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Unread February 24th, 2017, 11:35 AM
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I snapped these pics at the Oakland Air Museum yesterday. Looks like this bird got some love recently. Now I'm gonna have to build one!

First, a history lesson.


Now, some exterior shots
























This aircraft was an EKA-3B at one time. You can still see where the fuselage sensor blisters used to be.


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Unread February 24th, 2017, 11:42 AM
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Now for some landing gear shots



















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Unread February 24th, 2017, 11:46 AM
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Now for the refueling gear



This is looking down into the pod containing the refueling drogue



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Unread February 24th, 2017, 11:54 AM
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And here's the bomb bay

Looking forward



Fore starboard corner



Looking aft



Another shot looking forward



Forward port corner



Forward bulkhead





Starboard side





Port side



Another shot looking aft

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I grew up in the hills above El Cerrito not far from Oakland in the '60s-'80s. I well remember the A-3s (and everything else) coming out of Alameda and turning northeast to come over my house and head toward Fallon and points east. A-3s were very easy to ID by sound alone, as were the A-7s and A-4s. The occasional F-8, A-5, A-6 and F-4s warranted a sprint outside to see them go overhead.
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I grew up in the hills above El Cerrito not far from Oakland in the '60s-'80s. I well remember the A-3s (and everything else) coming out of Alameda and turning northeast to come over my house and head toward Fallon and points east. A-3s were very easy to ID by sound alone, as were the A-7s and A-4s. The occasional F-8, A-5, A-6 and F-4s warranted a sprint outside to see them go overhead.
I grew up under Moffett's landing pattern. Similar story--I knew the P-3 and C-130 sounds well. Even though they had the same engines, the C-130's still had a different sound. Anytime a jet approached, I sprinted outside too. This was the late '80s-early '90s, so I still got to see the occasional F-4, A-6, and A-7 in addition to the other, more modern stuff passing through. Plus, NASA was still flying a bunch of cool stuff out of Moffett in those days. Their U-2s, Harriers, and T-38s were the most common. I did see an A-3 fly over once and you're right, I still remember it having a unique sound.
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