Saturday, June 18, 2011

Wright-Patterson Museum visit, Pt. 7.

The museum has modern aircraft, too. Here's a McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle. The F-15 is a twin-engine, high-performance, all-weather air superiority fighter. First flown in 1972, the Eagle entered U.S. Air Force service in 1974. The Eagle's most notable characteristics are its great acceleration and maneuverability. It was the first U.S. fighter with engine thrust greater than the basic weight of the aircraft, allowing it to accelerate while in a vertical climb.
In the Research and Development Annex, they have, among other things, a Lockheed YF-12A. (There's another one inside the main I said--they've got multiples of just about everything!)
The XB-70 Valkyrie. A Mach 3 supersonic bomber prototype from the 1950's. This is the last one left in the world. Last time I saw this one, the museum was still keeping it outside. I'm so glad that it's under a roof now.
Here's another shot of it, with the Northrop-McDonnell Douglas YF-23A Advanced Tactical Fighter beneath it.

And here's a nose-on view of the North American F-107A, a tactical fighter bomber developed in the 1950's. It never went into production, being beaten out by Republic's F-105.
An F-100C Super Sabre in Thunderbird colors. Too cool for school.

So many great aircraft..and so many pictures that didn't really turn out good enough to post here. One more post tomorrow, and that'll about be that.


  1. I spent much of my childhood building models of WWI and WWII aircraft; the F-100 Super Saber was the first modern plane that I put together, but not with the Thunderbird colors.

    You just keep making my day, sir. Thank you.

  2. Love the XB-70 pic and I too remember it being outside. Glad it found a home indoors!

  3. Anonymous9:06 PM

    Thank-You for sharing these pictures with us.