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XyZspineZyX
08-06-2003, 07:28 PM
At the museum of science and industry in Chicago there is a Stuka and spitfire hanging from the ceiling. And as it should be, the Stuka is close on the tail of the Spit. Give it a look if you are in the area. I was stunned and thrilled to see this there as I had no warning or idea of it. I have been to the Smithsonian in DC and do not remember a Stuka there. Any others in the US on display? How about ones to be seen in the rest of the world? Any flyable?

XyZspineZyX
08-06-2003, 07:28 PM
At the museum of science and industry in Chicago there is a Stuka and spitfire hanging from the ceiling. And as it should be, the Stuka is close on the tail of the Spit. Give it a look if you are in the area. I was stunned and thrilled to see this there as I had no warning or idea of it. I have been to the Smithsonian in DC and do not remember a Stuka there. Any others in the US on display? How about ones to be seen in the rest of the world? Any flyable?

XyZspineZyX
08-06-2003, 07:30 PM
There's one in the RAF Museum at Duxford. I don't think it's still flyable though.

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XyZspineZyX
08-06-2003, 08:06 PM
Stuka at Dux? I didn't see it when I was there a month ago. Any idea what hangar it was in? I would love to see it, and I don't live that far away

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XyZspineZyX
08-06-2003, 08:08 PM
Did I say Dux? Sorry, it was supposed to be Hendon... and it's in the Battle of Britain hangar.

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XyZspineZyX
08-06-2003, 08:13 PM
I grew up going to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago just to see those planes....and U505....the Spit actually participated in the BoB and had 5 kills....or so the graphic sign says. So I know they have been there for at least 55 years.

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XyZspineZyX
08-06-2003, 08:14 PM
Ah, Hendon...haven't been there for years, but was planning to go later this year....even more reason to go now!

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XyZspineZyX
08-06-2003, 11:12 PM
Its well worth the visit, I think the stuka is a G varient with the cannons removed, they have a Me110 a Ju88 and a He111 as well as a Defiant, along with the other amazing exhibits. They lso have the only surviving Valiant. Cosfords museum has a Me410 and an Fi156 along with some really cool stuff. Duxfords new american hanger is well worth the look too.

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XyZspineZyX
08-07-2003, 12:37 AM
Winter,if you can it's worth delaying your trip to Hendon until December\early January.They're building a brand new hall which is scheduled to open on 17th December.Quite a few exhibits have already been moved from the main hall to the new hall in preparation for the opening.Been there 3 times already this year.

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XyZspineZyX
08-07-2003, 12:47 AM
The US Air Force Museum near Dayton, Ohio doesn't have a Stuka, but it does have the following World War II aircraft on display:

Vultee L-1A "Vigilant"
Bell P-39Q "Airacobra"
Stinson L-5 "Sentinel"
Lockheed P-38L "Lightning"
Taylorcraft L-2M "Grasshopper"
North American B-25B "Mitchell"
Aeronca L-3B "Grasshopper"
Republic P-47D "Thunderbolt"
Consolidated B-24D "Liberator"
North American P-51D "Mustang"
Noorduyn UC-64A "Norseman"
Messerschmitt ME 262A "Schwalbe"
Macchi MC-200 "Saetta"
Fieseler FI 156C-1 "Storch"
Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10 "Gustav"
Focke-Wulf Fw 190D
JB-2 "Loon" (V-1 Buzz Bomb)
Boeing B-17G "Flying Fortress"
Messerschmitt Me 163B "Komet"
Piper L-4 "Grasshopper"
Supermarine Spitfire PR.XI
DeHavilland DH-98 "Mosquito"
Martin B-26G "Marauder"
Douglas A-20G "Havoc"
Boeing B-29 "Superfortress"
North American A-36A "Apache"
Beech UC-43 "Traveler"
Sikorsky R-4B "Hoverfly"
Interstate L-6 "Grasshopper"
Boeing B-29 Fuselage Mock-up
Northrop P-61C "Black Widow"
Waco CG-4A "Hadrian"
Douglas A-26C "Invader"
Sikorsky R-6A "Hoverfly II"
North American F-82B "Twin Mustang"

A few years ago they would let friends of the museum get in a few of the aircraft during a special open house once a year. My wife helps them out and we got to tour some of the aircraft. I sat in the pilot's seat of the 109 and let me assure you it was a tight fight and very difficult to see anything in front of you while parked. The forward windows are very small.
We also were allowed in ther B-17. The entire time I was in the plane I could only think that you were dead if the plane started to spin. It may look big on the outside, but it is very cramped inside. To get from the cockpit to the rear door you have to pass through the bombay. I had to turn sideways and slide my feet along the floor to get through the bombay area. Impossible to do in an aircraft out of control.

We were also allowed into the cockpit of the B-36. With 6 props and 4 jet engines the flight engineer had his hands full.

Finally, I get to get into the B-29 they have on display. The aircraft is the "Bockscar". This is the plane that dropped the second atomic bomb on Japan. I passed up sitting in the pilot's seat so I look through the bombsight. The knobs on the sight still worked.

They don't let people in the planes any more as it was causing too much damage.

If you ever get a chance to visit the museum it is well worth your time. The museum is open 9-5 every day of the year except Christamas Day. No admission is charged. They also have many non-WW II aircraft on display too. They also have an extensive Wright Brothers collection a Dayton is where the Wright's lived and did most of their flying. They only went to Kitty Hawk for their first flight after many years of research and experimentation in Dayton. After the Kitty Hawk flight they returned to Dayton and flew and experimented at Huffman Field for years. The Huffman Prarie flying field is on the base and open to the public.

Here is a link to their WWII aircraft:
http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/air_power/ap.htm


Zeus-cat
Enon, Ohio

XyZspineZyX
08-07-2003, 01:57 AM
FORGET static displays (Althought I visit Dayton's museum every year), if anyone was at Dayton's Airshow last month (the worlds biggest airshow this year) you robably wont be turned on by any static displays anymore =)

XyZspineZyX
08-07-2003, 06:40 PM
And on another note, I was to the Smithsonian quite a while ago and they had a 109 hanging from the cieling, along with a $hitload of other planes. I can't remember if the 109 was being pursued by a dive bomber or not, or what model 109 it was.

DieselBalaam
01-12-2014, 12:09 AM
Correction: I think you'll find that the British Spitfire is close on the tail of the Stuka, "as it should be". I visited the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry in May 2013 and have a photo to prove this.



At the museum of science and industry in Chicago there is a Stuka and spitfire hanging from the ceiling. And as it should be, the Stuka is close on the tail of the Spit. Give it a look if you are in the area. I was stunned and thrilled to see this there as I had no warning or idea of it. I have been to the Smithsonian in DC and do not remember a Stuka there. Any others in the US on display? How about ones to be seen in the rest of the world? Any flyable?

Berg417
01-14-2014, 07:46 PM
Replying to a 10 year old thread? Must be thread dredge Tuesday.