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  • D-Day Support

    “I, personally, am convinced that without your air force...the invasion would not have succeeded...”            —Generalleutnant Adolf Galland, Luftwaffe General of FightersBy May 1944, the strategic bombing campaign had crippled the Luftwaffe’s fighter force, making the Normandy invasion possible.  In the weeks before D-Day, June 6, 1944, the
  • Deadly Skies over Europe

    The Luftwaffe (German Air Force) built a sophisticated defense system to counter the USAAF strategic bombing offensive.  Enemy fighters and antiaircraft guns (also called “flak”) took a devastating toll.  The USAAF lost more than 8,000 heavy bombers—each of which typically carried ten crewmen—in combat during the strategic bombing campaign over
  • Don’t Take a Chance

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This educational pamphlet was written by Charles L. Robinson and published in 1918 by the YMCA and American Defense Society. It cautions American soldiers of the health risks posed by venereal disease and encourages the troops to be true to their wives and sweethearts back home. The pamphlet was widely
  • Dazzle Camouflage on Troop Ships

    Note: This item is currently in storage.Troop ships crossing the oceans during World War I were under constant threat of attack by German submarines. To combat this threat, dazzle camouflage was applied to sea-going vessels. Utilizing complex geometric patterns and contrasting colors, the goal was not to conceal a ship, but to make it more
  • Douglas X-3 Stiletto

    The twin-turbojet X-3, the only one built, was designed to test sustained flight at twice the speed of sound. It also explored the use of very short wings and titanium airframe construction.Engine development difficulties forced the use of lower-powered engines than originally planned, prohibiting the X-3 from achieving its Mach 2 design
  • Douglas VC-118 “The Independence”

    Note: Visitors are permitted to walk through this aircraft.This Douglas VC-118 on display was the second aircraft built specifically to transport the President of the United States. A military version of the Douglas DC-6 commercial airliner, it was used by President Harry S. Truman from 1947 to 1953. At the suggestion of the aircraft’s pilot,
  • Douglas VC-54C “Sacred Cow”

    The First Presidential AircraftNote: Visitors are permitted to walk through this aircraft. The Douglas VC-54C Skymaster is the first aircraft purpose-built to fly the President of the United States.  Carrying the staff transport “VC” designation, the aircraft was officially named The Flying White House.  However, the aircraft became better known by
  • Douglas C-133A Cargo Master

    The turboprop C-133 was developed to fulfill USAF requirements for a large-capacity strategic cargo aircraft. The Cargo Master went directly into production as the C-133A; no prototypes were built. The first C-133A made its initial flight on April 23, 1956, and when production ended in 1961, Douglas had built 35 C-133As and 15 C-133Bs. C-133s began
  • Douglas C-124 Globemaster II

    Note: Visitors are permitted to walk in this aircraftC-124s provided heavy airlift during the Korean War and the Southeast Asia War. Other important airlifts conducted by C-124s included resupply missions to Antarctica, refugee evacuation in the Congo and mercy flights to Morocco, Chile and elsewhere throughout the world following floods and other
  • De Havilland DH 98 Mosquito

     The famous British Mosquito – known to many as "Mossie" – was a versatile aircraft used extensively during World War II. Constructed primarily of plywood with a balsa wood core, it had excellent speed, altitude and range. First flown on November 25, 1940, the Mosquito entered production in mid-1941 and was produced until well after the end of the
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