Gate Guards, Outside Museum Displays and Air Parks
Legion Post 48 AH-1
Carolina Air National Guard Base
Front Gate F-16 May 2012
Columbia: Fort Jackson - Basic
Combat Training Museum
UH-1B April 2014 - The white building in the background is the
headquarters for Fort Jackson.
Charleston: The Citadel AH-1,
F-4, July 2012 - This was an interesting photo excursion
after spending the day at Fort Sumter, The USS Yorktown and Fort
Moultrie. Never having been to the Citadel I did not know what to
expect. The military college is built around a central parade
ground which has the F-4 in the NW corner and the AH-1 in the SW corner.
Of interest to me was the uniform architecture of the buildings that
make up the college and resemble a fort or obviously a citadel.
The Citadel does not have dorms. They
are barracks which have a courtyard / parade ground in the center of
each building as can be seen through the gate above. No doubt the
cadets get to participate in formations, inspections, PT and all sorts
of other military type harassment and/or discipline building, depending
on how you look at it, in their own barracks courtyard. In looking
at satellite photos of the college the barracks courtyards are painted
or are tiled with red and white squares looking like a checkerboard.
Another Barracks. I would assume that
the freshman get the top floor and the seniors the bottom floor.
As you move up in rank you then don't have to run up and down as many
Even the laundromat is done in citadel type
USS Yorktown Flight Deck A-4, A-6, A-7, E-1B, EA-3B, F-4, F-8,
F-14, F-18, H-3, S-2 July 2012
Deck A-1, B-25, F4F, F6F, F9F, FG-1D, N2S, QH-50, TBM
- It was really, really hot and humid down here in the middle of
I don't remember seeing on other SBD's on
display the cowl guns. This photo shows the starboard side .50
caliber machine gun. A second one is on the port side. These
two .50caliber machine guns accounted for quite a few of the 138
Japanese aircraft accounted for in air to air combat in the Pacific
during WWII. Some of the kills are the result of the rear gunner.
During the Battle of Coral Sea and Midway SBDs were used as low
altitude CAP and intercepted in coming attacking Japanese aircraft.
Early in the war SBDs would also end up dog fighting Japanese Fighters
out of self preservation due to the lack of fighters. The
Dauntless was relativity maneuverable and flown by aggressive Naval
Aviators it could hold its own with the enemy fighters it encountered.
For more on this, see "The Dauntless Dive Bomber of WWII" by Barrett
This B-25 was over the snack bar. Note
that the nose is incorrect and for lack of a better term, funny looking.
At least I have never seen one like this on a B-25. Also the flaps
Deck 1.1 Inch Anti-Aircraft Gun Mount - I am including
this because it is so rare as it was not very successful as outlined in
one of the photos below and were taken of US Navy Ships and replaced by
the 40mm Bofors. No doubt the 1.1 Inch guns were scrapped
immediately for the needed metal during the war, which is why they are
so rare today. This is only the second one I have seen and it is
in excellent condition. You will see these in very early footage
of WWII naval action in the Pacific.
Deck 40mm Anti-Aircraft Gun Mount - This has been added
due to its historical significance. Note the shrapnel damage on
the lower gun mount.
The following two photos
were taken from inside the gift shop. One can search online for
more information. There does not yet seem to be a resolution to
Vietnam Naval Support Base AH-1J, (2)UH-1, UH-34D, PBR July 2012 - This is adjacent to and part of the
Patriot Park display. I was unaware that it was there until I
located it by accident. It is an excellent full scale diorama of a
Vietnam War Era Naval Support Base.
Saint Matthews area:
Front yard of a private residence
T-33 April 2014
Sumter: Shaw Air
Front Gate A-10, B-66 F-4, F-101, O-2 May 2012 - These
photos were taken from inside a moving vehicle during arrival for Shaw
Air Expo 2012 so the quality is not the best. Don't try this at
Sumter: Shaw Air Force Base
Interior F-16, P-47(Plastic Replica) May 2012 - These
photos were taken from inside a moving shuttle bus during arrival for
Shaw Air Expo 2012.