Thursday, February 18, 2016

Robins Air Force Base Museum # 2

Looking up into an empty bomb bay

This is an "empty" Mk 6 Nuclear Bomb.  It was the first nuclear bomb mass produced and became part of the USAF arsenal in 1952.  It is eight times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Nagasaki ending World War II.

Kinda hard to read but try.

This trailer is used to transport bombs from the storage area to the flight line.

This is an idiot named Henderson riding a bomb trailer carrying 100 pound practice bombs to the flight line.  1951.

The same idiot sitting on a 500 pound inert bomb.  1952

A Mitchell B-25 Light Bomber.  Over 1000 of these were built.  Some had the plastic nose as shown here for a bombardier; others had a solid nose with six or eight 50 caliber machine guns mounted there.

 I think this is a F-51 fighter.  It was called a P-51.  P = Pursuit - - F = Fighter.  It had a Rolls-Royce engine.  I think it probably was one of the last Air Force fighters to have a tail wheel instead of tricycle landing gear.

This is what a real Jeep looks like.  Some options it did not have include:  air conditioning, power windows, automatic transmission, radio, moon roof, heated seats, turn signals, seat belts, etc.  However, note that it did come equipped with a shovel to help you dig out of the mud.

One more post on the Air Museum and then on to the Confederate Prisoner of War Camp at Andersonville, Georgia, the Little White House and Jimmy Carter in Plains, Georgia.

Tippy says, "Yeah, Ron, Let's move on.  I'm sick of airplanes.  Your old memories are boring.  One more and you promise we'll go to a different subject."

Ron, Tippy and Treky

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