Strategic Air & Space Museum – Ashland, Nebraska

The next stop in visiting aircraft museums as I travel across the country found me at the Strategic Air & Space Museum in Ashland, Nebraska, which is between Lincoln and Omaha. Originally called the Strategic Air Command Museum to showcase aircraft of the SAC, which was headquartered at nearby Offutt Air Force Base from 1948 until the Air Force underwent an reorganization in 1992 that dissolved the Strategic Air Command.

With indoor aircraft displays in two massive hangars and a central atrium, the museum offers many examples of aircraft and weapon systems that served in the Air Force with a concentration of aircraft that served with the Strategic Air Command.

One of the hangars

One of the hangars

The aircraft that greets you upon entrance to the museum is an SR-71 Blackbird, a reconnaissance (spy) plane that happens to be one of, if not my most, favorite aircraft. I had the pleasure of seeing one of these fly at the Abbotsford Airshow, in Abbotsford, British Columbia (Canada) back in the 1980’s, before it was retired. VERY impressive aircraft to see in flight.

There were numerous other aircraft that I have never seen before, so it was definitely a worthwhile trip.

Now to the rest of the pics!

Lots of engines
Hangar 1
Hangar 2

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