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Aviation & Air Show Event Calendar
Pensacola Beach Air Show
Pensacola, FL
July 11-12, 2014
Offutt AFB
Defenders of Freedom Air Show

Bellevue, Nebraska
July 19-20, 2014
EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2014
Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh WI
July 28-August 3, 2014
Reno National Championship Air Races
Reno Stead Airport, Reno, NV
September 10-14, 2014
Altus AFB Open House & Air Show
Altus AFB, Oklahoma
September 13-14, 2014
Winston-Salem Air Show
Smith-Reynolds Airport
Winston-Salem, NC
September 13-14, 2014
MCAS Miramar Air Show
San Diego, California
October 3-5, 2014
Wings Over Tyler Air Show
Pounds Regional Airport
Tyler, Texas
October 4-5, 2014
San Francisco Fleet Week Air Show
Waterfront, San Francisco, CA
October 10-13, 2014
Commemorative Air Force AIRSHO 14
Midland International Airport, Texas
October 11-12, 2014
NAS Jacksonville Air Show
NAS Jacksonville, Florida
October 25-26, 2014
Fort Worth Alliance Air Show
Alliance Airport, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
October 25-26, 2014
Wings Over Houston Air Show
Ellington Field, Houston, TX
November 1-2, 2014
NAS Pensacola Open House &
Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

Sherman Field, NAS Pensacola, Florida
November 7-9, 2014
Aviation Nation 2014 - Las Vegas Air Show
Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, Nevada
November 8-9, 2014

 

Welcome to Planes of the Past

This website is a tribute to the great military aircraft and commercial airplanes of the past, and to the people who designed, built, flew, and serviced them.

From the Enola Gay to the Boeing 747, from the B-24 Liberator to the F-100 Super Sabre, and the great warbirds and civil aviation airliners in between ... we remember.

We provide first-hand commentary and original photographs of great World War II warbirds, modern-era military aircraft, and commercial airliners. Our aviation museum reviews detail locations, driving directions, exhibits and tips for visitors. Also included on this site are lists and maps of aircraft boneyards, along with photographs from Davis-Monthan AFB and other airplane storage facilities.

Topics also include U.S. Naval Aviation, Air Force One and Presidential aircraft, military aircraft nose art, WWII bomber production numbers and other topics such as Buzz Numbers and Tail Codes.

Enjoy your flight back to the past!

 

Aircraft museums in the United States, review, photographs, maps, information ... click for details

Visit an Aviation Museum in 2014 ... the Perfect Family Roadtrip!

For those interested in vintage airplanes of the past, there are indeed lots of military DVDs, photographs, and commercial aviation books.

But we find that the best way to understand aviation history is to see it up close and personal ... to see the planes, touch them, and sense their size and purpose.

And the perfect venue to do that is at one or more of the excellent aviation museums located across the country.

The Summer of 2014 is a perfect time to plan your visit, and take advantage of cool indoor venues. And visiting air museums with your children or grandchildren is an excellent opportunity to learn, experience history, and develop patriotism!

We are currently offering personal reviews and highlights of several renown air museums which we have visited and highly recommend.

News Update: Future of the Willow Run B-24 Assembly Plant
The Yankee Air Museum signed an agreement on June 23, 2014 to buy a 144,000sf slice of the Michigan factory where the original Rosie the Riveter worked during WWII. The museum, through the Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant campaign, raised close to $8 million. Organizers want to convert the factory — where Rose Will Monroe and other workers built B-24 bombers — into the new museum home.

For more information visit www.SaveTheBomberPlant.org

For those vacationing in the Northeast, what finer place to visit is there than the Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian Institution located at Dulles Airport. See a real Space Shuttle, and the B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay". And don't miss the tower where visitors can learn about air traffic control, and watch jetliners land and take off from Dulles.

If you are traveling to the Northwest, the Seattle area offers several world-class aviation musuems and tours. Visit the Future of Flight Aviation Center, and take the tour of the Boeing plant where 747, 777 and 787 Dreamliners are being built. The Museum of Flight at Boeing Field is one of the largest air museums anywhere, and offers dramatic exhibits of both military and commercial aircraft. Be sure to see the original Boeing 747 on display!

Road trips in the central part of the U.S. should include the Museum of the United States Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. Three massive hangars chronicle the history of the Air Force, and house over 300 aircraft and missiles. Ground was broken for the fourth hangar on June 3, 2014, to house the Presidential Air Force One, Research and Development and Global Reach collection, as well as a new and expanded Space Gallery.

Journeying west? Don't miss the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona and its collection of hundreds of historic aircraft. Plus, the museum is the starting point of bus tours to the largest aircraft boneyard in the world ... across the street at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

Our reviews include the history of the museum, highlights of exhibits and aircraft on display, tips on visiting the museum, photographs, and maps.


Aircraft Boneyards and Storage Facilities

Military aircraft and commercial airliners have limited lifespans. Aircraft have been stored in the deserts of the United States since right after World War II.

The practice continues today, for military aircraft at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, and commercial airliners at facilities such as the Pinal Airpark in Arizona and the Mojave Air & Space Port in California.

These aircraft "boneyards" in the western U.S. serve two functions: temporary storage, and scrapping. These facilities offer good opportunities for aviation enthusiasts to view aircraft.

 

Highlights of Featured Aircraft on this Website




Nose art on C-47 "7th Heaven" ... click to learn more about nose art and view photographs
Nose art on C-47 "7th Heaven" (staff photo)

Airplane Nose Art, Buzz Numbers, Naval Aviation and More!

We've added in the Spring of 2014 additional features, stories, reviews and photographs. Some recent additions include:


AIRCRAFT BONEYARDS TODAY | DAVIS-MONTHAN AFB AMARG | MOJAVE AIRPORT | KINGMAN AIRPORT | PINAL AIRPARK
POST-WWII BONEYARDS | KINGMAN AAF | WALNUT RIDGE AAF | CAL-AERO | PYOTE AAF |
B-17 FLYING FORTRESS | B-24 LIBERATOR | B-25 MITCHELL | B-29 SUPERFORTRESS
B-36 PEACEMAKER | B-47 STRATOJET | B-52 STRATOFORTRESS | B-1B LANCER
F-100 SUPER SABRE | F-105 THUNDERCHIEF | F4 PHANTOM II | F-84F | F-86 SABRE | A-10 | SR-71 BLACKBIRD
NAVAL & MARINE AVIATION | MUSEUM OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE | CASTLE AIR MUSEUM | PIMA AIR MUSEUM | UDVAR-HAZY CENTER
HILL AEROSPACE MUSEUM | MUSEUM OF FLIGHT | MUSEUM OF AVIATION | PUEBLO-WEISBROD MUSEUM | FUTURE OF FLIGHT
BUZZ NUMBERS | TAIL CODES | NOSE ART | AIR SHOWS | AIR MUSEUMS | TWITTER | LINKS | CONTACT | SITE MAP

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