA Ranger 2000. A competitor in the USAF JPATS evaluation, three were built in Germany. N204NA was the third prototype and the aircraft was derived from the German Fantrainer. Of course, the T-6A Texan II was purchased by the USAF instead of the Ranger 2000.
They have an F-14 too, Goose.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The theme was Air War in the Pacific and it was also the public debut of the newly restored F6F-5 Hellcat BuNo. 79863/N79863. I got some nice shots of the Hellcat, but the Zero fared less well.