Housed in our historic 150,000 sq. ft., 1930s-era, former Air Force hangar, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum maintains a collection of over four dozen aircraft and space vehicles. Highlights of the collection include a rare B-18A Bolo, five of the Century-Series fighters, an RF-84K Thunderflash Parasite, an Alexander Eaglerock built in Colorado and a Star Wars X-Wing fighter.
Homebuilt At the end of WWI, the Treaty of Versailles prohibited the Germans from producing powered aircraft. Their passion for flying, however, turned their efforts to building and flying gliders. These were launched from hillsides with cables and bungees and civilian flying clubs became popular, especially in the Rhön Mountains. German military leaders soon recognized […]
Manufactured by McDonnell Douglas Fighter The F-101 Voodoo was originally designed as a single-seat escort fighter for the B-36 bomber. Its intended mission was made obsolete by the introduction of the B-52 jet bomber. The F-101 was adapted to serve in other roles. The F-101A & F-101C were built as fighter bombers and armed with […]
Manufactured by Cessna Trainer Information for this exhibit is currently not available. Please contact the Museum for assistance.
Manufactured by Convair Fighter Late in World War II, German aircraft designers were working with delta-winged aircraft. No delta-winged aircraft became operational, but the design was well advanced by the end of hostilities. Anxious to cash in on the German’s work, the U.S. brought German designers to the U.S. following the war to help design […]
Manufactured by Lockheed Trainer The T-Bird was the first jet powered trainer to enter service with the USAF. Based upon a lengthened F-80 “Shooting Star” fighter, nearly 5,700 T-Birds were built between 1949 and 1959. This was almost 3 times the number of all F-80 fighter models built. First flown in March 1948 as the […]
Manufactured by Lockheed Fighter The futuristic F-104 made its first flight less than nine years after the end of World War II and was the world’s first production aircraft capable of sustained speed at twice the speed of sound (Mach 2). Because of its relatively small size, slender fuselage and small wings, the F-104 was […]
Manufactured by Republic Reconnaissance After entering the Air Force inventory in 1953, the F-84 proved to be useful as a long range fighter-bomber. Here, we see the reconnaissance variant, the RF-84-K, which mounted six cameras behind the transparencies you see in the nose. Also note the hook you see on top of the fuselage near […]
Manufactured by Republic Fighter This great fighting machine was designed in the 1950s. It was to be a tactical nuclear bomber. It was the mainstay of our bombing campaign against North Vietnam. Although the F-105 was not a “dogfighter”, it shot down 28 enemy fighters using its Vulcan cannon and Sidewinder missiles. Due to heavy […]
Manufactured by Link Trainer This is the World War II version of the Link Trainer. The purpose of this equipment was to teach the student pilot to fly his airplane without any outside reference. The student would enter the trainer, close the hatch, close the door and turn on the lights. All he could see […]
Manufactured by McDonnell Douglas Fighter The F-4 Phantom, which began life as a U.S. Navy fleet defense interceptor, made its first flight as the XF4H-1 in May 1958. Both the Navy and Marines quickly realized the potential of their new aircraft and used it to set a flurry of world performance records. After testing in […]
Manufactured by Piper Civilian Aircraft The 65 horsepower Piper Cub was first approved in 1937 as a new entry into a long line of “cub-type” aircraft extending back into the early 1930’s. Thousands of “Piper Cubs” were built until the plane was phased out in 1975. You can still buy a J-3-65 “Piper Cub”, but […]
Manufactured by North American Fighter The F-86 first flew on October 1, 1947 and was the first American fighter to feature a swept wing. On April 26, 1948, it became the first US production fighter to exceed the speed of sound (in a dive). Sabres (F-86A, E & F models) became famous during the Korean […]
Manufactured by Grumman Fighter The Tomcat is a “variable geometry” aircraft in that the wings can be extended at right angles to the fuselage for takeoff and landing and can be swept back for cruise. The ship can move through the sound barrier and achieve a speed of Mach Two — or roughly 1,400 miles […]
Manufactured by Douglas Bomber The B-18 was designed to meet a 1934 U.S. Army Air Corps requirement for a bomber to replace the Martin B-10. Based upon Douglas’ proven DC-2 and DC-3 commercial airliners, the B-18 was one of three aircraft in contention for the Air Corps contract. The DB-1, as the B-18 was initially […]
Manufactured by General Dynamics Fighter The F-111 was designed in the early 1960s to meet a USAF need for a Strike Fighter and a US Navy requirement for a Fleet Defense Interceptor. The F-lll was the world’s first operational aircraft to use Variable Geometry wings that could be swept back in flight to allow higher […]
Manufactured by Incom Star Wars Universe Starfighter The X-wing Fighter from the Star Wars movies is one of the most popular exhibits at Wings Over the Rockies. Many visitors are curious about its history and how it got to the Museum. This short history will provide a glimpse into its background. In 1996, Lucasfilm was […]
Manufactured by Vought Fighter The A-7D Corsair II is a single seat, subsonic close air support and interdiction aircraft. Originally produced for the US Navy, the A-7 made its first flight in September 1965. A total of 459 A-7Ds were delivered to the USAF between 1968 and 1976. The aircraft’s outstanding target kill capability, first […]
Manufactured by Alexander Civilian Aircraft This Eaglerock is known as a “Longwing” because the lower wings have a greater span than the uppers. This was done to reduce the wing loading which would give the ship better performance at high altitudes. The “longwing” idea proved to be of marginal value and was soon dropped. The […]
Manufactured by Rockwell Bomber The B-1A was designed in the late 1960s as a new generation strategic bomber. The B-1A has a Variable Geometry wing and an ejectable crew module. The B-1’s wings are extended for low speed operation and swept rearward for high speed flight. The first three B-1As did not have ejection seats, […]
Manufactured by Christen Civilian Aircraft Information for this exhibit is currently not available. Please contact the Museum for assistance.
Manufactured by Martin Electronic Warfare So successful was the English-built “English Electric Canberra” that the U. S. Air Force selected the aircraft as a bomber-interdictor and a reconnaissance aircraft. This 1940’s design saw service in Vietnam as a light bomber, repeatedly attacking the Ho Chi Minh Trail and flying interdiction missions over the Mekong Delta and […]
Manufactured by Beech Transport Beech Aircraft Co. sold its first Model 18, or Twin Beech, in June of 1937. The US Army Air Corps first became interested in 1939 after foreign orders were placed for pilot training and light bomber versions. The first US Army orders were placed with Beech in 1940, for a light […]
Manufactured by North American Fighter The successor to the famed F-86 Sabre, the F-100 Super Sabre was the first U.S. production aircraft able to exceed the speed of sound in level flight. The prototype YF-100 first flew on May 25, 1953 and was the first of six USAF fighters in the “Century Series”. These were […]