OH-58 Kiowa

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This is the only helicopter at FWAM. The Bell OH-58 Kiowa is part of a family of single-engine, single-rotor, military helicopters used for observation, utility, training, and direct fire support. The aircraft is closely related to the civilian Bell Model 206A JetRanger. The OH-58 has been in continuous use by the U.S. Army since 1969 and has been operated by many foreign countries. DevelopmentRead more

RF-8 Crusader

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Technical Notes Manufacturer Chance Vought Aircraft Length 54 feet, 3 inches Wingspan 35 feet, 8 inches Height 15 feet, 9 inches Payload 5,000 pounds of weapons Empty Weight 17,541 pounds Loaded Weight 29,000 pounds Powerplant 1 × Pratt & Whitney J57-P-20A afterburning turbojet Fuel Capacity 1,325 US gallons Max. Speed Mach 1.86 (1,225 mph) CruiseRead more

F-111E Aardvark

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Technical Notes Manufacturer General Dynamics Crew Two Engines Two Pratt & Whitney TF30-P3 turbofans; 18,500 lbs. thrust each in afterburner Wingspan 63 feet (extended); 31 feet, 11.5 inches (swept) Length 73 feet, 5.5 inches Height 17 feet, 6 inches Weight 46,172 pounds (empty); 98,850 pounds (max.) Speed 1,453 mph / Mach 2.5 (max.); 470 mphRead more

O-1 Bird Dog

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Technical Notes Manufacturer Cessna Aircraft History Cessna L-19 or O-1 Bird Dog, Army / Air Force Serial No. 51-16963, c/n 22840, Model 305A, was assigned to a National Guard unit. Following 4,706 hours of military flying, it left the military service. Transferred to US Forestry Department in North Carolina as N9623Q (Aircraft #7) in MayRead more

F-105D Thunderchief

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This aircraft has a distinguished history, with Air Force squadrons in the 23rd and 36th Tactical Fighter Wings and the Virginia Air National Guard. It also appears this aircraft survived the Ho Chi Minh Trail flying from Korat Royal Thailand Air Force Base in Southeast Asia. In 1951, Republic Aviation began a project to developRead more

T-37 Tweet

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This is one of the most prominent trainer aircraft used by the US Air Force. The T-37 is a twin-engine primary trainer used for teaching the fundamentals of jet aircraft operation and for flying on instruments, in formation and at night. Affectionately known as the “Tweety Bird,” it was the first U.S. Air Force jetRead more

O-2A Skymaster

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Known as the “Oscar Deuce” or “The Duck,” the O-2 is a military version of the Cessna 337 Super Skymaster. The Cessna Aircraft Company of Wichita, Kansas, built and sold a twin-engine civilian aircraft known as the Skymaster. The aircraft was unique in that it had one engine in front of the cabin, like most Cessnas, andRead more

A-7B Corsair II

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This A-7B Corsair II, Bu No. 154479, was built in Grand Prairie, Texas by Chance Vought in 1968. The Vought A-7 Corsair II was developed in the early 1960s as a carrier-capable subsonic light attack aircraft intended to replace the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. The A-7 airframe was based on the successfulVought F-8 Crusader. It was one of the first combatRead more

A-12 Avenger II

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The McDonnell Douglas/General Dynamics A-12 Avenger II was a proposed attack aircraft. The program was cancelled after the expenditure of approximately $5 billion and the aircraft never reached production. In 1983, the US Navy began the Advanced Tactical Aircraft (ATA) program. The goal was to develop a replacement for the Grumman A-6 Intruder using stealth technology. In November 1984,Read more

CH-53 Sea Stallion

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The CH-53 Sea Stallion is the common name for the Sikorsky S-65 family of heavy-lift transport helicopters. These were originally developed for use by the Marine Corps as they sought a replacement for the piston powered helicopters in 1960. In March 1962, the US Navy’s Bureau of Naval Weapons, acting on behalf of the Marines, issued a requestRead more

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