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Back from Irma—three museum lists, a Blue Angels Skyhawk walk around and an Me 262 walk around

17 September 2017

We were fortunate.

On the run from Irma we revisited two museums and visited a new one for us—more posts in the future but some image teasers for now.

<><><><><> Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Blue Angel Walkaround <><><><><>

Near where we waited out Hurricane Irma—© Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Pensacola loves their Blue and there are many reminders around town, this impressive one at the airport—© Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Blue Angels Skyhawk at Pensacola International Airport—© Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Blue Angels Skyhawk at Pensacola International Airport—© Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Blue Angels Skyhawk at Pensacola International Airport—© Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Blue Angels Skyhawk at Pensacola International Airport—© Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

<><><><><> The USAF Armament Museum <><><><><>

The USAF Armament Museum’s building proper (several aircraft are exhibited on the grounds surround the museum building) and that is a MOAB out front—© Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

One side of the building interior—© Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

The other side of the building interior—© Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

<><><><><> The USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park <><><><><>

F-4 Phantom II marking the entrance to the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile AL—© Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

The USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park has a large parade ground where military equipment, memorials and aircraft are displayed for the $2 entry/parking fee (an additional fee is for viewing the USS Alabama, USS Drum and aircraft hangar). Yes, that is the USS Alabama as well as the Boeing B-52D Stratofortress “Calamity Jane” in the distance—© Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

The Aircraft Pavillion with USS Alabama’s superstructure in the background—© Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

The grounds of the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park—© Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

<><><><><> The National Naval Aviation Museum <><><><><>

The National Naval Aviation Museum (F-14 Tomcat at the main entry)—© Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

In the Cubi Bar (now a safe place for families) what I thought as a geologist was an interpretation pterodactyl is instead one of a Thunderbird but nice all the same—© Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

<><><><><> Messerschmitt Me 262B-1a Schwalbe Walkaround <><><><><>

The excellent example is displayed in the The National Naval Aviation Museum which also provides this virtual 360º cockpit panorama.

The almost rare twin seat trainer Messerschmitt Me 262B-1a Scwalbe—© Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

The almost rare twin seat trainer Messerschmitt Me 262B-1a Scwalbe—© Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

The tandem cockpit arrangement of the Messerschmitt Me 262B-1a Schwalbe, also note the wing sweep which was for trim not transonic requirements, a first at the time—© Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

The trainer Messerschmitt Me 262B-1a Schwalbe retained its teeth (4 x 30mm nose mounted cannon) for downing heavy bombers attacking the Reich during WW II and could mount rockets on the wings—© Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

One of the subtle aeronautical design advances on the Me 262, the elevated tailplane, along with the flat ventral surface á lá lifting body—© Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

2 Comments leave one →
  1. shortfinals permalink
    17 September 2017 13:42

    SO glad you are both home safe! The Me 262 is a rare one, but I am very disappointed in the museum having resprayed the aircraft in a high gloss finish; it would have been matte at this stage of the War (many 262s were not even painted).

    • travelforaircraft permalink
      17 September 2017 14:28

      The shiny penny look seemed noncombat in motif to me at the time. Unfortunate 😦

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