Saturday, April 21, 2012

National Museum of the USAF

In late February I took a quick trip to Dayton to visit the National Museum of the USAF. Sadly, I didn't have a chance to cross the field to see the Avro Aerocar, but I did get to tour the main museum. While the collection is stunning, they have decided to display it all in a cave. Actually, that is an insult to caves; they probably have better lighting. Anyway, these are the best pictures I could get...and they are woefully poor.

The ex-RCAF Hurricane XII done up as an Eagle Squadron bird. Most online sources say it was RCAF 5390, but I have no idea if that is correct or not. Many of the surviving RCAF Hurricanes have confused IDs.

The Australian Beaufighter A19-43 has also been restored in US markings. Really nice to see a restored Beaufighter...but why isn't there one in Canada?

This Avro 504K was part of the Imperial Gift to Canada as G-CYEI. It was restored by the RCAF as part of a Centennial Project in 1967 and flew as part of the Old Gold team. Again, now displayed in US markings.

A neat Kellett Autogyro.

The former Confederate Air Force P-82B is now on display in the Korean War Gallery.

Also in the Korean War Gallery is this nice T-6D Mosquito FAC.

An RAF Tornado GR.1 in Gulf War Markings.

Watch out for the bad guys...a MiG-29 in this case.

Another bad guy...a beautifully restored A6M2 Zero.

In need of Rocket Fuel...a German V-2 on its transport trailer.

Finally CF-100 Mk.4A RCAF 18241.

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