Aviation & Air Show Event Calendar
|Pensacola Beach Air Show
July 11-12, 2014
Defenders of Freedom Air Show
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
September 13-14, 2014
|MCAS Miramar Air Show
San Diego, California
October 3-5, 2014
|Wings Over Tyler Air Show
Pounds Regional Airport
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
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.
We provide first-hand commentary, specifications, history and original photographs of great World War II warbirds and modern-era military aircraft. Our aviation museum reviews discuss museum exhibits, static aircraft displays, driving directions, and tips for museum visitors.
Also included on this site are lists and maps of aircraft boneyards, along with photographs from Davis-Monthan AFB and other airliner storage facilities.
Other sections of the website deal with U.S. Naval Aviation, Air Force One and Presidential aircraft, military aircraft nose art, WWII bomber production numbers and other topics such as Air Force Buzz Numbers and Tail Codes.
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.
Enjoy your flight back to the past!
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Nose art on C-47 "7th Heaven" (staff photo)
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
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