National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Some of the Coolest Aircraft Ever Built were Featured at the Only Public Air Show in XB-70 Valkyrie History

Some of the Coolest Aircraft Ever Built were Featured at the Only Public Air Show in XB-70 Valkyrie History

Taken at Carswell AFB, Texas, in 1966 the cool photo in this post was taken during Combination Open House which… Read More

2 days ago

NASA bids farewell to SOFIA: the unique Boeing 747SP aircraft modified to carry a reflecting telescope made its last flight

NASA Boeing 747SP, registration N747NA, modified to carry a reflecting telescope for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), operated… Read More

4 months ago

Impressive video shows USAF Museum XB-70 Valkyrie Mach 3 bomber being pushed outside for gallery redesign last October

On Oct. 6, 2020 the North American XB-70 Valkyrie was pushed outside for a day as part of a gallery… Read More

1 year ago

XQ-58A Valkyrie Tail #1 slated to go to USAF Museum after just four flights

The XQ-58A was the first aircraft developed in partnership between AFRL and Kratos Defense & Security Solutions to be a… Read More

2 years ago

In 1953 this North Korean pilot flew its MiG-15 to South Korea. And Chuck Yeager flight-tested it.

Below the gunsight on Lt. No Kum-Sok’s MiG-15 was the following admonition in red Korean characters: "Pour out and zero… Read More

2 years ago

Impressive Video shows XB-70 Valkyrie Mach 3 Strategic Bomber Final Landing

The impressive video in this post shows the iconic XB-70 Valkyrie making its final landing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base… Read More

3 years ago

Interesting Video Features YF-23 First Appearance on the World Stage

The clip also features what the news media had to say at the time about the YF23 and the YF-22,… Read More

3 years ago

Blackbird final landing: Emotional video shows SR-71A arriving at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

On Mar. 21, 1968 in this aircraft, Maj. (later Gen.) Jerome F. O'Malley and Maj. Edward D. Payne made the… Read More

4 years ago

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… Read More

4 years ago

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… Read More

4 years ago

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… Read More

4 years ago

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… Read More

4 years ago

THAT TIME AN UNPILOTED F-106 INTERCEPTOR  AUTONOMOUSLY LANDED IN A SNOW-COVERED FIELD

On Feb. 2, 1970 the F-106A (S/N 58-0787) flown by Maj. Gary Foust was involved in a very unusual incident… Read More

5 years ago

THIS HH-3E CSAR HELICOPTER RETURNED TO BASE WITH 68 BULLET HOLES

Jolly Green 22 escaped the trap with 68 bullet holes, a shot-out windshield, and holes through the rotor blades The… Read More

6 years ago

LEGENDARY B-17F MEMPHIS BELLE TO BE PLACED ON PUBLIC DISPLAY AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE ON MAY 17, 2018

The B-17F Memphis Belle is an icon that represents the thousands of bomber crews, maintainers, and others supporting the bomber… Read More

6 years ago