Guards, Outside Museum Displays and Air Parks
Flight Museum - F-104, F-105, Mig-17, Mig-21, S-2, UH-1, Jetstar
II October 2009 - The Museum has an excellent collection
of aircraft inside and during the air show season takes some out to
Austin: Camp Mabry
Army National Guard Base - AH-1, F-4, F-86, (2)UH-1
Austin: VFW Post
3377 - F-4 November 2009
Memorial Park - F-101 March 2009
Courthouse - A-4 November 2009
Big Spring: Hangar
25 Air Museum AV-8B October 2010
Big Spring: Vietnam
Memorial AH-1, F-4, UH-1 October 2010
USS Lexington - A-3, (3)A-4, A-6, A-7, AH-1, F2H, F-4, F9F-8T,
F-14, F-18, GH-3N2S, (2)SNJ, TBM, T-2, T-28, T-34 October 2009
A-4 Gate Guard at the entrance to the USS
This Douglas SBD crashed and sank in Lake
Michigan on July 24, 1943 in a training accident. It is being
rebuilt by the volunteers on the Lexington.
Note the Wright R-1820 engine in the
foreground ready to be reinstalled.
Navarro College - F-4 October 2009 - This F-4 Phantom
needs to have some work done on it. It is missing a nose wheel and
the starboard side wing extension is not down. The aircraft does
have nice paint.
Wing extension is down but des not appear to
be locked. One of the nose wheels is missing.
Notice on the starboard side the wing
extension is folded up. This is not the case on the port side.
Frontiers of Flight Museum - F-105, T-33, UH-1 April 2011 -
The Thud had just arrived at the Museum early in 2011.
Former Perrin AFB / Perrin AFB Museum - F-86L October 2010
The day I was here contractors were working
on putting in the brickwork around the Sabre which had just previously
been put on display. The building with the blue roof is the Perrin
AFB Museum which had also just previously moved into this new building.
This boulevard was the main road into the former base and behind the
water tower is the flight line.
Ft Bliss, Biggs Field - OV-1D, RC-12D October 2008 Both of
these photos were taken from inside a moving school bus passing through
Biggs Field on the way to the Amigo Air Show, which was being held out
on the northeast end of the main runway at the Field. The RC-12D
has apparently taken the place of a C-47 that used to be on display in
the same location.
Ft. Bliss, Air Defense Artillery Museum - Cobra, Nike Ajax, Nike Hercules V-2;
Training School - Hawk Missile Launcher January 2008
Fort Worth: Lockheed F-35
Manufacturing Plant - F-35 Antenna Testing Model
October 2009 and April 2011 - Photo taken from I-820 from at least a half a mile
away. This full scale model lets the Lockheed test engineers do
outside testing on the various antennas that are embedded in the
aircraft wings and fuselage. There are no external antennas on the
F-35 to detract from its stealth characteristics.
This was taken from NAS Ft. Worth Joint
Reserve Base during Air Power Expo 2011.
Fort Worth: OV-10 Bronco Museum and
Veteran's Memorial Air Park -
(2)A-4, A-7, (2)F-4, F-5, F-8, F-14, F-105, F-111, O-2, (3)OV-10, T-37,
October 2009 - The OV-10 Bronco Museum was in the process of
finishing up a move to the south side of Meacham Airport from its
previous location at Vintage Flying Museum when I visited on October 30,
2009. President of the OV-10 Association Terry Tabor was kind
enough to meet me and show me around the new facilities. When
complete the museum building will not only house the OV-10 Bronco
Museum, but the Forward Air Controllers and B-36 museums as well.
Outside of the museum the Veteran's Memorial Air Park that is intended to feature aircraft
that were used in the forward air controllers as much as possible.
When complete the entire complex will cover one city block and be very
accessible to the public from a main city street. All aircraft
except the F-14 and F-105 had already been moved down from the previous
display location and were being readied for movement into final display locations.
At the time I was there the organization had 16 aircraft for the air
park which is just about all that will be able to be located in the
I want to thank Terry Tabor for taking
several hours to personally show me around and explain the history of
the aircraft and the OV-10 Bronco Association. More can be learned
about the group at: OV-10
The last time many of us saw this F-5 it
supposedly had an F-14 flying upside down over it in the opening scenes
of the movie "Top Gun". It was one of two F-5's that were used in
the making of the film. The other F-5 from the movie is in
Glenville, NY at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum.
This is one of two OV-10s at the museum,
this one in USMC markings.
The second OV-10 in USAF colors.
This is one of two A-4s the group has for
display. It was expected to have the two parts back together by
the end of the weekend I was there. This demonstrates how the back
half of the aircraft comes off in order to replace an engine.
Terry was estimating it would take about 6 persons to lift the rear
section for reassembly.
One of the two F-4 Phantoms that are on
This is actually a wooden mockup that ended
up in a junk yard and had to be retrieved by the group to save for
This is the last US Navy F-14 to fly.
It achieved that feat by flying into Meacham Airport in the cargo hold
of a USAF C-5 after the F-14s had been pulled from US Navy service.
The nation of Iran still has a few flyable F-14s that were seen flying
With Vought at Grand Prairie in the Dallas
area, the OV-10 Association has been able to arrange for Vought Retirees
to rebuild this F-8 Crusader to original print specifications. It
will be pristine when complete.
Fort Worth: NAS Fort Worth Joint
Reserve Base A-4, (2)F-4, F-16, (2)F-18, F-80, F-86, F-105, H-34,
OH-58, UH-1 April 2011 - Photos were taken of the
aircraft while entering and exiting from Air Power Expo 2011.
Several of the photos were taken from a moving vehicle as due to the
traffic flow there was no place to park and get out to take photos.
Therefore a couple of the shots may be a touch out of focus But I think
I got a photo of each aircraft along the main road into what used to be
Carswell AFB. Being a Joint Reserve Base allows for aircraft from
all the services to be on display.
This is the gate guard at the front gate on
the west side of the road going in.
This is the same F-18 on the way out.
This is about the best we could do to get
the A-4. Most of the rest of the picture has been cropped so we
end up a little fuzzy.
Galveston: Lone Star Flight Museum
- F-100 March 2009
Harwood: Tactical Paintball @ I-10
and FM Road & 94
(2) UH-1 November 2009
Houston: Ellington Airport -
KC-135 March 2009 - NASA has a facility at this location
for its T-38s along with 2 WB-57s.
Houston: Johnson Space Center -
(2)T-38 March 2009 - This is the public entrance to the
Space Center which is for tourists.
Houston: American Legion Post 490 -
F-84 March 2009
Silent Wings Museum C-47 (R4D-6S) October 2010
- This C-47B built by Douglas at Oklahoma City, OK in 1942 was
one of 148 that the US Navy took during WWII and used for anti-submarine
patrols along the eastern seaboard. The anti-submarine mission is
denoted by the 6S designation. I was unaware that this type
aircraft was used for this mission.
State School T-33 October 2010
Science Spectrum Museum T-38 October 2010
Midland: Commemorative Air Force
PV-2D May 2009 I had conversation with the
folks at the CAF after I returned from my trip as to why this aircraft
is sitting outside while there is plenty of hangar space right behind
it. I was told this is actually on loan from the Naval Aviation
Museum in Pensacola, FL and that there were plans to get it moved.
In order for that to happen new tires have to be purchased and installed
to be able to actually move the Harpoon.
October 2010 - These photos were
taken during the Annual CAF Airsho.
Midland: Commemorative Air Force -
Salute to Airmen in Vietnam AH-1, F-4, F-100, F-105, UH-1
Midland: Army National Guard at the
airport UH-1 October 2010
Airport T-33 October 2010 - Looks like these pilots are
getting ready to eject.
American Legion Post 521 F-4 November 2009
San Angelo - High School T-33
San Angelo - Vietnam Veterans of America
Memorial at Airport UH-1
This is UH-1H S/N 65-09889.
Slayton: Texas Air Museum (Caprock
Chapter) at airport AH-1, F9F, F-4, F-14, F-18, F-105, T-2, T-33
Stanton: Sam's Surplus UH-1
October 2010 - This is at exit 156 on I-20 and is on the north west
corner of the interchange. It can be seen plainly from the
City Park T-33. UH-1
Texarkana: Military Surplus Yard
F-111 October 2010 - This is on the north side of I-30
at mile marker 213. It is very visible from the Interstate and is
located along the frontage road.
Texas City: Bay Street City Park
F-100 March 2009