Unique video shows how historic aircraft were transported to the National Museum of the United States Air Force

Historic combat aircraft down the street.

Filmed in 1970, the following video shows how vintage combat planes were moved from the Air Force Museum at Patterson Field down State Route 444 to the new home at historic Wright Field.

What makes this footage unique is the impressive sight of some historic aircraft, such as an F-89 Scorpion, a B-17 Flying Fortress, a B-58 Hustler and even a huge XB-70 Valkyrie Mach 3 bomber transported down the street to the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Retired combat planes “going down the street” to be moved from one place to another are not usual today either: in fact as we have already reported in a previous article, an F-15C Eagle has been transported last year by truck from Tyndall Air Force Base to its new destination the Haney Technical Center in Panama City, Florida.


Image credit: U.S. Air Force


  1. During one of the moves (obviously not this one) they towed the North American X-10 in front of it. Looks somewhat like an XB-70 baby brother. Couldn’t find the picture though.

  2. Great video thx.
    Interesting how similar the nose section of the XB-70 and the Tu-160, Tu-22m…

    • The laws of aerodynamics are the same for everybody. Look at how similar the SEPECAT Jaguar and the Mitsubishi F-1 are, despite being completely independent developments.

      • Probably not a good example there since the Japanese took a long hard look at the Jaguar before designing their T-2/F-1. It certainly had a lot of the same “inspiration”.

          • But isn’t that just because they were both designed following access to Kurt Tank’s designs and wind tunnel tests on the Ta-183? Operation Paperclip and all…

  3. That XB-70 just barely fit on that 2-lane blacktop…I see they removed the outer set of wheels/tires on the main Gear (see 2:00). The B-58 Hustler what a road hog!

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