Believe it or not, the F-86 Sabre was the first swept wing fighter aircraft developed by the United States. In this episode of Behind the Wings, curator Matthew Burchette explains the influence of captured German data, a trick for in-flight acrobatics and explores other nooks and crannies of this Korean War-era bird.
The first in the century series of USAF fighter jets, the F-100 Super Sabre was a supersonic aircraft capable of high speeds and pinpoint maneuvering. Equipped with rockets, missiles and four 20mm cannons, the F-100 was an extreme force in the 1950s. Watch as curator Matthew Burchette explores this unique aircraft at Colorado’s Official Air & Space Museum. Learn more here.
As the undeniable icon of Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, the timeless B-52 Bomber holds a special place for many who served in our armed forces or are connected to military history. Watch as curator Matthew Burchette explores the aircraft’s lone gun position, uncovers the chaff dispenser and winds his way through one of the oldest B-52 Stratofortresses on display, anywhere! Learn more here.
Get up close and personal at one of the largest airshows in the State of Colorado! The Pikes Peak Regional Airshow boasted dozens of historic warbirds alongside “America’s Ambassadors in Blue” the USAF Thunderbirds. In this episode, curator Matthew Burchette goes behind the wings with a C-130 Hercules, speaks with a Thunderbird pilot and gets the scoop on a historic B-25 Mitchell from the air show’s president. Learn more here.
Go behind the scenes with Rocky Mountain icon and 2017 Spreading Wings Gala honoree, Flight For Life® Colorado. Originally founded in 1972, Flight For Life Colorado is the nation’s original air ambulance service and to-date they have transported more than 114,000 infants, children and adults. Curator Matthew Burchette speaks with the program director, a pilot and even experiences first-hand how Flight For Life saves lives. Learn more here.
Ever wondered what the future of flight will look like? Join Curator Matthew Burchette as he takes a field trip to Centennial Airport to visit with two companies leading the effort to change air travel for the better. From an all-electric airplane to supersonic transport, you’ll get “Behind the Wings” access few others have experienced. Learn more here.
Entering service in the early 1960’s, the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom was a dominating aircraft used by the United States’ Navy, Marines and Air Force in combat operations until the late 1990’s. Designed as a do-it-all fighter, the F-4 was used in air superiority, bombardment, close air support and reconaissance missions during its more than 30 year combat life.
Join Curator Matthew Burchette and Wings’ President & CEO John Barry as they share untold stories of the F-4 Phantom. Learn more here.
Leonardo DaVinci imagined, sketched and otherwise invented numerous flight-related necessities we now take for granted. The parachute, helicopter, inclinometer and other inventions got their start with original Renaissance Man. Join curator Matthew Burchette as he explores the connection between our museum and “the Architect of Flight”. Learn more here.
Join Curator Matthew Burchette as he explores the history of Lowry Air Force Base and takes you behind the scenes at some of the historic buildings that surround Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Learn more here.
Join Curator Matthew Burchette as he hops in the cockpit of the B-1A Lancer and gives some surprising facts about the largest aircraft inside the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. Learn more here.