The famous B-29, known for the “Enola Gay” and “Bockscar” aircraft that dropped the atomic bombs in WWII. Tucked underneath this aircraft is a mockup of a nuclear bomb with a fallout radius of about 45-50 miles.
The museum was in the process of repairing at least one B-29 when I visited, and they had this cockpit right next to the stairs leading to the finished aircraft. You can see all of the interesting bits and bobs inside, but I couldn’t sit inside it(unfortunately).
A-10 Thunderbolt II
One of the best parts about the Warner Robins Air Museum is the A-10 “Warthog” right outside the front door. I didn’t have many ideas about specific “shots” that I wanted to get on this trip, but I definitely wanted this shot, looking right down the barrel of the 30mm cannon.
919 Special Operations Wing insignia on the side of an AC-130 Hercules. The size of the plane is impressive enough, but knowing that it carries so much firepower.
SR-71A's Pratt & Whitney J58
The air inlet of the SR-71A’s J58 engine. The nose cone moves in and out when the aircraft speeds up or slows down, which allows more(or less) air into the engine.
“Ichi Ban” tail art on the museum’s SR-71A. This aircraft set two of the SR-71’s records: “Absolute speed record (2,193.2 mph)” and “Absolute altitude record (85,069 feet)”.
A view from above the SR-71A. This aircraft is bigger in person than you might think, so getting a full shot of it can be a bit tricky.
To get this full-length shot of the SR-71A, I had to go up to the second floor and the opposite side of the showroom. Total length of the SR-71A: 107 ft 5 in.
Despite being an aircraft museum, they also had a fair amount of ground vehicles on display too. This is a modern Humvee in the “desert color” scheme that we’re all so used to seeing these days.
Titan I Missile
Yes, that’s an ICBM in Cordele, GA. Also known as the “Confederate Nuke”, it’s right beside I-75, sitting innocently in the parking lot of a convenience store(with a Krystal in the background).
This memorial is at the Georgia State Veteran’s Park in Cordele, just a short drive from the Titan I missile.
These bricks, each of which has a name to commemorate a veteran, are laid out in front of the pillars of the memorial.