National Museum of the US Air Force, Dayton, Ohio

Aircraft types A - D


Aircraft Reg'n Thumbs Notes
Aero Commander U-4B 55-4647 Aero Commander 680 - presidential transport used by Eisenhower in the late '50s.
Aeronca L-3B Grasshopper 42-36200 Ex N48407
American Helicopter XA-8 (XH-26) Jet Jeep 50-1841 1950's pulse-tip-jet portable chopper for the Army. Worked well, but far too noisy. AH became a division of Fairchild.
Avro 504K replica '1620 D.9029' Canadian composite consisting entirely of original parts.
Avro Canada CF-100 Mk4A Canuck 18241 UC-241 Canadian AF. 692 were built, including 137 Mk4As. Operated from 1953 to 1981.
Avro Canada VZ-9AV Avrocar 58-7055 AV-7055 Supersonic fighter/bomber project taken over by the USAF and US Navy, but suffered severe control problems. 1st prototype.
Beech AT-10 Wichita 41-27193 Mainly wooden trainer: over 2,300 built by Beech and Globe Aircraft 1941-44.
Beech AT-11 Kansan 42-37493 Ex N64044, N341X.
Beech QU-22B Pave Eagle 69-7699 Bonanza modified as a stealth recce drone for the Vietnam war, but carried a pilot for operations. The bulge above the nose housed a gererator.
Beech T-34A Mentor 53-3310 TD-310 Ex N6458C.
Beech UC-43 Traveler '9319' Basically standard Model 17. Ex GB-2 Bu23733, 44-76068, N67198.
Beech VC-6A 66-7943 King Air B90 used by president Lyndon Johnson.
Bell P-39Q Airacobra 44-3887 as P-39D 41-7073 31  
Bell P-59B Airacomet 44-22650 PJ-650 The US's first twin-jet fighter.
Bell P-63E Kingcobra 43-11728 as RP-63A 42-69654 IL76 RP-63s were 'pinball' aircraft - manned gunnery targets with armour plating against special frangible bullets. This lacks the armour.
Bell UH-1P Iroquois 64-15476 as UH-1F 64-15492 492 Markings of a Vietnam veteran whose pilot was awarded the Medal of Honour for bravery.
Bell UH-13J Sioux 57-2728 The USAF used 2 Bell 47J Rangers as the 1st presidential choppers, used by Eisenhower.
Bell X-1B 48-1385 Max speed 1,650mph, last flight January 1958 flown by Neil Armstrong.
Bell X-5 50-1838 The first high-performance aeroplane to vary wing sweep in flight. Very successful, its last flight was piloted by Neil Armstrong in 1955.
Bell XGAM-63 Rascal 4A01 Stand-off supersonic air to surface nuclear weapon, cancelled in 1958 in favour of the Hound Dog.
Bell XV-3 (XH-33) 54-0148 The world's first VSTOL tilt-rotor aircraft. 1st transition was in December 1958.
Bensen X-25A Gyrocopter 68-10770 A modified B-8, this successfully tested the concept of aircrew flying a discretionary descent vehicle rather than parachute from their aircraft.
Bleriot (Hall) Monoplane   Built by Ernest C Hall of Warren, Ohio from plans in 1911.
Boeing P-12E B-20 Operated in Hawaii in the 1930s, retired in 1940.
Boeing P-26A Peashooter replica '40' Represents a commander's aircraft at Wheeler Field, Hawaii in 1938.
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 42-32076 LL-E Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby. Ex SE-BAP, OY-DFA, Danish AF 67-672, F-BGSH.
Boeing B-29 Superfortress 44-27297 Bockscar - dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki on the 9th August 1945.
Boeing B-29A Superfortress 44-62139 Walk-through exhibit marked as Command Decision
Boeing RB-47H Stratojet 53-4299 One of 32 blunt-nosed ELINT Stratojets built, replaced by the RC-135 in the mid 1960s.
Boeing WB-50D Superfortress 49-0310 Used for weather research and air sampling, including for atomic particles from Soviet nuclear tests. The last US piston-engined bomber.
Boeing B-52D Stratofortress 56-0665 Flew in to the museum in November 1978.
Boeing KC-97L Stratofreighter 52-2630 Ohio Air Guard. Operated for 10 years in Germany, was flown to the museum in 1976.
Boeing EC-135E ARIA 60-374 'Bird of Prey' Apollo/Range Instrumentation Aircraft for spacecraft tracking, with a 7-foot steerable antenna in the droop snoot or 'Snoopy nose'.
Boeing VC-137C 62-6000 Boeing 707-320B Air Force One used by presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George HW Bush and Clinton.
Boeing X-40A SMV   Space Maneuver Vehicle programme flight test vehicle for what became the X-37B space plane.
Boeing X-45A J-UCAS   Joint-Uninhabited Combat Aircraft System - autonomous ground attack demonstrator.
Boeing YQM-94A Compass Cope B   Remotely-piloted high-altitude recce aircraft - 2nd prototype.
Boeing YF-118G Bird of Prey   1996-99 stealth technology demonstrator - single-seater with no control computers involved.
Bristol Beaufighter 1C T5049 Fairey-built for the Australian AF as A19-43. Marked as USAAF Night Mare
Caproni Ca36 11504 Italian AF - served from 1918 to 1929.
Caquot Type R Observation Balloon   French WW1 design produced in the US and UK, also made in the UK during WW2.
Cessna LC-126A (U-20A) floatplane 49-1949 AR-949 Militarised Cessna 195, 15 of these were used by the USAF in 1949.
Cessna O-1G Bird Dog 51-11917 Forward Air Controller version of the Cessna 305D. Over 3,400 O-1s were built.
Cessna O-2A Skymaster 67-21331 Forward Air Controller version of the Cessna 337 Super Skymaster. 532 built.
Cessna T-37B Tweet 57-2289 OK The T-37 first flew in 1954. 1,269 were built, they retired from the USAF in 2009.
Cessna U-3A (L-27A) Blue Canoe 58-2124 Military version of the Cessna 310. 195 delivered.
Cessna YA-37A Dragonfly 62-5951 This was originally a YAT-37D prototype, modified for A-37 development.
Chance-Vought LTV XC-142A NASA552 Experimental tilt-wing VTOL transport. Sole survivor of five built.
Chanute 1904 Glider replica    
Consolidated PT-1 Trusty AS26-233 US Army. A trainer that was too easy to fly - not good preparation for faster planes.
Consolidated B-24D Liberator 42-72843 24 Strawberry Bitch: WW2 North Africa veteran.
Consolidated OA-10A Catalina '44-33879' A PBY-5A, ex Brazilian AF 6551, PT-AXM, N4583B, painted as an OA-10A "Snafu Snatchers".
Control Tower   Replica of 8th Air Force control towers built in the UK in 1942.
Convair XB-36 wheel   This huge single mainwheel was soon replaced by 4-wheel units to avoid cracking runways.
Convair B-36J Peacemaker 52-2220 This made the last ever B-36 flight - from Davis-Monthan to here on 30th April 1959.
Convair B-58A Hustler 59-2458 Bendix Trophy winner for LA to NY return flight speed record in 1962.
Convair XF-92A 46-0682 World's first delta-wing jet aircraft, pioneered by Alexander Lippisch - led to the F-102.
Convair F-102A Delta Dagger 56-1416 Mach 1 interceptor. This served in Iceland and flew to the museum in 1971.
Convair F-106A Delta Dart 58-0787 Mach 2 interceptor originally designated F-102B. Came to the museum in 1986.
Convair NC-131H Total In-Flight Simulator (TIFS) N793VS Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (Calspan) converted this testbed, used in projects including the Space Shuttle, YF-23, C-17, and B-2.
Culver PQ-14B 44-68462 Optionally-piloted aerial target based on the LFA Cadet. Ex N5389N
Curtiss 1911 Model D Type IV replica   Built by the museum in 1987. Pretty accurate, apart from a wood and plastic engine.
Curtiss JN-4D Jenny 2805 Over 6,000 built 1917-18.
Curtiss P-6E Hawk 40 Sole survivor of 46 built.
Curtiss 75 P-36A Hawk 38-0001 15P48 86 This is the 1st P-36A for the Air Corps, marked as one which was at Pearl Harbour.
Curtiss O-52 Owl 40-2763 11907 1940 observation plane restricted to domestic uses because of lack of performance.
Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk 42-65406 '104' Ordered by the RAF as AK987, then Canadian AF 1068, N1237N, N5673N. Now marked as Warhawk 104.
Curtiss C-46D Commando 44-78018 Retired from service in 1968 and flown to the museum in 1972.
Curtiss-Wright CW-25 (AT-9) Fledgling 'Jeep' 41-12150 909 Advanced trainer, designed to be hard to fly, so not offered for sale after WW2. 791 built.
De Havilland DH4B replica 66338 8 Marked as a photo version used in the early 1920s to map the Mexican border.
De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth N39DH Ex RAF DE744, G-ANCN, OO-NCN, and an EAA AirVenture award winner.
De Havilland DH98 Mosquito B35 RS709 as MkXVI NS519 P Ex G-ASKA, N9797, G-MOSI. Owners included the Conferderate AF and Doug Arnold, and it's featured in several films.
De Havilland Canada DHC-2 U-6A (L-20) Beaver 51-16501 Ex N9239. Over 1,000 were used by the US military.
De Havilland Canada DHC-4 C-7A Caribou 62-4193 as 62-4150 KC Originally operated by the US Army as a CV-2B.
Douglas A-1E Skyraider 52-132649 2 Ex Bu132649. This was severely damaged in Vietnam, but restored by the museum.
Douglas A-20G Havoc 43-22200 as 43-21475 'Little Joe' Ex N63004.
Douglas A-24B Banshee 42-54582 as 41-15786 Air Force version of the SBD-5 Dauntless: no tail hook. Ex N4488N, N17421.
Douglas O-38F 33-0324 Crashed in Alaska in 1941. This last surviving example was recovered in 1968, and was restored by the museum.
Douglas B-18A Bolo 37-0469 R33 Bomber based on the DC-2. Ex N56847.
Douglas B-26C (A-26C) Invader 44-35733 BC-733 'Dream Girl'
Douglas (On Mark) B-26K (A-26) Counter Invader 64-17676 A-26B converted by On Mark Engineering to a Counter Invader for Southeast Asia ops. Ex 41-39596, N29939, N268G, C-GXTF.
Douglas RB-66B Destroyer 53-0475 JN One of 149 built. Flew to the museum in 1970.
Douglas C-47D Skytrain (DC-3) 43-49507 as 43-15213 L4-W The last Skytrain in regular USAF use, flew to the museum in 1975.
Douglas VC-54C 42-107451 as 42-72252 Presidential aircraft, 'Sacred Cow' used the '52 registration for security in Roosevelt's trip to the 1947 Yalta conference.
Douglas VC-118 Liftmaster 46-505 'Independence' Used by President Truman from 1947 to 1953, and retired to the museum in 1965.
Douglas C-124C Globemaster II 52-1066 as 51-0135 One of the last two C-124s retired in 1974, and was flown to the museum in 1975.
Douglas C-133A Cargomaster 56-2008 A real shame that his is almost completely concealed by other aircraft - these are the only possible angles.
Douglas X-3 Stiletto 49-2892 Designed for Mach 2, but frustrated by low engine power, it was less use than hoped. Flew 1952-56.

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