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  • C-47 Hospital Ship

    The cabin interior of the museum's C-47 has been equipped for a medical evacuation flight. During World War II and the Korean War, C-47s sometimes served dual purposes on the same mission. Supplies might be flown to a combat area, and as soon as the aircraft was unloaded, litters might be installed to carry sick and wounded personnel on the return
  • Consolidated B-24D Liberator

    The B-24 was employed in operations in every combat theater during World War II. Because of its great range, it was particularly suited for such missions as the famous raid from North Africa against the oil industry at Ploesti, Rumania, on Aug. 1, 1943. This feature also made the airplane suitable for long over-water missions in the Pacific
  • Consolidated OA-10 Catalina

    The OA-10 was the U.S. Army Air Forces' version of the PBY series flown extensively by the U.S. Navy during World War II. It was a twin-engine, parasol-mounted monoplane equipped with a flying boat hull, retractable tricycle landing gear and retractable wing-tip floats. The OA-10 operated primarily for air-sea rescue work ("DUMBO" missions) with
  • Caproni Ca. 36 Restoration

    Recognizing the significance of the Caproni bombers as an important milestone in the evolution of U.S. strategic bombardment doctrine as well as in the history of U.S. wartime combat aviation, the National Museum of the United States Air Force had the good fortune to arrange a long term loan of one of the two known Caproni bombers remaining from
  • Capt. Phelps Collins

    The first member of the U.S. Air Service to die on a combat mission was Capt. Phelps Collins of Alpena, Mich. He enlisted in the French Aviation Service in May 1917 and transferred to the U.S. Air Service when America entered the war. He was assigned as a pilot to the 103rd Aero Squadron, successor to the Lafayette Escadrille, at La Noblette,
  • Capt. Frederick Libby

    When the U.S. entered World War I in April 1917, Capt. Frederick Libby of Sterling, Colo., was a member of the British Royal Flying Corps. To celebrate American entry into the war, he cut two streamers from a U.S. flag, tied them to the struts of his airplane, and flew them across enemy lines. After the U.S. entered the war, Libby transferred to
  • Capt. Edward V. Rickenbacker

    Capt. Edward Rickenbacker of Columbus, Ohio, was a famous race car driver before the United States' entry into World War I. As the United States prepared to send troops to Europe, Rickenbacker was offered a position as General Pershing's chauffeur. He accepted and enlisted in the U.S. Army.Soon after arriving in France, Rickenbacker transferred to
  • Capt. William C. Lambert

    Capt. William C. Lambert of Ironton, Ohio, was the second-ranking American ace of World War I. He was officially credited with 21 1/2 air-to-air victories, only 4 1/2 victories fewer than the 26 of top American ace Eddie Rickenbacker. Lambert joined the Royal Flying Corps in Canada in 1916 and arrived in Britain in December 1917. He was assigned to
  • Combat Record

    The combat record of the relatively small Air Service, AEF, was most impressive. It had logged thousands of combat sorties, flown 150 bombing missions, taken more than 18,000 photos of enemy positions, and had shot down 781 aircraft and 73 observation balloons. Lastly, 72 Air Service flyers had become "aces" by shooting down at least five enemy
  • Combat over the Marne

    Aerial combat for the seven U.S. squadrons over the Marne was much more intense than it had been at Toul. Often outnumbered four to one, they were pitted against some of Germany's most experienced units, including the famous von Richtofen squadron with Germany's latest pursuit, the Fokker D. VII. Despite heavy losses, U.S. units went out daily to
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