Many different Air Force and Army Air Corp aircraft have been stationed at England AFB over the years. Shown below are a few ... more will be added soon!

P-51s shown at Alexandria Air Force Base

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P-51s shown at England Air Force Base
Photo courtesy of the Louisiana History Museum
F-84F Thunderstreak
Photo by the author

North American F-86 Sabre

Shown: F-86F-25-NH Sabre Serial 52-4850 from the 366th Fighter-Bomber Wing

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F-86 Sabre
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force
North American F-100 Super Sabre
Photo by the author

North American F-100D Super Sabre

Shown: F-100D-50-NH Super Sabre Serial 55-2895 from the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing.

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North American F-100 Super Sabre
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force

A-7 Corsair on static display at England AFB

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A-7 Corsair
Photo by the author

Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair

Shown: A-7D-11-CV Corsair II Serial No: 71-0338 of the 75th Tactical Fighter Squadron

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A-7 Corsair
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force

Cessna A-37B S/N 68-7968 of the 6th Air Commando Squadron, England Air Force Base, September 12, 1970

Cessna A-37 Dragonfly
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force

Douglas AC-47D IG 916 of the 4412th Combat Crew Training Squadron, 1st SOW, England Air Force Base, June 1, 1969

Douglas AC-47D IG 916 of the 4412th Combat Crew Training Squadron, 1st SOW, England Air Force Base, June 1, 1969
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Photo by the author

A-10 Thunderbolt ...
the "Warthog"

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A-10 Warthog
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force

Boeing KB-29 Superfortress

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Boeing KB-29 Superfortress
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force

Boeing KB-50 Superfortress

Shown: Boeing KB-50D Superfortress 48-123 refueling three North American F-100C Super Sabres (54-1825, 53-1774, 54-1848) of the 451st FDS

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Boeing KB-50 Superfortress
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force

Douglas A-26A / B-26K

This A-26A (B-26K) was used in the mid to late 1960s for training crews going to Thailand for the Special Ops war over Laos.  The photo to the right was taken at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, after the airplane was sent to the boneyard.

Aircraft 64-17679, "Special Kay", was used at England Air Force Base (EAFB) and at Hurlburt Field in Florida for training. It is now being restored to flight at the Greatest Generation Aircraft Museum at Meacham Field, Ft Worth, TX.  The airplane will be returned to the same colors she wore at England AFB, and bear the IF tail code.  She is the last flying AF modified A-26A left. 



Douglas A-26A / B-26K S/N 64-17679A at Davis-Monthan AMARG
Photo courtesy of the Greatest Generation Aircraft Museum

Douglas A-26A / B-26K S/N 64-17679A at Davis-Monthan AMARG


A Fascinating Story of an F-100 Survivor

Ken Ramsay was stationed at England AFB from October 1962 to June 1965, flying the F-100 with the 614 TFS.

In 2012, Ken, working with the Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS) Air Museum at the Akron/Canton Airport in Ohio, completed restoration of an F-100D.

North American F-100D Super Sabre 56-3081 before restorationNorth American F-100D Super Sabre 56-3081 before restoration
Photo courtesy of the Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS) Air Museum
F-100D, S/N 56-3081 was delivered to Cannon AFB, NM on June 19, 1957.  Since that date, 081 has led a very active life.  It flew to Asia and Europe to sit nuclear alert as part of the Cold War.  Later it was a training aircraft for new fighter pilots.

 

In 1967 it was deployed to do what it was designed for – combat.  56-3081 survived 3 years of combat in Vietnam then returned to the states, again for training purposes.  In April 1972 it began 6 years of active duty with the Air National Guard in Ohio, Iowa and Missouri  The Missouri ANG was the last combat unit to fly 081 as a piloted aircraft.

 

In the fall of 1978, 56-3081 was sent to the “bone yard” (AMARG) at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ.  It sat there for 10 years before it was converted to a QF-100D drone (#339) in 1988.  56-3081 escaped combat damage in Vietnam but as a drone it was hit with an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile.  The missile came from the upper left rear striking the lower edge of the rudder then punching a hole in the left inboard aileron.  There was no explosion, probably a guidance only test.  Upon landing, the nose gear collapsed grinding off a good portion of the forward lower intake.

 

North American F-100D Super Sabre 56-3081 during restoration at the Military Aviation Preservation Society Air Musum in OhioF-100D Super Sabre 56-3081 during restoration
Photo courtesy of the Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS) Air Museum
In June 1998, 56-3081 was shipped to the Florida Military Aviation Museum, Clearwater, FL for display.  A few years later the museum closed and the 081 was disassembled and sent to a swampy field south of Winter Haven, FL (see photo).  In November 2004, the MAPS Air Museum rescued 081 from the swamp and transported it to the museum in Ohio.  Restoration began in June 2005.

The major damage to the aircraft (other than the sidewinder hit) was corrosion.  Many years in the Florida salt air took its toll (deep pits in thick skin, holes in thin skin, some panels corroded away).  The restoration team headed by Ken Ramsay at MAPS removed the corrosion and filled or replaced the skin.  The intake damage was repaired and missing components (pitot boom, air refueling probe, gear doors tail hook, tires, etc.) were obtained. 

On Sunday June 17, 2012, MAPS member Ken Ramsay dedicated his 7-year long project. Ken, being a former F-100 pilot, took on the task to restore the plane to static condition. It joins the ranks of the C-47, A7 and F-86D as aircraft that have been restored in the last four years by MAPS members.

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Read more about the F-100D preservation project at the MAPS website

North American F-100D Super Sabre 56-3081 after preservation
Photo courtesy of the Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS) Air Museum
North American F-100D Super Sabre 56-3081 after preservation

 

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