Gate Guards, Outside Museum Displays and Air Parks
Enka Middle School - F-84F April 2014
North Carolina Air National Guard Base - C-130E, F-86L April
2014 - When one turns onto Morris Field Dr. to go to the Carolinas
Aviation Museum the first aircraft they are going to see is this C-130
setting up over the intersection of Morris Field Dr. and Minuteman Way
that goes up to the current location of the museum.
Coming back down the hill from the Museum
affords the best opportunity to photograph this F-86L on display.
This photo was taken from Morris Field Dr.
Carolinas Aviation Museum - C-130, DC-7B, DC-9, F-101, F-102, SSM-N-8
(Regulus) April 2014
Inside the museum.
Below are a couple of photos of the Airbus A320 that is the center piece
of the museum. This is a very interesting and well done exhibit.
It is well worth the trip to Charlotte to see this.
This is the Airbus A320-214 from the
"Miracle on the Hudson" that landed in the Hudson River on January, 15,
2009. Flight 1519 was en-route from New York City to Charlotte,
NC, when it landed in the river with no fatalities. On June 10,
2011 it the aircraft finally made it to Charlotte via tractor trailer.
When looking at the A320, one can see
considerable damage to the aircraft. Most was caused after the
accident in moving the aircraft to storage for inspection and then to
Charlotte. However, this crinkling here of the fuselage was caused
by the impact with the cold waters of the Hudson River.
Bragg Pope Army Air Field (Formerly Pope AFB) - C-47, C-119, C-123,
C-130 May 2012 - This was on the old Pope AFB which is now part of Ft. Bragg.
When visiting the 82nd Airborne Museum shown in the next set of photos
one can drive up and see these four aircraft also. All one needs
to do to get on to Ft. Bragg is show a driver's license and have his
vehicle searched. These two locations are about a mile apart.
Here is a photo of Pope AFB back in
the old days. This is a photo of a photo that is in the 82nd
Airborne Museum Fort Bragg C-7, C-46, C-47, C-119, C-123, C-130,
UH-1 May 2012 - Also included is a US Army Cattle Car.
If you were in the Army, you probably got to ride on one during Basic or
AIT back in the old days.
This my be the last published photo of this
C-130 as according to the Museum Staff it was going be moved the day
after I was here to a spot in the Air Park with the rest of the
aircraft. The move would put it on some higher ground and to my
four o'clock from where I was taking this photo from. There was a
huge amount of construction going at Ft. Bragg so no doubt a new
building or parking lot was going into the location of the C-130.
The building behind the Hercules and across the street is a barracks.
The C-130 should now be located behind the
We are going to
digress. As I was walking around taking aircraft photos and
saw this trailer back by the woods, I thought it was a work trailer for
maintenance on the display aircraft. As I walked up to it the
realization that it was a Cattle Car hit me. I had not seen or
ridden one in over forty years. Not that the last time I ever rode
in one I wanted to see or ride in another. A very cool display.
Looking to the rear from the side door.
Looking to the front from the side door.
Looking the entire length from the rear.
Although the official capacity is listed as 80 I think we also had more
that when we took rides to the ranges in it.
Note the lower left hand photo. There
are not nearly enough soldiers in it. We had packed them in
tighter and standing up.
Havelock: City Hall
AV-8A May 2012
Air Station Cherry Point
Front Gate AV-8B May 2012 This photo were taken
from inside a moving vehicle during arrival for the Cherry Point Air
Show 2012 so the quality is not the best. Don't try this at home,
Havelock: Visitor's Center
A-4, A-6, Ch-46, F-4, F9F, F4B Replica
May 2012 - The four aircraft directly below are just
outside the Visitor Center, with the A-6 being a block away up the road
in the photo below. The Intruder is actually on the front lawn of
the Hampton INN. Located inside the Visitor Center in the main
hall is a replica of a F4B. It has been included in the photos.
Hickory: Hickory Aviation Museum
A-4, A-7, F-4 , F-5, F9F-8T, F-14, F-105, F27, HA-200, T-2, T-33, T-34
The Hickory Aviation Museum is only open on
Saturdays with limited hours for access to the ramp and I was at the
airport on a Thursday. Therefore my photos of the museum's
aircraft on display were all taken from outside the fence.
Along this row from front to back is the
F-5, F27 back on the grass, F9F, HA-200, A-7 and F-14. The F9F
Cougar is new to the Museum in the past year, having received it in 2014
in really bad shape from Moton Field in Tuskegee, AL. The Hickory
Aviation Museum has done an excellent job of restoring this aircraft for
Along this row from front to back at the
Hickory Aviation Museum is T-34, FJ-3, T-33 and T-2. Along the
back of the ramp is the F-4 and just barely visible to its left is the
This photo shows some of the F27 back behind
the rest of the aircraft.
Newton: VFW Post 5305
UH-1 November 2015
Statesville: American Legion Post