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USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

25 September 2017

<><><><> USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park Overall <><><><>

This is a wonderful place. Enjoy the park (exhibits, room to roam, picnic spots, well done memorials)—or enjoy the park and the wide spectrum museum (the USS Alabama, the Aircraft Pavillion and the USS Drum plus a few extras). See their web site here 🙂

The main entry to the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile AL—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

The park is spacious with many memorials, aircraft on display as well as military vehicles and hardware—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

The Aircraft Pavillion of the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park is a modern, climate controlled hangar—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

<><><><> The Park <><><><>

There are quite a few aircraft and loads of military equipment ranging from tanks to cannon to see and explore here with nearly unlimited inspection angels for only a combined entry/parking fee of $2 per vehicle—one of the most satisfying bargains to be experienced. The field is large enough for cross-country running training and the shaded picnic shelters have en excellent bows on view of the USS Alabama.

The Vietnam Veteran Boeing B-52D Stratofortress “Calamity Jane”—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Close view of Calamity Jane’s mission markings—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

A USCG Grumman HU-16 Albatros—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

<><><><> The Memorials <><><><>

There are many war memorials in this park and all are well done—as they should be. Two of the many are featured here.

Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” as part if the Vietnam War Memorial at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” as part if the Vietnam War Memorial at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Gulf War Memorial at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

<><><><> The USS Alabama <><><><>

Entry to view the USS Alabama, USS Drum and Aircraft Pavillion is $15 with many discounts on offer.

The ship is sitting alongside looking ready for action as she was in World War II. Many of the decks can be explored and within are rooms serving as specific exhibits along with the ship’s regular spaces. Where the crew lived and fought as well as all the in between is readily apparent. This is a big ship and impressive—also difficult to properly photograph with the camera at the time.

<><><><> The Aircraft Pavillion <><><><>

This modern hangar facility properly protects and preserves the aircraft within. Space is maintained to easily move the Lockheed A-12 “Blackbird” within as needed.

Vought OS2U Kingfisher—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Vought OS2U Kingfisher—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

North American P-51D Mustang in the Red Tails display of Capt. Leon Roberts and his “Derailer”—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Aircraft within the Aircraft Pavillion a classic pairing of USN Vietnam War era aircraft, the Skyhawk and the Crusader—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Kaman Seasprite—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

The rare Army One Huey which was used to transport President Reagan—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Grumman F-14 Tomcat, fleet defender with it’s array of missile armament—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Grumman A-6E Intruder, any weather any time attack aircraft—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

<><><><> The Submarines <><><><>

Submarines of World War II as well as the Civil War submarine H.L. Hanley (the world’s first submarine to meet combat success) are well addressed through models of Allied as well as Axis World War II submarines, the full scale replica of the Confederate Ship H.L. Hanley and the perfectly preserved USS Drum (highly successful US Navy World War II submarine).

Replica of the HL Hunley from the bows at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

More on the Hunley can be found here.

Replica of the HL Hunley from the stern at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

The USS Drum looking forward at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Forward torpedo compartment of the USS Drum—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Aft torpedo compartment of the USS Drum—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Control station of the USS Drum—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Christmas tree panel and valve controls of the USS Drum—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

40mm gun mount forward of the conning tower of the USS Drum—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. 25 September 2017 01:46

    I visited there over a span of two or three years when it was first being set up. It only had a few planes in open air display, which worried me. Glad they are now under roof. Hope the building is hurricane resistant.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      25 September 2017 21:30

      I couldn’t inspect it but the hangar is not old and it seemed sturdy. The museum is on the western shore of Mobile Bay so that could be a concern as well.

  2. shortfinals permalink
    25 September 2017 08:54

    Thank you for this comprehensive survey, Joe. A most impressive memorial park, and some great aircraft, too. Wish I were closer.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      25 September 2017 21:28

      Thanks Ross, your comment means a lot to me. It’;s why we post the photos, isn’t it?

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