Wednesday, February 21, 2007

RF-4C Coming to Strategic Air & Space Museum

This is cool:

"In 100 days, they raised $51,500, more than enough to move one of the jets from a military base in Ohio to the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Ashland, said Col. Rick Evans, commander of the Nebraska Air Guard's 170th Operations Support Squadron at Offutt Air Force Base. Evans, who lives in Lincoln, flew RF-4Cs from 1985 to 1993.

“We're pretty happy,” he said. “It's such a big part of our unit's history.”"

Getting a Phantom in the Museum will be sweet. Getting the RF-4C, which ties in with the NEANG, is even sweeter. The museum is well stocked with larger aircraft (about the only SAC aircraft it's missing is a KC-135, perhaps a KC-10) but needs a bit of work with smaller SAC and TAC aircraft. The Phantom will help; if they could get a Super Sabre they'd be pretty close to set. MAC aircraft would be nice, but those aren't nearly as sexy as SAC or TAC.

In any case, this is awesome news.

H/T: Alert 5