Naval Aviation Museum's Flight Line

Google Maps for a web site trying to document the location of large, outdoor objects. Google is always updating its aerial imagery, which is usually useful, but if those objects move over time, Google Maps suddenly becomes less useful.

heroicrelics.org is dedicated to documenting historical information, so I've used the "Historical Imagery" feature of Google Earth to go back in history to document the Naval Aviation Museum's flight line. (BTW, Google's current imagery is available here.)

For the most part, this page will concern itself with artifacts documented on my Naval Aviation Museum page.


March 14, 2003

The flight line consists of two outer rows, at the edges of the apron, with two double "rings" of aircraft in the center of the apron.

The R4D (silver plane with the empennage and tips of the wings painted orange) is located near the bottom right of the right-most center ring.

Naval Aviation's flight line circa March 14 2003

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Capture by heroicrelics.

March 30, 2004

The flight line consists of two outer rows, at the edges of the apron, with two double "rings" of aircraft in the center of the apron.

The R4D (silver plane with the empennage and tips of the wings painted orange) is still located near the bottom right of the right-most center ring, but another plane has been added off its starboard wing.

Naval Aviation's flight line circa March 30 2004

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Imagery courtesy Google Earth.
Capture by heroicrelics.

December 30, 2004

The flight line consists of two outer rows, at the edges of the apron, with two double "rings" of aircraft in the center of the apron.

The R4D (silver plane with the empennage and tips of the wings painted orange) is still located near the bottom right of the right-most center ring. The restoration crew has removed its starboard wing; this is the condition of the plane when I visited the museum in June of 2005.

Naval Aviation's flight line circa December 30 2004

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Capture by heroicrelics.

November 12, 2007

The flight line consists of two outer rows, at the edges of the apron, with two double "rings" of aircraft in the center of the apron.

The R4D (silver plane with the empennage and tips of the wings painted orange) has been reunited with its wing and has been moved to the middle of the right-hand outer row. There's a plane with orange wingtips, a darker plane, and then another plane with orange wingtips; I believe the R4D is the lower of the two planes.

Naval Aviation's flight line circa November 12 2007

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April 24, 2010

The flight line consists of two outer rows, at the edges of the apron, with two double "rings" of aircraft in the center of the apron.

The R4D (silver plane with the empennage and tips of the wings painted orange) has been moved closer to the building at the bottom of the photo.

Naval Aviation's flight line circa April 24 2010

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May 8, 2010

The flight line consists of two outer rows, at the edges of the apron, with two double "rings" of aircraft in the center of the apron.

The R4D (silver plane with the empennage and tips of the wings painted orange, or perhaps red) is still near the building at the bottom of the photo.

Naval Aviation's flight line circa May 8 2010

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Capture by heroicrelics.

December 30, 2010

The flight line consists of two outer rows, at the edges of the apron, with two double "rings" of aircraft in the center of the apron.

The R4D (silver plane with the empennage and tips of the wings painted orange, or perhaps red) is still near the building at the bottom of the photo.

Naval Aviation's flight line circa December 30 2010

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Imagery courtesy Google Earth.
Capture by heroicrelics.

By June 3, 2011, the R4D no longer appears in the aerial imagery, so the R4D must have been moved indoors some time between December 30, 2010 and June 3, 2011.