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Air Power Park

Air Power Park Sign

Air Power Park is located about 1-1/2 miles east of I-64 on US-258 in the city of Hampton, Virginia. This is a free outdoor park that has a number of aircraft, rockets, and missiles on static display. Many of the displays have connections with nearby Langley AFB and the NASA Langley Research Center. The photo above is the sign at the entrance to the park.

Museum Tour Page #2 - Fighter Aircraft
Museum Tour Page #3 - Rockets & Missiles

Hawker Siddeley XV-6A Kestrel
This is one of six Hawker Siddeley Kestrel aircraft that were transferred to the United States in the 1960s. These six aircraft were designated XV-6A. Two of these aircraft were later transferred to NASA. Both still exist, and both are on display in Hampton. The other example is at the Virginia Air & Space Center. These aircraft proved the technology that would later be used on the AV-8 Harrier, which is still in active service today.

Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star
This Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star is a two person variation of the P-80, the first successful American jet fighter. It is painted with high visibility orange highlights commonly used on test aircraft. It is likely that this aircraft was used as a chase plane for flight testing at Langley AFB.

Mercury Capsule Trainer
This is a boilerplate Mercury space capsule that was used as a training article at NASA Langley Research Center. The ring on the nose of the capsule suggests that it was used in training for water landings and helicopter recovery. Langley was the development and training center for NASA space activity in the early years of the space program.

The photo below is a marker for a time capsule that was placed in honor of Chris Kraft, who developed the mission control center and flight control roles at NASA. Kraft eventually became director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Chris Kraft Time Capsule

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