KAI Aerospace Museum

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The KAI Aerospace Museum is an aerospace museum in Sacheon, South Korea located at 35°04′17″N 128°03′48″E / 35.071340°N 128.063297°E / 35.071340; 128.063297 adjacent to Sacheon Airport.

Aircraft on display[edit]

Helicopters[edit]

  • Bell UH-1B-BF 64-14003 (Construction Number 1127). This helicopter was purchased by the United States Army in April 1965. In October 1970, it joined the 129th Assault Helicopter Company, part of the 10th Combat Aviation Battalion then serving in Vietnam. 64-14003 flew as a gunship with the 129th AHC until January 1971, logging 150 hours with the unit.[1] At this time, the 129th AHC flew primarily in support of the Capital Republic of Korea Infantry Division (CRID).[2] 64-14003 was Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center (MASDC) on July 14, 1976 before being transferred to the South Korean armed forces in 1977. 64-14003 was operated by the ROKAF as a utility and search-and-rescue helicopter until its retirement. The aircraft still wears "공군" markings it wore during its service with the ROKAF.
  • Sikorsky UH-19D 56-4283 (Manufacturer Number 551179). Built as a H-19D-4-SI Chickasaw, this helicopter was later redesignated as a UH-19D Chickasaw. Some sources say the helicopter was delivered to the U.S. Army on February 28, 1958 and was later transferred to the ROKAF. Other sources suggest this helicopter was operated by the U.S. Air Force prior to its ROKAF service.[3]

Fixed-Wing Aircraft[edit]

  • Douglas B-26K Counter Invader 44-34119. This aircraft was originally built as a Douglas A-26B-45-DL Invader. In 1964, the aircraft was rebuilt as an On Mark B-26K Counter Invader and given the new serial number 64-17651 and the "TA651" buzz number.[4] In October 1967, the aircraft was sent to Southeast Asia. In served with the 609th Special Operations Squadron (SOS), 56th Special Operations Wing (SOW) based at Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Base in Thailand. While with the unit, it interdicted the Ho Chi Minh Trail and was given the nickname “Mighty Mouse.” When the 609th SOS ended operations in November 1969, the aircraft was returned the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center (MASDC) at Davis Monthan AFB. This aircraft is one of the only aircraft in the museum's collection which has a scale model dedicated to it.[5]
  • Boeing B-29 Superfortress 45-21739 "Unification" (Manufacturer Number 13633). This airraft entered service with the USAAF on August 3, 1945.[6] In 1947, this B-29-90-BW was sent to the Sacramento Air Material Center as part of Project DOM-515 Saddletree, allowing it to carry nuclear weapons. The aircraft served until April 14, 1954, at which point it was retired at Randolph AFB and sent to the B-29 boneyard at NAS China Lake.[7] In March 1972, the aircraft was shipped from China Lake to Seoul in 18 parts and reassembled for display at the War Memorial of Korea in August 1972. It was later moved to the KAI Museum in 1995. It currently wears the Circle W tail insignia of the 92nd Bombardment Group (Medium), which took part in the Korean War when it was based at Yokota, Japan from July 9 to October 25, 1950. This insignia is a post-1960s addition to the aircraft, as is its current nickname, "Reunification."
  • Douglas EC-47Q 093-704
  • Douglas C-54G Skymaster 0-50582
  • Fairchild C-123K Provider 54564
  • Douglas C-124C Globemaster II 52-0943
  • Bulwaho 1007/K
  • Cessna O-1G Bird Dog 09-995
  • North American LT-6G Mosquito 117354/TA-354
  • North American T-28A Trojan 17-625 TA-625
  • Lockheed T-33A 61656/TR-656
  • Cessna T-37C Tweet 21361
  • KAI T-50 Golden Eagle 00-000
  • Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair BuNo 81415 (Construction Number 8140). The 651st of 2,045 F4U-4 Corsairs built, this aircraft was delivered to the U.S. Navy. It served until the 1950s. A planned sale to the Honduran Air Force fell through and the aircraft was sold to a collector and left unrestored until 1973. with the civilian registration number N5219V.[8] In 1974, it was acquired and displayed by the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul where it stayed until being transferred to the KAI Aerospace Museum in 2001. It is currently painted in the colors of and markings of Marine Fighter Squadron 312, "The Checkerboards," hence the "WR" squadron code and checked nose and cowling. VMF-312 flew the F4U-4 during the Korean war, losing 15 aircraft on operations.[9] It is one of the other aircraft in the collection with its own model kit.[10]
  • Grumman TAF-9J Cougar 141152. Built as a Grumman F9F-8 Cougar, it was later redesignated as a F-9J and operated by VT-22 as a trainer from 1963 to 1969 with the number "3F-210" (the aircraft has since been repainted with the number "3F-219." The aircraft was struck off charge in April 1970 and sent to AMARC and later donated to the museum.
  • North American F-86D Sabre 51-8424
  • North American F-86F Sabre 24-865
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II 80-355
  • KAI KF-16A Fighting Falcon 92-000
  • Northrop F-5A 10-552

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