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