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  • Lockheed P-80R

    On June 19, 1947, at Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), Calif., Col. Albert Boyd flew this P-80R to a new world's speed record of 623.753 mph, returning the record to the United States after nearly 24 years.The Army Air Force's quest to capture the world's speed record -- then held by a British Gloster Meteor -- after World War II
  • Lockheed D-21B

    The Lockheed D-21 was a highly-advanced, remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) designed to carry out high-speed, high-altitude strategic reconnaissance missions over hostile territory. Developed by the famed Lockheed "Skunk Works” in the 1960s, the D-21 used technology from the A-12/YF-12/SR-71 “Blackbird” family of high-speed manned aircraft. Unlike the
  • Lockheed U-2A

    In complete secrecy, a team headed by Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson at Lockheed's "Skunk Works" in Burbank, Calif., designed and built the U-2 to fly surveillance missions. With sailplane-like wings suited for the thin atmosphere above 55,000 feet (over 70,000 feet for later models), this single-engine aircraft made its first flight in August
  • Lockheed VC-140B JetStar

    In 1961, the U.S. Air Force acquired six Lockheed VC-140B JetStars to transport the President of the United States, high-ranking government officials and other heads of state. The VC-140B is the military version of the famous Lockheed Model 1329 business jet, the first business jet produced in quantity for the civilian market. Assigned to Andrews
  • Lockheed VC-121E “Columbine III”

    The aircraft on display, the only Lockheed VC-121E built, served as President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s personal airplane from 1954 until he left office in January 1961. A military version of the famous Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation commercial airliner, it has a fuselage “stretched” 18 feet longer than earlier versions. With more powerful
  • Lockheed C-130E Hercules

    Note: Visitors are permitted to walk in this aircraft.Introduced in August 1962, the C-130E conducted critical USAF military missions during the Southeast Asia War through Afghanistan and Iraq. It has also supported countless USAF humanitarian efforts around the globe and in all climates. Originally designed by Lockheed (now Lockheed Martin) as an
  • Lockheed F-104C Starfighter

    Designed as a supersonic superiority fighter, the F-104 was produced in two major versions. Armed with a six-barrel M-61 20mm Vulcan cannon, it served as a tactical fighter, and when equipped additionally with heat-seeking Sidewinder missiles, as a day-night interceptor. Development of the F-104 began in 1952, and the first XF-104 made its initial
  • LTV A-7D Corsair II

      The A-7D is a single-seat, tactical close air support aircraft derived from the U.S. Navy's A-7. The first A-7D made its initial flight in April 1968, and deliveries of production models began in December 1968. When A-7D production ended in 1976, LTV had delivered 459 to the U.S. Air Force. The A-7D demonstrated its outstanding ground attack
  • Lt. Howard G. Mayes Prisoner of War Correspondence

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This collection of papers pertaining to Lt. Howard G. Mayes poignantly illustrates the human cost of the war effort. This selection of correspondence illustrates what it was like for many American families to learn a loved one had been injured, captured or killed. Mayes, a reconnaissance pilot with the 91st
  • Lt. Harold R. Harris Letter

    Note: This item is currently in storage.In September 1917, Lt. Harold R. Harris, who had recently completed Ground School at the University of California Berkeley, was en-route to Italy, to assist in establishing the 8th Aviation Instruction Center for the Allied Expeditionary Force in Foggia. Before leaving France, Harris wrote a detailed letter
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