Mat Irvine: This time I show my photos of some exhibits displayed in the two hangars, and an aircraft being cared for in the Restoration Gallery.
There are also plenty of scale models on display at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum. Come back soon to see my selection of this miniature air force.
The tiny McDonnell XF-85 Goblin (below) was a ‘parasite’ fighter, designed to be carried for self-defence by a B-36. Only two XF-85s were built.
The Martin B-57E medium jet bomber (below) was a licence-built version of the British English Electric Canberra.
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress (below) with a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress behind.
Possibly the most futuristic-looking of all US military planes, the supersonic Convair B-58 Hustler (below) set 19 world speed records, including a flight from Tokyo to London. A B-58 named Greased Lightning flew the 12,920 km (8028 mile) distance in just 8 hours 35 minutes.
The McDonnell F-101B Voodoo (below) was one of the USAF ‘Century Series’ fighter jets.
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress Lucky Lady (below) is one of just 22 complete B-29 airframes on display in the US, despite nearly 4000 being built.
The Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar (below) had a twin-boom design, common in the 1950s and 1960s. The C-119 was a mainstay of troop and cargo transport
The Soviet-built MiG-21 (below) is one of the few ‘foreigners’ at the SAC Museum.
The Convair T-29 (below) is a military version of the 40-seat Convair 240 airliner. This machine is one of two aircraft currently being restored, mostly by volunteers. It was used to train navigators and flight officers.
For more information on the SAC and Aerospace Museum, click here.