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USS Alabama

Exploring Mobile's Battleship Park
Article Date: April, 2016


Aircraft Pavilion

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While there are a number of planes outside on the grounds, the real treasures are inside in the aircraft pavilion. this building houses a number of significant aircraft as well as a simulator for guests and a number of interpretive exhibits, including a Vietnam era PBR gunboat. World War II aircraft include the OS2U-3 Kingfisher from the USS Alabama and a P51D Mustang while jet age aircraft range from the Korean War vintage F86L Sabre up through F14 Tomcats and F18A Hornets. One of the handful of mach 3 A-12 Blackbird spy planes operated by the CIA is also on display.

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The parking lot outside the Aircraft Pavilion showcases planes such as this B25 Mitchell and a B52 Stratofortress.

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This B52, named "Calamity Jane" served in 90 bombing missions before being retired to Battleship Park.

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This AD-4N Skyraider was a heavy hauler attack aircraft used throughout Korea and Vietnam and could haul up to 8,000 lbs. of ordnance.

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The P51D Mustang was the frontline fighter in World War II and had long distance escort capabilities to protect long range bombers such as the B17 Flying Fortress.

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This F16 Fighting Falcon represents the modern era of jet fighters. Designed as an all-weather interceptor, this versatile fighter was also adapted to Close Air Support roles.

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The A12 Blackbird is the fastest airplane in the world. It can fly at Mach 3 at altitudes of 90,000+ feet and take photos with 8" resolution at that altitude. This was the CIA's version of the Air Force SR-71.


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