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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Cessna Trainer Information for this exhibit is currently not available. Please contact the Museum for assistance.
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 Christen Civilian Aircraft Information for this exhibit is currently not available. Please contact the Museum for assistance.
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 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 […]