Douglas B-23 Dragon N61Y (c/n 2737); ex/ 39-0051, NC61Y, N61Y, N14C, N534C, N230SU, N534J, '5340'
Like the B-18, the B-23 Dragon was based on a successful Douglas airliner design. This time it was the DC-3 that served as
the basis for the new bomber. Designed in 1939 to replace the B-18 the Dragon was significantly faster than the earlier
design and was slightly better armed as for the first time in an American bomber it was fitted with a tail gun. Despite the improvements the B-23 was still not up to the standards of bombers in use by the European powers. Only 38 Dragons were
built and none of them ever entered combat. By mid-1942 all the Dragons had been relegated to training, or transport duties. However, after the war the relatively high speed of the B-23 made it very popular for conversion to executive transports
and small airlines.
Grumman HU-16A Albatross 51-0022
Beechcraft UC-45J Expeditor, BuNo.39213/213-7L
Convair T-29B 'Flying Classroom' 51-7906/3C (c/n 318; mfr 1951) US Navy (transferred from USAF, hence FY51- serial)
Lockheed/Vega PV-2 Harpoon c/n 15-1223, incorrectly painted as '32757' for it is really BuNo.37257!
PV-2 c/n 15-1223 (7255C) is finished accurately as an aircraft serving in the Naval Reserve post-1948,
although its paint has taken some
punishment from the desert sun in Arizona.
Besides this and the blanked-off windows to protect the interior,
it is an accurate representation of the type in postwar service.
List of aircraft in the Pima Air & Space Museum (not complete)
Douglas B-26K Invader, 64-17653/TA (c/n 7091)
The B-26K is a modified and remanufactured A-26B originally built during World War II. On Mark Engineering of
California rebuilt aging Douglas B-26Bs during 1964 and 1965 for use in the Vietnam War. Due to political considerations
the aircraft were called A-26A during their deployment to Thailand with the 609th Special Operations Squadron.
Their duties in Vietnam primarily consisted of interdicting the flow of North Vietnamese supplies and troops down the
Ho Chi Minh Trail. Invaders served until 1969 when the last of them were returned to the United States.
See also https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1403838
Budd RB-1 Conestoga, XB-DUZ (c/n 16); ex/ BuNo.39307, NC33308
Martin 4-0-4, N462M (c/n 14153); ex N462A
Vickers 724 Viscount, N22SN (c/n 40); ex/ CF-TGL, N22SN, 'VP-ABD', BuNo.97349 (on loan from NMMC,VA)
Sud-est SE.210 Caravelle VI-R, N1001U (c/n 86); ex/ N1001U, N4981V
Lockheed L.049 (C-69) Constellation, N90831 (c/n 1970) - www.conniesurvivors.com/N90831.htm
Beech UC-45J 43-50222/N1082 (c/n 7822), painted as '29646'.
Beech C18S, 42-2438 (c/n 4260)
Belonged to the Ogden Air Materiel Area, Hill AFB, UT and was built in 1942 during World War II.
It probably is a composite rebuilt, as 42-2438/N8073H was c/n 4118!
Douglas VC-118A (DC-6) Liftmaster, 53-3240 (c/n 44611)
Douglas C-54D, 42-72488 (c/n 10593)
Fairchild C-82A Packet, 44-23006 (c/n 10050); ex/ 44-23006, N6997C
Fairchild C-82A Packet, 44-23006
Beech SNB-5P Expeditor, BuNo.39213/7L (c/n 4297)
Lockheed C-130A/D, 57-0493 (c/n 182-3200)
Convair C-131F Samaritan, BuNo.141017 (c/n 300); 'Guantanamo Bay'
Douglas C-133B Cargomaster, 59-0527 (c/n 45578)
The C-133 was the first U.S. Air Force transport to use turbo-prop engines. The Cargomaster was designed to carry complete Inter-continental Ballistic Missiles.
Later C-133s were built with clamshell rear loading doors which allowed the Titan missile to be carried in one piece rather than disassembled.
The Cargomasters only served from 1957 to the early 1970s, due in part to serious problems with metal fatigue in their long thin fuselages.
A total of 50 C-133s were built.
Douglas C-117D / R4D-8 BuNo.50826 (c/n 43363)
Rebuilt from R4D-6 BuNo.50826 (c/n 26924/15479); ex/ 43-46993
Fairchild C-123B Provider, 4505 US Coast Guard (c/n 20166; ex/ 55-4505)
Douglas C-124C Globemaster II, 52-1004 (c/n 43913)
Lockheed Neptune, BuNo.135620/5L
By Joe Baugher-
135620 (MSN 726-7052)
Accepted as P2V-7 at Burbank 26Sep55. NARF Alameda Sep'55 to Nov'55; VP-9 Alameda Nov'55 to Nov'59; NARF Alameda Nov'59 to Apr'60 (P2V-7S conversion).
Lockheed Burbank Apr'60 to Aug'60; NARF Alameda Aug'60; VP-31 North Island Aug'60 to Oct'64; VP-7 Jacksonville Oct'64 to Nov'65; VP-23 Brunswick Nov'65 to Dec'65; VP-11 Brunswick Dec'65 to Oct'66.
Lockheed Burbank Oct'66 to Sep'67.
Modified in 1967 as AP-2H gunship, for use in Vietnam under Project TRIM (Trails and Roads Interdiction, Multisensor).
NATC Patuxent River Sep'67 to Oct'67.
Lockheed Burbank Oct'67 to Nov'67.
NATC Patuxent River Nov'67 to Mar'68; VAH-21 Sangley Point, Philippines Mar'68 to Jun'69 (Project Trim).
To MASDC as '1P0197' 25Jun75 and transferred to Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, AZ that same day.
On loan from National Naval Aviation Museum.
Boeing C-97G HB-ILY (USAF 52-2626; c/n 16657) in foreground and KC-97G 53-0151 (c/n 16933)
Grumman E-1B Tracer, BuNo.147227 (c/n 26)
Avro MR.2 Shackleton AEW.2, N790WL (c/n?); ex/ WL790
Avro MR.2 Shackleton AEW.2, N790WL - an impressive beast!
Douglas AD-5N/Q Skyraider, BuNo.135018 (c/n 10095)
Boeing 707-100 N930NA 'Weightless Wonder - Johnson Space Center'
Previously on display at Ellington Field (KEFD), Houston
Aero Spacelines 377-SG Super Guppy (converted Boeing 377-10-26 Stratocruiser), N940NS (c/n 15938)
ex/ N1038V, N940NA - incorporated parts from c/n 15944: (OY-DFY), G-ALSB, (N103Q), N408Q.
Lockheed VC-121A Constellation 48-0614 (c/n 749A-2606) 'Columbine'
'Columbine 1', VC-121A 48-0614
Plenty of fighter aircraft too here on display, but I had my fill...