Resting outside the front of the Museum of Flight is a loaded up A-6 Intruder.
Beside it is one of my all time favorite aircraft - the F-14 Tomcat, in Jolly Roger colors!
The Jolly Rogers of VF-84 is perhaps best known for their movie appearance in Final Countdown, flying off the carrier USS Nimitz. For the longest time, I though all F-14s were painted like that! :-)
My love for that color scheme was further re-enforced by the Skull-1 Veritech (from the Robotech Anime)- which was a straight copy of the Jolly Rogers F-14 paint job. Oh yes, I'm such a geek!
Off on the other side of the building is this AV-8C Harrier II.
A large and unique aircraft at the Musuem is the WB-47E Stratojet. B-47 Stratojets were a medium range, medium bomber used by SAC in the 50's and 60's. The WB-47Es were modified for weather reconnaissance and were stripped of combat gear, including the tail turret. They were fitted with cameras in the nose to take pictures of cloud formations, and carried a special meteorological instrument pod in the bomb bay.
As you walk into the main building's Great Gallery, planes of all different vintage can be seen on display.
Here, the Lockheed M-21 Blackbird takes centerstage. The M-21 is a unique variant of the A-12, which carried unpiloted drones for intelligence gathering. Easily mistaken for the more famous SR-71 Blackbird - which everyone is familiar with!
This Boeing 80A-1 was one of the first planes to be designed for passenger service. That's a DC-3 behind it.
Another shot of the awesome Blackbird.
A closer look at the nacelle of the Pratt & Whittney J58 engine.
A MiG-21 PFM Fishbed-F is also displayed in the gallery.
My daughter posing as a Sled driver!
One of the more awesome planes to see action - the McDonnell F-4C (F-110A) Phantom II. This plane shot down 3 North Vietnamese Mig-21s.
The MiG-15 saw action in the Korean war - where the first jet vs. jet dogfight with F-80s occurred.
This A-4F Skyhawk is painted in Blue Angels colors.
Small, light, and nimble, the Blues used the Skyhawk as its demonstration aircraft for 13 years.
In the WWII exhibit is this Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX.
A Lockheed P-38L Lightning.
A beautiful Curtiss P-40N Warhawk, set in its own diorama.
General Motors FM-2 Wildcat.
Not to be confused with a Zero, this is a Nakajima Ki-43-IIIa Hayabusa Oscar. Though not as well known, the Oscar was considered even more manueverable than the Zero. The name Hayabusa (Japanese for Peregrine Falcon) is also used by Suzuki for one of the fastest, most insane sportbike models (which I would like to ride, one of these days!).
A closeup of the landing gear and folding wing of the Goodyear FG-1D Corsair.
The Corsairs built by Vought were designated F-4U, while those made by Goodyear were called FG-1. This, I think, just to confuse people.
'Big Stud' is a Republic P-47D (F-47) Thunderbolt. Love the name!
The Russians are represented by this Yakovlev Yak-9U Frank.
A head-on look at the Messerschmitt BF 109E-3. The plane is painted in Battle of Britain colors of the noted Luftwaffe ace, Hans "Assi" Hahn.
Here's an elevated view of displays showing a Mustang, Corsair, Lightning, and Warhawk.
Upstairs is the WWI exhibit. This is an Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a, one of the best Allied fighters of WWI.
A Sopwith Triplane can turn, and climb faster than its biplane counterpart.
Albatros D.Va (L24). Albatros! (can't help but think about the Monty Python skit). Though it looks deadly, it was outclassed by better Allied fighters towards the end of the war.
The Sopwith Camel F.1 was a agile and deadly Allied fighter.
The Nieuport 27 was a small and agile fighter flown by the French, British and Italians.
An upper level view of the Great Gallery.
Some more planes can be seen hanging about - like the F-104C starfighter.
In the upper level, is a 'control tower', where one can look out on the Boeing field, and listed to air traffic controller communications. The Stratojet, Harrier, and Mig-17 can be seen here.
There was a space exhibit as well. Here's the lunar rover.
A close up view of North American Rockwell Block 1 Apollo Command Module 007.
The Concorde can be found outdoors in the Airpark. You can walk inside, but all the seats are protected by a hard plastic barrier! No sitting, boo.
Boeing VC-137B (707-120/SAM 970) "Air Force One" carried Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johson, and Nixon. That's it for the show - I really could have spent all day there. Bye!