Missiles and Bombs
Driving onto the grounds of the Air Force Armament Museum, visitors first notice the array of numerous aircraft on display.
The fastest plane ever built, the SR-71 Blackbird is the centerpiece flanked by numerous planes from the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf War eras.
Inside the museum are four aircraft as well as a wide variety of bombs, missiles and rockets. Including the AMRAAM and GBU-28 bunker buster developed for use during Operation Desert Storm.
Children young and old will find many interactive displays that entertain as well as educate.
A young boy gets to try out the cockpit exhibit.
The Air Force Armament Museum is located on the Emerald Coast of the Florida Panhandle. It is on Highway 85 South, 7 miles north of Fort Walton Beach. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time. It is closed on federal holidays. Tours are self-guided. Photography is permitted and encouraged.
Kids love learning about bombs and missiles.
There are over 25 different aircraft that have found a home at the Air Force Armament Museum including an
and many other aircraft from the WWII era to the present. There are also several hundred pieces of armament to include a gun collection, bombs, bomblets and missiles to include the Sparrow, Sidewinder, cluster bombs, Bunker Buster and the MOAB. A 32-minute film on the history of Eglin Air Force Base and its role in the development of armament is shown continuously throughout the day.
Visitors stroll along the many aircraft exhibits.
No advance notice is necessary for groups; however, it is best to call ahead at (850) 882-4062 to insure there are no other functions occurring at the same time. Groups with children under 10 years of age must have one adult for every five to seven children.
There is a lot to see and do at the Air Force Armament Museum. If you don’t see everything in one visit, there’s always tomorrow and chances are good that we’ll be open.
Span: 55 ft. 7 in.
Length: 107 ft. 5 in.
Height: 18 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 170,000 lbs. loaded
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney J58s of 32,500 lbs. thrust each with afterburner
Maximum speed: Plus 2,000 mph
Range: Plus 2,900 miles
Service ceiling: Plus 85,000 ft.
Span: 132 ft. 7 in.
Length: 96 ft. 10 in.
Weight: 124,200 lbs. maximum
Armament: Two 7.62 miniguns plus two 20mm and two 40mm cannon
Engines: Four Allison T-56-A-9D turboprops of 3,750 equivalent shaft hp each
Serial number: 54-1630
Maximum speed: 380 mph/330 knots
Cruising speed: 335 mph/291 knots
Range: 2,500 statute miles/2,172 nautical miles
Service ceiling: 33,000 ft.
Span: 103 ft. 10 in.
Length: 74 ft. 4 in.
Height: 19 ft. 1 in.
Weight: 55,000 lbs. loaded
Armament: 13 .50-cal. machine guns with normal bomb load of 6,000 lbs.
Engines: Four Wright Cyclone R-1820s of 1,200 hp each
Serial number: 42-32076
Maximum speed: 300 mph
Cruising speed: 170 mph
Range: 1,850 miles
Service ceiling: 35,000 ft.
B-17 FLYING FORTRESS
Span: 67 ft. 6 in.
Length: 54 ft. 1 in.
Height: 14 ft. 10 in.
Weight: 27,310 lbs. (maximum)
Armament: Three .30-cal. and one .50-cal. machine guns, plus 3,600 lbs. of bombs
Engines: Two Wright R-2600-9 turbo-supercharged radials of 1,700 hp each (takeoff power)
Maximum speed: 322 mph at 15,000 ft.
Cruising speed: Approx. 262 mph
Range: 2,000 miles with 3,000-lb. bomb load
Service ceiling: 30,000 ft.
Span: 185 ft.
Length: 156 ft. 6 in.
Height: 48 ft. 4 in.
Weight: 450,000 lbs. maximum
Armament: Four .50-cal. machine guns in tail plus bombs -- nuclear or up to 60,000 lbs. of conventional
Engines: Eight Pratt & Whitney J57s of 12,100 lbs. thrust ea. with water injection
Maximum speed: 638 mph
Cruising speed: 526 mph
Range: 8,338 miles without refueling
Service ceiling: 49,400 ft.
Span: 37 ft. 0 in.
Length: 32 ft. 3 in.
Height: 13 ft. 8 in.
Weight: 12,100 lbs. maximum
Armament: Six .50-cal. machine guns and 10 5-in. rockets or 2,000 lbs. of bombs
Engine: Packard-built Rolls-Royce "Merlin" V-1650 of 1,695 hp
Maximum speed: 437 mph
Cruising speed: 275 mph
Range: 1,000 miles
Service ceiling: 41,900 ft.
Span: 57 ft. 6 in.
Length: 53 ft. 4 in.
Height: 14 ft. 8 in.
Weight: 47,000 lbs.
Armament: One GAU-8/A 30mm Gatling gun and 16,000 lbs. of mixed ordnance
Engines: Two General Electric TF34-GE-100 turbofans of 9,000 lbs. thrust each
Maximum speed: 450 mph
Cruising speed: 335 mph
Range: 800 miles
Service ceiling: 44,200 ft.
A-10 THUNDERBOLT II
Span: 42 ft. 9 3/4 in.
Length: 63 ft. 9 in.
Height: 18 ft. 7 1/2 in.
Weight: 56,000 lbs. maximum
Armament: One 20mm M-61A1 Vulcan cannon, four AIM-7 Sparrow and four AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, plus 15,000 lbs. mixed ordnance carried externally
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-100 turbofans of 25,000 lbs. thrust each
Serial number: 72-0119
Maximum speed: 1,600+ mph
Range: 3,450 miles with external fuel tanks
Service ceiling: 65,000 ft.
Span: 32 ft. 10 in.
Length: 49 ft. 6 in.
Height: 16 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 29,896 lbs. loaded
Armament: One 20mm M-61A1 cannon and various combinations of air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and bombs
Engine: One Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-200 of 23,830 lbs. thrust with afterburner
Serial number: 81-0663
Maximum speed: 1,345 mph
Cruising speed: 577 mph
Range: 1,407 miles
Service ceiling: 55,000 ft.
F-16 FIGHTING FALCON
Span: 38 ft. 10 in.
Length: 53 ft. 11 in. (with pitot boom extended); 47 ft. (with boom folded)
Height: 15 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 36,549 lbs. maximum
Armament: Four M39 20mm cannons and 42 2.75-inch rockets or 5,000 lbs. of bombs
Engine: One Pratt & Whitney J57-P-21 of 16,000 lbs. thrust with afterburner
Maximum speed: 900 mph
Cruising speed: 600 mph
Range: 1,350 miles
Service ceiling: 51,000 ft.
F-100 SUPER SABRE
Span: 39 ft. 8 in.
Length: 71 ft. 1 in.
Height: 18 ft. 0 in.
Weight: 52,400 lbs. max.
Armament: Two AIR-2A rockets plus two AIM-4 guided missiles
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney J57-P-55s of 16,900 lbs. thrust each (with afterburner)
Serial number: 58-325
Maximum speed: 1,095 mph
Cruising speed: 545 mph
Range: 1,754 miles
Service ceiling: 52,100 ft.
21,000 lbs total weight
18,700 lb BLU-120/B warhead bomb with KMU-593/B GPS/INS
GBU-43/B "Mother Of All Bombs" MOAB