Static Displays

Military Vehicle & Equipment Display

This hands-on display features restored military vehicles and equipment from World War II through more recent conflicts in the Middle East, with special emphasis upon the Vietnam era.

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Cessna 182 Skylane

The Civil Air Patrol’s Cessna 182 Skylane features a resilient airframe and durable tricycle landing system for short takeoffs and landings.

It’s is equipped with latest technology in integrated cockpit avionics allowing crews to easily take on search and rescue, homeland security, and U.S. Air Force support missions.

Douglas C-54E Skymaster “Spirit of Freedom”

Named “Spirit of Freedom”, the aircraft is painted to represent the 48th Troop Carrier Squadron, one of the many groups that carried out 1948’s Berlin Airlift. Inside, the “Spirit” is a genuine museum dedicated to the Berlin Airlift filled with artifacts, displays, and information explaining this important historical event.

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AV-8B Harrier

Representing, arguably, the greatest breakthroughs in aircraft technology, the Harrier was the first VSTOL-capable (vertical/short takeoff and landing) jet in the Marine inventory, giving MAGTF commanders new flexibility on the battlefield.

The mission of the Harrier is to attack and destroy surface and air targets, escort helicopters and conduct deep air support, including armed reconnaissance and air interdiction, using various types of missiles and bombs.

The Harrier is designed to be fully operational in both day and night conditions.

The capabilities of the AV-8B were highlighted during expeditionary air operations during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

UH-1H Huey

The Bell UH-1 Iroquois (HUEY) is a military helicopter powered by a single turboshaft engine with a two-bladed main rotor and tail rotor. The helicopter was developed by Bell Helicopter to meet the United States Army's requirement for a medical evacuation and utility helicopter in 1952, and first flew on 20 October 1956. Ordered into production in March 1960, the UH-1 was the first turbine-powered helicopter to enter production for the United States military, and more than 16,000 have been produced worldwide. The first combat operation of the UH-1 was in the service of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. The UH–1H model was designed as a troop transport and could carry ten soldiers and a crew of three. The original designation of HU-1 led to the helicopter's nickname of Huey. In September 1962, the designation was changed to UH-1, but "Huey" remained in common use. Approximately 7,000 UH-1 aircraft saw service in Vietnam. The HUEY has been a true "work horse" of modern Army Aviation. Rides in the UH-1H Huey are available! A ride in a UH-1H Huey is $85 for 6-8 mins.

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AH-1F Cobra

The Bell AH-1 Cobra is a two-blade, single engine attack helicopter. It was developed using the engine, transmission and rotor system of the Bell's UH-1 Iroquois. The AH-1 is also referred to as the HueyCobra or Snake. It soon became clear that the unarmed troop UH-1 helicopters were vulnerable against ground fire from enemy troops, particularly as they came down to drop their troops in a landing zone. Without friendly support from artillery or ground forces, the only way to pacify a landing zone was from the air, preferably with an aircraft that could closely escort the transport helicopters, and loiter over the landing zone as the battle progressed. From this need the AH-1 Cobra was born. The AH-1 was at one time the backbone of the United States Army's attack helicopter fleet. Upgraded versions continue to fly with the militaries of several other nations. The AH-1 twin engine versions remain in service with United States Marine Corps (USMC) as the service's primary attack helicopter. Surplus AH-1 helicopters have been converted for fighting forest fires. The United States Forest Service refers to their program as the Firewatch Cobra or FireSnakes. Rides in the AH-1F Cobra are available! A ride in an AH-1F Cobra is $350 for 8-10 mins or $550 for 12-15 mins.

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T-38 Talon

The T-38 Talon is a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles because of its design, economy of operations, ease of maintenance, high performance and exceptional safety record. The Talon first flew in 1959. More than 1,100 were delivered to the Air Force between 1961 and 1972 when production ended.

Today, it’s primarily used by the Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command for joint specialized undergraduate pilot training.

F-16 Fighting Falcon

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. In an air combat role, the F-16's maneuverability and combat radius exceed that of all potential threat fighter aircraft. It can locate targets in all weather conditions and detect low flying aircraft in radar ground clutter. In an air-to-surface role, the F-16 can fly more than 500 miles, deliver its weapons with superior accuracy, defend itself against enemy aircraft, and return to its starting point.

HH-65 Dolphin

The twin-engine HH-65 Dolphin is made of corrosion-resistant, composite-structure materials and has a shrouded tail rotor.

Dolphins are used by the U.S. Coast Guard for search and rescue missions, polar ice breaking, marine environmental protection including pollution control, and also airlift supplies to ships and villages isolated by winter.

Classic Car and Truck Club of Beaufort

The Classic Car and Truck Club of Beaufort will have 20+ classic and antique vehicles on display.

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Cessna O-2A Skymaster

In late 1966, the U.S. Air Force selected a military variant of the Cessna Model 337 Super Skymaster, designated the O-2, to supplement the O-1 Bird Dog forward air controller (FAC) aircraft then operating in Southeast Asia. Distinguished by twin tail booms and tandem-mounted engines, it featured a tractor-pusher propeller arrangement. Having twin engines enabled the O-2 to absorb more ground fire and still return safely, endearing it to its crews. The O-2 first flew in January 1967, and production deliveries began in March. Production ended in June 1970 after Cessna had built 532 O-2s for the USAF.

EA-6B Prowler

The EA-6B Prowler has the ability to neutralize the enemy air defenses by detecting, sorting, classifying, jamming and destroying radar signals.

This leaves the enemy with two options: leave the radar on, or turn it off. Both options greatly reduce their defenses and enable the Marines to gain air superiority.

AH-1W Super Cobra

The world’s first attack helicopter has been flown by Marines since 1986.The AH-1W are used as part of the air-ground task force and act as on-call close air support under fire. The helicopters are also used for ground attack coordination where pilots call in artillery or mortar positions while orbiting the battlefield. The AH-1W is being replaced by the AH-1Z with the last one expected to be replaced by 2020.

OV-10D Bronco

Faster and more versatile than a helicopter, and slower and more maneuverable than a jet, the multi-mission OV-10 Bronco was a multipurpose aircraft.

Originally used for military purposes, Beaufort County Mosquito Control uses the low-flying aircraft for aerial training, surveying, and spraying.


Developed for the U.S. Army as a light observation helicopter with shock-absorbing landing skid struts, the MD-500D is used by Beaufort County Mosquito Control for aerial training, surveying, and spraying.

T-6A Texan II

The T-6A Texan II is a single-engine trainer with stepped-tandem seating in its cockpit that allows student and instructor positions to be interchangeable. The aircraft is designed to train and provide U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots with the basic skills necessary to progress to one of four training tracks: the Air Force bomber-fighter or the Navy strike track, the Air Force airlift-tanker or Navy maritime track, the Air Force or Navy turboprop track and the Air Force-Navy helicopter track.

F/A-18 Hornet

The single-seat F/A-18 Hornet is the nation’s first strike-fighter. The all-weather aircraft is used as an attack as well as a fighter by MCAS Beaufort’s six Hornet squadrons.

In fighter mode, it’s used a fighter escort and for fleet air defense. In attack mode, it’s used for force projection, interdiction and close and deep air support.

USMC Chemical Biological Incident Response Force

As one of America’s national assets, the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF) remains second to none in fulfilling the mission of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosive (CBRNE) consequence management. CBIRF is prepared to respond, with minimal warning, to CBRNE events. CBIRF Marines and Sailors are skilled in the areas of command and control, agent detection and identification, search, rescue, and decontamination, and emergency medical care for contaminated personnel.

UH-1Y Huey

The UH-1Y utility helicopter is capable of shipboard operations including take-off, landing, refueling and rearming.

Missions include airborne command and control, aeromedical evacuation, troop transport, transport of supplies and equipment and search and rescue.

T-28 Trojan

The North American Aviation T-28 Trojan was the first trainer designed to transition pilots to using jet aircrafts. T-28s first saw flight in 1949 and were able to handle accessory kits providing for bombs, rockets, and machine guns.

MV-22 Osprey

The MV-22 is the Marine Corps’ primary assault aircraft. It’s unique in that is uses two engines on fixed wings that allow the helicopter to land and take off vertically. It has the speed and range of a turboprop, the maneuverability of a helicopter and the ability to carry 24 Marine combat troops twice as fast and five times farther than previous helicopters.

Focke-Wulf P-149D

The Italian designed and German built P-149D was operated by the German Air Force and Navy from the 1950’s to 1990. It’s a fully acrobatic liaison aircraft with four seats. Only 280 were ever produced.

MACS-2 Vehicle Display

Marine Air Control Squadron 2 (MACS-2) is capable of establishing a fully functioning expeditionary airfield through aerial surveillance. View some of the vehicles used by MACS-2’s combat ready, technically and tactically proficient Marines.

MWSD-31 Vehicle Display

Marine Wing Support Detachment 31 (MWSD-31) provides aviation ground support to enable Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) and supporting or attached elements of the Marine Air Control Group (MACG) to conduct expeditionary operations. MWSD-31 will display some of the vehicles they use to complete their mission.

Cessna 172 Skyhawk

The Civil Air Patrol’s Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a four-seat, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft. Flown since 1955, it’s the most popular single-engine aircraft ever built.

C-45 Expeditor

The C-45 is a WWII era military aircraft based on the civilian Beachcraft Model 18. The C-45 saw considerable operational service in WWII and the Korean War for light transport.

Stearman PT-17

The Stearman PT-17 was introduced in 1934 and saw action during WWII. The two-seat biplane had fabric-covered wooden wings, single-leg landing gear, and only used radial engines. Its simplistic design and sturdy build made it ideal for training novice pilots for the U.S. Army Air Corps and Navy.