Warner Robins, GA – Most of my attention was on the Museum of Aviation’s new additions during my recent trip, but I also took some photos of their other aircraft. In this post, I’ll concentrate on some of their Vietnam War era displays. These Vietnam War era aircraft are displayed together in the Museum’s Hangar One.
F-105D Thunderchief “Cajun Queen” (62-4259) was delivered in March 1963 and served with various units, standing nuclear alert in Korea and flying combat missions in the Vietnam War. Its first assignment was with the 4th FW at Seymour-Johnson AFB in NC. In November 1963, it served with the 41st Air Division at Osan AFB in South Korea standing nuclear alert. In August 1967, it moved to the 355th TFW Takhli RTAB in Thailand where it flew combat missions during the Vietnam War. August 1972 found 62-4259 serving with the 507th TFG at Tinker AFB, OK and in October 1980 it moved to the 466th TFS at Hill AFB, UT. In 1983, 62-4259 was retired and sent to Lackland AFB as a ground trainer for security services before being transferred to the Museum of Aviation in 2011.
F-4D Phantom II (66-7554) arrived at the museum in 2008. It has two kills to its credit and those kills are marked with red stars on the air intakes. Those two kills were made while it served with the 555th TFS of the 8th TFW and the 432nd TRW at Ubon RATB in Thailand from 1967-1972, . One of the kills was a North Vietnamese AF MiG-17, shot down by Major Rex D. Howerton and First Lieutenant Ted L. Voight on 14 February 1968. 66-7554 also served with the 33rd TFW at Eglin AFB, the 3rd TFW at Kusan AFB in South Korea, and various USAF units in the US before being retired. Speaking of MiG-17s…
The Museum of Aviation’s MiG-17 is a former Bulgarian AF aircraft and sits across the aisle from F-4D 66-7754, appropriate since MiG-17s and F-4s were opponents during the Vietnam War. This example arrived at the Museum of Aviation in an exchange program with the Bulgarian AF in 1991.
A-37A Dragonfly (67-14525) is another of the museum’s aircraft that saw service in the Vietnam War. It served in Vietnam with the 3rd TFW at Bien Hoa Air Base in South Vietnam from 1967 to 1970. It was transferred to the Museum of Aviation in 1991 after being used at various locations as an instructional airframe. The A-37 was an aircraft that the Robins AFB Air Logistics was responsible for, servicing A-37 communications and fire control gun systems.
O-1E/L-19A “Bird Dog” (51-12857) did not see service in th Vietnam War, but it has been restored to resemble one that was. It was delivered to the US Air Force in 1954, served with the US Army, and with the French Air Force through the Military Assistance Program. In 1984, it was acquired by the Museum of Aviation and restored in the markings of a FAC aircraft used by the US Air Force during the Vietnam War.
O-2A Skymaster “Big Herb” (67-21380) did see service as a FAC aircraft during the Vietnam War. Delivered to the Air Force in 1967, it served with the 504th Tactical Air Support Group at Da Nang AB and Cam Ranh AB in South Vietnam. It returned to the United States serving with various ANG units before being retired in om 1980. It was acquired by the Museum of Aviation in 1986.
OV-10A Bronco (67-14263) also served as a FAC aircraft with the 504th Tactical Air Support Group during the Vietnam War. It was delivered in 1968 and served in Southeast Asia until 1974. After it returned it served with the 507th Tactical Control Wing at Shaw AFB, SC, the 601st TACW at Sembach AB inGermany, and the 602nd TACW at George AFB, CA before returning the 507th TACW at Shaw and retiring in 1988. 67-14263 was transferred to the Museum of Aviation in 2008.
HH-3E Jolly Green Giant (67-14703) is another of the Museum’s interesting aircraft (the stories aircraft like this must be able to tell if they were able!). It not only served in the Vietnam War, it served in Desert Storm and supported Space Shuttle missions. Delivered in 1967, it served in the Vietnam War with the 56th Air Commando Wing at Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand until 1974. During Desert Storm, it served with the 71st Special Operations Squadron from Davis-Monthan AFB. After supporting Space Shuttle missions with the 41st Aerial Rescue and Recovery Squadron at Patrick AFB, FL it was retired to the Museum in 1994.
UH-1P Iroquois (65-7925) was delivered to the US Air Force as a UH-1F in 1966. First assigned to the 43rd BW at Little Rock AFB, AR in 1966, it was transferred to the 606th Air Commando Squadron, Nakhon Phanom RTAB in Thailand for service in the Vietnam War later in the year. In February 1967, it was transferred to the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Nha Trang Air Base in South Vietnam where it was used for covert operations. In June 1969, it was converted to a UH-1P gunship. It was returned to the States in 1970 and was assigned to various units before it was retired in 1987. It was transferred to the Museum of Aviation in 1992. It is displayed at the museum with a M274 Mechanical Mule.
I’ve got still more photos from this visit to the Museum of Aviation. Over the next few days I plan to include them on blog posts concentrating on World War II aircraft, Cold War aircraft, and more modern aircraft.