Many examples of aircraft that saw service with the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC), the United States Army Air Force (USAAF), the United States Navy (USN), The United States Marine Corps (USMC), and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) have been or are currently being salvaged and preserved in Ohio, particularly where they are of significant historical interest. The Boeing P-26A “Peashooter” which was the first all-metal monoplane fighter produced for the US Army Air Corps in 1932, has been reproduced as a replica looking like it has just flown from the factory to the National Museum of the USAF. The YF-22 prototype Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) also made its way to the National Museum of the USAF in 1998. The X-classes of air research vehicles are very well represented in Ohio, and many are one-of-a kind. Not all of the most interesting warbirds are in museums, and as listed you will find that a good number are still flying in the hands of private owners.
The purpose of this handbook is to provide an update and a simple checklist of where the surviving military aircraft in Ohio are now, and to provide a photograph of a few of the major types mentioned. (For more detailed information and photographs, I highly recommend the most current edition of the United States Air Force Museum Brochure. A list is attached with an update to the information on Ohio Warplanes current to 2013. The original Ohio Warplane Survivor handbook is also appended with a brief summary of the military aircraft presently on display within the state by location, and a bit of each warbird’s history in US military service. Due to space limitations, a selection of only those Warbirds that can be found in Ohio is provided.