Chat with a Hero—The Murphy Jones Story

As part of our educational programs, the AMC Museum will be hosting another Chat with a Hero—The Murphy Jones Story in the main hangar. Colonel Murphy Neal Jones was born in Baton Rouge, School and attended Tulane University on a football scholarship. He graduated in 1960 and received his commission as a second lieutenant the same day.

He received his pilot wings in 1961 and flew the F-100, F-105D and the A-7D during his career. On his third combat tour in Vietnam, he was shot down and captured on the outskirts of Hanoi on June 29, 1966 during the first bombing raid of Hanoi. He was wounded by shrapnel in both legs and sustained a dislocated shoulder, a broken arm and six broken vertebrae when he ejected at approximately 300 feet and over 620 miles per hour. After spending more than six and one half years as a prisoner of war, he was released on February 12, 1973. Neal returned to the cockpit after his release and served as Commander of the 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron and as Chief of the War and Mobilization Division, Headquarters United States Air Force. He retired as a colonel after twenty-one years of service. There is no fee or tickets required for admission or parking.

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We have two major restoration projects—the C-119B Flying Boxcar and the KB-50J Superfortress (pictured above)—and we’re obviously excited about both! As you’ve seen in recent Hangar Digests, our recently acquired C-119 is a Korean War hero, the only surviving plane that dropped portable bridge sections directly responsible for troops being able to survive the 1950 Chosin Reservoir Campaign. The KB-50’s add-on jets enabled it to refuel fighters, filling a huge void in air-refueling capabilities. Restoration of both planes is expected to be complete by late 2019.

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KB-50 Restoration Underway

KB-50J Superfortress Restoration Underway

The KB-50J Superfortress has arrived from MacDill AFB, Florida, transported by Worldwide Aircraft Recovery. The restoration crew have their work cut out for them after finding several areas of corrosion that will need to be treated before final assembly.

Below are several photos of the restoration crew hard at work.

We ask that visitors stay clear of the area where the KB-50 parts are lying as it’s considered a restoration construction zone.

Honoring Heritage: KB-50 has new home

Over the next few weeks, it will be hard to miss the careful disassembly of the KB-50J Superfortress and the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, from the Memorial Park at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

The KB-50J, especially, has a significant history as it is known as the oldest remaining tanker modified for air refueling and was delivered to the Air Force in December of 1950.

“The base commander of MacDill at the time, Col. Charles T. Ohlinger III, and the airpark committee had a vision to expand the park with aircraft to represent each era of the base’s history,” said Steven Ove, 6th Air Mobility Wing base historian. “Once the landscaping of the park was finished, the KB-50J found its way to MacDill in late 1995.” ( Continue Reading… )