Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California has rolled out two of its newest acquisitions, an F-16A Fighting Falcon and MiG-21 Fishbed, ahead of its Open Cockpit Day on May 28th.
The F-16 arrived at the museum last March, having previously served with the California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing in Fresno. Following retirement it was stored at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona until an acquisition effort began in 2009 – a move that was heavily championed by retired Col. Larry McKoane, a former fighter wing commander with the 144th. It has since been restored, bearing McKoane’s name and 144th Fighter Wing markings.
The MiG-21 arrived at the museum last month after being donated by a private owner in the Reno, Nevada area. The jet previously served with the former Czechoslovak Air Force and serves as the first adversarial aircraft in the museum’s collection.
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