Valiant Air Command Open House, November 2022

The Valiant Air Command Museum in Titusville had its yearly Open House during the Veteran’s Day weekend, November 2022. This was to be a 3 day event but Hurricane Nicole visited Florida earlier in the week and minor damage to the museum forced them to be closed on Friday.

I visited on Sunday and the crowd was light due to a pending rain front that would arrive midday. Plenty of food was to be had and veteran organizations had displays set. The local model club had a great display as well.

One the highlights for the museum is the addition of a new ramp for aircraft displays. New hangar/buildings are also to be built soon.

The XP-82 Twin Mustang was displayed outside and I have posted walk around pictures of that aircraft. Other aircraft were displayed outside but the rain made for a very gray day.

The crown jewel of the Valiant Air Command is their C-47 “Tico Belle” which saw service in the European Theater of Operations. This aircraft was participated in the D-Day invasion, bring airborne troops to Normandy. She was also took part in Operation Market Garden.

Fresh from the restoration shop is this Beechcraft RU-21A UTE, which flew intelligence missions during Operation Desert Storm.

The Republic F-105D was proudly displayed. I remember seeing these fly out of McGuire AFB with the Guard and man were these loud.

A recent donation to the Valiant Air Command museum is this F-104B Starfighter. This aircraft is a two-seat, dual-control trainer airframe that served with Air Forces of the United States, Taiwan and Jordan.

The National Naval Museum of Aviation has loaned the Valiant Air Command this Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless. This aircraft ditched in Lake Michigan in 1944 will trying to land on the carrier Wolverine. It sat at the bottom of the lake until recovered in 2009. Restored by the museum afterwards, but still retains some original skin.

The museum has a great number of additional aircraft displayed or being restored. With more ramp and hangar space, they will continue add more aircraft. Great place to visit and the staff are amazing.

Valiant Air Command Open House, XP-82 Twin Mustang photo walk-around

The Valiant Air Command Museum recently held an Open House during the Veteran’s Day weekend in November. More details on that event and more photos soon. Weather did not cooperate with the clouds and rain making for a grey day.

Details of the aircraft can be found here: XP-82 Twin Mustang

Commemorative Air Force “AirPower History” tour coming to Florida

The Commemorative Air Force has announced their AirPower History tour dates for Florida. Dates and locations are listed below and the aircraft on tour will vary. The main aircraft on tour will be the Commemorative Air Force’s B-29 “Fifi” and B-24 “Diamond Lil”.

Both aircraft tours and flights are available.

18 – 19 February, Tallahassee, Tallahassee International Airport
21 – 22 February, Tampa, Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport
24 – 26 February, Sarasota, Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport
2 – 5 March, Miami, Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport
7 – 8 March, Vero Beach, Vero Beach Regional Airport
10 – 12 March, Titusville, Space Coast Regional Airport
14 – 15 March, Orlando, Orlando Sanford International Airport
17 – 19 March, Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach International Airport
23 – 26 March, Pensacola, Pensacola International Airport

Trip report: American Aero Services

I have made a few other posts on some of the work being done at American Aero Services, like P-40, B-17 and the N1K1, but there is other work being as well as other aircraft on site awaiting action.

The former VAC TBM Avenger that landed in the Atlantic Ocean during an airshow.

The Collings Foundation’s TF-51 “Toulouse Nuts”.

The Collings Foundation B-25 “Tondelayo”.

Some PBY work being done.