The world’s largest military aviation museum is located adjacent to Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton Ohio. It is an awesome place to visit with 3 distinct displays: the interior displays, the exterior displays, and the memorial exhibit area.
Upon entering, you are greeted by Icarus, (a character in Greek mythology known for his attempt to escape Crete by flight, falling to his death) marking the beginning of the interior exhibits.
The exterior displays showcase many old, rare, and one-of-a-kind planes; including Hitler’s personal airplane and a typical high-rank transport plane used in WWII.
Also outside, is the memorial section, containing dozens of benches dedicated to various squadrons. Several “old” soldiers were present this day (Sept. 11) complete with rifle salutes, to honor fallen comrades.
All the following photos are of interior displays. The lights were very low making picture taking challenging, at best.
The B-29 bomber was the actual plane Col. Paul Tibbits flew to drop the first bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.
Next is a replica of “fat man,” the second atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan.
The following is a display, one of many, of typical bomber art.
The B-36 was the predecessor to the B-29. It is a huge plane with 6 turbine-prop pusher engines (3 on the trailing edge of each wing) and 4 jet engines, two per wing. It was heavy, unruly, and a nightmare to fly.
The B-1 bomber is the modern day version.
The Flying Wing, is today’s B-2 bomber.
Wow! The SR71 - an awesome sight. Honey saw one fly over Nevada City in the early 1960’s. She said she was in the yard when the ground started to shake and this roar came from the sky. She looked up and realized it was a plane, but a very frightening one.
The F-117A is a stealth fighter. By the way, Honey finally figured out that if the plane starts with a “B” it’s a bomber. Planes starting with “F” designate fighters. Oh well, better late than never!
This ME262 was one of the first jet fighters manufactured by the Nazis. (They didn’t use Bs and Fs)
The cartoon character Dennis the Menace on this F86 makes great airplane art.
This Russian MIG 21 is the US counterpart to the F86.
Lastly, the F16, still serving the Air Force today, proudly wearing the colors of the Air Force Thunderbirds.
F-16The following slideshow consists of 181 photos, including those above, for you aviation enthusiasts. Enjoy!
For further information: Wright-Patterson AFB Museum