Saturday, October 21, 2017

Airborne and Special Operations Museum: Fayetteville, NC

Photos from the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in sunny Fayetteville, NC. 

The museum features numerous displays of war relics, in addition to detailed explanations of significant paratrooper operations from World War II to the present. Complemented by free admission and friendly staff out front. My favorite parts included the various uniform regalia and patches; the life-size replicas of glide planes and parachute equipment; and the in-depth analysis of the WWII fights that were impacted by parachuter involvement. 

It was quite interesting to learn how complicated and unpredictable many of these jumps were, and the intense preparation that each operation required. Enjoy the photo tour!

WWII propaganda posters prominently featuring the paratroopers

Mock-up of a plane used to carry the jumpers

Example of a glider, which could easily drop off both men and equipment (vehicles, Howitzers, etc.)

On-the-go equipment

Early radar used by early paratroopers to pinpoint the drop zones for the rest of the crew

This is fairly terrifying to use as your only protection

Airborne & Special Operations Museum
Address: 100 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville, NC 28301
Phone: (910) 643-2778

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