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wings-aircraft-hangerHoused in our historic 150,000 sq. ft. 1930's-era former Air Force hangar, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum maintains a collection of over four dozen aircraft and space vehicles. Highlights of the collection include a rare B-18A Bolo, five of the Century-Series fighters, an RF-84K Thunderflash Parasite and a Star Wars X-Wing fighter. Wing Over the Rockies is the only place in the world outside of the SAC Museum in Nebraska where you can also see a B-1A Lancer.


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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