Aircraft

Aircraft of the Museum

North American P-51D Mustang

The most famous fighter plane built by the US during World War II, the Mustang escorted Allied bombers all the way to Berlin, Germany and back to bases in England. Its brave pilots could out-fight anything the enemy sent up against it. Our P-51 saw service in Europe during WWII. Late in the war, P-51’s also escorted B-29s from their bases in the south Pacific to Tokyo and back. The fighter also supported infantry, flying ground attack missions during the Korean War.

Photographer: John Dibbs – The Plane Picture Company

Vought F4U-5N Corsair

Major Greg (“Pappy”) Boyington, whose exploits were depicted in his book and TV show entitled “Baa Baa Black Sheep”, helped to ensure the “Bent Wing Bird’s” place in history. Early versions wrought havoc against the Japanese during World War II. The “Dash 5” was loved by every infantryman who fought the communist invaders during the Korean War. Our example flew combat missions during that war. The Corsair’s combination of bombs, rockets and lethal cannon fire denied the enemy the use of road convoys and railways during daylight. It was also a very successful night fighter.

Photographer: The Aviation Photography of Philip Makanna

 

Ryan PT-22 Recruit

This aircraft was used to train pilots during World War Two. The recruit was tricky to land, but was well liked by all who flew it.

Photographer: Gregg Benshoof

 

Fleet Model 9

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Photographer: Gregg Benshoof

 

1928 Stearman C3B

Added to the museum’s collection in October 2011.

 

Beechcraft T-34 Mentor

 

 

 

 

 

 

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