The Cold War lasted approximately 45 years and was a time of tense stand-off between the western powers and the communist bloc. Emerging as a separate service in 1947. the United States Air Force was a major element of U.S. strategy to deton the Soviets from starting a major conflict after WWII.
Entering into the Cold War Gallery is a unique experience. The B-36 "Peacemaker" and the atom bomb were counted on a America's major deterrents to aggression in the early days of The Cold War.
Boeing's B-47 "Stratojet" series of aircraft was the most produced medium jet bomber of the Cold War. The B-47 on exhibit at the Museum is a reconnaissance model designated as an RB-47H. In the 1950s it collected essential intelligence related to Soviet air defense radar networks.
The Boeing KC-97L was the tanker version of the C-97 "Stratofreighter".
The Douglas C-133 "Cargomaster" was developer in the mid-1959s to fulfill USAF requirements for a large capacity strategic cargo aircraft.
Grumman HU-16B "Albatros"
The Mc-Donnell-Douglas F-15 "Eagle" has proved to be a higly effective post-Vietnam air superiority fighter.
The Lockheed F-104 "Starlighter" was designed as a supersonic air superiority fighter after the Korean War. It was the first aircraft to hold simultaneous official world records for speed, altitude and time-to-climb.
The Fairchild-Republic A-10 "Thunderbolt II" is the premier anti-tank aircraft in the world today. Behind it is the Lockheed C-130 gunship used during the Cold War in Southeast Asia and other international hotspots.
The Lockhead F-117 stealth fighter-bomber has proven its worth from Panama to Southwest Asia.
The General Dynamics F-16 "Fighting Falcon" is a Versatile fighting plane for the USAF and many other nations.
The B-2 Stealth bomber is capable of delivering large payloads of conventional or nuclear weapons without being detected by enemy radar.