FINALLY got them scanned! Wahoo! These photos were taken with a Samsung Maxima Zoom 105 AF 35mm camera. I visited while I was in Ohio working for the Park Service. Seeing all the planes was SO much fun. I want to go back, since they've built more hangar space (the new hangar is devoted to interpreting the Cold War) and moved a lot of aircraft, the museum will definitely not look the same as it did when I was there. And that's not a bad thing. The photos are arranged according to the floor plan as it was, and not as it will be.
10-26-03: The AF Museum is in the process of revamping the website to match the changes in the museum proper. As a result, I have taken down the links to the individual museum galleries. Click on the Museum banner above to be taken to the website. Check often, as I'm sure the site will change as they get everything organized.
The Early Years
I took photos of the World War One aircraft!! *grin*
Looks pretty average, doesn't it? Well, click HERE and you will see that everything is not always what it seems. That plane is a TRIplane!! Very cool because they have it hanging so that if you're standing directly underneath it, you can't tell it's a tri unless you move to the side.
My favorite photo of all that I took that day!! These are the Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, the North American P-51D Mustang, and the Waco CG-4A Hadrian (yes, it's a glider). I didn't realize, until I saw the finished photo, that the Hadrian was hanging almost perfectly centered above the 'Bolt and the 'Stang. Way way cool!!
The McDonnell XF-85 Goblin and the Convair B-36J. Be sure you read the Goblin's biography, as the history of the (very short-lived) program is rather fascinating. Look at the damn thing--it's a jet engine with a cockpit and winglets!!!!
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird. Nothing else needs to be said.
The AirPark is probably the exhibit that has changed the most. The missles, as it says, have been taken down until the new Missle Hall is finished. Hopefully with the new hangar, a lot of the aircraft can go indoors too. I didn't take all that many photos outside, but here are the aircraft I photographed.
Lockheed AC-130 Spectre Gunship
Rockwell International B-1A Lancer
Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-23MLD (FLOGGER K)
Research and Development Hangar
Lockheed AC-130A Spectre Gunship aka Azrael Angel of Death