|The "Yellow Rose" of |
Texas, from World
War II, above,
and "Glacier Girl"
Open four days a week and staffed by World War II veterans, the CAF museum boasts vintage aircraft that include a P-39 Bell Airacobra, P-40 Warhawk, Lockheed T-33 jet trainer, a PT-17 Stearman and more. Replica aircraft include a Japanese "Kate" torpedo bomber and a Japanese Zero, built for the Pearl Harbor film Tora, Tora, Tora.
The museum pays particular tribute to Doolittle, the Army lieutenant colonel, whose brazen raiders were the first Americans to retaliate against Japan, in 1942. Doolittle's group did little lasting damage, but did provide a valuable morale injection at a time when Americans were wondering if Japan was vulnerable at all.