Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   
Warplane Survivors USA: New Mexico

New Mexico Warplanes

North American F-51D-25-NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-73089), 188th Fighter Squadron, New Mexico Air National Guard, being refueled, ca 1948.  (USAF Photo)

North American F-51H-5-NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-64291), 188th Fighter Squadron, New Mexico Air National Guard, 1947.  (USGOV-PD Photo)

Republic YP-84A-1-RE Thunderjet fighter (Serial No. 45-59483), New Mexico Air National Guard.  (USAF Photo)

North American F-100C Super Sabre (Serial No. 53-1741), 188th Tactical Fighter Squadron, New Mexico Air National Guard, ca 1968.  (USAF Photo)

General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcons, 188th Fighter Squadron, 150th Fighter Wing, New Mexico Air National Guard, 2004.  (Staff Sgt. Matthew Lohr, USAF Photo)

 During the twentieth century, civil and military aviation has played a prominent role in the history and development of New Mexico. Commercial operators have exploited the advantages offered by aircraft to overcome the unique challenges of geography and climate. By virtue of New Mexico's comparative isolation which suited the secrecy of innumerable military projects, a wide variety of military aircraft have been based there through the years. The list of military aircraft types that made up the tapestry of New Mexico aviation is as extensive as the list of legendary figures who have contributed to its amazing history. While most of the military aircraft types no longer grace the airspace over New Mexico, many can be viewed in their former splendor as they stand as gate guards or museum exhibits. This booklet provides a comprehensive guide to where these restored aircraft can be found. Complementing the details concerning aircraft specifications and roles, the author has included many facts. Finally, the descriptions of the recovery, restoration and preservation efforts stand as a tribute to the many volunteers who have devoted time, energy and financial support to ensure this rich heritage is preserved.

This handbook is designed to provide aviation enthusiasts with a simple checklist on where to find retired military aircraft that are preserved in New Mexico.

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New Mexico Warplane Survivors, updated 4 June 2017.

Alamogordo, Holloman AFB, NM, 88330-5000.  Tel. 505-475-6511, Historian, DSN 572-7903.  Capt Kanning, DSN 572-3434.

 (Rich VanderWoude Photo)

Convair F-106A Delta Dart (Serial No. 56-0454).

 (Rich VanderWoude Photos)

Lockheed F-80B Shooting Star (Serial No. 45-85575), painted as (Serial No. 61-0041).

 (Rich VanderWoude Photos)

Lockheed F-104C (Serial No. 56-0866), C/N 383-1174.

 (Rich VanderWoude Photos)

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk (Serial No. 790782), painted as 8(Serial No. 50816).

 (Rich VanderWoude Photo)

McDonnell F-4C Phantom II (Serial No. 63-7537).

 (Rich VanderWoude Photos) 

McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle (Serial No. 76-0037), HD, C/N 219/A189.

 (Rich VanderWoude Photos)

North American F-100 Super Sabre (Serial No. 56-3220).

 (Rich VanderWoude Photo)

Northrop AT-38B Talon (Serial No. 60-0576), HM, C/N N5149.

 (Rich VanderWoude Photos)

Panavia Tornado, German Air Force, grey cam.

 (Rich VanderWoude Photo)

Panavia Tornado, German Air Force, cam.

 (Rich VanderWoude Photos)

Republic F-84F Thunderstreak (Serial No. 51-9396).

 (Rich VanderWoude Photos)

Republic F-105D Thunderchief (Serial No. 61-0145), C/N D340, painted as (Serial No. 61-0041).


XQ4 Drone (Serial No. 55-3241).

Albuquerque, NM Air National Guard, 150th Fighter Group, Kirtland AFB

Lockheed F-80B Shooting Star (Serial No. 45-8501), mounted on a pylon.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21F Fishbed (Serial No. 562).

North American P-51D-30NT Mustang (Serial No. 45-11400), New Mexico Air National Guard colours, possible replica, mounted on a pylon.

North American F-100A Super Sabre (Serial No. 53-1532), mounted on a concrete pylon.

LTV A-7D Corsair II (Serial No. 72-0177), painted as (Serial No. 72-0245), mounted on a concrete pylon.

Albuquerque, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank at Southern Blvd.  (505) 245-2137.

Boeing B-29 Superfortress (Serial No. 45-21748), C/N 13643.  According to David Hoover, Curator and Collections Manager for the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, this B-29 did not have a name.  It came out of the factory the day Nagasaki was bombed.  It was most likely with the 19th bomb group in Guam during the Korean War (unconfirmed), and may have have been used as a test bed for the Tarzon missile program.  It may have had a name then. 45-21748 also served with the 509th Bomb Group at Roswell AAF/ Walker AFB in New Mexico. The museum staff conducted a deep scan of the aircraft's surface which allowed them to see past decades of paint to the bare plates, but found no evidence of it having nose art.  (Having nose art is usually evidence of an aircraft that has been in combat).  While it was on display at Chanute AFB, it was painted as the "Enola Gay" and traces of this name were found in the scan under the paint.  The museum does not have information about any missions it may have flown in Korea.  It was at Eglin in 1950 probably to have it modified for use as a test bed.  The museum would like to find any photographs of this plane when it was in active service.  Contributions would be most welcome to help preserve the record of this historic aircraft.  This aircraft is also reported as Boeing B-29 Superfortress (Serial No. 44-69983), "Duke of Albuquerque".

Boeing B-47E-11-BW Stratojet (Serial No. 53-2280).  In the 1960s this aircraft was used as a test bed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base under the designation JB-47E. It was the first USAF aircraft with a fly-by-wire control system. It was transferred to the NMUSAF in 1969 and displayed until 2003. In 2013 it was transferred to the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque, New Mexico for permanent display.

Boeing RB-52B Stratofortress (Serial No. 52-0013), C/N 16503.  This aircraft dropped the 3.75 megaton Mark 15 thermonuclear bomb over Bikini Atoll on 21 May 1956, while flying with the Air Research and Development Command.

 (Patrick B. Allis Photo)

General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon (Serial No. 78-0050).

LTV TA-7C Corsair II USN (BuNo. 154407), modified A-7B, C/N B-047.

Republic F-105D Thunderchief (Serial No. 61-0107), C/N D302, mounted on a pylon.

Other exhibits with the museum include: 280 MM Atomic Cannon (Atomic Annie), Mk.17 Bomb, B-58 Pod (carries a weapon or extra fuel), Honest John Motorized Launcher, Nike Hercules Air Defense Missile, Bomarc Air Defense Missile, Mace Cruise Missile, Matador Cruise Missile, Snark Cruise Missile, Titan II Missile and Trailer, Jupiter Missile and Trailer, Peackeeper MX Missile, Mk. 53 Bomb, A-3 Polaris Missile, Hound Dog Cruise Missile, Thor Missile and Trailer, Minuteman Missile, and USS James K. Polk Submarine Sail.

Albuquerque, Kirtland AFB Rescue Museum.

Bell OH-13E Sioux Helicopter (Serial No. 51-13747).

 (Author Photo)

 (Craig Campbell Photos)

Bell UH-1F Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 64-15495), previously painted as (Serial No. 65-7596), now painted as (Serial No. 66-1240)m mounted on a pylon.

Boeing C-135 Stratotanker (Serial No. 60-0371).

Consolidated PBY-5A (OA-10A) Canso (Serial No. 46457).

Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Serial No. 42-100995), painted as (Serial No. 43-15732).

General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark (Serial No. 65-5709).

Grumman HU-16B Albatross, USCG (Serial No. 1280), painted as (Serial No. 51-0071).

Hughes H-55 Osage Helicopter (Serial No. 67-18393).

Kaman HH-43B Huskie (Serial No. 59-1578), mounted on a concrete pylon.

North American CT-39A Sabreliner (Serial No. 59-2868).

Piasecki Vertol CH-21B Shawnee Helicopter (Serial No. 52-8691), painted as (Serial No. 53-4343).

Piasecki Vertol CH-21B Workhorse Helicopter (Serial No. 52-8706).

Sikorsky H-5G Dragonfly Helicopter (Serial No. 48-0555), painted as (Serial No. 5122).

Sikorsky UH-19F Chickasaw Helicopter (BuNo. 138499).

Sikorsky HH-34J Sea Horse Helicopter (BuNo. 148938).

Sikorsky HH-3E Sea King Helicopter (Serial No. 64-1432).

 (Craig Campbell Photos)

Sikorsky MH-53 Pave Low III (Serial No. 66-4433), 551st Special Operations Squadron.


Republic F84F Thunderstreak (Serial No. 51-9486).


Beech AT-11 Kansan (Serial No.), Cavern City Municipal Airport.

Clovis, Cannon AFB, NM, 88103-500.  Tel. 505-784-3311.  DSN 681-1110, Historian, DSN 681-2460.

General Dynamics F-111A Aardvark (Serial No. 63-9771), mounted on a concrete pylon.

General Dynamics EF-111A Aardvark (Serial No. 66-0016), CC, C/N A1-34/EF-10.  This aircraft is credited with an Iraqi Mirage F1 kill, 17 Jan 1991, after forcing the chasing aircraft to impact the ground.

Lockheed T-33A, Shooting Star (Serial No. 58-0503).

McDonnell JF-101A Voodoo (Serial No. 53-2426), C/N 9.

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo (Serial No. 56-0187).

North American F-86H Sabre (Serial No. 53-1251), C/N 203-23, painted as (Serial No. 53-1404).

 (USAF Photo)

North American F-100D Super Sabre (Serial No. 56-2940), mounted on a concrete pylon.

Republic F84C Thunderjet (Serial No. 47-1530), C/N FS-027-A, painted (Serial No. 11027).

Republic F84F Thunderstreak (Serial No. 51-1810).


 (Craig Campbell Photos)

General Dynamics F-111D Aardvark (Serial No.68-0140), C/N A6-56, City of Clovis, mounted on a concrete pylon at the Clovis Veterans Park.


LTV A-7 Corsair II (Serial No. 74-1746).


Northrop T-38A Talon (Serial No. 61-0829), C/N N5195, mounted on a large display stand in front of the Gallup Municipal Airport.

Hobbs, Commemorative Air Force, New Mexico Wing Flying Museum, Lea County Airport, Hobbs, NM, 88240.

Beech D-18/C-45 Expeditor (Serial No.).

Douglas DC-3/C-47 Skytrain (Serial No.).

Fairchild PT-19 Cornell (Serial No.).

Messerschmitt Me-108 Taifun (Serial No.)

North American NA-64/BT-14 Yale (Serial No.).

North American SNJ-4 Texan (Serial No.).

Stearman/Boeing Model 73 BT-17 Kaydet, (2)(Serial Nos.).

Stinson L-5 Sentinel (Serial No.).

Las Cruces

Curtis C-46 Commando (Serial No.), International Airport, Southwest Aviation.

Douglas A26B Invader (Serial No.), International Airport, Southwest Aviation.

Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon (Serial No.), International Airport, Southwest Aviation.

North American F-100F Super Sabre (Serial No. 56-3855), International Airport.

Las Cruces, White Sands Missile Range Museum & Park

Beechcraft VC-6A King Air (Serial No.).

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

Melrose, Bombing Range

North American F-100A Super Sabre (Serial No. 53-1533), 524th Tactical Fighter Squadron.


General Dynamics F-111F Aardvark (Serial No. 70-2364), CC, C/N E2-03/F-03, “City of Portales”, mounted on concrete pylons, Hwy 70 & Ave. K.


Republic F-105D Thunderchief (Serial No. 61-0110), TH, C/N D305, Roswell Jr. College.

Santa Fe

General Dynamics F-111F Aardvark (Serial No. 70-2408), C/N E2-47/F-47.  Municipal Airport.

North American F-100 Super Sabre (Serial No. 53-1600).

Ryan Navion A (Serial No. NAV-1829), NM NG colours, Reg. No. N555NG, Ronald E. Tarrson.

Santa Rosa

LTV A-7D Corsair II (Serial No. 72-0246), C/N D-367.  Route 66 Municipal Airport.

Santa Teresa, War Eagles Air Museum, Santa Teresa Airport, PO Box 1225, Santa Teresa, NM, 88008.

Convair L-13A Scorpion (Serial No. LG-7316).

Curtiss P-40E/Kittyhawk Mk. 1A, RAF (Serial No. AL152), 38.

De Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth (Serial No.).

Douglas DC-3 (Serial No.).

Douglas A26C Invader (Serial No. 44-35493).

Fieseler Fi-156 Storch (Serial No.), BM-JM.

Grumman TBM-3E Avenger (BuNo. 69459).

Hawker F.B. 11 Fury (Serial No. K-253), "Magnificent Obsession", RAAF colours.

Lockheed P-38L Lightning (Serial No. 44-27053), c/n 8057, "Relampago", all black, Reg. No. N345.

Lockheed/Canadair T-33 Shooting Star (Serial No.).

LTV A-7E Corsair II (BuNo. 157455), AE-315, C/N E-111.

LTV A-7E Corsair II (BuNo. 157544).

LTV A-7E Corsair II (BuNo. 160721).

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 UTI 2-seater (Serial No. 640).

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21SPS Fishbed (Serial No. 22-24), C/N 94A4213, East German markings.

North American AT-6 Texan (Serial No.).

North American P-51D-25NT Mustang (Serial No. 44-84658), TF-51 restoration, "Friendly Ghost", Texas Air National Guard colours, Reg. No. N51TF.  John Macquire, Fort Hancock, Texas.  War Eagles Museum.

North American P-51D-30NA Mustang fuselage (Serial No. 44-75024), ex-Indonesian Air Force, Reg. No. N96JM.  Skip Trammell, Idalou, Texas.  War Eagles Museum.

North American T-28B Trojan (BuNo. 138247), USN.

North American/Canadair F-86F Sabre Mk.5 (Serial No. 23330).

North American FJ-2 Fury (BuNo. 132028), 9.

Northrop T-38A Talon (Serial No. 64-13267).

Piper J-3 Grasshopper (Serial No. 20240).

Republic F84F Thunderstreak (Serial No. 52-7343), JB-834.

Stearman Model 73 BT-17 Kaydet (Serial No.).

Stinson AT-19 Reliant (Serial No. 42-46713).

Stinson Sentinel (Serial No.), Reg. No. N40002.

Tupolev Tu-2 Bat (Serial No. 495).

Vought F4U-4 Corsair (BuNo. 81698), airworthy.

Vultee BT-13 Valiant (Serial No. 93).

2T-1A Great Lakes Trainer (Serial No.).

Waco EGC-8 Custom Cabin.

Truth or Consequences

Lockheed T33A Shooting Star (Serial No. 51-9022).