Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California

Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California

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Castle Air Museum is a military aviation museum located in Atwater, California adjacent to the site of the former Castle Air Force Base (known as Merced Army Air Field during WWII). It is one of the largest aerospace museums displaying vintage aircraft in the western United States. The museum covers a collection of 53 World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam Era aircraft.

Collection:

Avro Vulcan B. Mk.2
Avro-Canada CF-100 Mk. V Canuck
Beech C-45 Expediter
Beech YT-34 Mentor
Bell GAM-63 Rascal Air Missile
Bell H-13 Army “MASH” Helicopter
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Boeing B-47E Stratojet
Boeing B-52D Stratofortress
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Boeing KC-97 Stratofreighter
Boeing WB-50 Superfortress
Cessna C-150
Cessna O-2 Super Skymaster
Cessna T-37B Tweety Bird
Cessna U-3A Blue Canoe
Cessna UC-78 Bamboo Bomber
Consolidated B-24M Liberator
Convair F-102A Delta Dagger
Convair F-106A Delta Dart
Convair HC-131 Samaritan
Convair RB-36H Peacemaker
Convair TF-102A Delta Dagger
Curtiss C-46D Commando
DeHaviland-Canada L-20 Beaver
Douglas A-26B Invader
Douglas A-4L Skyhawk
Douglas B-18 Bolo
Douglas B-23 Dragon
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
Douglas R5D-4 Skymaster
Douglas RA-3B Skywarrior
Douglas SBD-4 Dauntless
Fairchild C-119C Flying Boxcar
Fairchild C-123K Provider
Fairchild PT-23
General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon
General Dynamics FB-111A Aardvark
Grumman F-14D Tomcat
Grumman HU-16B Albatross
Grumman S-2 Tracker
Kaman HH-43B Huskie
Kawasaki KAQ-1
Lockheed C-56 Loadstar
Lockheed F-104B Starfighter
Lockheed F-80B Shooting Star
Lockheed F-94A Starfire
Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star
Martin EB-57A Canberra/Intruder
MB-1C B-58 Hustler Weapons/Fuel Pod
McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle
McDonnell Douglas VC-9C Presidential Transport
McDonnell F-101B Voodoo
McDonnell F-4E Phantom “Thunderbirds”
MK. 17 Thermonuclear Weapon Shape
NASA Hyperglider
North American AGM-28 Hound Dog Missile
North American AT-6 Texan
North American B-25J Mitchell
North American B-45A Tornado
North American F-100 Super Sabre
North American F-86H Sabre
North American RA-5C Vigilante
North American T-39 Saberliner
Northrop-Grumman EA-6B Prowler
Northrop F-89J Scorpion
Northrop T-38 Talon
Piper L-3
Republic F-105B Thunderchief
Republic F-84C Thunderjet
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak
Ryan BQM-34 Drone
Ryan PT-22
SAAB J35 Draken
Schweitzer TG-3 Glider
Stinson L-4
Vought RF-8G Crusader
Vultee BT-13 Valiant

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