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  • Douglas A-1H Skyraider The Proud American

    United States Air Force Skyraiders in Southeast Asia are often remembered for their support of search and rescue (SAR) missions. Operating under the call sign Sandy, the A-1's extended loiter time and massive firepower offered pilots the ability to protect downed Airmen for extended periods. Whereas

  • 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

  • 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. 

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Douglas VC-54C “Sacred Cow”

    The First U.S. Presidential AircraftThe 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 its

  • 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

  • Douglas C-124 Globemaster II

    Note: Visitors are permitted to walk in this aircraft C-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

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