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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Warplane Survivors USA: Connecticut

Connecticut Warplanes

Republic F-84D Thunderjet formation (Serial Nos. 48-679, 48-696, and 48-777), 118th Fighter Squadron "Flying Yankees", Connecticut Air National Guard, ca 1955.  (USGOV-PD Photo)

North American F-100D Super Sabre formation, 118th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Connecticut Air National Guard, ca 1960.  (USAF Photo)

Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II formation, 118th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 103rd Fighter Wing, Connecticut Air National Guard, 1979.  (SSgt. Frank Garzelnick, USAF Photo)

Alenia C-27J Spartan, and a 118th AS Gates Learjet C-21A (Serial No. 84-0124), Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Connecticut, 21 October 2010. The "Flying Yankees" of the 118th Airlift Squadron, 103rd Airlift Wing, Connecticut Air National Guard, converted to the C-27J in 2014.  (Tech. Sgt. Erin E. McNamara, USAF Photo)

                                  

This aviation handbook is designed to be used as a quick reference to the classic military heritage aircraft that have been restored and preserved in the Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut. The aircraft include those fl own by members of the US Air Force, the US Navy, the US Army, the US Marine Corps, the US Coast Guard, the Air and Army National Guard units in each state, and by various NATO and allied nations as well as a number of aircraft previously operated by opposition forces in peace and war. The interested reader will find useful information and a few technical details on most of the military aircraft that have been in service with active flying squadrons both at home and overseas.

120 selected photographs have been included to illustrate a few of the major examples in addition to the serial numbers assigned to American military aircraft. For those who would like to actually see the aircraft concerned, aviation museum locations, addresses and contact phone numbers, websites and email addresses have been included, along with a list of aircraft held in each museum's current inventory or that on display as gate guardians throughout the New England States. The aircraft presented in this edition are listed alphabetically by manufacturer, number and type.

Although many of New England's heritage warplanes have completely disappeared, a few have been carefully collected, restored and preserved, and some have even been restored to flying condition. This guide-book should help you to find and view New England's Warplane survivors.

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Connecticut Warplane Survivors, Current to 1 Dec 2016.

Brookfield

North American SNJ-5 Texan (Serial No. 43958), Reg. No. N3958, Aries Aviation and Development Co., 26 Obtuse Road South, Brookfield, CT 06804-3626.

Canton Center

North American T-6G Texan (Serial No. 49-3210), Reg. No. N8335H, Paul L Guilmette, PO Box 13, Canton Center, CT 06020-0013.

Chester

Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair (BuNo. 9484), Reg. No. N5222V, Craig M. McBurney, PO Box 569, Chester, CT 06412-0569.

Bridgeport, Igor Sikorsky Memorial Airport

Goodyear FG-1D Corsair (BuNo. 92460).

Danbury

Grumman (General Motors) TBM-3E Avenger (BuNo. 91388), Reg. No. N9564Z, Missionair Inc, 81 Kenosia Ave, Danbury, CT 06810-7361.

East Hampton

Bell AH-1 Cobra (Serial No. 66-15325), Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5095.

Fairfield

The first civilian helicopter rescue took place in November 1945, off Fairfield, Connecticut.  An Army Sikorsky R-5 was flown by Sikorsky pilot Dimitry “Jimmy” Viner to rescue two men from an oil barge that was breaking up on Penfield Reef during a storm.

Farmington

Douglas DC-3 (Serial No. 13321), Reg. No. N96BF, Turbo Power and Marine Systems Inc, 308 Farmington Ave, Farmington, CT 06032.

Greenwich

Douglas DC-3C-S1C3G (Serial No. 19677), Reg. No. N1944A, Wings Venture Ltd, c/o Gilbride Tusa Last and Spellane, 31 Brookside Drive, PO Box 658, Greenwich, CT 06836.

Groton

The US Navy Submarine Force Library and Museum, located on the Thames River near Groton, Connecticut, is the only submarine museum managed exclusively by the US Navy, which makes it a repository for many special submarine items of national significance, including USS Nautilus (SSN-571). Visitors may take a 30-minute self-guided audio tour of the submarine. Website: http://www.ussnautilus.org.

Established in 1955, the museum was originally operated by the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics and was known solely as the Submarine Library.  In 1964, it was donated to the US Navy and moved to its current location along the Thames.  It received its official title in 1969.  Hoping to convince the U.S. Navy to donate the Nautilus to the museum, in 1984 the “Connecticut Nautilus Committee” was formed to raise funds for an improved museum.  A new, 14,000-square-foot facility was built with funding from the state, individuals and businesses, opening in 1986.  In late 1997 the Committee decided to start planning and raising funds for a 13,465-square-foot addition to the museum building. Fundraising started the next year, and construction project ran from 1998 to early 2000.  The new addition was officially opened to the public on 28 April 2000 “in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration of the United States Submarine Force”, according to the museum.

The museum has 33,000 artifacts, including the first nuclear-powered submarine in the world, the USS Nautilus.  Launched in 1955 and decommissioned in the 1980s, the submarine had travelled under the polar ice cap and reached the North Pole during the Cold War.  Also at the museum is a replica of David Bushnell’s Turtle, built in 1775 and the first submarine used in combat; midget submarines from World War II; working periscopes, a submarine control room, models of submarines, and the Explorer, an early U.S. research submarine.

In addition to its large collection of submarines and related objects, the museum also has a library with around 20,000 documents and 30,000 photos related to the history of submarine development.  The library also includes 6,000 books related to the field of submarine history, including a 1551 text on submarine retrieval, and an original 1870 copy of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (the museum also has a model of the fictional ship).  Documents in the collection include notes and calculations by John Holland for the Navy's first submarine, “one-of-a-kind artifacts from the First and Second World War”, and the submarine library collections of both Electric Boat Corporation and the U.S. Navy.

New Milford

North American AT-6G Texan (Serial No. 49-3391A), Reg. No. N2878G, Stewart Nicolson, 16 Crescent Lane RR 3, New Milford, CT 06776.

North Brantford

North American SNJ-5 Texan (Serial No. 121-42110), Reg. No. N8218E, Richard S. Pollock, 17 Marjorie Drive, North Brantford, CT 06471-1014.

Pawcatuck

Grumman TBM-3E Avenger (BuNo. 85650), C/N 2469, Reg. No. N452HA, Simmons Aviation Services Ltd., 353 Greenhaven Road, Pawcatuck, CT 06379-2093.

North American AT-6A Texan (Serial No. 44-786199), Reg. No. N7649S, Mark A. Simmons, 353 Greenhaven Road, Pawcatuck, CT 06379-2093.

Prospect

Bell TAH-1F Cobra (Serial No. 67-15809), C/N 20473, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8075.

Stamford

Douglas A-26B Invader (Serial No. 28048), Reg. No. N500MR, ex USAF (Serial No. 44-34769), K, Sealink Aviation Ltd., 300 First Stamford Place 2E, Stamford, CT 06902-6765.

Stratford

National Helicopter MuseumThe Museum is located at the Stratford, Connecticut Eastbound Railroad Station, at 2480 Main Street.  Hours: The Museum is seasonal, and is open from Memorial Day weekend until the middle of October. Regular hours are Wednesday thru Sunday from 1 PM until 4 PM. Special tours can also be arranged by contacting the Museum at 203-375-8857/-375-8857, or 203-767-1123203-767-1123.

Directions to the Museum:  Traveling on Interstate I-95 from the south (New York), take Stratford Exit 32, continue 2 blocks to Main Street, then left onto Main Street for 3 blocks.  The Museum is on the right at the train station.  Traveling on Interstate I-95 from the north (New Haven), take Stratford Exit 32, then left at the light for 2 blocks to Main Street.  Then left onto Main Street for 3 blocks. The Museum is on the right at the train station.  If traveling via the Merritt Parkway, take Exit 53 and go south on Main Street for about 4 miles to the train station.

The National Helicopter Museum is a non-profit museum focused on the history of the helicopter and aviation industry around Stratford, Connecticut.  The museum was founded in 1983 by Dr. Raymond Jankowich and Robert McCloud.  The museum is housed in the eastbound railroad station building of the Stratford station of the Metro-North Railroad.  The National Helicopter Museum collects and exhibits images and objects related to the long history of the aviation and helicopter industry in Stratford, the home of Sikorsky Aircraft Company.  Sikorsky Aircraft built the experimental helicopters developed by inventor Igor Sikorsky.  The National Helicopter Museum traces the evolution of the rotary wing from early predecessors like the boomerang and Chinese tops to designs by Leonardo da Vinci and George Cayley to early motorized experiments to modern helicopters of today.

The Museum contains hundreds of photographs and models tracing the history of the helicopter both in the United States and around the world.  An airport and seaplane base built in Stratford in the 1920’s brought Igor Sikorsky to the area to build his flying boats.  Then Sikorsky flew his US300 Helicopter on 14 September 1939 in Stratford and produced many helicopters and rotary wing aircraft from that time.  Stratford is the birthplace of the American helicopter industry.

Igor Sikorsky's first helicopter success in Stratford is documented as well as his subsequent productions.  Also displayed are the small gas turbine engines developed locally by Dr. Anselm Franz at Avco Lycoming which power such helicopters as the Bell Helicopter UH-1 Iroquois or “Huey” and the Boeing CH-47 Chinook.  Other exhibits include information on tilt rotor development; current photos and models of aircraft by Bell, Boeing, Kaman Aircraft, Robinson Helicopter, and Sikorsky; and a working cockpit of the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter.  Wikipedia.

Another exhibit features Stratford's other helicopter: the Bendix helicopter.  It was the creation of Vincent Bendix, the inventor of the auto self-starter, four-wheel brakes, and carburetors.  He was the developer of the Bendix air races and trophy.  His helicopter models were based on the coaxial design as demonstrated in films of the 1940s.  Bendix's sudden death stymied further development.  The firm was purchased by Gyrodyne of Long Island who continued development and created Navy helicopter drones and mini rotary craft for individuals.  Information courtesy of the National Helicopter Museum.

Waterbury

 Bell AH-1G Cobra helicopter (Serial No. 70-15986), mounted on a pylon.

Windsor Locks

Douglas DC-3 (Serial No. 26458), Reg. No. N74844, New England Propeller Service Inc, Bldg 213, Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, CT 06096.

Douglas DC-3-G202A (Serial No. 6314), Reg. No. N165LG, Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association Inc, Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, CT 06096.

Windsor Locks, Bradley International Airport

Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, was named in honor of the late Lt. Eugene M. Bradley of the 57th Fighter Group.  In commemoration, the field on which he lost his life was officially designated, on 20 January 1942, “Army Air Base, Bradley Field, Connecticut.”  Lt. Bradley’s name has remained on the airport in spite of attempts in the past to change it.  Today it is known as Bradley International Airport, the principal airport in Connecticut.

Windsor Locks, New England Air Museum, Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, CT 06096.  The New England Air Museum is situated at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut midway between Hartford, Connecticut and Springfield, Massachusetts.  Take I-91 North or South to Exit 40 (Rte 20).  Take the second right exit off Route 20 and turn right onto Route 75 North.  Continue for 2.8 miles.  Take left at Museum sign onto Perimeter Road for approximately 1.5 miles.  The Museum will be on the right.

The Museum is situated in three large display buildings consisting of more than 75,000 square feet of exhibit space. In fair weather, the outside storage yard is available for touring as well.  It is recommended that you allow at least 1 1/2 hours for your visit, though hard-core aviation and history enthusiasts will want to spend several hours viewing not only our aircraft and engine displays, but our many fascinating exhibits on such diverse topics as the Lafayette Escadrille, WWII Combat Gliders, the History of Sikorsky Aircraft, Early French Aviation, a History of Air Mail, the Tuskegee Airmen, Airships, and many others.  Exhibits include the following aircraft and equipment:

Aeronca 50 Chief (Serial No. C1018), Reg. No. NC21070.

Bell 47D Sioux Helicopter (Serial No.).

Bell AH-1G Cobra Helicopter (Serial No. 70-15981).

Bell UH-1B Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 62-12550).

Benson B-8M Gyrocopter (Serial No. JC-1), Reg. No. N3112.

Blanchard Balloon Basket.

Blériot XI Monoplane (Serial No.), original.

Boeing-Stearman PT-17 Kaydet (Serial No.).

Boeing B-29A Superfortress (Serial No. 44-61975).

Bunce-Curtiss Pusher (Serial No. 1).

Burnelli CBY-3 Loadmaster (Serial No.).

Chalais-Meudon Dirigible Nacelle (Serial No.).

Chanute Herring Glider (Serial No.).

Curtis XFC15-1 (Serial No. 01215).

DeHavilland Canada DHC-2/U-6A Beaver (Serial No. 57-2570).

DeHavilland Canada C-7A Caribou (Serial No. 62-4188).

Douglas A-26C Invader (Serial No. 43-22499), Reg. No. N86481.

Douglas A-3B Skywarrior (BuNo. 142246).

Douglas A4D-1 Skyhawk (BuNo. 142219).

Douglas DC-3 (Serial No. 6314), Reg. No. N165LG.

Douglas F-6 Skyray (BuNo. 134836).

Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II (Serial No. 79-0173).

Fokker Dr.I Triplane replica (Serial No. 1).

Gee Bee Model A (Serial No.), Reg. No. N901K.

Gee Bee Model E (Serial No. 4), Reg. No. N856Y.

Gee Bee R-1 Super Sportster Racer, replica (Serial No. R-1), Reg. No. N2100.

Goodyear ZNP-K Airship car.

Great Lakes 2T-1A Sportster replica (Serial No. 6931K-420), Reg. No. N107C.

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat (Serial No. 79192).

Grumman E-1B Cockpit Simulator.

Grumman E-1B Tracer (Serial No. 147217).

Grumman HU-16E Albatross, USCG (Serial No. 51-7228), USCG 7228.

Grumman F-14B Tomcat (BuNo. 162926).

Gyrodyne QH-50 DASH (Serial No. DS1258).

Heath Parasol (Serial No.).

Hiller OH-23G Raven Helicopter (Serial No. 62-23812).

Hughes OH-6A Cayuse Helicopter (Serial No. 67-16127).

Kaman HH-43A Huskie (Serial No. 60-0289).

Kaman K-16B V-STOL (Serial No.).

Kaman K-225 (Serial No.), Reg. No. N401A, the oldest surviving Kaman-built aircraft.

Laird LC-RW300 Solution racer (Serial No. 192), Reg. No. N10538.

Ling-Tempco-Vought A-7D Corsair II (Serial No. 69-6201).

Link ANT-18 Flight Trainer w/Console.

Lockheed L-10A Electra (Serial No. 1052), Reg. No. NC14262.

Lockheed TV-2 Shooting Star (Serial No. 138048), USN.

Lockheed F-94C Starfire (Serial No. 51-3575).  This aircraft was moved to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon as of 2010. 

Lockheed F-104A Starfighter (Serial No. 56-0901).

Marcoux-Bromberg R-3 Special (Serial No. A-1), Reg. No. N14215.

Martin RB-57A Canberra (Serial No. 52-1488).

MB-22 F-100 Cockpit Simulator.

McDonnell-Douglas F-4D Phantom II (Serial No. 66-0269).

Mead Rhone Ranger replica (Serial No. 1).

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 Fagot (Serial No. 83277).

Monett Monerai S sailplane (Serial No. 22), Reg. No. N32WS.

Mosquito 166 Hang Glider (Serial No.).

Nicks Special LR-1A (Serial No. 11), Reg. No. L11ZZ.

Nixon Special (1918 homebuilt).

North American AGM-28 Hound Dog Missile (Serial No.).

North American B-25H Mitchell (Serial No. 43-04999).

North American F-86F Sabre (Serial No. 113371).

 (Cliff from Arlington Photos)

North American F-100A Super Sabre (Serial No. 52-5761).

Northrop F-89J Scorpion (Serial No. 52-1896).

Pioneer International Aircraft Flightstar MC (Serial No. MC 658), Reg. No. N54209.

Piper J3L-65 Cub (Serial No. 5374), Reg. No. N31091.

Pratt-Read PR-G1 Glider (Serial No. 31561), Reg. No. N5346G.

Rearwin 8135 Cloudster (Serial No. 825), Reg. No. N25549.

Republic F-105B Thunderchief (Serial No. 57-5778).

Republic JB-2 Loon cruise missile.

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt (Serial No. 45-49458), "Norma".

Republic RC-3 Seabee (Serial No.).

Rutan Quickie (Serial No. 175), Reg. No. N175HM.

Rutan Vari Eze (Serial No. 0003), Reg. No. N477CM.

Sikorsky S-16 biplane fighter replica (Serial No. 1).

Sikorsky S-39B (Serial No.), Reg. No. NC803W, the oldest surviving Sikorsky aircraft.

Sikorsky VS-44-A Flying Boat (Serial No. 4402), Reg. No. N41881.

Sikorsky R-4B Hoverfly Helicopter (Serial No. 43-46503).

Sikorsky R-6 Doman conversion YH-31 Helicopter (Serial No.), Reg. No. N74146.Silas Brooks Balloon Basket, the oldest surviving aircraft in the USA.

Sikorsky LH-34D Seabat Helicopter (BuNo. 145717).

Sikorsky S-51 Executive Transport Helicopter (Serial No. N-5519), Reg. No. N5219.

Sikorsky HH-52A Sea Guard Helicopter, USCG (Serial No. 1428).

Sikorsky CH-54B Tarhe Helicopter (Serial No. 69-18465).

Stinson 10A (Serial No. 8045), Reg. No. N34645.

SUD Aviation SE 210 Caravelle VIR (Serial No. 88), Reg. No. N902MW.

Viking Kittyhawk B-8 (Serial No. 30), Reg. No. N13250.

Vought XF4U-4 Corsair (BuNo. 80759).

Waco YKC-S (Serial No. 4236), Reg. No. N14614.

Aircraft previously displayed at the New England Air Museum included the following:

Boeing WB-47E Stratojet.  Moved to the Hill AF Museum in Utah.

Convair F-102 Delta Darts.  There were two and both have been scrapped.

Fairey Gannet AEW3.  Moved to the Pima Aerospace Museum in Tucson, Arizona.

Lockheed P2V Neptune.  Moved to the Quonset Air Museum in Rhode Island.

Vought F8-K Crusader.  Transferred to the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier and Museum in San Diego, California.  (Information courtesy of Ron Lindlauf, NEAM).

Engines:

Allison V-1710-81 12-cylinder (1940’s); Anzani B Radial (1914); Armstrong Siddeley Genet (1926); BMW 801C (1940’s); Boeing 502 Gas Turbine cutaway (1940’s); Bradley V-8 Air-cooled (1911); Chrysler VIX-2220-1 V-16 (1942); Continental A-65 4-cyl opposed (1939); Curtiss OX-5 (V-8) Engine (1917); Curtiss-Wright RC2-60 Rotary (1988); Detroit Aero 2-cyl Opposed (1910); Elbridge 4-cyl in-line (1910); General Electric J47-GE-13 (1948); General Electric TF-34-GE-100 Turbofan (1970’s); General Electric YT-58-GE-2A (1958); Gnome B-2 Monosoupape (1916); Gnome Omega (1914); Hall Scott A-2 (1910 - V-8 water cooled); Harriman 4-cyl in-line (1910); Heath Henderson B-4 in-line (1928 - with Propeller); Hispano Suiza V-8 (1910’s); Isotta Fraschini Asso 750 (1927); Junkers Jumo 004B Turbojet (1942); Lycoming T-53-L11B (1957); Nakajima NK-9H Homare (1940’s); Packard A-1551-1 Airship Engine (1923); Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major (1944); Pratt & Whitney J42 (1950); Pratt & Whitney J58 (JT11D-20) Turbojet (1960’s); Pratt & Whitney PT-6 Turboprop (1960’s); Pratt & Whitney R-1535-96 Twin Wasp Jr. (1936); Pratt & Whitney R-1830-86 Twin Wasp Jr. (1942); Pratt & Whitney R-2800-39 (1940’s); Pratt & Whitney RL-10 liquid rocket (1961); Pratt & Whitney T-34 Turboprop (1950’s); Pratt & Whitney Wasp A (1926); Pratt & Whitney Wasp C (1929); Rolls Royce Nene II (1947); Rolls Royce V-1650-1 Merlin V-16 (1940’s); Smith 2-cyl opposed (1910); Wright R-1820-45 Cyclone (1936)

Exhibits:

1979 Tornado; 57th Fighter Group (1940’s); Airborne Optical Devices; Andrew V.D. Willgoos - Aero Industry; British Airship R-100 Model (1930’s); Cdr. Victor Motarella - Skyhawk Pilot; Come Fly With Me (airliner seats); Cooley Aircraft Wind Tunnel Model (1931); Douglas DC-3 Story; Early Aircraft Engines 1908-1911; Early French Aviation;  Early Helicopters; Evolution of the Airliner; Evolution of US Aircraft National Insignia; Fokker Aircraft - Model Exhibit; History of Air Mails; Joseph Sawicki, Conn. W.W.II Aviator; Kaman Aerospace Display; Lifestar Air Ambulance Display; Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird photos; Man’s First Flight/Montgolfier Brothers; Masters of Flight; Matthew Batson and Dream of Transatlantic Flight; Milestones of Flight; NAI - Tuskegee Airmen; Percival Spencer - Conn. Aviation Pioneer; Robert Powers - W.W.II Aviator; Sikorsky - Recollections of a Pioneer; The Flying Mollisons; Thompson Trophy Winners model exhibit; United States Air Force Insignia; World War I Memorabilia; World’s First Scheduled Airline; Wright Brothers Story

Artifacts:

20mm Mark 12 Mod O Gun (1970’s); 750-lb. General Purpose Bomb (1953); 75-mm Cannon (B-25) & misc. bombs (1940’s); Airways Beacon & Tower (1930); Assorted Beacons and Landing Lights; Champion Chemical Fire Engine (1800’s); Charavay Propeller (1910); Crocker-Wheeler Training Turret (1940’s); Gallaudet Seaplane Model (1910); General Electric GAU-8 30-mm Gatling Gun (1970’s); Grumman 150 SE-2 Turret (1943); Hamilton Prop for Racing P-51 (1940’s); Hamilton Standard 23E50 Propeller (1940’s); Hindenburg Water Tank & Tools (1937); Kaman Fire Suppression Unit (1960’s); M-39 20mm Aircraft Cannon (1950’s); Mk. 141 16” Battleship Shells (1940’s); Norden Bombsight; Turbo Supercharger; USAF Ejection Seat (1960’s); W.W.II Battle-Damaged Propellers from RAF A-20 (1940’s); W.W.II Navy Practice Bombs (1940’s); World War II Aerial Torpedo Cart; and, World War II Bomb Cart (1940’s)

Vehicles:

Cord 810 Phaeton (1936); Crosley Gas Porter (1940’s); Ford Model T (1918);

Indian ‘4’ Motorcycle (1936); Indian Motorcycle with sidecar (1928 - airmail);

Midget Race Car (1940); Military Jeep (1942 - three examples); Second World War era Aircraft Tug (1940’s)

Windsor Locks

Connecticut Air National Guard - 103rd Airlift Wing, Bradley Air National Guard Base, East Grandby, 100 Nicholson Road, Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks.

Bell UH-1H Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 66-16218), mounted on a pylon.

There are three aircraft are located at the entrance of the Bradley Air National Guard Base in a memorial park for all past and present CTANG members.  The exhibits are only open to the public during the airport open house (usually in June) although they are easily viewed from outside the main gate.

Convair GF-102A Delta Dagger (Serial No. 56-1264)

Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II (Serial No. 79-0103), mounted on a pylon

North American F-100D Super Sabre (Serial No. 55-3805), mounted on a pylon.