We headed down Saturday evening and got here late and went to early services on the beach...Wow Church on a beach...on Easter no less.
The Air Force Armament Museum, adjacent to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the only facility in the U.S. dedicated to the display of Air Force armament. Founded in 1975, it was originally located in a converted gymnasium on the northeastern edge of the Eglin main base, adjacent to Valparaiso, Florida.
Visitors can view a variety of historical Air Force planes, from a World War II B-17 bomber to an F-4 Phantom II jet. A wide variety of bombs, missiles, and rockets are exhibited, including the newest air-to-air missile, the AMRAAM, and the GBU-28 bunker-buster developed for use during Operation Desert Storm. Other missiles include the Paveway series, Falcons, the Tomahawk, Mace, Hound Dog, radar-controlled, laser-controlled and several guided by a TV camera in the nose. Also on display is the GBU-43 MOAB, Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, or by its nickname, "Mother of All Bombs", the world's largest conventional explosive weapon. A predecessor, the T12 38,600 lb. demolition bomb, is displayed outside, while a Fat Man casing is indoors.
A gun vault displays a variety of weapons ranging from a 1903 Springfield rifle to the GAU-8, which is capable of shooting 6,000 rounds per minute. Featured here is the Sikes Antique Pistol Collection, with over 180 handguns, including flintlocks, duelling pistols, Western six-shooters, Civil War pistols, and a wide variety of early military weaponry.
B25A Configured in "Doolittle Raider" configuration down to the "fake" guns they installed to scare off any Japanese Fighters
Everyones favorite DumpTruck for bombs..
The B52, this one is a "G" model. There a still versions of the B52 in
service and forecast to continue until 2050, that is a 100 year run for an airplane, nothing comes close.
The MOAB, My son being his usual thrilled self because I wanted to use him as a a scale of measurement.
P80 Shooting Star
This is the layout of the Museum, it is well worth the trip and the Museum is "Free". I also picked up a book about the "Son-Tay POW night raid" and the book is signed by the Author.
The Museum is worth the visit, I wanted to visit the Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola but time was not my friend. Oh well, next time since my brother lives in this area.