- Air Force Armament Museum
The Air Force Armament Museum, adjacent to
Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the only facility in the U.S.dedicated to the display of Air Force armament. It was founded in 1975and was originally located in a converted gymnasium on the northeastern edge of the Eglin main base, adjacent to Valparaiso, Florida.
Visitors can view a variety of historical Air Force planes, from a World War II
B-17 bomberto an F-4 Phantom IIjet. Other aircraft include the SR-71 Blackbird, A-10, C-47, B-25, T-33, P-47, P-51, F-15, F-16, F-80, F-84, F-86, F-89, F-100, F-101, F-104, F-105, F-111, RB-47, RF-4, O-2, C-131, B-52, B-57, and a Soviet MiG-21.
A wide variety of
bombs, missiles, and rockets are exhibited, including the newest air-to-air missile, the AMRAAM, and the GBU-28bunker-buster developed for use during Operation Desert Storm. Other missiles include the Pavewayseries, Falcons, the Tomahawk, Mace, Hound-dog, radar-controlled, laser-controlled and several guided by a TV camera in the nose. Also on display is the GBU-43 MOAB, Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, or by its nickname, "Mother of All Bombs", the world's largest conventional explosive weapon.
A gun vault displays a variety of weapons ranging from a 1903
Springfield rifleto the GAU-8, which is capable of shooting 6,000 rounds per minute. Featured here is the Sikes Antique Pistol Collection, with over 180 handguns, including flintlocks, duelling pistols, Western six-shooters, Civil War pistols, and a wide variety of early military weaponry.
* [http://www.afarmamentmuseum.com Air Force Armament Museum Website]
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