Smaller museums

Three excellent museums with a lower aircraft count

National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Pooler, Georgia

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Charleston, South Carolina

The National WWII Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana


National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Pooler, Georgia

Crowded with fascinating displays about the Mighty Eighth, especially its close connections with Europe and the UK, they have very recently completed their loving restoration of the B-17G.

Aircraft Markings Thumbs Notes
Boeing B-17G Fortress front fuselage 3 41-24487 Fightin' Sam
Boeing B-17G Fortress 44-83814 '43-39049' City of Savannah
Boeing NTB-47B Stratojet 50-0062  
Boeing Stearman B75N1 Kaydet N555J 555  
McDonnell ADM-20C Quail   Decoy cruise missile which could replicate a B-52. Previously designated GAM-72B.
McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II 64-0815  
MiG-17A 46 Red Vietnam Air Force markings
North American P-51D Mustang replica '414061' Little One III

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Charleston, South Carolina

The museum is focused on the carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10), but there is also destroyer and a submarine, plus a recreation of a Vietnam war advanced base. Lots here to interest everyone.

Aircraft Markings Thumbs Notes
Bell AH-1J Sea Cobra 159210  
Bell UH-1D Iroquois 65-10132  
Bell UH-1M Iroquois 66-15005 005  
Bendix RIM-8 Talos   First-generation long range surface to air missile
Boeing Vertol CH-46D Sea Knight 154009 YR-29  
Douglas A-4C Skyhawk 149623 AH-353  
Douglas AD-4N (A-1D) Skyraider 127007 505  
Douglas ERA-3B Skywarrior 146457 049 '007'  
Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless 36173 14  
Grumman (General Motors) TBM-3E Avenger 53842 2  
Grumman A-6E Intruder 152599  
Grumman E-1B Tracer 147225 RR-710  
Grumman F4F-3A Wildcat 3956 F-15  
Grumman F6F-5K Hellcat 79593 00  
Grumman F-14A Tomcat 159025 AD-101  
Grumman S-2E Tracker 151657 NU-22  
Grumman TF-9J Cougar 147385 116 11  
Lockheed S-3B Viking 159731 NJ-733  
LTV A-7E Corsair II 159291 AC-301 The port side is marked as A-7A '153176 AC-300'
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet 162435 MB-204  
McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II 153077 AC-101  
North American B-25D Mitchell 41-29784 Furtle Turtle
Sikorsky SH-3H Sea King (S-61B) 149932 AR-420  
Sikorsky UH-34D Seahorse (S-58A) 147171  
Stearman NS-2 Kaydet 75-3130  
Vought (Goodyear) FG-1D Corsair 88368 21  
Vought F-8C Crusader 146939 NL-407  

The National WWII Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana

Huge museum, recently expanded with the US Freedom Pavillion (The Boeing Center) which has very high aerial walkways from which to view the aircraft.

Aircraft Markings Thumbs Notes
Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress 41-9032 32 My Gal Sal
Douglas C-47A Skytrain 42-93096 N58NA  
Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless Unknown '41'  
Grumman (General Motors) TBM-3 Avenger replica '017'  
North American B-25 Mitchell Unknown  
North American P-51D composite '569 7' On the right, Miss Kentucky state. On the left, Bunnie.
Supermarine Spitfire LFVb BL370 SH-J D-Day survivor lost in the Humber Estuary in 1944 and recovered in the '80s. Restored with new wings.

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