This CH-135 was manufactured by Bell Aircraft Corporation at Forth Worth, TX in 1971. It was TOC by the RCAF and served throughout Canada, including SAR ops in Goose Bay, until the type was phased out of service in 1997. Now it is on display at the Canada Aviation & Space Museum at Rockcliffe.
The AEG G.IV was a tactical bomber featuring an all metal, welded-tube frame, making it a rugged and strong aircraft but, although easy to fly, it was dogged by very short-range. This example was shipped to Canada as a war trophy in 1919 and is on display at the Canada Aviation Museum. It is significant as not only the single one of it's type extant but of any preserved German, twin-engined combat aircraft from WWI. Note, the engines installed are not original, the museum is actively seeking replacements.
This upper walkway is cleared by the Udvar-Hazy staff 30 min before the rest of the museum closes. I hung on for as long as possible to try and get this shot people free but alas they kicked me off too soon. Still, it was really something to finally see the wonderful 'Dash 80' in person.
This E served previously with the 314th ARS/ 940th ARW at Beale AFB, CA and was retired to AMARG during May 2008 and stored with the PCN/Inventory No. AACA0220. Note the 'America's King of Air Refueling' nose art.