Gate Guards, Outside Museum Displays and Air Parks
School A-4 May 2010
Main Gate to the NAS A-7 May 2010
Alameda: USS Hornet
FM-2, F-4, F-14, S-2, S-3 May 2010 - There were only three
aircraft on the flight deck but an FM-2 or F4F and S-2 were under
restoration in the hangar deck.
Castle Air Museum A-4, A-26, B-17, B-18, B-24, B-25, B-29, B-45,
B-47, B-52, B-57, BT-13, C-45, C-46, C-47, C-60, C-119, C-123, C-131,
CF-100, F-4, F-14, F-80, F-84F, F-86, F-89, F-100, F-101, F-102, F-104,
F-105, F-106, F-111, HH-43, HU-16, KC-97, KC-135, O-2, RB-36, R5D,
SR-71, T-6, T-33, T-34, U-3A, U-6A, Vulcan, WB-50 May 2009
- There is an excellent and well maintained collection of aircraft
at the site of the former Castle AFB. Two rare former warbirds
featured below are the North American B-45 and and RB-36H. The
only other B-45 I know of is at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH.
This SR-71 stands guard at the front gate.
The rare B-45. It was the first
multi-engine jet powered aircraft put into service by the US.
Note the nose location for the
B-36s are rare commodities at aviation
museums. This excellent RB-36H has the 20mm guns in the nose and
the top turret opened up.
An excellent view of the 20mms and their
ammunition feeds. In normal flight the turret retracts into the
aircraft for better aerodynamics with the sliding doors covering the top
of the aircraft. Armed with (16) 20mm cannons, during firing
practice the recoil from the guns would shake loose electrical wiring
and electronic tubes from their sockets, disabling aircraft controls and
navigation equipment, leading to the crash of one B-36 in 1950.
Another view showing a radar dome and
opening for a camera.
This nose art on the C-47 looked to be brand
The Douglas B-18 Bolo is also rare at
Saxon Aerospace Museum F-4 May 2010
Planes of Fame Air Museum (2)A-4, C-45, C-60, FJ-3, F7F, F-8,
F-84, F-86, F-100, F-104, L-18, L-29, Mig-15, Mig-17, RF-84K, T-2, T-33,
X-2 May 2013 - Some of the aircraft are in a small
area awaiting restoration while others have been restored for static
This former drone was able to land after
taking some hits in the tails section. Interesting and different
This Bell X-2 fuselage is awaiting the wings
to complete the restoration.
This Tigercat will make a nice restoration
Planes of Fame Air Museum B-17, DC-3 May 2009 -
Outside in front of the museum complex.
There is a project and fund raising campaign
underway to return this B-17 to flying condition.
Yanks Air Museum C-131 May 2009 In May
2013 this was no longer on display out in front of the museum. DDJ
Airport S-2 May 2009
See a complete photo
file on this aircraft at my Grumman Tracker Website:
Trackers-My Photo File
I wish to thank Airport Director and Manager
Jim Thomas in assisting me in obtaining this and other photos. Old
Tanker 76 is on the other side of an active runway from the airport
operations so Jim was gracious enough to escort me to the aircraft and
also explain its history to me.
AFB Museum A-26, B-29,
B-52, C-7, (2)C-45, C-47, C-56, C-118, C-119, C-123, C-124, C-131,
C-133, F-84F, F-86L, F-100, F-101, F-102, F-104, F-105, HU-16, LC-126,
This LC-126 is the US Air Force version of
the Cessna 195. This is very rare and is the first one I have
Inside the Museum is this electro-mechanical
tracking computer. Back before the days of digital electronics
analog computers of this type used gears and electrical motors to do the
This is exactly how I thought it worked.
Travis AFB: Display at on base
intersection C-141 May 2010
ARNG Base at Airport
F-4, F-86A, F-86L, F-102, F-106, P-51, T-33 May
Airport F-104 May
Edwards AFB May 2009 Edwards AFB has multiple
locations. Currently it can be toured by previous arrangements the
first and third Friday's of the month.
Aircraft Display outside
the front gate - F100, F-101, F-104, F-105, F-106, YC-16 This
is accessible all of the time as it is outside the front gate.
Museum - A-7, A-10, B-52, CH-34,
F-4, F-84, F-111, HH-3, Meteor, SR-71, T-28, T-33 The museum
is currently only available on the pre-arranged tour. There plans
to eventually move it outside the gate where it would be accessible to
the public at all times. The move of course depends on funding
which may not be available for a while.
NASA Dryden Center
- F-8, F-104, HL-10, SR-71, X-1E, X-15, X-29
Various display aircraft around the base
- F-4, F-16, F-86, P-59, T-38 These do not include all
of the aircraft located around the base but only the ones that I could
photograph as the tour bus passed the various displays. All of the
following photos were taken from inside a moving bus.
Hemet: California Fire Air
Attack Base at Airport, Lloyd M Venable Memorial Park S-2
Lancaster: Clear Channel Station
F-18 May 2009
Convair 990, EF-4C May 2009
Palm Springs: Palm Springs Air
Museum May 2009
Aircraft in front of museum
A-4, A-6, F-14, F-18
Aircraft in back of museum in 2010
that were not there in 2009: AH-1, PV-2, TBM
Aircraft in back of museum in 2009: C-1A,
C-47, F-4, H-34, PBY
Palmdale: Black Bird Park
A-12, Drone, F-111, SR-71, U-2 May 2009
Taken from the parking lot this photo takes
in the A-12, F-111A, SR-71 and U-2.
Palmdale: Joe Davies Air Park Lockheed Plant Plant
42 A-4, A-7, B-52, C-46, C-140, F-4, F-5, F-14, F-86, F-100,
F-101, F-104, F-105, T-33, T-38, Triumph 143 May 2009
One of a kind Scaled Composites
Palmdale: Lockheed Plant Plant 10
F-16, F-104, T-33 May 2009
Portersville: Airport A-4
Traffic Roundabout at China Lake Naval Weapons Center
Air Park at China Lake Naval Weapons Center
A-4, A-6, A-7, F4D, F11F, FJ-1 May
This particular Grumman F11F Tiger, Bureau
Number 138647 set a world's altitude record of 74,939 feet on April 18,
1958. Then in the 70's it was the Gate Guard at the main gate a
This Douglas F4D Skyray is also a world
record holder and is one of the two prototypes built in 1950.. On
October 3, 1953, over a 3km closed course, it set a world speed record
of 725.944 mph.
F4D 124587 then on October 16, 1953 set
another world speed record on the 100 km closed course of 728.11 mph.
124587 is the only remaining Skyray prototype left.
Museum at China Lake Naval Weapons Center
AD-4N, F-18A, Polaris AI May
Riverside: March Field Air Museum,
P-38 Association Museum, Aircraft Display in front of the Museum
Outside on display:
A-1, A-4, A-7, A-9, A-26, AH-1, AN-2,
B-17, B-25, B-29, B-47, B-52, B-57, C-45, C-47, C-119, C-123, C-131,
C-141, CT-39, D-21, (2)F-4. F-14, F-15, F-84C, F-84F, F-86, F-86L, F-89,
F-100, F-101, F-102, F-104,
(2)F-105, F-111, Gnat, HU-16, H-21, KC-97, KC-135, Mig-15, Mig-17,
Mig-19, Mig-21, Mig-23, O-2, R50, SNJ, SR-71, T-33, T-37, U-9, UH-1, Val
The rare, one of only two built, Northrop
Note that the sign painter spelt Northrop
There are conflicting reports on where the
second aircraft is. At one time it was at Castle AFB but it was
not at the museum when I was there in May 2009 nor does the Museum there
have it listed. Also Edwards AFB has been named as a location but
it is not at the museum there. However, there are many displays
located all over the base where it could be. Also Aerial Visuals
does not have it listed on its database anywhere.
This photo gallery contains the outside
This photo gallery contains the outside
display aircraft noseart:
Display at the front of the Museum:
A-37, T-38, Minuteman II
Inside the Museum on display:
Turbo Charger from a Republic P-47.
There is space on the side of the cockpit
for crewmembers to use to move around in during flight.
This is looking down into the
bombardier/navigator's position in the nose. Part of his green
seat can be seen behind the radar scope.
See the photo gallery below for more photos
of this fascinating display.
In 1940 there was nothing around March Field but farmers' fields.
Today it is wall to wall people and civilization.
Runways are being added and there looks to be civilization creeping in.
Bob Hope did his first USO show at March Field.
Inside the P-38 Association Museum on display:
This is on the same grounds to the March Museum and admission paid when
coming into the March facility gets one into the P-38 building at no
extra cost. However, the P-38 building may only be open on
A replica of Dick Bong's P-38 nose art
signed by his wife Marge Bong Drucker. Mrs. Drucker passed away at
age79 in 2003 and in the later stages of her life returned to Superior
WI, to work on the opening of the Richard I Bong Veterans Historical
Center in that location.
Inside the P-38 Museum is a full size
replica of a Lightning along with the Allison V-1710 above.
The Aerospace Museum of California at
McClellan Park A-1, A-4, A-7, A-10, C-45, C-47, C-119,
C-131, EC-121, Falcon 10, F-4, F-15, F-80, F-84, (2)F-86, F-100, F-101,
F-102, F-104, F-105, F-106, F-111, HH-3, Mig-17, Mig-21, S-2, T-6, T-28,
T-33, T-39, May 2009
San Diego: San Diego Air & Space
Museum A-12, Sea Dart May 2009
San Diego: Flying Leatherneck
Aviation Museum, Miramar Marine Air Station (4) A-4, A-6,
AH-1, CH-34, CH-46, CH-53, FJ, F3D, F4U, F-4D, F9F, F9F-8P, (2)F-4, F-5,
(2)F-8, F-18, HRS-3, HUP-2, OV-10, PBJ, SNJ, TBM, May 2009 -
This is currently an outside display for the aircraft, with a small but
well laid out in door museum. Plans are being laid to build a
larger facility and move many of the aircraft inside.
One of four Skyhawks on display at the
Very rare Douglas F3D Skyknight.
A just as rare F4D Skyray.
According to one of the docents at the
museum, this was the last helicopter out of South Vietnam in 1975.
He should know because he was on it at the time.
Nice F4U Corsair.
San Diego: USS Midway
A-1, A-3, A-4, RA-5, A-6, A-7, C-1A, CH-46, E-2C, F9F, F9F-8P, F-4, F-8,
F-14, F-18, S-3, SBD, SH-2, SH-3, SH-34, SNJ, T-2, TBM, UH-1 May 2009
Santa Monica: Donald Douglas
Tribute south side of Santa Monica Airport DC-3 May 2010 -
This display seemed to be rather new and is also the site of the new
home of The Museum of Flying which closed and sold its aircraft many
Santa Rosa: Pacific Coast Air
Museum at Charles Shultz Airport A-4, A-6, A-7, A-26, AV-8C,
CH-34, D-21, F-4, F-5, F-8, F-14, F-16, F-84, F-86, F-105, F-106, HU-16,
IL-14, S-2, T-33, T-37, T-38, UH-1 May 2010 -
All of the aircraft are outside at the Museum. Since I was
there it has aquired an F-15 that was a first responder on 9-11 out of
Otis Air National Guard Base in MA.
This IL-14 was was purchased by PACM from
the US Government and flown to this location from Stead AFB in Reno, NV.
It had been purchased to better understand Soviet air cargo capability
but the end of the Cold War erased that need. This is the first
one I have seen on display.
This S-2 is a veteran of not only the US
Navy but of the CDF as an air tanker in California fighting forest
The refueling receptacle on the F-84.
American Legion Post 632 at the Stockton Airport AH-1 May 2009
- This Cobra may not be in location for very much longer. The
airport is undergoing extensive redevelopment. The only two WWII
era buildings left are the Legion pictured behind the UH-1 and a old
warehouse building to the north. The Legion is in what appears to
be an old "Day Room" or "CQ" building. One can see the new
construction in the right of the photo below. It is representative
of the prefab concrete construction going up all around this location.
Amador County Airport F-86 May 2009
Tulare: AMVETS Road Side Memorial
Display B-17, F-4 May 2009 The F-4 was dedicated
by Tulare County AMVETS Posts 56 and 65 on May 30, 1994.
Victorville: Airport F-86 May 2009
Academy for Academic Excellence T-38 May 2009
Yuba City: Beale AFB Front
Gate T-38 May 2010
Yuba City: Museum of Forgotten
Warriors H-23, UH-1 May 2010