Aviation history

Take an in-depth look at our Adventure Aircrafts or see what we have in our Permanent Aircraft Collection.

Permanent Collection
Adventure Aircraft

B-17 Yankee Lady

B-17, also called the Flying Fortress, was a U.S. heavy bomber used during World War II. The B-17 was designed by the Boeing Aircraft Company in response to a 1934 Army Air Corps specification that called for a four-engined bomber at a time when two engines were the norm.

Model: B-17G
Registration: 44-85829
Wingspan: 103′ 9″
Empty Weight: 36,135 lb
Gross Weight: 65.500 lbs
Max Speed: 287 mph
Cruise Speed: 160 mph
Powerpant: 4 × Wright R-1820-97 “Cyclone” turbosupercharged radial engines, 1,200 hp
Range: 2,000 mi
Number Built: 12,731
Housed: Yankee Air Museum

Did you know:
In the Pacific, the aircraft earned a deadly reputation with the Japanese, who dubbed them the “four engine fighters.” The Flying Fortress was also legendary for their ability to stay in the air after several damaging attacks.

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B-25 Rosie’s Reply

The North American B-25 Mitchell is an American twin-engine, medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation. The design was named in honor of Major General William “Billy” Mitchell, a pioneer of U.S. military aviation.

Model: B-25D
Registration: 43-3634
Wingspan: 68′ 0″
Empty Weight: 20,300 lbs
Gross Weight: 36,500 lbs
Max Speed: 350 mph
Powerplant: Two 1,700-hp Wright Cyclone supercharged 14-cylinder radial engines
Number Built: 9,816
Housed: Yankee Air Museum

Did you know:
During World War II the B-25 became known as the most heavily armed airplane in the world.

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C-47 Hairless Joe

The Douglas C-47 Skytrain or Dakota is a military transport aircraft developed from the civilian Douglas DC-3 airliner. It was used extensively by the Allies during World War II and remains in front line service with various military operators.

Model: C-47D
Registration: 44-76716
Wingspan: 95′ 0″
Empty Weight: 18,135 lb
Gross Weight: 26,000 lb
Max Speed: 230 mph
Cruise Speed: 160 mph
Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp
Range: 1,600 mi
Housed: Yankee Air Museum

Did you know:
General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe, termed it one of the most vital pieces of military equipment used in winning the war.

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Ford 4-AT-B Tri-Motor

The Ford Tri-Motor (nicknamed the “Tin Goose”) is an American three-engined transport aircraft. Production started in 1925 by the companies of Henry Ford and ended on June 7, 1933. A total of 199 Ford Trimotors were made.

Did you know:
One of the major uses of the Tri-Motor was the carrying of heavy freight to mining operations in jungles and mountains.

UH-1 Huey Greyhound

The Bell UH-1 Iroquois (nicknamed “Huey“) is a utility military helicopter powered by a single turboshaft engine, with two-bladed main and tail rotors. The UH-1 first saw service in combat operations during the Vietnam War, with around 7,000 helicopters deployed. The UH-1H model was produced more than any other Huey, with the U.S. Army alone receiving nearly 4,850 aircraft.

Model: UH-1H Iroquois (Huey)
Registration: 66-01126
Rotor Diameter: 48.00ft
Empty Weight: 5,215lbs
Gross Weight: 9,040lbs
Maximum Speed: 135mph
Cruise Speed: 127mph
Engine Type: Lycoming T53-L-13 engine
Range: 315miles
Housed: Yankee Air Museum

Did you know:
The Iroquois was originally designated HU-1, hence the Huey nickname, which has remained in common use, despite the official re-designation to UH-1 in 1962

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Static Aircraft Displays

We have a growing inventory of static aircraft displays at the Museum.
This aircraft collection is on display both inside and outside of the Museum, as well as Storage/Restoration facilities.

A-4 Skyhawk

The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is a single seat subsonic carrier-capable attack aircraft developed for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps in the early 1950s.

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AH-1J SeaCobra

The Bell AH-1J SeaCobra is a dedicated two-seat attack helicopter based on the AH-1 HueyCobra attack helicopter.

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B-52D Stratofortress

The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber that was designed by Boeing in the 1950s.

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EC-121 Warning Star

The Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star is the military version of the Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation, one of America’s most famous airliners.

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F/A-18C Hornet

The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet serves a dual role as being an Attack and Fighter aircraft, hence the “F/A” designation.

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F-4 Phantom II

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor and fighter-bomber.

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F-84F Thunderstreak

The Republic F-84F Thunderstreak was initially designed as a swept-wing variant of the straight-wing F-84 Thunderjet.

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F-86D Sabre

The North American Aviation F-86D Sabre (sometimes called the “Sabre Dog”) was a transonic, all-weather jet interceptor.

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F-100C Super Sabre

The North American F-100 Super Sabre is an American supersonic jet fighter that served with the United States Air Force and with the Air National Guard.

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NF-101B Voodoo

The United States Air Force needed a long-range fighter to serve as an escort for the bombers of the Strategic Air Command, so a prototype XF-88 Voodoo was created.

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O-2 Skymaster

The Cessna O-2 Skymaster (nicknamed “Oscar Deuce”) is the military version of the Cessna 337 Super Skymaster.

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P2V-7 Neptune

The P2V was originally developed as a land-based maritime patrol and anti-submarine aircraft for the US Navy.

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PB4Y-2 Privateer

The PB4Y was used extensively after the war by the U.S. Coast Guard and by the U.S. Navy.

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PS-2 Glider

The Franklin PS-2 was designed for primary instruction and for secondary (advanced) pilots.

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RB-57A Canberra

The RB-57A principle mission was night photo-reconnaissance with capability of conducting daytime combat mapping operations.

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RF-84F Thunderflash

The RF-84F was developed in the early 1950s in response to the Air Force’s need to replace its aging RF-80 recon aircraft fleet.

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SBD Dauntless

The SBD Dauntless is a World War II Naval scout plane and dive bomber that was manufactured by Douglas Aircraft from 1940-1944.

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With its 220-hp engine, the SPAD XIII reached a maximum speed of 125 miles per hour- about ten miles quicker than German aircraft.

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A complete list of aircraft on display inside and outside of the Museum, as well as Storage/Restoration facilities.

F/A-18 Hornet++
SPAD XIII (Replica)
PS-2 Franklin Glider
F-84F Thunderstreak
RF-84F Thunderflash+
F-86D Sabre Dog**
O-2 Skymaster
F-100C Super Sabre**+
A-4C Skyhawk++
AH-1J Cobra+++
F-4C Phantom II+
F-101B Voodoo**+
B-52D Stratofortress+
RB-57A Canberra**+
PB4Y-2 Privateer**
EC-121 Warning Star**++
SBD Dauntless++
P2V-7 Neptune **

**Currently at Storage or Restoration Facility
+On loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
++On loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum
+++On loan from the National Museum of the Marine Corps



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