Air Force Armament Museum Eglin Air Force Base, FL
This little-known destination is packed with all sorts of Gatling guns, bombs, rockets, and missiles that were carried by USAF aircraft. The gigantic MOAB bomb – the Mother Of All Bombs – is here, too. It was recently dropped on a rabbit warren of ISIS underground tunnels in Afghanistan and blasted a hole in the ground the size of a city block. Want to see a GBU laser guided bomb like the ones that flew through the windows of Saddam Hussein’s command centers? How about a radar guided, advanced medium range air-to-air AMRAAM launch-and-leave missile like the ones carried by our forces today? Go no further.
Inside the main building are exhibits organized by major conflicts. The Vietnam War area, for instance, has the Sparrow missile and the M61 20mm Vulcan cannon front and center.There is a Korean War area, one for the Gulf War, an Air Power exhibit, which is essentially a World War II exhibit, a Gun Vault with dozens of guns, a Missiles & Bombs display, and an AC-130 Spectre gunship and its Gatling gun
The outdoor air park is a gem. An SR-71 greets you as you drive up and around it are 29 military aircraft including a B-52, the AC-130, a relatively rare B-47 bomber, an F-111, an A-10 Warthog, an F-15C Eagle (with the next door neighbor’s Eglin AFB tail flash), and a F-16, to name a few.
No base access required. Plan on two hours to see it all.
Hours: Mon – Sat.: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Closed: SundayVisit museum website