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1975 F14-A Tomcat

Manufactured by Grumman

f-14_85The Tomcat is a "variable geometry" aircraft in that the wings can be extended at right angles to the fuselage for takeoff and landing and can be swept back for cruise. The ship can move through the sound barrier and achieve a speed of Mach Two — or roughly 1,400 miles per hour. It can operate up to 500 miles from its carrier base.

The key to the success of the F-14 lies in its Hughes radar. This instrumentation can paint six enemy aircraft at a range of roughly 85 miles even though the craft are flying at different altitudes, different speeds and in different directions. The F-14 can then launch six Phoenix missiles at the six targets. Each Phoenix missile has onboard radar and can calculate its own intercept. Thus, the F-14 launches the ordinance, turns and goes home.

The F-14 can also carry multiple Sparrow air to air missiles which are guided by either radar or infrared sensing along with four sidewinder air to air missiles and both "smart" and "dumb" bombs.

The F-14 entered the Navy inventory in 1972.

The Tomcat performs many tasks but its principal job is to protect the carrier battle group. Flying with a second Tomcat and the E-2 Hawkeye with long range radar, the three ships constitute a combat air patrol which is in the air twenty four hours a day. The carrier battle group can consist of ten warships costing the taxpayers 15 billion dollars and manned with a crew of 10,000 sailors. This battle group can muster more firepower than the entire armed forces of England. Hence, extensive protection is required.


Star Wars X-Wing Fighter

X-Wing Starfighter
1926 Eaglerock Aircraft
Eagle II

1943 UC-45 Expeditor

Manufactured by Beech
Transport1943 UC-45 Expeditor

 Beech Aircraft Co. sold its first Model 18, or Twin Beech, in June of 1937. The US Army Air Corps first became interested in 1939 after foreign orders were placed for pilot training and light bomber versions. The first US Army orders were placed with Beech in 1940, for a light transport aircraft to be known as the C-45. Even before the US entry into WWII, the design was recognized as extremely versatile and orders for training models increased dramatically.

During the war years, over 5,400 aircraft were delivered to the US Army and Navy. These included the AT-11 bombardier/gunner trainer, the AT-7 navigator trainer, the F-2 photo-recon aircraft, and the C-45.

Starting in 1949, almost half of the military versions were re-manufactured by Beech, with the last C-45s serving until 1964. After a 32 year production run, the last Twin Beech was delivered in November of 1969.

Our UC-45 Expeditor

AT-11 42-37496 was delivered to the Army Air Forces in September 1943. Like many trainer versions, it was rebuilt after the war to standard Twin Beech configuration. For this reason, the aircraft is displayed as a C-45.


  • Role/Category: Transport
  • Wingspan: 47 feet, 8 inches
  • Length: Fuselage - 34 feet, 3 inches
  • Height: 9 feet, 4 inches
  • Weight: 5,870 lbs. empty, 8,800 lbs. maximum
  • Powerplant: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-3 9-cylinder Wasp Jr. radial engines, 450 hp each
  • Speed: maximum: 260 mph, normal cruise: 170 mph
  • Ceiling: 20,000 feet
  • Crew: pilot or pilot and co-pilot, 3-6 passengers
  • Armament: None
  • Payload: 3,000 lbs


Primary Glider

Homebuilt1926 Eaglerock Aircraft

At the end of WWI, the Treaty of Versailles prohibited the Germans from producing powered aircraft. Their passion for flying, however, turned their efforts to building and flying gliders. These were launched from hillsides with cables and bungees and civilian flying clubs became popular, especially in the Rhon Mountains. German military leaders soon recognized the potential and began subsidizing these clubs to insure that German youths were encouraged in aviation. Thus evolved the training of future Luftwaffe pilots.

In September 1977, Lt. Col. Frank McDonald, USAF (Ret) of Fort Collins flew this glider for the first time. Designed and built as part of his master's thesis in Industrial Arts Ed. at CSU, it was patterned after those German gliders of the 1920's.


1960 U-3A Blue Canoe

1926 Eaglerock Aircraft

Manufactured by Cessna

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1952 T-33A T-Bir

1952 T-33A T-Bird
Manufactured by Lockheed

 The T-Bird was the first jet powered trainer to enter service with the USAF. Based upon a lengthened F-80 "Shooting Star" fighter, nearly 5,700 T-Birds were built between 1949 and 1959. This was almost 3 times the number of all F-80 fighter models built.

First flown in March 1948 as the TF-80C, The T-Bird became operational a year later as the T-33A and served in USAF basic jet pilot training throughout the 1950's. Many were also scattered among the USAF bases to provide transition training to the Jet Age. Still flying for some countries, the last T-Bird fleet was retired from USAF service in 1988. The US Navy also operated a specially modified version of the T-Bird designated the T2V-1 SeaStar. The SeaStar was used to train Naval Aviators in flight operations from both land bases and aircraft carriers.


  • Role/Category: Trainer
  • Wingspan: 38 feet, 10 1/2 inches
  • Length: 37 feet, 9 inches
  • Height: 11 feet, 4 inches
  • Weight: 15,100 lbs. normal operating weight
  • Powerplant: one Allison J33-A-35 turbojet providing 4,600 lbs. of thrust
  • Speed: 581 mph (505 knots) or Mach .8 above 4000 feet normal cruise - 466 mph (405 knots)
  • Ceiling: 47,500 feet
  • Crew: 2 pilots
  • Armament: two .50 caliber machine guns on early aircraft


1955 RF-84K Thunderflash

Manufactured by Republic
Reconnaissance1955 RF-84K Thunderflash

 After entering the Air Force inventory in 1953, the F-84 proved to be useful as a long range fighter-bomber. Here, we see the reconnaissance variant, the RF-84-K, which mounted six cameras behind the transparencies you see in the nose.

Also note the hook you see on top of the fuselage near the nose. This hook was devised to let the F-84.K attach to a trapeze fitted below a huge B-36 bomber. The idea would permit the F-84-K to photograph parts of the world it could not reach because orits relatively short range. Carried below the B-36, it could be transported to a distant clime, detach from the B-36, fly its photo mission, return to the B-36, reattach using the hook, and be carried home. Ten B-36 bombers and ten F-84's were modified for this purpose.

So far as is known, no successful hookups were ever made. The massive downwash from the huge B-36 wing could not be overcome by the little F-84.

The F-84 fighter flew in the Korean War. Unfortunately, it was often surpassed by the Russian MIG-15 jets flown by North Korean, Chinese and Russian aviators.


  • Role/Category: Reconnaissance
  • Powerplant: single jet engine with 7,800 pounds of thrust
  • Speed: 600 mph, can climb 8,000 feet in the first minute

1944 Trainer

Manufactured by Link
Trainer1944 Trainer

 This is the World War II version of the Link Trainer. The purpose of this equipment was to teach the student pilot to fly his airplane without any outside reference. The student would enter the trainer, close the hatch, close the door and turn on the lights. All he could see was the instrument panel.

At the desk sat the operator. It was his job to put the Link Trainer into unusual flight attitudes and let the student recover to level flight using only the instruments. The trainer could also fly "patterns" such as approach and departure patterns, ground controlled approaches, etc.

Following many hours of training in the Link, the student was permitted to fly a real airplane on instruments. They found that actual flying on instruments was much easier than flying the Link Trainer.

The Link Trainer has evolved into the highly sophisticated flight simulators used to train pilots to fly aircraft with complex systems.


  • Role/Category: Trainer


1939 J-3-65 Piper Cub

Manufactured by Piper
Civilian Aircraft1939 J-3-65 Piper Cub

 The 65 horsepower Piper Cub was first approved in 1937 as a new entry into a long line of "cub-type" aircraft extending back into the early 1930's. Thousands of "Piper Cubs" were built until the plane was phased out in 1975. You can still buy a J-3-65 "Piper Cub", but it will mount a 150 or 180 horsepower engine rather than the old 65 horsepower Continental and it will be called a "Super Cub". These Super Cubs can be seen all over the world where they are widely used by back-country pilots. They are good "short field" performers.

At one time, J-3-65 Piper Cubs were everywhere in the world. They were usually tied down outside in the weather and often deteriorated quite rapidly. Today, the J-3-65 is hard to find. Those who like the breed will need to pay 25 to 30 thousand dollars for a licensed J-3-65 Piper Cub. This is roughly twenty times what they sold for in 1937.

The J-3-65 Piper Cub was used to train thousands of pilots in peacetime as well as wartime. Prior to and during World War Two, the J-3-65 Cub was a popular trainer in the Civilian Pilot Training Program. It was known as the L-4 by the U. S. Army where it was used for liaison and courier duties as well as by forward observers who served as spotters for artillery and ground attack aircraft.

With a cruising speed of 80 miles per hour, the Piper Cub is a very stable machine, easy to fly and quite docile. In the hands of a good Cub pilot, the ship can do a number of primary aerobatic maneuvers and do them very well. It was and is a great airplane for the sport pilots who fly on warm Sunday afternoons.


  • Role/Category: Civilian
  • Powerplant: 65 horsepower Continental engine

1938 B-18A Bolo

Manufactured by Douglas
Bomber1938 B-18A Bolo

 The B-18 was designed to meet a 1934 U.S. Army Air Corps requirement for a bomber to replace the Martin B-10. Based upon Douglas' proven DC-2 and DC-3 commercial airliners, the B-18 was one of three aircraft in contention for the Air Corps contract. The DB-1, as the B-18 was initially designated, won the competition and deliveries began in February 1937.

Equipping both bomber and reconnaissance squadrons, the B-18 was joined in May 1938 by an improved model, the B-18A. By 1940, the Bolo was the most numerous bomber in Air Corps service, but its days as a first-line aircraft were ending. Although being replaced by newer models in the U.S. based groups, the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 found the Bolo as still the most common bomber in use overseas. Virtually wiped out on the ground, the B-18s played no significant role in the Pacific theater of operations.

The Bolo was employed as an anti-submarine patrol plane on the east coast of the U.S. and in the Caribbean area, where it pioneered the use of Airborne Surface Vessel detection radar. The B-18s patrolled the Panama Canal Zone and served in the defense of Alaska against Japanese invasion forces.

Withdrawn from use as a bomber, the majority of B-18s served as cargo, transport or training aircraft, many as bombardier trainers. A few Bolos were used in the development of U.S. Army paratroop training programs.

Declared surplus in 1944, most Bolos were available inexpensively for use as cargo planes or crop sprayers, with some still working into the late 1960s.

Douglas built 133 B-18 and 217 B-18A aircraft for the Air Corps. Only five are preserved in museums today.

Our B-18A Bolo

Click here for a detailed history of the museum's B-18. Thanks to museum volunteer Dave Tomecek for an outstanding job in researching and writing this article. (PDF file) Specifications

  • Role/Category: Bomber
  • Wingspan: 89 feet, 6 inches
  • Length: 57 feet, 10 inches
  • Height: 15 feet, 2 inches
  • Weight: 24,000 lbs. design, 27,000 lbs. maximum
  • Powerplant: Two 1,000 hp Wright R-1820-53 Cyclone nine-cylinder radial piston engines
  • Speed: maximum: 215 mph, normal cruise: 167 mph
  • Ceiling: 23,900 feet
  • Crew: seven: pilot, co-pilot, radio operator, bombardier/navigator, and three gunners
  • Armament: three .30 caliber M-2 machine guns located in nose, retractable dorsal, and ventral positions
  • Payload: 2,400 lbs. design, 4,400 lbs. maximum


1950 Nord

Manufactured by -
Trainer Aircraft1950 Nord

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1972 Corsair II

Manufactured by Vought

1972 Corsair II The A-7D Corsair II is a single seat, subsonic close air support and interdiction aircraft. Originally produced for the US Navy, the A-7 made its first flight in September 1965. A total of 459 A-7Ds were delivered to the USAF between 1968 and 1976. The aircraft's outstanding target kill capability, first demonstrated in Southeast Asia, was achieved with the aid of a continuous-solution navigation and weapon delivery system, including all-weather radar bomb delivery.

Thirty-one A-7K combat-capable two-seat training models were delivered from 1981. Beginning in 1973 most A-7Ds were assigned to Air National Guard units. The Colorado Air National Guard 140th Tactical Fighter Wing flew the A-7Ds from 1974 until 1991. The last of the A-7D fleet was retired from service by the beginning of 1994.


  • Role/Category: Fighter
  • Wingspan: 38 feet, 9 inches
  • Length: 46 feet, 1.5 inches
  • Height: 16 feet, .75 inches
  • Weight: 19,780 Ibs empty, Maximum Take-Off Weight - 42,000 1bs
  • Powerplant: One Allison TF41-A-1 non-afterburning turbofan engine; 14,500 lb thrust
  • Speed: 698 mph (606 knots) or .9 Mach
  • Ceiling: 42,000 feet
  • Crew: One Pilot
  • Armament: One M-61A1 20mm cannon; up to 15,000 lbs of air-to-air or air-to-surface missiles, bombs, rockets, or gunpods on six underwing and two fuselage attachments


1970 B1-A Lancer

Manufactured by Rockwell

1970 B1-A Lancer The B-1A was designed in the late 1960s as a new generation strategic bomber. The B-1A has a Variable Geometry wing and an ejectable crew module. The B-1's wings are extended for low speed operation and swept rearward for high speed flight. The first three B-1As did not have ejection seats, instead the entire cockpit section could be separated from the aircraft in an emergency. Four B-1A prototypes were built before the program was canceled in 1977. In 1981, President Reagan revived the project with a contract for 100 B-1Bs. As a result of changing mission requirements, the production B-1B is a high subsonic version (but capable of Mach 1 flight) of the B-1A and has a much heavier weight-carrying capability. Further, the B-1B has 1/100th the radar cross section and can carry 1 1/2 times the weapons load weight of a B-52.

With in-flight refueling, the B-1B can deliver a payload to virtually any point on the planet in a matter of hours from their base in Virginia.

Our B1A Lancer

The B-1A on display is the third prototype built and the second to fly.


  • Role/Category: Bomber
  • Wingspan: Extended - 136 feet, 9 inches; Fully Swept - 78 feet, 3 inches
  • Length: 150 feet, 3 inches
  • Height: 33 feet, 7 inches
  • Weight: 389,800 lbs., Maximum Take-Off Weight - 395,000 lbs.
  • Powerplant: Four General Electric F101-GE-100 turbofans each providing 30,000 lbs. of thrust in afterburner.
  • Speed: maximum - 1,450 mph (1,259 knots) or Mach 2.2 at 50,000 feet normal cruise - 561 mph (487 knots)
  • Ceiling: 62,000 feet
  • Crew: 4 - pilot, copilot, offensive systems operator and defensive systems operator
  • Armament: Electronic Counter Measures only.
  • Payload: 115,000 lbs of air-to-ground and cruise missiles, nuclear weapons, or conventional bombs.


1950 B-57 Canberra

Manufactured by Martin
Electronic Warfare

1950 B-57 Canberra r

 So successful was the English-built "English Electric Canberra" that the
U. S. Air Force selected the aircraft as a bomber-interdictor and a reconnaissance aircraft. This 1940's design saw service in Vietnam as a light bomber, repeatedly at

tacking the Ho Chi Minh Trail and flying interdiction missions over the Mekong Delta and Vietnam border areas. So versatile was the airplane that it went on to serve as a high altitude photographic platform, a high altitude reconnaissance ship, a weather research craft and an electronic count

ermeasure machine well into the 1980's. The reason for the B-57's success was its large wing which gave the aircraft good handling qualities at high altitudes. Pilots liked the flying qualities of the airplane. The B-57 could carry any airborne weapon in the U. S. arsenal. It was a virtual "gun bus." The aircraft had a maximum take off weight of over 60,000 pounds and could operate at an altitude of 60,000 feet. Combat range could be as much as 2,500 miles. A long-wing version of the B-57 mounted two additional jet engines and could attain an altitude of over 80,000 feet. It was used as a reconnaissance aircraft over portions of Soviet Russia. The machine also photographed Southeast Asia, Borneo, Malaysia and Indonesia from 40,000 feet. This high resolution, high altitude photography was used to make the excellent maps used by friendly forces during the Vietnam War. In many respects, the B-57 "Canberra" was a forerunner of the U-2 and SR-71 high altitude reconnaissance aircraft. 

The B-57 you see here is an EB-57E which was used as an electronic countermeasure craft, serving as an intruder aircraft for air defense training and evaluation.


  • Role/Category: Electronic Warfare
  • Weight: maximum take off weight of over 60,000 pounds
  • Powerplant: two turbojet engines giving it 14,400 pounds of thrust
  • Speed: cruising speed of 580 miles per hour at altitude
  • Ceiling: 60,000 feet
  • Armament: 4 - 20 millimeter cannons or eight 50 caliber machine guns

1961 F100D Super Sabre

Manufactured by North American
Fighter1950 B-57 Canberra r

 The successor to the famed F-86 Sabre, the F-100 Super Sabre was the first U.S. production aircraft able to exceed the speed of sound in level flight. The prototype YF-100 first flew on May 25, 1953 and was the first of six USAF fighters in the "Century Series". These were jet fighters designed in the 1950s with designations 100 and above.

The F-100A was a day fighter, the F-100C and D were fighter-bombers and the two-seat F-100F served as a transition trainer.

The Colorado Air National Guard's 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron flew the F-100C, D and two-seat F models from 1961 to 1974. In 1968, the CO ANG became the first Air National Guard unit to be assigned combat duty in Vietnam where their F-100s flew 5,905 combat sorties. Two CO ANG members were lost in combat, Maj. Clyde Seiler and Capt. Perry Jefferson. The 120th replaced the F-100 with the A-7D Corsair II in 1974. Our F-100D Super Sabre

Oct 1957 31st FBW (TAC), Turner AFB, GA (including one deployment to Hahn, Germany).

Sep 1958 354th TFW (TAC), Myrtle Beach AFB, SC (including three deployments to Aviano AB, Italy, one flown by Lt.Col. Paul Vogel, Colorado, in the 356th TFS).

Jun 1964 20th TFW (USAFE), RAF Wethersfield, England.

Aug 1965 3415th Maintenance and Supply Group (ATC), Lowry AFB, CO. Flown to Lowry AFB by Capt. Bob Roger, USAFA Class of 1960.

Oct 1975 Transferred to Lowry Technical Training Center.

Mar 1976 Removed from USAF inventory.

1983-1984 Aircraft arrives at the Lowry Heritage Museum, Lowry AFB, Denver, CO.

Oct 1994 Lowry AFB is closed as part of the nationwide reduction in military spending, causing consolidation of operations at fewer USAF bases.

Dec 1994 Aircraft is transferred to the new Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum, located in Hangar No. 1 on the former Lowry AFB. F-100D 56-3417 is currently on display.

Update: May 5, 2002 Lt. Col. Paul Vogel, USAF, Ret., who flew #417 in 1959 with the 356-TFS, died in an aircraft accident, April 26th, 2002, while serving as a tow-plane pilot for USAF Academy cadets and their gliders. He was a distinguished fighter pilot and served 25 years, 2 tours in Viet Nam, multi-decorations, including Bronze Star, Dist. Flying Cross, Air Medal, and many more; he was 71 years of age.


  • Role/Category: Fighter
  • Wingspan: 38 feet, 9 inches
  • Length: 54 feet, 2 inches
  • Height: 16 feet, 2 inches
  • Weight: 28,177 lbs. combat, 38,048 lbs. maximum
  • Powerplant: One Pratt & Whitney J57-P-21A providing 16,000 lbs. of thrust in afterburner
  • Speed: maximum: 864 mph at 36,000 feet normal cruise: 565 mph
  • Ceiling: 46,900 feet at combat weight
  • Crew: one pilot
  • Armament: Four M-39 20mm cannon plus over 7,000 lbs. of weapons including nuclear or conventional bombs, rockets, four Sidewinder air-to-air or two Bullpup air-to-ground missiles mounted on six wing pylons.
  • Payload: 7,000 lbs. of weapons including nuclear or conventional bombs.

1962 F101B Voodoo

Manufactured by McDonnell Douglas
Fighter1962 F101B Voodoo

 The F-101 Voodoo was originally designed as a single-seat escort fighter for the B-36 bomber. Its intended mission was made obsolete by the introduction of the B-52 jet bomber. The F-101 was adapted to serve in other roles. The F-101A & F-101C were built as fighter bombers and armed with four M-39E 20mm cannon. Reconnaissance versions, the RF -101A & RF-101C, were developed next. These carried cameras in an elongated nose and performed vital photographic services during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. The final variant was the two-seat F-101B all-weather interceptor.

F-101Bs served with the USAF and Canadian Armed Forces to protect the North American continent against a Soviet bomber attack during the Cold War. The USAF accepted its first Voodoo in May 1957 and the last F-101s were retired (from Air National Guard service) in 1983. 


  • Role/Category: Fighter
  • Role/Category: Fighter
  • Wingspan: 39 feet, 8 inches
  • Length: 67 feet, 5 inches
  • Height: 18 feet, 0 inches
  • Weight: 45,700 lbs normal operating weight
  • Powerplant: two Pratt & Whitney J57-P-55 turbojets each providing 16,900 lbs. of thrust in afterburner
  • Speed: maximum - 1,220 mph (1,060 knots) or Mach 1.85 at 40,000 feet; normal cruise - 595 mph (517 knots)
  • Ceiling: 52,000 feet
  • Crew: 1 pilot, 1 radar/weapons operator
  • Armament: Two AIM-4C Falcon infrared-guided missiles and two AIR-2 Genie unguided rockets equipped with nuclear warheads carried on an under-fuselage rotary pallet

1963 F102A Delta Dagger

Manufactured by Convair
Fighter1963 F102A Delta Dagger

 Late in World War II, German aircraft designers were working with delta-winged aircraft. No delta-winged aircraft became operational, but the design was well advanced by the end of hostilities.

Anxious to cash in on the German's work, the U.S. brought German designers to the U.S. following the war to help design the F-102 Delta Dagger.

In plan, the ship looks like the Greek letter "Delta" as the flying surfaces form a nearly perfect triangle. The wing and the horizontal tail surfaces are melded into as single surface. The design worked well, and the F-102 was in the Air Force inventory from 1956 to 1978.

Note the fences on the upper surface of the wings, painted red. These directed the airflow aft over the control surfaces instead of letting it fall off the wing. Note the "tabs" on the tail assembly. These ships are so clean aerodynamic that they do not slow down right away when the throttle is closed. An artificial means of braking is desirable, so the "tabs" are speed brakes design to slow the aircraft down for landing or certain aerial maneuvers.

The "Deuce," as it was called by its pilots, was designed to be an interceptor and it did the job well. Pilots loved the ship, and it was a staple of the Air Force's arsenal during the Cold War. The Greek and Turkish Air Forces also flew the aircraft and there are reports of them being used during the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island of Cyprus.  


  • Role/Category: Fighter
  • Powerplant: one jet engine with 17,200 pounds of thrust in afterburner
  • Speed: maximum - Mach 1.2, climb rate of 12,000 feet per minute for the first minute
  • Armament: The F-102 carried no guns. It carried Falcon missiles which carried a nuclear or high explosive warhead, as dictated by mission requirements. Also, 2 .75 inch folding fin rockets were carried. The F-102 was our first fully integrated and complete weapons system consisting of missiles, and avionics. The ship could be flown from the ground with the pilot controlling the aircraft only at takeoff and landing.

1964 F-104C Starfighter

Manufactured by Lockheed

1964 F-104C Starfighter The futuristic F-104 made its first flight less than nine years after the end of World War II and was the world's first production aircraft capable of sustained speed at twice the speed of sound (Mach 2). Because of its relatively small size, slender fuselage and small wings, the F-104 was dubbed, "The Missile With A Man In It". A powerful J-79 turbojet engine, advanced air intake design, slim fuselage and thin wings were the keys to the Starfighter's record-setting speed and altitude performance.

The F-104A & B were single and two-seat interceptors flown by the USAF's Air Defense Command. The F-104C & D were single and two-seat fighter bombers flown by the USAF's Tactical Air Command. The F-104 also served with the Air National Guard, NASA and 14 foreign air forces.  

The F-104C on display saw combat on its two deployments to Southeast Asia in the mid-1960s and was retired in 1975.


  • Role/Category: Fighter
  • Wingspan: 21 feet, 11 inches
  • Length: 54 feet, 9 inches
  • Height: 13 feet, 6 inches
  • Weight: 19,500 lbs., Maximum Take-Off Weight - 27,850 lbs.
  • Powerplant: One General Electric J-79-GE-7 A providing 15,800 lbs. of thrust in afterburner
  • Speed: maximum - 1,450 mph (1,259 knots) or Mach 2.2 at altitude normal cruise - 593 mph (515 knots)
  • Ceiling: 59,000 feet
  • Crew: One pilot
  • Armament: One M-61 20mm cannon
  • Payload: two bombs or rocket pods on wing pylons, two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on wingtip rails, or one Mk-28 thermonuclear weapon on a fuselage pylon.

1965 F105-D Thunderchief

Manufactured by Republic1964 F-104C Starfighter

 This great fighting machine was designed in the 1950's. It was to be a tactical nuclear bomber. It was the mainstay of our bombing campaign against North Vietnam. Although the F-105 was not a "dogfighter", it shot down 28 enemy fighters using its Vulcan cannon and Sidewinder missiles.

Due to heavy ordnance loads and high air temperatures, the F-105 flew in afterburner much of the time in Vietnam. The ship could reach a speed of Mach 2.1, or 1,400 miles per hour at 33,000 feet. It could carry as much as 14,000 pounds of ordnance mounted on four wing pylons, one belly pylon and an internal bomb bay. The large size of the ship enabled it to carry a large amount of fuel which provided it with a combat range of more than 900 miles.

The F-105 was extremely fast. It could easily outrun the Russian MIG fighters flown by Russians, Chinese and North Vietnamese. However, many were shot down by enemy anti-aircraft and surface to air (SAM) missile batteries. A later two-seater model of the F-105 was charged with the task of destroying these ground installations while flying as a "wild weasel". The rear cockpit was occupied by a weapons officer in these later models. Roughly one half of the F-105' s serving in Viet Nam were destroyed with many aircrews captured.


  • Role/Category: Fighter
  • Powerplant: one jet engine rated at 26,000 pounds of thrust in afterburner
  • Speed: Mach 2.1, or 1,400 miles per hour at 33,000 feet
  • Armament: The F-105 had highly effective radar linked to a fire control system which enabled the fighter-bomber to fly all-weather and night missions
  • Payload: 14,000 pounds of ordnance mounted on four wing pylons, one belly pylon and an internal bomb bay


1966 F-4E Phantom II

Manufactured by McDonnell Douglas
Fighter1966 F-4E Phantom II

 The F-4 Phantom, which began life as a U.S. Navy fleet defense interceptor, made its first flight as the XF4H-1 in May 1958. Both the Navy and Marines quickly realized the potential of their new aircraft and used it to set a flurry of world performance records. After testing in 1961, the U.S. Air Force placed orders for the first Navy fighter ever to serve with the USAF. The Phantom's unique appearance, combined with use by Air Force, Navy, and Marines, made it one of the most recognized symbols of American air power during the Vietnam War.

The Phantom served in the air forces of eleven different countries in addition to the U.S. It was in production for almost a quarter of a century (the 5000th came off the assembly line in 1978), entering combat in late 1964 and flying missions through the 1991 Gulf War. Built in interceptor, fighter-bomber, "Wild Weasel," and reconnaissance variants, few aircraft will ever compare to the one known as "Double Ugly."


  • Role/Category: Fighter
  • Wingspan: 38 feet, 4.9 inches
  • Length: 63 feet
  • Height: 16 feet, 5.6 inches
  • Weight: 30,328 lbs. empty, Maximum Take-Off Weight - 61,795 lbs.
  • Powerplant: two General Electric J79-GE-17 turbojet engines providing 17,900 lbs. of thrust each in afterburner.
  • Speed: maximum - Mach 2.2 (1,450 mph) at 36,000 feet; Mach 1.2 (910 mph) with ordnance and fuel at 1,000 feet.
  • Ceiling: service - 57,200 feet; maximum - 96,000 feet
  • Crew: 2 - pilot and weapons system officer
  • Armament: one M61A1 20mm rotary barrel cannon, and up to 16,000 lbs. of ordnance and/or fuel carried on nine mounting points.


1958 F-86H Sabre Jet

Manufactured by North American

 The F-86 first flew on October 1, 1947 and was the first American fighter to feature a swept wing. On April 26, 1948, it became the first US production fighter to ex1958 F-86H Sabre Jet ceed the speed of sound (in a dive). Sabres (F-86A, E & F models) became famous during the Korean War when they engaged in aerial combat with Soviet-built MiG-15 jet fighters. The Sabre scored a kill ratio of better than 10 to 1 over the MiG-15.

The radar-equipped F-86D & L were flown by the Colorado Air National Guard in the 1950s along with a few F-86E & Fs. The Colorado ANG Minute Men precision demonstration team flew acrobatic displays in their silver and red F-86Fs.

Our F-86H Sabre Jet The F-86H on display was one of the last variants of the Sabre produced. It was optimized for the fighter-bomber role and featured a more powerful engine, a deeper fuselage and four 20mm cannon replacing the earlier six 50 cal. machine guns.


  • Role/Category: Fighter
  • Wingspan: 39 feet, 1 inch
  • Length: 38 feet, 6 inches
  • Height: 14 feet, 11 inches
  • Weight: 24,700 lbs max
  • Powerplant: One General Electric J73-GE-3D with 8,920 lbs of thrust
  • Speed: 690 mph (600 knots) or 1.0 mach at altitude
  • Ceiling: 50,800 feet
  • Crew: One pilot
  • Armament: Four M-39 20mm cannon or six .50 cal machine guns plus 2000 lbs. bombs/rockets

1968 FB-111A Aardvark

1968 FB-111A Aardvark

Manufactured by General Dynamics

 The F-111 was designed in the early 1960s to meet a USAF need for a Strike Fighter and a US Navy requirement for a Fleet Defense Interceptor. The F-lll was the world's first operational aircraft to use Variable Geometry wings that could be swept back in flight to allow higher speeds. It was also the first production aircraft to use an ejectable crew module instead of ejection seats. The Navy F-111B was soon canceled but its Phoenix missile/radar system was later used in the F-14 Tomcat.

After overcoming many early technical problems, the F-111 became an outstanding attack aircraft and was employed in Vietnam, the 1986 Libyan Strikes and the Gulf War. The FB-111A was a strategic bomber designed to deliver nuclear strikes within the USSR. The USAF never officially named the F-111, but to its pilots and maintenance crews it is known as the "Aardvark".


  • Role/Category: Fighter
  • Role/Category: Bomber
  • Wingspan: Extended - 70 feet, 0 inches, Fully Swept - 33 feet, 11 inches
  • Length: 73 feet, 6 inches
  • Height: 17 feet, 1 inches
  • Weight: 70,380 lbs
  • Powerplant: two Pratt & Whitney TF-30-P-7 turbofans each providing 20,350 lbs. of thrust in afterburner
  • Speed: maximum - 1,650 mph (1,433 knots) or Mach 2.5 at 36,000 feet; normal cruise - 571 mph (496 knots)
  • Ceiling: 60,000 feet
  • Crew: 1 pilot, 1 navigator/weapons operator
  • Armament: Any combination of six nuclear weapons or nuclear-armed AGM-69A Short Range Attack Missiles (SRAM) carried on four wing pylons and two weapons bay attachments.



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