A-7, B-1, B-52, B-57 - which one would you pick?
If you were given the choice/chance
I've got a cool opportunity, which of the following museum pieces do you think would be the coolest to take care of?
I'm leaning towards the B1, but the B52 is a close 2nd.
... of the ones listed, probably a B-52. I like big bombers.
In what capacity are you going to be taking care of it? If you get to go inside the plane, definitely the B-52.
2 of my neighbors have A-4s, and those "small" planes still require a ton of upkeep.
I voted B1, but my personal favorites are the B47 and B58
I always thought a mothballed B58 would make a cool vacation home. Turn the pod into accomodations and have a nice outdoor living space under the delta.
The OP is talking about the planes at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum east of Denver.
I volunteered there about from 1993 until 1999 and worked on just about everything there. The museum was new when I started and all the aircraft had just been moved into Hanger 2 from the various places they were at when Lowrey was active. I was one of the people who cleaned buckets of birdshit, leaves, bugs, nests, and dirt out of the planes and made them somewhat presentable. They were all looking pretty good around the time I left WotR due to lack of time to get up there regularly.
RB52B - always needs work - the tires used to go flat quick, though I heard United Airlines donated quite a bit of material and labor to fix that issue. Maybe you can get the side vent windows to work so you can show the plane without roasting the visitors in the oven that cockpit turns into in the sun. I have had to go outside and deal with the tires on the 52 in the snow too many times. Great plane though, except you are fighting the elements a bit more than the indoor displays. But it is a real crowd pleaser on open cockpit days.
A7 - I didn't work on this one too much. It seemed to be in pretty good shape.
B1A - (One of 2 A models surviving out of 4 made, the other is at Wright Pat) - Too freaking big to clean. I have walked the top of the fuselage with a dust broom more than once though I doubt they still do that due to the concerns of what happens when someone falls off. It was in good shape considering, and we didn't let visitors go up on the flight deck, which has been stripped. I am told the wings on the B1 are full of sand. The .gov has tried to take it from WotR on at least one occaision, but noone can move the plane to another location without destroying it. There really isn't much to do with the B1 except keep the dust off the black paint. Kinda booring, though you have a great view of the hanger and the visitors and the "P1-E" from the cockpit.
RB57 - I loved working on the B57, which is still a fairly complete static display. Always something cool to tinker with or clean. Plus the cockpit has not been stripped. Needed some paint the last time I was there. Kids LOVE sitting in the B57. I got more questions from visitors about the B57 than any other plane there except the heavy bombers. Plus it is inside which makes all the difference in the winter.
Given a choice I would take the B57, but I actually enjoyed working on all of these as a "crew chief".
BTW - IIRC the RF84-K there is the only one left in existance.
Anyone near Denver MUST visit Wings Over The Rockes!!!
I know it's not listed, but a B58 would rock.
Canned sunshine delivered at Mach2+, and looking damn good while doing it.
If I could pick any, SR-71, hands down.
from the options above, B-1
I'm a Canberra man.
If you "take care of" by caressing it's controls while flying, choosing the B-1 and B-52 would be tough.
If you mean to labor over one, forget it, I've done that in the field and in the manufacturing plant and don't need more practice.
B-1 is an airshow bird...
I fly B-52s...pick that.
Not that the BUFF is not an awesome plane, and it probably the greatest jet bomber ever
I would take the Bone aka "The Hoover" because it can carry the same warload, fly faster, and closer to the ground.
I was fortunate in my ROTC days to get to fly a B-1 full motion sim, now that was a lot of fun