The A12 Habu aircraft at USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park was covered in a previous post. Click here to view.
The USS Alabama Museum displays many interesting aerospace museum pieces, including the magnificent A12 #06938, which I covered in a previous post. I was able to obtain a unique perspective on some of these exhibits, which I thought it a shame to not share here.
Firstly, we have B-52D Stratofortress 55-0071 “Calamity Jane”, which first flew in 1955. In 1983, after nearly three decades of serving the USAF, Calamity Jane was transferred to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group in Tucson, Arizona, famously known as “The Boneyard”. 0075 made her final landing in 1985 at Brookley Field in Mobile, Alabama, then was transported to her final resting place by barge. In the first photo we see two Buddhist Monks who graciously posed in front of 0071 upon my request. When I asked where they were from, one responded “California”, and the other “Minnesota”.
Next, this Douglas C-47D Skytrain started it’s life as a C-47B, which was powered by Pratt and Whitney R-1830-90 with superchargers and added fuel capacity. After WWII, the superchargers were removed and it was dubbed a C-47D. I’m always drawn to photograph the DC-3 variant family of aircraft. To me, it is the consequential classic silver plane.
The final three photos of this set are the beautiful PGM-11 Arsenal Redstone ICBM, which was the first missile to carry a live nuclear warhead. It was the predecessor to the Mercury Redstone Rocket, which carried our first American astronaut, Alan Shepard, into space. The Redstone Family of rockets were designed by Wherner Von Braun and descended directly from his German V2 design. I was able to grab some rare photos of the inside of the missile looking aft, because the engine was removed and sitting underneath the structure.