October 6, 2007

U.S. Air Force Armament Museum-Fort Walton Beach, Florida

After leaving the Gulfarium, we headed to another attraction in Fort Walton Beach. According to their website, the U.S. "Air Force Armament Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the collection, preservation and exhibition of artifacts and memoriabilia associated with Air Force Armament and its platforms of delivery."

And it is definitely quite a large collection.

This is a B-25 Mitchell medium bomber. This type of airplane was used in every combat arena during WW II.

This RF-4 Phantom II, developed during the early 1960's, was used to take a wide variety of pictures and observations during reconnaissance missions.

The Bell UH-1 Iroquois, "The Huey", has been modified to more than 15 different models. This particular helicopter served in Vietnam from December 1967 to June 1970.

This CGM-13 Mace Missile was a redesign of the more cumbersome TM-61 Matador Missile.

Luckily, this didn't just fall out of the sky.

Inside the museum was placed an actual Airborne Battlefield Command Control Center.

This is an inside view of the ABCCC. Several more can be found in the link below.

Only two types of nuclear bombs have ever been used in warfare. This one, The Fat Man, was the second and last nuclear weapon detonated in 1945 over Japan.

An interior view of the museum gives you an idea of the size of the exhibit area.

Outside the museum was this monument dedicated to all recipients of "The Purple Heart".

For many more pictures and information placards of the U.S. Air Force Armament Museum, go to http://public.fotki.com/Marlonfleenor/1/2007/october/us-armament-museum-/ .

To be continued...

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