The Peterson Air & Space Museum is located on the grounds of Peterson
Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The base is the headquarters
of NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which is a joint
US and Canadian defense agency.
At the time of my visit in April 2006, access to the museum required a
visitors pass for the base. This was obtained by calling the museum
and scheduling a visit. The museum staff forwards your information to
the base visitors center for the required background check and to get
authorization to have a pass issued.
Museum Tour Page #2 - Fighter Aircraft
Museum Tour Page #3 - Other Aircraft
The building pictured above is the museum exhibit building and office.
This building is the former airline terminal for the Colorado Springs
city airport. Peterson AFB is located on the airport grounds, but the
passenger terminal has since relocated to a new location at the airport.
The building above is a historic City Hangar from the era when this
location was the civilian airport for the city of Colorado Springs. It
has since been remodeled into a hangar for the museum. It the interior
was completed in 2004 and 2005, and exhibits were being constructed in
This beautifully restored P-47N Thunderbolt is located inside the historic
City Hangar building. This aircraft was mounted on a pylon outdoors for
30 years before being brought indoors and being restored.
This P-40E Warhawk is a replica. It is painted in the markings of the
Warhawks as flown by the Flying Tigers in China by the American Volunteer
Group prior to the US entry into World War II.
The F-104C in the photo above is located a short distance away from the
museum grounds in an area where photography options are limited. It is
painted in the markings typical of an Air Defense Command fighter from
The aircraft below is an unmanned Boeing CIM-10 Bomarc missile. This
is one of the first long range air defense missiles to be developed. It
launched with a rocket booster, and used ramjet engines to cruise between
Mach 2.5 and Mach 2.8. It could be equipped with either conventional or