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USS Alabama

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

Aircraft Pavilion


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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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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