Events

March 11, 2014

Static Displays Part 1

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Cessna 0-2A Skymaster

In late 1966 the U.S. Air Force selected a military variant of the Cessna Model 337 Super Skymaster, designated the O-2, to supplement the O-1 Bird Dog forward air controller aircraft then operating in Southeast Asia. Distinguished by twin tail booms and tandem-mounted engines, it featured a tractor-pusher propeller arrangement. Having twin engines enabled the O-2 to absorb more ground fire and still return safely, endearing it to its crews. The O-2 first flew in January 1967, and production deliveries began in March. Production ended in June 1970 after Cessna had built 532 O-2s for the USAF.

Courtesy of www.nationalmuseum.af.mil
 
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Stearman PT-13D Kaydet (U.S. Navy N2S)

The PT-13 was a standard primary trainer flown by the United States and several allied nations during the late 1930s through World War II. In 1933 Lloyd Stearman designed the forerunner of the Kaydet, the Model 70, for the civilian market. Three years later, the U.S. Army Air Corps adopted a militarized version, designated the PT-13. In 1938 Boeing purchased the Stearman Co., which continued producing the Kaydet. There were many nearly identical models of the Kaydet. While the PT-13 was powered by a Lycoming engine, a Kaydet with a Continental engine received the designation PT-17, and with a Jacobs engine, the PT-18. A later version which featured a cockpit canopy was designated the PT-27.

Courtesy of www.nationalmuseum.af.mil
 
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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15

The Soviet Union developed the MiG-15 following World War II and the fighter entered service in 1949. By 1952 the Soviets provided the MiG-15 to a number of communist satellite nations, including North Korea. In 1950, the Soviets began production of a more capable version, the MiG-15bis. The MiG-15bis used a more powerful engine and hydraulically boosted ailerons. During the Korean War, both versions of the MiG-15 operated extensively against United Nations forces.

Courtesy of www.nationalmuseum.af.mil
 
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TBM-3S Avenger

Mission

The TBM-3S Avenger was a carrier-based anti-submarine modification of the TBM-3E, which had wide service use as a torpedo bomber. The TBM-3S is similar to its predecessor but had the addition of electronic gear to adapt it to anti-submarine warfare. The Avenger made its name in World War II as a rugged torpedo plane.
 
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German Air Force Tornado

Mission

The Tornado Interdictor Strike and Air Defense Variant use similar airframes and the same engines and aircraft systems, but different radar, avionics software and weapon suites.

Both versions of the Tornado feature two crew positions, two engines, short takeoff and landing performance, fly-by-wire controls, and an aerial refueling probe.

The Tornado IDS carries two internally mounted guns and two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles for self-defense. The aircraft is guided by an accurate, fully autonomous navigation system.

The Tornado ADV provides autonomous, all-weather air defense.




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Youth programs

The 56th Mission Support Squadron Youth Center offers the following activities for youth ages 6 to 18. Parents can register youth at the youth center. Each camp costs $25 per youth program mem­ber, $35 per nonmember. For more information, call 623-856-7470. • All-day Summer Fun Camp for grades 1 through 6. The cost is based...
 




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