This Hercules was initially USAF C-130E 61-2365 that was later was converted to a WC-130E. Stored in AMARC in 1993, the aircraft was sold to Evergreen Helicopters in February 1999. Bought by Snow Aviation in August 2005 for development of their C-130M, a that would give operators a Hercules conversion to bring their aircraft to near C-130J performance. Snow went into receivership circa 2011. N307SA escaped the liquidation sale and has been sitting in limbo at Rickenbacker Field for some time.
A C-130H Hercules from the 179th Airlift Wing from Mansfield taxiing in at its home base. It is assisting NASA Super Guppy N941NA in transporting parts of the Orion Space Project to Mansfield where it can be transported by truck to the Glenn Research Center in Sandusky, OH. Photo by Joe Harwood / Department of Defense
The NASA Super Guppy just touching down at Mansfield, transporting parts of the Orion Space Project to Mansfield where it can be transported by truck to the Glenn Research Center in Sandusky, OH. Photo by Joe Harwood / Department of Defense
Pictured outside the main USAF museum building, Columbine III was US President Dwight D. Eisenhower's personal aircraft from 1954 until leaving office in 1961. Ordered by the US Navy as bu 131650, it left the factory as the sole USAF VC-131E. Continuing non-presidential VIP transport duties after replacement by a new VC-137, the aircraft was retired in 1966 and ferried to Wright-Patterson AFB for the United States Air Force Museum.
This Airborne Express cargo Caravelle belonged to the Ohio History of Flight Museum since 1985. But the museum had closed by 2000 and the Caravelle was stored on an apron, as seen here. In 2005 it was transferred to the airport fire services, who cared for it remarkably well. The aircraft was still with them in good condition by 2018.