Notable in the Smithsonian collection is this German jet-powered Arado Ar-234 "Blitz" bomber.
Next to the Arado is a Dornier Do 335 fighter, believed to have been the fastest prop-driven fighter built. The Germans claimed to have had it up to 474mph in level flight.
48 were built by war's end. Two were brought back here for study, and this, like the Arado, is the only survivor.
And here's one that I'd give my left foot to fly...at least one of them. It's a Focke-Wulf FW-190, and these were supposed to be some sweet flyers indeed. It could reportedly whip any Allied fighter until the Spitfire MkIX came along in late 1942. It was also the only German fighter to use a radial engine.
Hey, it's a shiny new Curtiss Helldiver!
So what't in the restoration shop now?
During World War Two, this bomber flew over two hundred missions over occupied Europe, collecting over a thousand bullet and shrapnel holes in the process.
"moose scene" from the movie Arthur. ("Where's the rest of this B-26?" "You must have hated this B-26.")
Also on display is this Grumman F8F "Bearcat", made into a racer by aviation legend Darryl Greenameyer.
Kee Bird or doing this to an F8F.
Another classic Grumman aircraft here is this amphibious Grumman Goose. Just pure cool. This one also spent a long time disassembled and on partial display in the main museum. Glad to see it all in one piece and here now.
Beech Bonanza in front of it. A split-tailed Bonanza is high on my list of planes to replace the Cessna with. This one, the fourth one ever built, flew from Hawaii to New Jersey in 1949, a record-setting flight at the time.
And back in the corner is a particular favorite of mine--a Lockheed Super Constellation.
USS Macon. (At least that's what OldAFSarge said.)
Note the cute little Cessna 152 "Aerobat" in front if it. I really should have looked harder for one of those. +6/-3G's... Really!
three more of these out at Pima!
Gotta go for now, but come back later--we haven't even touched on the jets yet!