Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Castle Air Museum - Atwater CA

March 6, 2013 Wed
I spent last weekend with the FreeWheelers at The Lakes RV Resort in Chowchilla CA. We had a great time sharing meals and catching up. The band had a rehearsal on Sat. That went well. We are preparing for our next performance at the Jackson outing. Friday I visited the Castle Air Museum in Atwater CA. I walked the entire flight line and paid dearly for it. Ibuprofen kept me walking the next couple of days. Glad I have a Pod Doc appointment tomorrow. Here are images of some, but not all of the planes at the museum.

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
The SR71 was built at the top secret Lockheed Martin facility "Skunk Works" in the southern California desert. One flew from Los Angeles to Washington DC in 64 minutes 5 seconds at an average speed of 2,153 mph. 

Boeing B-52D Stratofortress
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Boeing B-25J Mitchell
Boeing B-17G
Doublas B-18 Bolo
Boeing B-47E Stratojet
Boeing WB-50D
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Carried 31,200 gallons of jet fuel for "in air" refueling of fighter aircraft
Refueling boom on the KC-135A
Curtiss C-46D Commando
Convair RB-36H Peacemaker
The largest bomber ever built. It could carry 72,000 pounds of conventional and/or nuclear bombs.
Convair RB-36H Peacemaker with an MK-17 Thermonuclear bomb
Boeing KC-97L Stratofreighter
Fairchild C-123K Provider
Douglas B-23 Dragon
Convair C-131A Samaritan
Vought RF-8G Crusader
North American F-86 Sabre
McDonnell F-4E Phantom II
Lockheed F-104B Starfighter
Grumman F-14D Tomcat
Douglas A4 Skyhawk
AVRO CF-100 Canuck

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