Tag: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

SR-71... or RS-71? How the legendary Blackbird got her designation
On Mar. 21, 1968 in this aircraft, Maj. (later Gen.) Jerome F. O'Malley and Maj. Edward D. Payne made the first operational SR-71A sortie. Taken in March 1990 the emotional video in this post shows the arrival of the iconic SR-71A Blackbird at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) at...
Remembering the B-58A Hustler speed records and the 1962 Bendix Trophy
On Mar. 5, 1962, Capts. Robert G. Sowers (pilot), Robert MacDonald (navigator) and John T. Walton (defensive systems operator) flew from Los Angeles to New York City in the Hustler in only 2 hours 56.8 seconds, an average speed of 1,214.17 miles per hour. The U.S. Air Force's first operational supersonic bomber,...
Interesting video shows the restoration of IrAF MiG-25 Foxbat found buried in the sand during Operation Iraqi Freedom
The aircraft on exhibit, a MiG-25RB, was found in 2003 by American forces buried in the sand near Al Taqaddum Airbase 250km west of Baghdad. Taken at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the interesting video in this post shows the restoration of an Iraqi Air Force (IrAF) MiG-25RB Foxbat. ...
The story of C-141 Hanoi Taxi, the first Aircraft to Return Vietnam Prisoners of War to the U.S.
The Hanoi Taxi flew two missions into Hanoi, carrying out 78 POWs and two civilian returnees to the Philippines, and four missions from the Philippines to the U.S., carrying 76 ex-POWs The C-141 Starlifter was the US Air Force’s first major jet aircraft designed to meet military standards as a troop...
That time an XB-70A Valkyrie performed an emergency landing on "tip-toe"
  There was trouble with both sets of main gear. On the left side, the gear had not fully lowered before rotating to meet the direction of travel, leaving the rear wheels higher, rather than lower, than the front set of wheels... The futuristic XB-70A was originally conceived in the 1950s as a high-altitude, nuclear strike bomber that could fly at Mach...
On Feb. 2, 1970 the F-106A (S/N 58-0787) flown by Maj. Gary Foust was involved in a very unusual incident The F-106 featured in the photos of this post was involved in a very unusual incident. On Feb. 2, 1970 the F-106A (S/N 58-0787) flown by Maj. Gary Foust was performing a training mission from Malmstrom Air Force Base (AFB) when...
Jolly Green 22 escaped the trap with 68 bullet holes, a shot-out windshield, and holes through the rotor blades The U.S. Air Force (USAF) developed the Sikorsky HH-3E helicopter, nicknamed the "Jolly Green Giant," to perform combat search and rescue (CSAR) to recover downed Airmen during the Southeast Asia War. A highly modified version of Sikorsky's CH-3 transport helicopter, the...
The B-17F Memphis Belle is an icon that represents the thousands of bomber crews, maintainers, and others supporting the bomber mission, whose service and sacrifice helped win WWII One of the most recognizable symbols of World War II will once again report for duty exactly 75 years after its crew finished their last mission in the war against Nazi Germany...

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