1⁄1Museum Tour: USAF Museum part 1
IntroductionThe National Museum of the Air Force is located on Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. It showcases USAF history from the Wright Brothers (it even has one of their bicycles), into WWI, early aeronautical R&D, between-the-wars aircraft, WW2, Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, and the era of USAF aerospace, including UAVs, UCAVs, and rockets and missiles. It even has two hangers devoted to presidential aircraft and experimentals. It hosts an aviation hall of fame, aviation art, and several tributes to the men and women who make the machines move.
This was my 7th visit since 1989. It was especially enjoyable as it was with my friend of some 40 years, a literal rocket scientist, who has spent the past decade teaching aerospace engineering at a US service academy. He expanded on the physical displays with insights and background that only a career military officer involved in aerospace R&D with a life-long historical interest could know, i.e., USAF's shameful bias against Frank Whittle in favor of Doctor Hans Von Ohain as the inventor of the jet engine (I searched for Whittle in the museum's National Aviation Hall of Fame and his name is not even included!), and the disgusting recent defunding of NASA and other aerospace R&D.
Early years galleryThis gallery chronicles the early years of US military airpower, from the very first experiments in light through the "Golden Age" of the 1930s. Aircraft featured in this visit are:
- 1. Fokker Dr.I
- 2. Fokker D.VII
- 3. Halberstadt CL IV
- 4. Standard J-1 (displayed uncovered)
- 5. Packard LePere LUSAC 11
- 6. Caproni Ca. 36
- 7. De Havilland DH-4
- 8. Boeing P-26
- 9. Curtiss P-6E
- 10. Boeing P-12
- 11. Douglas O-38F
- 12. Martin B-10
- 13. Keystone bomber
Around the sides of the gallery are exhibit cases featuring bombsights, cameras, uniforms and other equipment used during this time period. Many of the aircraft on exhibit are accompanied by mannequins wearing the uniforms of their pilots and crews. Intermixed through the aircraft exhibits are engines and other equipment, represented here by an experimental supercharged Liberty V-12.
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