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  • JN-4D Aircraft Fabric from Lt. Mather's Aircraft

    Note: This item is currently in storage. This item, which is 14-15/16 inches high by 10-3/8 inches wide, is a handwritten note to the Kalamazoo Gazette editor on piece of JN-4D aircraft fabric. The text as written is:   “Kalamazoo Gazette     Feb. 3, 1918Kalamazoo Mich  Dear Editor: Perhaps you heard of thesad news in which the Lieutenant fromPaw
  • John Tynan’s Close Call

    Note: This item is currently in storage.On May 26, 1917, the 1st Reserve Aero Squadron was formed, becoming the nation’s first air reserve unit. Among its earliest members was Private John E. Tynan, who deployed with the squadron to Issoudun, France, in September 1917. While there, the squadron was re-designated as the 26th Aero Squadron, and Tynan
  • Junkers Jumo 211D

    Note: This item is currently in storage.The Junkers aircraft company in Germany began the development of the Jumo 211 in 1936. The 12-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine had a two-speed supercharger and was used mainly for powering various World War II German bombers, such as the Ju-87, the Ju-88 and certain models of the HE-111. The Jumo 211 series was
  • Jolly Green Flying Coveralls Party Suit

    Note: This item is currently in storage.These unofficial coveralls belonged to the donor's uncle, Maj. Dean H. Williams Jr., who served in the USAF from 1942-1972. Maj. Williams served in the South Pacific during World War II, and he was stationed at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base and Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base during the war in
  • Junkers Ju 52

    Note: This aircraft is currently in storage.The Ju 52 trimotor, like the USAF C-47, was first built in the 1930s and remained in service for more than a quarter century. This transport made its maiden flight in April 1931, and three years later, a heavy bomber version appeared. The latter aircraft formed the nucleus of the Luftwaffe's infant bomber
  • Jet Model Training Aid

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This training device was used at Keesler Air Force Base during the 1950s to teach students the mechanics of flaps and pilot controls.Transferred from Keesler Air Force Base.Click here to return to the Featured Accessions index.
  • Japanese Katana Sword

    Note: This item is currently in storage. This sword belonged to Horace "Sally" Crouch, a navigator/bombardier on crew No. 10 of the Doolittle Raid. The sword was produced in the 1700s by Hoki No Kami Shonidai Nobutaka, as noted on the 1805 list of Wazamono (good sword smiths) of the Shinto Period. It has pre-Kangi calligraphy chiseled into the
  • J-58 Engine Starter Cart

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This engine starter cart was developed specifically for the SR-71 family of aircraft. It used two Buick V-8 racing car engines, linked together through a common gear box, to deliver power to the starter drive shaft of the aircraft engine. More than 600 hp from the two V-8 engines was required to "spool up"
  • John H. Glenn Jr.: Aviator and Astronaut

    In John Glenn's long aviation career, he flew with the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Air Force, set a speed record, and shot down enemy aircraft. But he is best known as the first American to orbit the Earth and, later in life, as the oldest person to fly in space.In World War II, Glenn volunteered for naval aviation training and became a Marine pilot.
  • Japan Surrenders

    Following the end of hostilities, weather and photo-reconnaissance flights continued over Japan while other B-29s made mercy flights to drop food and supplies to 154 prisoner of war camps in Japan, China and Korea, where Allied personnel were being held captive. On Sept. 2 in ceremonies onboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, General of
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