Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   
Warplane Survivors USA: Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C. Warplanes

Lockheed T-33A-5-LO Shooting Star (Serial No. 53-5226N),  Washington D.C. Air National Guard,1987.  (USAF Photo)

North American F-86H-10-NH Sabre (Serial No. 53-1348) in foreground, and (Serial No. 52-5743), 121st Tactical Fighter Squadron, District of Columbia Air National Guard, 1960.  (USAF Photo)

North American P-51H-5-NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-64448), 121st Fighter Squadron, District of Columbia Air National Guard, 1947.  (USAF Photo)

Republic F-84C-6-RE Thunderjet (Serial No. 47-1499), District of Columbia Air National Guard, ca 1950.  (USAF Photo)

121st Tactical Fighter Squadron - North American F-100C-5-NA Super Sabre (Serial No. 54-1807), 121st Tactical Fighter Squadron,  Washington D.C. Air National Guard,1962.  (USAF Photo)

Republic F-105D Thunderchief, 121st Tactical Fighter Squadron, District of Columbia Air National Guard, 1986.  (Mike Freer - Touchdown Aviation Photo)

McDonnell F-4D-30-MC Phantom II (Serial No. 66-7607), 121st Tactical Fighter Squadron, 113th Tactical Fighter Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard, 1987.  (D.F. Brown, USAF Photo)

General Dynamics F-16A Block 5 Fighting Falcon (Serial No. 78-0062), 121st Tactical Fighter Squadron, 113th Tactical Fighter Group, District of Columbia Air National Guard.  (Don S. Montgomery, USN Photo)

General Dynamics F-16D Block 30 Fighting Falcon (Serial No. 85-1509), 121st Fighter Squadron, 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard, 2008.  (SrA Renae Kleckner, USAF Photo)

North America is replete in aviation history, both military and civilian. The sheer size of the United States dictated an early interest in air defense and profoundly influenced the nation's dependence on air travel. It is no wonder that the United States developed as an "air-faring" nation. A large part of the leadership that contributed to that development can be traced to America's Air Force. Indeed, its proud military heritage is embodied in the dedicated individuals who have served and continue to do so - and in the marvelous aircraft they have flown.

The preservation and public display of these aircraft is a labor of love for many, including the editor of this book. If you are an enthusiast of military aviation history, or one with a passing interest who simply wishes to learn more, you will find a wealth of information in these well-researched pages.

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Washington D.C. Warplane Survivors, current to 15 Sep 2016.

Joint Base Anacostia–Bolling, SE of the city, off Route 295 and the Potomac River.

Republic F-105D Thunderchief (Serial No.  61-0138), painted as (Serial No. 59-0771) “Foley's Folly⁄Ohio Express".  It is mounted on a pylon at the former Bolling Air Force Base, now Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C. (SSgt Brian M. Boisvert, USAF Photo)

 (Leonard J. DeFrancisci Photo)

North American T-28B Trojan (BuNo. 137796), C/N 200-159, It is mounted on a pylon at the former Anacostia Naval Yard, now part of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C.

National Air and Space Museum, on the Mall.  There are 356 aircraft in the collection of the NASM.  65 are displayed in the NASM main building on the Washington, DC Mall.  More than 200 are located in the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Chantilly, Virginia.  20 or more (numbers vary) are stored at the Aerospace maintenance and Regeneration Center, Tucson, Arizona (AMARC).  The aircraft on display in the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center are listed under Virginia Warplane Survivors.  NASM aircraft:

 (Cliff from Arlington Photos)

Albatross D.Va, Reg. No. 7161, 17, “Stropp”.

Beechcraft UC-47 Traveler (Staggerwing), ca 1943, USAAF.  (USAAF Photo)

 (D. Ramey Logan Photo)

Beechcraft C17L Staggerwing (Serial No. 93), Reg. No. NC15840.  C17B before engine change.

Beechcraft King Air VC-6A flown as Air Force One.  (USAF Photo)

Beechcraft King Air Model 65-90, first definitive prototype.

 (Ad Meskens Photo)

Bell X-1.

 (Cliff from Arlington Photo, left, Greg Goebel Photo, right)

Bell XP-59A Airacomet (Serial No. 27-1), Reg. No. 42-108784.  1st U.S. turbojet aircraft, First flight 2 October 1942.

Bleriot XI in RAF service, ca 1916.  (RAF Photo)

Bleriot XI, “Domenjoz.”

Boeing F4B-4 in flight ca 1930s.  (USN Photo)

Boeing F4B-4 (BuNo.  9241), 21, USMC, 1757, Reg. Nos. NR9329, NX13, NC13

Boeing 247D, United Airlines, ca late 1930s.  (Bill Larkings Photo)

 (Asir Photo)

Boeing 247D (Serial No. 1953), Reg. No. NC13369.  (United Airlines).

 (BetacommandBot Photo)

Breitling Orbiter 3 gondola.  First balloon to circle the globe.

Cessna T-41A, one of three Cessna 150s used by the USAF Academy Flying Team.  (Sorruno Photo)

Cessna 150L Commuter (Serial No. 15075257), Reg. No. N11213.

 (Aeroprints Photo)

Cessna Citation 500 (Serial No. 2), second model to be built, similar to one shown above.  It made its first flight on 23 Jan 1970, and was primarily used as a test-bed vehicle for subsequent Citation series aircraft and engines, instruments and components, systems evaluations, and icing testing and certification.

Curtiss D-III, “Headless Pusher,” (Serial No. 1), Reg. No. 2.  Replica possibly built in 1919, similar to the one shown above in North Dakota.

Curtis J-1 Robin, ca 1930s.  (Bill Larkins Photo)

Curtiss J-1 Robin, “Ole Miss,” (Serial No. 723), Reg. No. NR526N.  27-day flight endurance record, 4 June 1935 to 1 July 1935.

 (Cliff from Arlington Photo)

De Havilland DH-4 (Serial No. 21959), (Airco).  A15101.  Suspended from the ceiling.

Douglas A-4C Skyhawk (BuNo. 149495) of attack squadron VA-113 Stingers landing on the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) in March 1966.  (USN  Photo)

 (Samf4u Photo)

Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk (BuNo. 148314). C/N 12624.

 (NASA Photo)

Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket (BuNo.  37974).  6568.  NACA 144, 1st Mach 2 airplane.  NEE - NA&SM, east escalator area.

Douglas DC-3/C-47 Skytrain, USAF.  (USAF Photo)

Douglas DC-3 (Serial No. 2000), Reg. No. NC18124, Eastern Airlines.

Douglas DC-7, American Airlines, ca 1962.  (John Proctor Photo)

 (WPPilot Photo)

Douglas DC-7, forward fuselage only (Serial No. 45106), Reg. No. N334AA.  American Airlines.

 (350z33 Photo)

Douglas DWC-2 World Cruiser (Serial No. 23-1230, “Chicago”, 146.  1st group aircraft to complete a global circumnavigation, 28 September 1924.

 (FlugKerl2 Photo)

Douglas M-2 Mail Plane (Serial No. 244), Reg. No. C150.

Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless dive bombers, bombing squadron VB-5 returning to the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) after an attack on Wake Island, 5 October 1943.  (NMNA Photo)

Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless (BuNo. 54605).  6119.

 (RuthAS Photo)

Ecker Flying Boat (Serial No. 1).

 (Pedro Vera Photo)

Extra-Flugzeugbau 260 (Serial No. EA260, No. 001), Reg. No. N618PW.  1st woman national aerobatic champion, September 1991.

Fairchild FC-2W2, NACA, 1930s.  (NASA Photo)

Fairchild FC-2W2 (Serial No. 139), Reg. No. NC6853.  Pan American Grace Airways. 

 (Cliff from Arlington Photo)

Fokker D.VII, C/N 4635/18 (Serial No. 3533).  OAW.  Captured by 1st Pursuit Group at Verdun, 9 November 1918.

 (350z33 Photo)

Fokker T-2 (IV), C/N AS64233.  1st non-stop transcontinental flight, 2-3 May 1923.

Ford C-4A Tri-Motor, USAAC, ca late 1930s.  (USAAC Photo)

 (350z33 Photo)

Ford 5-AT-A Tri-motor (Serial No. 5-AT-39), Reg. No. NC9683.  XH-TAK, AN-AAP, XA-FUE, N9683.

French observation balloon basket.

Gallaudet Hydro-Kite.

General Motors FM-2 Wildcat fighters from the escort carrier USS White Plains (CVE-66), Pacific Theatre, 24 June 1944.  (USN Photo)

General Motors FM-1 Wildcat (BuNo. 15392).  401.  Cowl nose ring from Wake Island Memorial.

Grumman JRF-5 Goose, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, ca 1941.  (USN Photo)

Grumman JRF-5 Goose, Langley Research Center, ca 1945.  (NACA Photo)

Grumman G-21A Goose (Serial No. 1048), Reg. No. NC702A, YV-VOD, HC-AAM, HC-SBA, N14CS, N702A.

Grumman X-29, NASA 049 in flight.  (USAF Photo)

Grumman X-29.  A full scale model, on display in the Mall building until 2011, present location TBD.

 (WPPilot Photo, left, 350z33 Photo, right)

Hughes H-1 Racer, Reg. No. NR258Y.  Wing sets for cross-country and pylon racing.

 (Jaro Nem?ok Photo)

Langley Aerodrome No. 5. 1st flight of powered, unmanned heavier-than-air aircraft, 6 May 1896.

 (Cliff 1066 Photo)

Lilienthal 1894 Glider.

 (Kurgus Photo)

Lockheed F-104A Starfighter (Serial No. 55-2961),  183-1007. NASA 818, N818NA.  1st production Mach 2 aircraft.  NWE - NA&SM, west escalator area.

 (Cliff from Arlington Photo)

Lockheed 8 Sirius “Tingmissartoq,” (Lindbergh) (Serial No. 140), Reg. No. NR211.  Far East survey flights in 1931, Atlantic in 1933.

 (Sergio Caltagirone Photo)

Lockheed 5B Vega (Amelia Earhart) (Serial No. 22 (68)), Reg. No. NC7952, 1st woman to fly the Atlantic, 21 May 1932.

 (350z33 Photo)

Lockheed U-2C (Serial No. 56-6680).  347.  CIA aircraft 1956-1974.

Lockheed XP-80 Shooting Star (Serial No. 44-83020) "Lulu-Bell", aka "Green Hornet", C/N 140-1001.  1st American aircraft to exceed 500 mph in level flight.

 (Typ932 Photo)

Macchi MC.202 Folgore.  USAAF T2/FE-498, restored as an MM9476.  This aircraft is one of only two remaining in the world.  This Folgore was among many Axis aircraft brought post war to the USA for evaluation at the Army's Air Technical Service Command at Wright Field, Ohio, and Freeman Field, Indiana.

 (Dicklyon Photo)

MacCready Gossamer Condor.  Won £50,000 Kremer Prize 23 August 1977.

Martin B-26B Marauder, USAAF, ca 1943.  (USAAF Photo)

Martin B-26B Marauder, “Flak Bait,” (Serial No. 41-31773).  Nose in NASM, other components stored.

McDonnell FH-1 Phantom (BuNo. 111793), USN, ca 1948.  (USB Photo)

McDonnell FH-1 Phantom, USMC,  Marine Fighter Squadron VMF-122, ca 1949.  (USN Photo)

 (350z33 Photo)

McDonnell FH-1 Phantom I (BuNo.  111759).  11.  1st U.S. jet carrier takeoff and landing, 21 June 1946.

 (350z33 Photo, left, Concord Photo, right)

Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6/R3 “Gustav”, (Serial No. 160756), KT+LL. III./JG4 “Yellow 4,” T2/FE-496, rest. as “White 2.”

Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a Schwalbe (Swallow) (Serial No. 500491).  JG7, Werk Nr. 888, “Dennis”, USAAF FE-111.  (USAAF Photo)

Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a Schwalbe (Swallow) (Serial No. 500491).  JG7, Wk Nr. 888, “Dennis”, later “Ginny H”, Reg. No. 29, USAAF FE-111.  (USAAF Photo)

 (G-36 Photo, left, Author Photo, right)

Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a Schwalbe (Swallow) (Serial No. 500491).  JG7, Wk Nr. 888, Reg. No. 29, USAAF FE-111, restored as “Yellow 7.”

Mitsubishi A6M5 Reisen Model 52 (Serial No. 4340), 61-131, (Zero).  Technical Air Intelligence Center, TAIC 7, USAAF T2-130, later FE-130, test flown in the USA.  (USAAF Photos)

 (350z33 Photo)

Mitsubishi A6M5 Reisen Model 52 (Serial No. 4340), 61-131, (Zero).  TAIC 7, “12,” “Tokyo Rose”, USAAF T2-130, later FE-130.

North American P-51D-5-NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-13926), 375th Fighter Squadron, USAAF, ca 1945.  (USAAF Photo)

 (Eddie Maloney Photo)

 (350z33 Photo, left, Wilson44691 Photo, right)

 (Author Photo)

North American P-51D-30NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-74939), C/N 122-41479, YJ-E, PF-939,“Willit Run?”.

 (D Ramey Logan Photo)

North American X-15A-1 (Serial No. 56-6670), C/N 240-1.


Northrop 4A Alpha (TWA) (Serial No. 3), Reg. No. NC11Y.

 (Cliff from Arlington Photos)

Northrop Gamma “Polar Star,” (Serial No. 3), Reg. No. N12269.

 (NASA Photo, left, 350z33 Photo, right)

Northrop M2-F3 Lifting Body (Serial No. 1), Reg. No. N803NA.

 (Cliff from Arlington Photo)

Pfalz D.XII, D2558/18, D2630/18, or D2740/18.

 (D Ramey Logan Photo)

Pitcairn PA-5 Mailwing (Serial No. 1), Reg. No. NC2895.

 (LWF Photo, left, NASA Photo, right)

Rockwell HiMAT, NASA 807.  Highly Manoeuvrable Aircraft Technology.

Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.8, ca 1916.  (RAF Photo)

Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.8 (replica).

Rutan Model 76 Voyager, Reg. No. N269VA.  1st nonstop, global, circumnavigation, 23 Dec 1986.  NA&SM, south lobby area.

 (Ad Meskens Photo)

Ryan NYP “Spirit of St. Louis,” (Serial No. 29), Reg. No. NX211.

Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe, RAF ca 1918.  (RAF Photo)

Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe (Serial No. 926C), Reg. No. E8105, N8737R, E8082.

 (D Ramey Logan Photo)

SpaceShipOne, Reg. No. N328KF.

 (USGOV-PD Photo)

SPAD XIII “Smith IV,” (Serial No. 7689), Reg. No. S7689.  Arthur Raymond Brooks, 22nd Aero Sqn.

Supermarine 351 Spitfire F Mk. VIIc, RAF (Serial No. EN474), c/n 6S/171652.  Built in Eastleigh, Southhampton, England.  This aircraft was first flown on 6 March 1943 and delivered to the RAF.  It was allocated to the USAAF and flew with No. 47 MU, RAF Sealand, on 13 March 1943.  It was shipped to the USA on the SS Glenapp for evaluation purposes on 10 April 1943, and arrived in New York on 2 May 1943.  It was issued USAAF evaluation number 161522, then later FE-400, eventually arriving at Freeman Field, Indiana, in 1945.  This aircraft was delivered to the National Air & Space Museum in 1947.  (USAAF Photo)

 (350z33 Photo)

Supermarine 351 Spitfire F Mk. VIIc, RAF (Serial No. EN474), c/n 6S/171652.  Built in Eastleigh, Southhampton, England.  Previously USAAF FE-400, this aircraft has been with the NASM since 1947.

Voisin VIII LA.P, Reg. No. 4640.

 (Ed Bierman Photo)

Wittman “Buster,” Reg. No. N14855 (No. 20).  “Chief Oshkosh” 1931-47, R12047, race No. 111, 101.

 (D. Ramey Logan Photo)

Wright 1903 “Kitty Hawk” Flyer.

Wright 1909 Military Flyer.  1st heavier-than-air military aircraft.  Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition (SITE).

National Museum of the United States Navy, Washington Navy Yard.

 (Jerrye & Roy Klotz, MD Photo)

Goodyear FG-1D Corsair (BuNo. 92013).

US Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave.

 (Cliff from Arlington Photo, left, Sarah Stierch Photo, right)

De Havilland DH-4, “Old 249”, replica (Serial No. 249), Reg. No. N249B.  On loan from the NASM.

 (Cliff from Arlington Photo)

Stinson SR-10F Reliant (Serial No. 5910), Reg. No. NC2311.  On loan from the NASM.

 (Cliff from Arlington Photo)

Wiseman-Cooke.  On loan from the NASM.

JFK Playground

North American F-86H-10-NH Sabre (Serial No. 53-1418), 81st Fighter-Bomber Squadron, ca 1950s.  (USAF Photo)

North American F-86H Sabre (Serial No. 53-1344), C/N 203-116, painted as (Serial No. 81833).

Vietnam Veterans Wall South, Constitution Gardens. 

U.S. Army Bell UH-1D helicopters airlift members of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment from the Filhol Rubber Plantation area to a new staging area, during Operation "Wahiawa", a search and destroy mission conducted by the 25th Infantry Division, northeast of Cu Chi, South Vietnam, 1966.  (James K. F. Dung, SFC, US Army Photo)

Bell UH-1M Iroquois Helicopter (Serial  No. 64-14122).