Travelling from San Fransciso to Los Angeles over the beautful Highway 1, I unexpectedly came across three 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) MH-47Gs at a civil airport named Half Moon Bay. what the secretive helicopters were doing at that location (they are based at Fort Campbell (KY)) was unknown to me, but it made me very happy!
This Vampire arrived at the YAM in 2001 and is displayed in RAF College marks, consistent with the aircraft's service life at RAF Cranwell from 1955 to 1960. It then went into storage at RAF Shawbury and was later used as a ground instructional airframe. Using a high extension pole gives about the best view of the Halifax obtainable - I look forward to one of the rare occasions when she is rolled out into the open.
This PT-19 was delivered to the USAAF in May 1942 and served with the 306th Elementary Flying Training Detachment at the Fred Harmon Training Center, Bruce Field, Ballinger, TX. It was disposed of as surplus in April 1945 at Capital City Airport, Lansing, Michigan. It was acquired by the Museum of Aviation in 1986 and flown to Robins AFB for display.
Built by Hawkers at Kingston in August 1957. Based at RAF Wittering, it wears 45 Squadrons "Winged Camel" insignia. The squadron flew Sopwith Camels in 1917/19 and served in the Middle East for many years between 1921 and 1942.