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Aircraft of Col. John Glenn



Some of the aircraft flown by the “pre-NASA” John Glenn

The world mourns the passing of Colonel John Glenn on December 8, at the age of 95. The accomplishments of his NASA career, as the first American to orbit the earth, and his 24 years as a United States Senator, place him in a unique and honored position in history. But his career as a Marine combat and test pilot was the crucible in the development of the “right stuff” that defined him. He flew, did battle, and set records in some iconic US aircraft. Let us remember him for these also.

World War II:

R4D Transport (a USN/USMC version of the DC-3S)

F4F Wildcat

F4U Corsair (59 missions)

Korean War:

F9F Panther Jet (63 missions)*

F86 Sabre Jet (27 missions)**

As Test Pilot:

FJ-3 Fury

F7U Cutlass

F8U Crusader***

*On some of the F9F missions, baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams flew as his wingman.

**He flew the F86 as part of an inter-service exchange with the Air Force.

***In 1957 he flew an F8U-1 in the first transcontinental flight to average supersonic speeds, earning him one of his 6 Distinguished Flying Cross awards.


Location

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park 

16 S. Williams St., Dayton, OH 45402

Visitor Center:

For details and seasonal date schedules see https://www.nps.gov/daav/planyourvisit/hours.htm

or please call (937) 225-7705 for the current park schedule.

Parking:

From W. Third St., turn south on Williams St and then turn left on Fourth St. Go 1/2 block and turn left into the Visitor Center parking area.

CLICK HERE for a parking map.

See the Visitor Center page for details on hours.

Travel Note - Third St. Bridge closure:

The Third Street Bridge will be CLOSED beginning Jan. 1, 2020 until approximately Oct. 2021. Visitors can use the Fifth St. Bridge or the Salem Ave. Bridge as detours from downtown Dayton. A file with more detailed instructions for visitors traveling from the north or south via I-75, or from the east and west via US35 can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.

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