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Skymaster Walkaround in Ft. Worth’s Best Kept Secret

13 May 2013

Skymaster Walkaround in Ft. Worth’s Best Kept Secret

32º 48′ 19″ N / 97° 21′ 22″ W

— photo by Joseph May

Cessna O-2 Skymaster at the Veterans Memorial Air Park in Ft. Worth — photo by Joseph May

Ft. Worth’s best kept secret is the Veterans Memorial Air Park which is actually a museum 3-fer (use the search window to find the posts describing the museums and the aircraft on exhibit). Many Forward Air Control (FAC) aircraft are present and this is the museum for FACs 🙂

— photo by Joseph May

Closer view to note the clear entry door for better viewing by the pilot as well as the varied radio antennae — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

Nose-on view of this Skymaster which is loaded for bear — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

The rear of the cockpit was equipped with several radios since FAC pilots communicated over several radio nets in the course of their vital missions — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

The O-2’s cockpit dash panel— photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

A bit of an elevated view to better see the radio antennae — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

The upper air scoop for the rear engine — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

The right wing’s air dropped flare on the left and target rocket marking pod on the right — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

Detail of the rocket pod mounting bracket — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

O-2 Skymaster left profile — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

The after anti collision light and view of the elevator as well as tail fins — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

The rear propeller of this Skymaster — photo by Joseph May

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