Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Pueblo Air Museum

Colorado has two outstanding military aircraft orientated museums. One I’ve visited several times is at the old Lowry Field in Denver.

The other, in Pueblo at the airport, I was able to visit last week. The airport was the site of a major B-24 training base.

Pueblo is the hometown of four Medal of Honor winners, two who attended the same high school.

What follows are about ninety photographs (taken by an amateur with a cheap camera). You have been warned. For all you aviation professionals, I was a Combat Engineer and a civilian only pilot. Cut me some slack, please.

Lets start with something for Murphy.

And something for old NFO.

Oh, yes. Can’t forget OldAFSarge. Bet he started his career with these. Sorry, they don’t have an F-4!

 The star, the B-29.

Always popular, the C 47/DC3


No Colorado museum can ignore Colorado built aircraft, the Alexander.

Sadly, for an old B-24 trailing base, this is their only B-24.

Some are still outside. B-47, C-119, P-2, F9F.

All kinds of ground vehicles.

Trainers. T-41, T-28, T-34, T-33.

Some infantry weapons.

A F-100.

How about  the F-86?

Tucked to one side, a F-8U.

Got to have some rockets.

F-104, F-5, F-80, A-5, and a favorite, the A-4.

Can’t forget the Coast Guard Convair HC 131.

The working end of a C-130.

Making things go.

Did I forget the F9F?

And this is?

Lots of displays of people and memorabilia.

This museum is an all volunteer operation. Think many of them are retired NCOs.

Admission for old farts is only $5. There are numerous donation boxes scattered among the exhibits for those who wish to make discrete donations.

A local Model A club was visiting.

Weather permitting, there will be a fly in 6/13 to 6/15 2014. They are expecting a B-29, among other aircraft.

Rocky Mountain Flower is the airport FBO. Their operation is within walking distance of the museum, and they will provide free shuttle service for those who need it. (719) 948-3316.

The airport is at 4700 MSL with a 10,000’+ runway. Pueblo gets hot, and your density altitude can easily exceed 10,000’. Ignore that at your peril!


Old NFO said...

Oh yeah, HH-34 one each! :-) Thanks WSF. I gotta add that one to the bucket list!

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Not too far from the super secret Blogarado site.

DoninSacto said...

In your section on trainers, isn't the fourth picture of an A37?

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Again, I'm an old Army guy. There is/was an A37, "A" meaning attack, but I believe it was a derivative of an existing training aircraft. Any Air Force people who can help me out?
More information here. http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=326

Scotty said...

Awesome pics, WSF!! I LOVE wandering around similar places.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Personal falling, not doing enough of that kind of activity. Though "retired", still seem to operate at red line even when there is no need. Glad you enjoyed the post.

juvat said...

Late to the fight as usual, but...I'm pretty sure that it's a T-37, at least it's painted in the livery of a trainer. The main difference between the A-37 and T-37 was the former had larger engines, and obviously, weapons hardpoints and a gun sight. The T-37 was the first jet that a student pilot trained in while in pilot training and typically, the student flew it for about 6 months, then transitioned to the T-38 to complete training. The T-37 was specifically built to be able to teach spin recovery, which was always exciting and to a certain extent was a culling point in the training. You either hacked the spins or found another career field.
The T-37 was replaced by the turboprop powered T-6 Texan II which is still in use.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Thank you for the clarification. Questions were caused by bad editing on my part as I sorted some 70 photographs.