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04 Feb 2021 10:03 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "A Visit to the U S Air Force Museum Part III" to "A Visit to the U S Air Force Museum Part III"Removed from Historical Wargaming in General board

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Anton Ryzbak03 Feb 2021 3:10 p.m. PST


In this section I cover the US Air Corps during the 1920s-30s as presented by the USAF museum link

King Cobra03 Feb 2021 3:23 p.m. PST

This is my favorite section inside my favorite museum.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2021 3:34 p.m. PST


I've really enjoyed your pictures of the exhibits at the USAF museum. After all this pandemic is tamed, I've got to try and make a trip up there. My father was a top turret gunner and flight engineer in an 8th Air Force B-17 during WW2. Seeing this museum will help link me back to him.


Korvessa03 Feb 2021 6:06 p.m. PST

I visited a museum in Arizona in Dec,
They had a B17 on display you could walk through.
Way more cramped then I ever would have guessed
A very cool experience

Anton Ryzbak03 Feb 2021 6:18 p.m. PST

Col Campbell,
My buddy and I went on a Monday, there weren't more than fifty people in the whole place aside from staff. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The Memphis Belle is there, but you can't go through any of the interior displays due to Covid.

They did have a Bendix top-turret I would never have been able to squeeze into the thing and I found the belly turret simply terrifying! Brave men those lads were!

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2021 7:12 p.m. PST

Yes, they were!

If interested, you can read about my father's exploits on my blog. I did a series (with more to come) called "What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?"



Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2021 9:21 p.m. PST

I visited this museum some 46 years ago when it was much smaller. At the time I did not know they had recently placed the restored B10 on display so was quite pleasantly surprised when I rounded a bend and saw it. I had not thought any were left and here one was! Your photos brought back my happy memories of first seeing it.

Twoheart04 Feb 2021 7:13 a.m. PST

One of my brothers and I stared at the museum's triple tail AWACS Constellation in one of the museum display hangers. "That's my aircraft," he blurted out reading the serial ID numbers. He worked on that aircraft exclusively as a maintenance weenie in the day. That was amazing. So was his story about landing at WR AFB with a Connie with a bad engine. He said they swapped out the defective engine part with another display aircraft with the same engine, and were on their way. We spent two full days at the museum and part of a third. The bookstore there is first rate too.

King Cobra04 Feb 2021 11:08 a.m. PST

Twoheart, here's my photo of the triple tail in the Presidential Aircraft gallery at the NMUSAF.

My first aircraft ride was from the USA to Frankfort, Germany via Gander in a Constellation back in '61. A noisy and long trip!


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2021 4:26 p.m. PST

Twoheart, that's pretty cool.

I'm taking my son there Sunday. We are going straight to the space section and working our way backwards; he is always exhausted by the time we get there if we go in chronological order.

Twoheart05 Feb 2021 7:26 a.m. PST

The Museum is ALL prime source history.
Bock'd Car is there. The B-29 that dropped on Nagasaki.
Don't cross any barriers. They tend to set off alarms especially over in the spy satellite display. oops.

Jeffers06 Feb 2021 12:52 a.m. PST

One of the few models I have on display is the Matchbox Boeing P12. Can't beat deep yellow wings!

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