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USAF Armament Museum—good seeing it again

26 September 2017

Thanks to Hurricane Irma we revisited (review post) the Air Force Armament Museum is located adjacent to Eglin AFB located Valparaiso and Niceville, both in Florida. Displayed on the grounds are 30 significant aircraft with the most popular likely to be the Lockheed SR-71A “Blackbird” (there is no official name for the SR-71) standing front and center.

USAF Armament Museum—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Martin EB-57 Night Intruder Canberra—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Martin EB-57 Night Intruder Canberra—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Unique Lockheed SR-71A “Blackbird” known as “Big Tail”—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

The museum exhibits this unique SR-71A which has a nine foot tail extension trailed to house a bar camera as well as other electronics—this aircraft was, of course, nicknamed “Big Tail”. The equipment didn’t add enough to mission capability to continue use but the extension was left as it didn’t adversely affect this aircraft’s flight performance. More images can be found in this post.

Close view of the tail of “Big Tail”—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

McDonnell-Douglas F-15 Eagle—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Douglas AC-47—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Lockheed AC-130 Spectre gunship underestoration—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Sikorsky MH-53M Pave Low IV—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

The heaviest of USAF helicopters and meant to bring in, bring out a resupply special forces.

Sikorsky MH-53M Pave Low IV—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

North American P-51D Mustang—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

North American P-51D Mustang—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

North American P-51D Mustang—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Republic F-105D Thunderchief—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Republic F-105D Thunderchief—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Republic F-105D Thunderchief—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Republic-Ford JB-2 (LTV-N-2 Loon) taken from the World War II German V-1—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Ryan BQM-34A Firebee supersonic target drone—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Douglas AIR-2 Genie: the Mach 3, 6 mile ranged air-to-air rocket with a 1.5 kiloton yield nuclear warhead—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Hughes AIM-4A radar homing air-to-air missile—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Close view of the Hughes AIM-4A radar homing air-to-air missile electronics—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Hughes AGM-45 Maverick air-to-ground missile—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Ryan Firebee multi mission attack drone—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Vickers Wellesley Mk I model—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Savoia Marchetti SM-81 Pipistrello model—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Savoia Marchetti SM-79 Spaviero model (note the torpedoes)—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

 

Short Brothers Sunderland Mk II model—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Messerschmitt Me 323 Gigant—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Heineken He 115 model—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Dornier Do 18 model—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Blohm & Voss BV 138 minesweeper model (the degaussing hoop antennae could trigger submerged anti shipping mines)—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Antoinette IV model—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Avro Roe I model—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

GBU-39A/B FLM—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

GBU-34/B SDB (small diameter bomb)—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Doolittle Raid Congressional Gold Medal and bomb aiming device replica sued on the low-level bombing Doolittle Raid—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

“Glory Bound” painting by Jack Lorusso (signed by him and, more importantly, signed by some of the Doolittle Raid members)—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. shortfinals permalink
    26 September 2017 21:57

    A great photo-survey, Joe. Most enjoyable!

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      27 September 2017 00:00

      Many thanks 🙂 I was finally able to get more of the interior shots by using my mobile’s camera.

  2. bobmark permalink
    19 October 2017 17:29

    Nice museum, we visited a few years ago. It has a photo display of USAF crash rescue boats (air force usually would never admit to owning a boat 🙂 including one of my dads boat in the Korean War.

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