I think I took about 200 pictures but have pared it down a bit to some of the more notable planes or the just plain weird looking ones.
The predecessor of sorts was the U2 which was shot down over Russia and the pilot, Gary Powers captured.
The Blue Angels is the United States Navy's flight demonstration squadron. The Blue Angels team was formed in 1946, making it the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team (under the same name) in the world, after the French Patrouille de France formed in 1931. The Blue Angels' six demonstration pilots fly the F/A-18 Hornet.
Airforce One used by Presidents Kennedy and Johnson from 1961-65. Would have been nice to have seen the inside of a restored version.
A Superfortress Arial Tanker. The picture below shows the boom that the fuel flows through to the receiving plane. The guy controlling the boom sits in the turret below the plane.
This is by no means the biggest plane but with Lori standing in front of the tire you can get some perspective on how large these behemouths are.
So when the designers drew this up what made them think it had a chance to get off of the ground.
Looks kind of like a beached whale or the Hindenburg stuck on top of a planes fuselage.
Its a Super Guppy Cargo Transport used from 1965-1995
Well thats it. What I found interesting is the varied types of planes being used by different branches of the US military. Each for a very specific purpose. The dollars spent to fund the design, construction and ongoing operation of these planes is mind boggling and this represents only one small aspect of the US Military infrastructure.
No more planes, I promise.