Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   
Warplane Survivors USA: Alaska (Book)

Alaska Warplanes

Data current to 29 April 2018.

  (USAF Photo)

North American F-51H Mustang (Serial No. 44-64461), "Ah'm Available", 5017th Operations Squadron, Alaskan Air Command, ca 1948.

 (USAF Photo)

North American P-82H Twin Mustang (Serial No. 46-500), Ladd AFB, Alaska, 1951.

 (USAF Photo)

Convair F-102A-75-CO Delta Dagger (Serial No. 56-1281), 31st Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Alaska, 1965.

 (USAF Photo)

Piasecki H-21B Workhorse helicopter (Serial No. 34334), 5017th Operations Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, early 1960s.  

 (Piergiuliano Chesi Photos)

Sikorsky HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter (Serial No. 69-5806), 5040th Helicopter Squadron, 21st Composite Wing, USAF, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, 1972.  

 (Staff Sgt. Edward Eagerton, USAF Photo)

Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter being air-to-air refueled, 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard.

 (USAF Photo)

Martin EB-57B Canberra, 5041st Tactical Operations Squadron, 21st Composite Wing, flown for radar calibration and electronic warfare, ca 1972.  

 (USAF Photo)

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II, 17th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Alaskan Air Command, Elmendorf AFB, unloading a de Havilland Otter, ca 1972. 

 (Staff Sgt. Edward Eagerton, USAF Photo)

Lockheed C-130 Hercules, from Alaska Air National Guard’s 144th Airlift Squadron, flies over Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, 2017.

 (Tech Sgt Keith Brown, USAF Photo)

Boeing C-17 Globemaster III (Serial No. 90169),  "Spirit of Denali", 517th Airlift Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard.

 (Senior Airman Garrett Hothan, USAF Photo)

Boeing E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.  

 (USAF Photo)

McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II formation, 43rd Tactical Fighter Squadron over Mount McKinley, Alaska, ca 1972. 

 (USAF Photo)

McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle from the 12th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, flies next to a Russian Tu-95 Bear Bomber, 28 Sep 2006 during a Russian exercise near the west coast of Alaska.

 (SGT Greg Suhay, USAF Photo)

MiG-29A Fulcrum fighter being serviced by a Soviet technician as it receives fuel from an IL-76MD Candid-B aircraft at Elmendorf AFB.  These aircraft had stopped at the base while en route to an air show in Canada.  

 (USAF Photos)

Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor, 90th Fighter Squadron, escorting a Russian TU-95 Bear flying near the Alaskan NORAD Region airspace 22 Nov 2007.  This marked the first time a Raptor was called upon to support the ANR mission. 

 (USAF Photo)

Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors, 3rd Wing, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.

 (Tech. Sgt. David W. Richards, USAF Photo)

General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon 18th Fighter Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. 

 (Tech. Sgt. David W. Richards, USAF Photo)

Fairchild Republic A/OA-10 Thunderbolt II, 355th Fighter Squadron, Eielson AFB, Alaska.

 (USAF Photo)

Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker (Serial No. 63-8975), 168th Air Refueling Squadron, refueling a pair of Fairchild Republic A/OA-10 Thunderbolt IIs, 355th Fighter Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard.

 (USAF Photo)

Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker (Serial No. 63-8876), 168th Air Refueling Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard.

The purpose of this handbook is to provide aviation enthusiasts with a simple checklist on where to find the surviving retired military aircraft that are preserved in the state of Alaska. The majority of the Alaska Warbird Survivors can be viewed at Elmendorf AFB; Eielson AFB; Kulis ANG Base; in the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum in Anchorage; in the Alaskaland Pioneer Air Museum in Fairbanks; Healy, Denali Wings; and at Palmer, in the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry. Various gate guardians are also listed.The museum staffs and volunteer organizations in Alaska have done a particularly good job of preserving the great variety of American combat veteran aircraft, illustrated here. Hopefully, as more aircraft are recovered from their crash sites in the bush and restored, traded or brought back from private owners, that they too will be added to the record. The book lists the aircraft alphabetically by manufacturer, number and type. This list is also appended with a brief summary of the aircraft presently on display within the state and a bit of its history in the US military.

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For those of you who are familiar with Alaska and its environs, the conditions can be harsh for an Aviator.  During my four-year tour of duty with the Canadian Forces NORAD detachment based in Colorado Springs, I had the privilege of working at Elmendorf AFB with a good number of the highly professional men and women who serve NORAD there.  The work also gave me the opportunity to examine a number of Alaska’s warplane survivors up close, and to visit many of the sites where Alaska’s aviation history has been made.  These opportunities were a privilege and honour I had because of my military service.  It is my hope that this book will show you where to find some of Alaska’s military aviation history, and where to view some of Alaska’s veteran warplanes.  This book is intended to provide a “where are they” guide for residents and visitors to Alaska who are interested in its rich resources of historical military aircraft.

I have had a serious interest in military aircraft for most of my life.  My father served 20 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and later the Canadian Forces (CF), and retired as a Warrant Officer in 1973.  During his tour of duty, he also worked for NORAD while based at Canadian Forces Base North Bay, Ontario.

As a Canadian Forces Army Officer, I have had the opportunity to tour a number of aviation museums in North America and Europe.  I have been lucky to have participated in a great number of airshows as a skydiver, and I have therefore also had the opportunity to hear the sound of a North American P-51D Mustang and watch one tearing down a runway at full throttle (it still gets my blood pumping!).

Later, the Army provided me with the opportunity to serve as a member of the Canadian Forces Parachute Team (CFPT) the “Skyhawks.”  I had the fantastic experiences of participating in airshows across Canada and in some parts of the United States for a number of years.  During these airshows, I never missed an opportunity to ask various owners of old Second World War warplanes such as the Mustang and Corsair for permission to climb into the cockpit.  Based on my flight experiences and observations to date, however, I have come to conclude that you should never land in an airplane if you do not want to die in one.  (I have two parachutes and you have only one airplane, and there is no such thing as a “perfectly serviceable airplane” as any mechanic will tell you).

Until I retired on 8 August 2011, I served as Army Intelligence officer with the Canadian Forces, and it was my great good fortune to have been posted to Colorado Springs, where I worked for Headquarters North American Air Defence Command (HQ NORAD) and United States Space Command (USSPACECOM) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) up on the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station (CMAFS).  Although I was an Army Officer, I never lost my fascination for old warplanes.  Because of this, I have continued to identify and research the locations of as many of them as possible.  I have then attempted to verify their serial numbers through the United States Air Force Museum and the National Museum of Naval Aviation, and to photograph them, wherever they may be on display.  The main reason that I have put this book together, however, is to provide other interested aviation enthusiasts with the kind of guide-book that I would have liked to have had before arriving in Alaska to work with the servicemen and women serving United States Pacific Command USPACOM.  This guide-book should tell the aircraft hunter where he or she may still find these warplanes and gate guardians, and, where possible, a way to contact the museums that have them on display in order to obtain more information about these aircraft.  If you have a further interest in this kind of information, I have put together other Warplane survivor books, which are also available through the bookstore.

I believe that the volunteers who put so much time, effort and energy into maintaining and preserving the numerous retired military and historic aircraft found in Alaska deserve an enormous amount of praise and credit for their work.  It is my hope that this handbook, “Alaska Warplanes,” provides the information and perhaps an incentive that will bring you to visit their museums and to appreciate the rich resources of aviation heritage they are preserving on your behalf.  The displays and exhibits are bound to change.  Aircraft that have already been recovered from crash sites in Alaska include a Curtiss P-40E Warhawk, a Lockheed P-38J Lightning, a Martin B-26 Marauder and a Consolidated B-24 Liberator.  A few of these aircraft have gone to aviation museums in the lower 48 states.  Hopefully, many more examples of USAAC, USAAF, USAF, USN, USMC and USCG aircraft will be added as they are retired, and equally important, perhaps many more will be recovered, refurbished and preserved in Alaska.  Ann update to the list of surviving Alaskan warplanes is included here.

Hon LCol Harold A. Skaarup

Alaska Warplane Survivors

Anchorage, Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum 

Aeronca 65C Chief, parts, Reg. No. NC22483.  (Alaska State Museum).

American Pilgrim 100B, Reg. No. NC709Y, 1931.

Arctic Sparrow.  (Alaska State Museum).

Bede BD-5.

Avid Flyer, STOL, Reg. No. N621R, homebuilt.

Beechcraft UC-45F Expeditor, c/n 7728, Reg. No. N1047B, mounted on floats.

Beechcraft SNB-5 Expeditor, 265.

Beechcraft C50 Twin Bonanza, Reg. No. N22W.

Bell UH-1H Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 65-12849), c/n 5186.

Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker, Reg. No. NC168N.

Bellanca 31-42 Senior Pacemaker, fuselage, Reg. No. NC16707.  (Alaska State Museum).

Boeing YL-15 Scout (Serial No. 47-432), Reg. No. N4770C, Keith Brunquist.  Airworthy.

Boeing 737-290C, c/n 22578/767, Reg. No. N740AS, 1981.

Centair L-13A, Reg. No. N3115G.

 (Author Photos)

Consolidated (Canadian Vickers) OA-10 Catalina, PBV-1 Canso RCAF c/n CV-465, PBY-5A Catalina USN (BuNo. 67918), OA-10 USAF (Serial No. 44-33954), Reg. No. N57875, 1943.  This aircraft made an emergency landing on Dago Lake, Alaska on 30 Sep 1947 and was abandoned.  It was salvaged on 30 Sep 1984 and is on display in its damaged condition.

Consolidated Canso A, Teg. No. C-FSAT.

Consolidated LB-30 Liberator, Reg. No. N92MK.

Cessna T-50 Bushmaster, Reg. No. NC30023, 1943, frame only.

Cessna UC-78B Bobcat.

Cessna UC-78B Bobcat, Reg. No. NC30023.

Circa Nieuport II, Reg. No. N124AK, 1992, homebuilt.

Curtiss JN-4D Jenny.  (Alaska State Museum).

Curtiss Robin C-1, Reg. No. N76H.

 (Author Photo)

Curtiss P-40E Warhawk, 241, forward fuselage and parts.

De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver.

Douglas World Cruiser, (DWC) (Serial No. 23-129), “Seattle”.  This aircraft was part of the US Army Air Corps 1924 round-the-world flight which crashed in Alaska.  The wreckage was retrieved in 1967.  (Alaska State Museum).

Douglas C-118A Liftmaster, c/n 44665/632, Reg. No. N43872.

Douglas DC-6A, Reg. No. N6174C.

Fairchild FC-2W2, frame, Reg. No. NC7034, 1928. 

Fairchild 24G, Reg. No. N3212, 1937.

Fairchild 24W40.

Fairchild C-123J Provider (Serial No. 56-4390), c/n 20274, Reg. No. N4390E.  This aircraft was on display in the museum until 2004 when it was sold to All West Freight, dismantled and moved to All West Airport.

 (Author Photo)

Ford 4-AT-E Trimotor, c/n 4-AT-65, Reg. No. NC8403.  This aircraft crashed in Alaska in 1934.  Wreckage.

Grumman G-44/J4F-2 Widgeon, c/n 1312, Reg. No. N13122, 1943.

Grumman G-44/J4F-2 Widgeon, Reg. No. N66645.

Grumman G-21A/JRF-5 Goose, c/n B-102, Reg. No. N789, 1943.

Grumman OA-12 Duck, (Serial No. 48-0563), Reg. No. N8563F, Rescue, 1943.  J2F-6.

Hamilton H-47 Metalplane, c/n 50, Reg. No. NC7791, 1928, fuselage only.

H-295 Helio Courier, Reg. No. N6319V, 1966.

Keystone Loening K-84 Commuter, (Serial No. 313), Reg. No. NC374V, 1929.  (Alaska State Museum).

Lockheed P-38L Lightning, wing.

Luscombe 8E Silvaire, Reg. No. N1347B.

McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle (Serial No. 74-0084), c/n 56/A045, AK.

Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero, Reg No. N553TT, 1942.

Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman Mk. VI, c/n 507, Reg. No. N725E, 1944.

North American AT-6D Texan, Reg. No. N39313, 1942.

Piasecki CH-21B Shawnee (Serial No. 54-4004), c/n B-157, 1957, Reg. No. N6869.

Piper PA-18A Super Cub, c/n 18-4469, Reg. No. N2869P.

Raven S-66A Hot Air Balloon, Reg. No. N57139’ 1980.

Rutan 61 Long-EZ, Reg. No. N60AK, 1985.

Ryan B-7 Brouham.

Sikorsky S-43 Seaplane, nose section, Reg. No. N15062.

Sikorsky H-5G Dragonfly.

Spartan 7W Executive, c/n 7, Reg. No. NC17602, 1937.  Crashed in Alaska in 1944.

Spencer S-12E Aircar, Reg. No. N10TS.

 (Pi3.124 Photo)

 (Author Photo)

Stearman C2M, Alaskan Airways Paystreak, c/n 121, Reg. No. N5415, 1928.

Stinson Junior SR, Reg. No. NC13831.  (Alaska State Museum).

Stinson SM-8A Junior.  (Alaska State Museum).

Stinson L-1F Vigilant (Serial No. 41-18915), Reg. No. N1ZS, 1941.

Stinson Vultee V-77/AT-19 Reliant, Reg. No. N79458, 1944.

Stinson Vultee V-77/AT-19 Reliant, Reg. No. N9795H.

Stinson L-5G Sentinel, Reg. No. N2251.

Stinson SR-6 Reliant, Reg. No. N15135.  (Alaska State Museum).

Stinson SR-9C Reliant Gullwing, Reg. No. NC18419, 1937.

Stinson 108-1 Voyager, Reg. No. N97095, 1946.

Stinson 108-1 Voyager, Reg. No. N97713.

Taylorcraft BC12-D, Reg. No. N43606, 1946.

Taylorcraft DCO-65/L-2MK Grasshopper, c/n 5416, Reg. No. N47648, 1943.

Travel Air S-6000B, c/n 967, Reg. No. NC8159, 1929.

Volmer Jensen VJ-23.

Waco UIC, Reg. No. N13409.  (Alaska State Museum).

Waco YKC-S, c/n 3991), Reg. No. NC14066, 1934.  Mounted on floats.

Anchorage, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Heritage Park

 (Author Photos)

Convair F-102A Delta Dagger (Serial No. 56-1274).

 (Articseahorse Photo)

 (Author Photos)

Lockheed P-38G Lightning (Serial No. 42-13400).  This aircraft crash landed on Attu Island in 1945.  It was recovered and restored in 1999.

 (Author Photos)

Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (Serial No. 53-6021), c/n 580-9553.

Lockheed C-130E Hercules (Serial No.).

 (Articseahorse Photo)

 (Author Photos)

McDonnell F-4C Phantom II (Serial No. 66-0723).

 (USAF Photo)

 (Author Photos)

McDonnell F-4C Phantom II (Serial No. 66-0890), outside of Government Hill Gate.

 (Author Photos)

McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle (Serial No. 94081).

 (Articseahorse Photo)

  (Author Photos)

Northrop F-89D Scorpion (Serial No. 52-1862), painted as (53-2453).

Piasecki H-21B Shawnee Helicopter (Serial No. 52-8696).

Anchorage, Kulis Air National Guard Base Museum

 (Author Photo)

Douglas C-47A Skytrain (Serial No. 0315497).

 (Author Photos)

Fairchild C-123J Provider (Serial No. 56-4395), c/n 20279.

 (Author Photos)

Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star (Serial No. 91849).

 (Author Photo)

Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (Serial No. 53-5403), (Serial No. 53-5096).

 (Author Photos)

North American AT-6D Texan (Serial No. 453015A), painted as (Serial No. 34555).

 (Author Photos)

North American F-86A Sabre (Serial No. 49-1195), c/n 161-189, painted as (Serial No. 12807).  This aircraft is mounted on pylons.  12807.


Curtiss P-40K Warhawk (Serial No. 42-45946), being restored, Dwight Jones.

Atka Island

Consolidated B-24D Liberator (Serial No.).  This is an aircraft crash site, with the remaining wreckage on the National Register.


Douglas C-54 Skymaster (Serial No. 10438), Reg. No. N67017, 1944 model.  Brooks Fuel Inc. 

Fairbanks, Alaskaland Pioneer Air Museum, 2300 Airport Way.

Baking Deuce II (F.M.1) homebuilt, 1987, Reg. No. N75FD.

 (BruceS Photo)

Beechcraft UC-45H Expeditor, c/n AF-620, Reg. No. N701FY, mounted on pylons.

Bell UH-1H Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 66-0934).

Dominator 1, Reg. No. N94LK.

Eipper MX Quicksilver.

Fairchild 24J, Reg. No. N20617.

Fokker Super Universal, airframe, Reg. No. NC9792.

Hamilton H-45, Reg. No. NC10002.

Martin B-10.

MX Quicksilver.

Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman Mk. IV, Reg. No. N55555.

Pereira GP. 3 Osprey II, Reg. No. N345JD.

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, Reg. No. N2586P.

Raven S-50 Hot Air Balloon.

Rotorway Scorpion 133.

Rutan 33 Vari-eze, Reg. No. N37840.

Ryan PT-22 Recruit, Reg. No. NC50880.

Stinson Junior SR, Reg. No. N13482, 1935.

Stinson Vultee V-77/AT-19 Gullwing, Reg.No. NC60924, “Peter Pan”.

War Aircraft P-47D Thunderbolt.

Fairbanks, Eielson Air Force Base

Cessna O-2 Skymaster (Serial No. 68-11003).

Boeing KB-29P Superfortress (Serial No. 44-62214), "Lady of the Lake".  Submerged remains of a former tanker aircraft.

Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II (Serial No. 75-0289), c/n A10-0038.

General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon (Serial No. 78-0052), AK, c/n 61-48.

Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (Serial No. 53-6064).

McDonnell F-4C Phantom II (Serial No. 64-0905), c/n 1346.

Fort Richardson, Camp Denali

Sikorsky CH-54B Tarhe helicopter (Serial No.). 

Healy, Denali Wings

Ford Tri-Motor.


Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (Serial No. 52-9772).

Wasilla, Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry

Beechcraft C18S.

Bell UH-1H Iroquois (Serial No. 66-17044), c/n 9238, 1960.

Bowers 1-A Flybaby, Reg. No. N5586.

Cessna C-34 Airmaster.

Cessna UC-78B Bobcat (Serial No. 43-7544), c/n 5064, Reg. No. N44793.

 (Piergiuliano Ches Photos)

Convair F-102A Delta Dagger (Serial No. 56-1282).

Cunningham Hall PT-6, Reg. No. NC692W.

Douglas C-47A Skytrain, c/n 4574, Reg. No. N5.

Douglas C-47A Skytrain, (Serial No. 43-15200), c/n 19666.

Fairchild 42, Reg. No. NC106M.

Fairchild 71, Reg. No. N119H.

Fairchild C-123J Provider (Serial No.), c/n 20219, Reg. No. N98, ex-FAA.

Fike F.

Ford JB-2, similar to the V-1 cruise missile.

Grumman US-2A Tracker, (BuNo. 144725), c/n 686, Reg. No. N8115V.  Damaged nose gear.

Kaman SH-2F Seasprite (BuNo. 150185), TF-22, c/n 135.

Keller KR-1 Seagull, Reg. No. N5552.

Mitchell B-10 Flying Wing, ultra-light.

 (Piergiuliano Ches Photo)

Piasecki CH-21B Shawnee Helicopter (Serial No. 53-4362), c/n B.112.

Rand Robinson KR-1 Seagull, Reg. No. N5552, homebuilt, 1972.

Republic JB-2 Loon Missile

Rotec Panther 2, ultra-light.

Sikorsky H-5H Dragonfly (Serial No. 49-2001).

Stinson SR-8B Reliant.

Stinson SR-9 Reliant.

Travel Air S-6000B, Reg. N4942V.


Yukla 27 Memorial, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.

On 22 September 1995, the United States Air Force and the Canadian Forces lost 24 of their finest people with the catastrophic accident of a Boeing E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.  This aircraft was better known within the Elmendorf and Anchorage communities by its call sign “Yukla 27”.  The aircraft crashed soon after takeoff from Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.  It was the first crash of an American E-3.  The aircraft went down at about 07:45 a.m. in a heavily wooded area about two miles northeast of the runway.  The AWACs was headed out on a seven-hour surveillance training mission.

An Air Force investigating officer from Headquarters Pacific Air Forces determined the crash resulted from the aircrafts two left wing engines ingesting several Canada geese.  According to the accident investigator, engine number two lost all power and engine number one experienced severe damage after ingesting the geese shortly after takeoff.  The resulting loss of thrust rendered the Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft uncontrollable.  After a slow, left climbing turn, the aircraft pitched downward and crashed.  Human error on the part of the crew was not a factor.

The memorial, partially pictured above, was dedicated in September 1996 to honour the professionalism and dignity of the 24 crew members of Yukla 27, each of whom is remembered here.

Richard G. Leary, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Navigator.

Richard P. Stewart II, Major, USAF, Mission Crew Commander.

Marlon R. Thomas, Major, USAF, Mission Crew Commander.

Steve Tuttle, Major, USAF, Airborne Surveillance Officer.

Glen “Skip” Rogers, Captain, USAF, Pilot.

Robert John Long, Captain, USAF, Senior Director.

Bradley W. Paakola, Captain, USAF, Pilot.

Carlos Alberto Arriaga, First Lieutenant, USAF, Weapons Director.

Stephen C. O’Connel, Master Sergeant, USAF, Advanced Air Surveillance Technician.

Bart L. Holmes, Technical Sergeant, USAF, Flight Engineer.

Ernest R. Parrish, Technical Sergeant, USAF, Area Specialist.

Dave Pitcher, Sergeant, Canadian Forces.

Charles D. Sweet Jr., Technical Sergeant, USAF, Airborne Radar Technician.

Brian K. Vanleer, Technical Sergeant, USAF, Advanced Air Surveillance Technician.

Mark Alan Bramer, Technical Sergeant, USAF, Flight Engineer.

Timothy B. Thomas, Technical Sergeant, USAF, Computer Display Maintenance Technician.

Mark A. Collins, Technical Sergeant, USAF, Communications Systems Operator.

J.P. Legault, Master Corporal, Canadian Forces.

Scott A. Bresson, Staff Sergeant, USAF, Airborne Radar Technician.

Raymond O. Spencer Jr., Staff Sergeant, USAF, Airborne Surveillance Technician.

Joshua N. Weter, Senior Airman, USAF, Computer Display Maintenance Technician.

Lawrence E. DeFrancesco, Senior Airman, USAF, Communications Systems Operator.

Darien F. Watson, Airman, USAF, Airborne Surveillance Technician.

Jeshua C. Smith, Airman, USAF, Airborne Surveillance Technician.