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

Nebraska Warplanes

Data current to 23 June 2018.

 (USAF Photo)

Lockheed F-80A-1-LO Shooting Star (Serial No. 44-85245), 173d Fighter Squadron, Nebraska Air National Guard, ca 1947.

 (USAF Photo)

North American F-86D-40-NA Sabre (Serial No. 52-3653), 173d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Nebraska Air National Guard, ca 1957.

 (USAF Photo)

McDonnell RF-4C-25-MC Phantom (Serial No. 65-0859), 173rd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Nebraska Air National Guard, ca 1972.

 (CMSgt. Don C. Sutherland, USAF Photo)

McDonnell RF-4C Phantom II, 173rd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 155th Tactical Reconnaissance Group, Nebraska Air National Guard, being maintained during "Reconnaissance Air Meet '86", November 1986.

 (Alain Rioux Photo)

McDonnell RF-4C Phantom II, Nebraska Air National Air National Guard, ca 1992.

 (Senior Master Sgt. Lee Straube, USAF Photo)

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet flown by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels is refueled by a Nebraska Air National Guard KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft over Nebraska on 24 Sep 2006.

 (TSgt. Mike Moore, USAF Photo)

Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker (Serial No. 59-1495), 173rd Air Refueling Squadron, 155th Air Refueling Wing, Nebraska Air National Guard, refuels Mcdonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle fighters from the 19th Fighter Squadron from Elmendorf Air Force Base over Alaska during excercise "Northern Edge '96", 1996.

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 Nebraska. The majority of the Nebraska Warbird Survivors found in this book can be viewed at the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Omaha. Aircraft displayed include a Lockheed SR-71, B-52 Stratofortress, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-29 Superfortress, B-36J Peacemaker, and the B-58 Hustler. Aircraft displayed as gate guardians at Nebraska Air National Guard installations and in a number of cities throughout the state are also listed, including an RF-84 Thunderjet, a Corsair II, and an A-4 Skyhawk.
The museum staffs and volunteer organizations in Nebraska 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 and restored, traded or brought back from private owners, 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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  (Otto Dickey Photo)

North American F-100A Super Sabre (Serial No. 63825), mounted on cement pylons at Aurora Airport.  This aircraft is painted in Thunderbird colours.


Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (Serial No. 51-8880), C/N 580-6664.  This aircraft is mounted on a pedestal at Beatrice Municipal Airport, where it has been on display since April 1963.


North American F-86D Sabre (Serial No. 52-03735).


Republic F-84F Thunderstreak (Serial No. 52-06642).

Fairbury, Engels Airport

Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (Serial No. 51-09111).

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

Grand Island

Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicpter (Serial No.).

Bell AH-1F Cobra Helicopter (Serial No. 68-15108), National Guard Flight Facility.

 (Allen Jones Photo)

Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (Serial No. 35882), TR-882.  This aircraft is mounted on a concrete pedestal in the Veteran's Park.


Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (Serial No. 52-9205).


Bell AH-1 Cobra helicopter (Serial No. 70-15967), American Legion Post 34.


 (BruceS Photo)

McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantom II (Serial No. 65-0735), C/N 1794.  This aircraft is mounted on a pedestal at Hastings Municipal Airport.

Kearney, Museum of Nebraska Aviation, Lil Red Aero Inc., Route 1, Box 120, 68847.

Lexington, Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles 

Bell UH-1M Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 66-0513).

Bell UH-1M Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 66-01168).

Bell UH-1M Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 68-16329).

Lincoln Air National Guard Base, 115th ARG, 2420 W. Butler Ave., Lincoln, 68524-1897.

Lincoln ANG Base has the second oldest ANG unit in the nation.  It was opened in 1943 with the 401st Fighter Squadron at Westover Field, from Massachusetts.  In 1948, the NE ANG held its first summer field training at Dow AFB, Bangor, Maine.  They completed their service at Alexandria AFB, Louisiana.  In 1954 the squadron was redesignated the 173rd Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS), Air Defense Command.  In 1956, the 173rd FIS moved to the present facilities as a SAC base.  In 1964, the mission changed from air defense to tactical photo-reconnaissance.  In 1994, it was redesignated the 155th Air Refueling Group, flying KC-135Rs.  Aircraft on display at the base and Municipal Airport  include

Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (Serial No. 52-9264), C/N 580-7330.  This aircraft is mounted on a pedestal at 173 ARS NE ANG, Lincoln Airport.

McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom II (Serial No. 64-0998), C/N 661.

North American F-86L Sabre Dog (Serial No. 52-3760), C/N 190-163.  This aircraft is mounted on a pedestal at 173 ARS NE ANG, Lincoln Airport.

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash (Serial No. 51-11259).  This aircraft is mounted on a pedestal at 173 ARS NE ANG, Lincoln Airport.

McCook Airbase Historical Society, PO Box B-29, McCook, 69001-0029.

Minden, The Harold Warp Pioneer Village, Highways 6, 34 & 10, PO Box 068, Minden, 68959-0068.

Bell P-59 Airacomet (Serial No. P59-44-22656), built in 1942, has two GE I-16 engines

Bensen B-6 (No Serial No.), built in 1954

Bensen B-7 (No Serial No.), built in 1955, McCullough military surplus engine

Cessna Model A monoplane (Serial No. NC-8141), built in 1929

Curtiss Bi-plane (No Serial No.), built in 1910

Curtiss JN-4D Jenny (Serial No. 1350), built in 1917, OX-5 engine

Ercoupe Model No. 415-C (Serial No. 67), built in 1941

Hartman Monoplane, home-built in 1910, Anzani engine

Heath Parasol Spencer V, built in 1931

Piper Apache Model S25-32 (Serial No. N1030P), 1954, two 150-hp Lycoming engines

Pitcairn PA-24 Autogyro (Serial No. NC11638/F-55), 1931, Kinner R-5 engine

Sikorsky YR-4B Hoverfly Helicopter (Serial No. 26), Navy No. HNS-1, Army (Serial No. 43-28229), N75378, Sikorsky (Serial No.26), 1942,  200-hp Warner engine

Stinson Detroiter Model SM8A (Serial No. 4080), 1930, Lycoming radial engine

Swallow (Serial No. possibly 919), built in 1927-28

Taylor J-2 Cub (Serial No. 1650), 1937, Continental engine

Weed Hopper Ultralite Gypsy (Serial No. G133), 1982

Wright Kitty Hawk (No Serial No.), 1962 replica


Republic F-84F Thunderstreak (Serial No. 51-1929)

Omaha, Offutt Air Force Base, 55 WG.

Offutt AFB began as Fort Crook, named for General George Crook in 1896.  It later became Fort Omaha, and many of its original buildings are still in use.  During the First World War, the first air unit assigned to the post was the 61st Balloon Company.  The first flying field was established here in 1920.  In 1924 Offutt Field was named after Omaha’s first air casualty during the First World War, Lt. Jarvis J. Offutt.  Following the First World War, the base was used mostly for training air reservists.  In the 1930s, Glenn L. Martin established an aircraft manufacturing plant, the Nebraska Bomber Assembly Plant, which was constructed at Offutt Field.  During the Second World War, an Italian POW camp was established.  After the Second World War, the field reverted to being a training facility for Army Reservists.  In 1948, Offutt Field and Fort Crook were designated Offutt AFB, which became the host base for HQ, Strategic Air Command (SAC) from Andrews AFB, Maryland).  From 1959 to 1965, the 566th Strategic Missile Squadron (SMS) was based here, later becoming the 549th SMS, responsible for operations of 3 Atlas D missile launcher sites.  In 1992, SAC was disestablished and replaced by US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM).  Aircraft operating from Offutt AFB include E-4B; RC-135S/U/V/W; EC-135C; TC-135S/W; KC-135E; WC-135W; and OC-135B. (The base runway is 11,700’ long).  Static aircraft displayed at Offutt AFB include the following:

Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress (Serial No. 42-3374), painted as (Serial No. 42-30230), LH, C/N 8310, “Homesick Angel”.

 (Marine Biologist Photo)

Boeing B-52G Stratofortress (Serial No. 57-6468), C/N 464173.  This aircraft is mounted on pylons at the main gate to the base.

 (USAF Photo)

Boeing EC-135A Looking Glass (Serial No. 61-0582), 1994.

Boeing EC-135A Looking Glass (Serial No. 61-0287), C/N 18194.  This aircraft is preserved at the main gate to the base.

Ashland, Strategic Air and Space Museum (SA&SM), 28210 West Park Highway, Ashland 68003.

The Strategic Air and Space Museum is a museum focusing on aircraft and nuclear missiles of the United States Air Force.  It is located near Ashland, Nebraska, along Interstate 80 southwest of Omaha.  The objective of the museum is to preserve and display historic aircraft, missile, and space vehicles and provide educational resources.  It is regarded as having one of the top collections of strategic aircraft.

The SA&S Museum is dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of men and women who proudly served their country as members of the Strategic Air Command.  The first aircraft in the collection of the Strategic Air and Space Museum arrived at Offutt AFB, Nebraska in 1959.  Over the years, the Museum grew in size and popularity, and the name was changed to the Strategic Air Command (SAC) Museum.  In 1998 the Museum moved to a location more accessible to the public at its present location near Ashland.  Aircraft in the museum’s collection:

 (Aeroprints Photo)

 (Robert Dilley Photo)

Avro Vulcan B.2, RAF (Serial No. XM573).  101st example built, delivered to the RAF in March 1963.

Bell UH-13J Sioux Helicopter (Serial No. 57-2729), C/N 1576.  Modified for Presidential use.

 (Aeroprints Photos)

 (Robert Dilley Photo)

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress (Serial No. 44-83559), C/N 32200.

 (Eric Friedebach Photo)

 (Robert Dilley Photo)

Boeing B-29 (TB) Superfortress (Serial No. 44-84076), originally”Man O War”, now painted as “Lucky Lady”.

 (Eric Friedebach Photo)

 (Robert Dilley Photo)

Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter (Serial No. 53-0198)

Boeing B-47E Stratojet (Serial No.52-1412), C/N 44096.

 (Eric Friedebach Photo)

Boeing RB-52B Stratofortress (Serial No. 52-8711), C/N 16839.

 (Aeroprints Photo)

Boeing EC-135C Looking Glass (Serial No. 63-8049), C/N 18666.  Last flown on 24 July 1990, transferred to the museum on 2 March 1993.

 (Greg Goebel Photo)

Cessna T-37B Tweet (Serial No.).

Convair T-29A Flying Classroom (Serial No. 50-0190), C/N 220.

 (Aeroprints Photo)

 (Leoparmr Photo)

Convair B-36J Peacemaker (Serial No. 52-2217), C/N 358.

 (Robert Dilley Photo)

Convair F-102A Delta Dagger (Serial No. 54-1405).

 (Robert Dilley Photo)

 (SDASM Archives Photo)

Convair B-58A Hustler (Serial No. 61-2059), C/N 95, “Greased Lightning”.

 (Aeroprints Photo)

 (Greg Goebel Photo)

 (Robert Dilley Photo)

 (SDASM Archives Photo)

Douglas A-26B Invader (Serial No. 44-34665).

 (Aeroprints Photo)

 (Robert Dilley Photo)

Douglas C-47A Skytrain (Serial No. 43-48098), C/N 13914/25359.

 (Aeroprints Photo)

Douglas C-54D Skymaster (Serial No. 42-72724), C/N 10829.  Built in Chicago, this aircraft was delivered to the USAAF on 16 July 1945, and flew with the 12th Air Force in the Mediterranean Theatre.  It completed its service with the Strategic Air Command's 3902nd Air Base Wing at Offutt AFB in January 1970.

Douglas C-124A Globemaster II (Serial No. 49-0258), C/N 43187.

Douglas C-133B Cargomaster (Serial No. 59-0536), C/N 45587.  This aircraft moved to the AMC Museum, Dover AFB in 2000.

 (Robert Dilley Photo)

Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar (Serial No. 51-8024L), 024, C/N 10767.

General Dynamics F-111A Aardvark (Serial No. 68-0267).

 (Aeroprints Photos)

Grumman HU-16B Albatross (Serial No. 51-0006), C/N G-79.

 (Aeroprints Photo)

Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (Serial No. 58-0548), C/N 580-1517.

  (Unbekannt Photo)

 (Robert Dilley Photo)

 (Aeroprints Photo)

Lockheed U-2C Dragon Lady (Serial No. 56-6701), C/N 368.

 (Kandykornhead Photo)

 (Robert Dilley Photo)

Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird (Serial No. 61-7964), C/N 2015.

 (Robert Dilley Photo)

Martin B-57E Intruder (Serial No. 55-4244), C/N 346.

 (Robert Dilley Photo)

McDonnell XF-85 Goblin (Serial No. 46-0524), 24.

 (Aeroprints Photo)

 (Greg Goebel Photo)

McDonnell F-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 59-0462), C/N 786.

 (Robert Dilley Photo)

McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom II (Serial No. 65-0903).

 (Eric Friedebach Photo)

 (Robert Dilley Photo)

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21F Fishbed C (Serial No. 60-2105).

 (Robert Dilley Photo)

North American B-25N (JTB) Mitchell (Serial No. 44-30363), C/N 108-33638.

 (Greg Goebel Photo)

North American RB-45C Tornado (Serial No. 48-0017), C/N 153-38493.

 (Aeroprints Photos)

(Robert Dilley Photo)

North American F-86H Sabre (Serial No. 53-1375), C/N 203-147.

 (Aeroprints Photo)

 (Robert Dilley Photo)

North American T-39A Sabreliner (Serial No. 62-4487), C/N 276-40.

 (Robert Dilley Photos)

Piasecki Vertol CH-21B Workhorse Helicopter (Serial No. 52-8676).

 (Aeroprints Photos)

 (Robert Dilley Photo)

Republic F-84F Thunderstreak (Serial No. 51-1714), FS-714.

 (Greg Goebel Photo)

Republic F-105D Thunderchief (Serial No. 61-0069), C/N D264, JJ.  This aircraft is mounted on a pedestal located on Hwy I-80 at Exit 426.

 (Robert Dilley Photos)

Rockwell International B-1A Lancer (Serial No. 76-174).

 (Robert Dilley Photos)

Sikorsky H-19B Chickasaw Helicopter (Serial No. 53-4426).

Rockets and Missiles

SM-62 Snark (Serial No. 57-0005).

AGM-28 Hound Dog (Serial No. 60-2102).

 (Robert Dilley Photo)

HGM-16 Atlas D.

HGM-25A Titan I.

Minuteman I.

PGM-17A Thor.

SLV-1, Blue Scout (Serial No. 62-12589).

 (HrAtsuo Photo)

AS201 Command Module.

Omaha, Museum

Republic F-84F Thunderstreak (Serial No. 52-06385).

Omaha, Freedom Park, United States Naval Museum

 (Team 57 Photo)

Douglas A-4D Skyhawk (BuNo. 149618), AE, 901, USS Enterprise.  This aircraft is mounted on an iron pedestal in the park.

 (Team 57 Photo)

LTV A-7D Corsair II (Serial No. 69-6191).

 (Team 57 Photo)

Sikorsky SH-3D Sea King Helicopter, USCG (Serial No. 1370).


North American P-51D-30NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-74466), ex-RCAF (Serial No. 9227), "Barbara Jean", Nebraska Air National Guard colours, Reg. No. N10607.  Harry Barr.

Seward, Airport

Bell UH-1 Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 16473), NE NG.

South Sioux City, Martin Flying Service, W. Hwy 20, 68776.

LTV A-7D Corsair II (Serial No.), static display in a city park.


Northrup T-38 Talon (Serial No. 60-00567)


Republic F-84F Thunderstreak (Serial No. 52-07251)


 (Influence Waterfowl Calls Photo)

Bell AH-1 Cobra helicopter (Serial No. 67-15772), American Legion Post 81.


Republic F-84F Thunderstreak (Serial No. 51-1935).  This aircraft is mounted on a pedestal at York Municipal Airport.

[1] William R. Evinger, Editor, Directory of US Military Bases Worldwide, Third Edition, Oryx Press, 1998, p. 135.