NAS Pensacola Road Trip; 17 April 2015 – The US Air Force Armament Museum

Eglin AFB – On the way back to Savannah from Pensacola yesterday, we stopped by the US Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin AFB. This is a small, but nice museum with a well restored and maintained collection. It tells the story of Air Force armaments from World War II up to the present time, including guns, bombs, rockets, missiles, and the aircraft they have been and are used by. It’s also an excellent companion museum to the National Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola; if you travel to the area to visit one, I’d strongly recommend visiting the other, they really do compliment each other well.

There is a poem near the exit of the museum that provided a perfect end to the week’s museum visits and I think it also sums up why some of us love and respect Warbirds so much. In restoring these aircraft, keeping them in good repair, and displaying them for future generations to see we’re honoring not only the aircraft but the aircrews that flew, fought, sacrificed, and died in them.

Strangely abducted from proper time and space.
Ghostly shapes stand at attention in this place,
Fully alert, with wings drawn back, as if to say,
Aye, Sir! Rerady to obey the orders of the day.

How many times have they risked their all,
To be there and answer their nation’s call?
To face bursting flak and buzzing sting,
How many have lost an engine or wing?

Their crews sleep under crosses, row on row,
Beneath grassy fields where flowers grow,
But each breave warbird no monument needs,
Its presence here testifies to heroic deeds

John S. Schafer, 1997

GBU-43/B MOAB (Mother of All Bombs) on display outside of the Air Force Armament Museum
GBU-43/B MOAB (Mother of All Bombs) on display outside of the Air Force Armament Museum
B-57 Canberra getting a wash from volunteers
B-57 Canberra getting a wash from volunteers
AC-47 Spooky
AC-47 Spooky
F-111 Aardvark
F-111 Aardvark
F-16 Falcon
F-16 Falcon
A-10 Warthog
A-10 Warthog
AC-130A Spectre
AC-130A Spectre
Nose Art on the AC-130A
Nose Art on the AC-130A
The business end of the AC-130A
The business end of the AC-130A
The business end of the AC-130A
The business end of the AC-130A
The business end of the AC-130A
The business end of the AC-130A
B-17 Flying Fortress
B-17 Flying Fortress
SR-71 Blackbird
SR-71 Blackbird
MH-53M Pave Low IV
MH-53M Pave Low IV
B-52 Stratofortress
B-52 Stratofortress
F-4 Phantom II
F-4 Phantom II
F-104 Starfighter
F-104 Starfighter
RF-4 Phantom II undergoing restoration
RF-4 Phantom II undergoing restoration
F-15 Eagle
F-15 Eagle
P-42 Thunderbolt
P-42 Thunderbolt
P-51 Mustang
P-51 Mustang
BQM-34A Firebee
BQM-34A Firebee
F-105 Thunderchief
F-105 Thunderchief
World War I bombs. After seeing the WW1 aircraft at the National Naval Aviation Museum, it was interesting to see the bombs used in that era.
World War I bombs. After seeing the WW1 aircraft at the National Naval Aviation Museum, it was interesting to see the bombs used in that era.
Mk 82 Bombs displayed next to the F-105
Mk 82 Bombs displayed next to the F-105
A History of Smart Bombs collection displayed next to the F-105
A History of Smart Bombs collection displayed next to the F-105

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