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  • Vietnam Views by Wilson Hurley

    Note: This exhibit is currently off public display.Wilson Hurley based this series of oil paintings on his actual experiences and observations. Hurley was a member of the 188th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 150th Tactical Fighter Group, New Mexico Air National Guard. He went on active duty as a

  • VB-13 Tarzon Bomb

    First developed in 1946, the enormous VB-13 Tarzon offered much greater destructive power than the VB-3 Razon on which it was based. The Tarzon was essentially a British 12,000-pound "Tall Boy" bomb fitted with a forward shroud to provide lift, with flight control surfaces in the tail. The name came

  • VB-3 Razon Bomb

    The VB-3 Razon (for range and azimuth) was a standard 1,000-pound general purpose bomb fitted with flight control surfaces. Development of the Razon began in 1942, but it did not see use during World War II.19th Bomb Group B-29s dropped 489 Razons during the Korean War, the first in August 1950.

  • VE Day! Victory in Europe

    By April 1945, the German Army was shattered. On April 25, American and Soviet forces met at the Elbe River. Five days later, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his Berlin bunker. His successor, Admiral Karl Doenitz, sent Gen. Alfred Jodl to the SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary

  • V-1 Buzz Bomb

    Germany answered the invasion of France by launching its first V-1 against London on the night of June 12-13. By July 21, 4,059 V-1s had been fired, 3,045 of which reached England. Although this "secret weapon" did little to alter the course of the war in France, it killed 3,875 people and injured

  • Victory in New Guinea

    While the Allies were seizing the Gilbert and Marshall islands, the 13th Air Force "jumped" to the Admiralty Islands from New Guinea to join the 7th Air Force and Navy in neutralizing the Caroline Islands, which were scheduled to be bypassed. Meanwhile, General MacArthur's forces in the Southwest

  • V-2 with Meillerwagen

    The German army developed the V-2, known also as the A4 missile, as an alternative to super-long-range artillery, which the Treaty of Versailles prohibited after World War I. Designed by rocket pioneer Wernher von Braun, the V-2 was a breakthrough in missile technology but failed to prevent

  • VB-1 Azon Guided Bomb

    The VB-1 (VB for vertical bomb) was a 1,000-pound bomb fitted with a tail assembly containing radio-controlled movable rudders. These permitted the bombardier to attain greater accuracy by steering the bomb to the right or left (referred to as azimuth, hence the name Azon) after its release from the

  • Vultee BT-13B Valiant

    The Valiant was the basic trainer most widely used by the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. It represented the second of the three stages of pilot training -- primary, basic and advanced. Compared with the primary trainers in use at the time, it was considerably more complex. The BT-13 not

  • Vultee L-1A Vigilant

    The L-1 liaison aircraft, originally designated O-49, was the military version of the civilian Stinson Model 74. It marked the transition between heavier and larger observation aircraft used by the Air Corps in the 1930s and the lighter liaison "grasshopper" type aircraft represented by the L-series