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#00201 Elephant Nose of B-29 Max Effort. Further information unknown, and any assistance kindly appreciated. If anyone can kindly help add to Record Notes at the foot of the page. Thank you!
#00202 Wonderful looking B-29 nose art of '10 skunks'. Further information unknown, and any assistance kindly appreciated. If anyone can kindly help add to Record Notes at the foot of the page. Thank you!
#00203 This strange device is a Bell YFM-1, intended (like the Me110) as a long-range escort for "our" bombers and destroyer of "theirs." The XFM-1 first flew September 1937, by which time they all ought to have known better. Two Allison V-1710-13s, total 2300 HP. Two pilots in the nose, in tandem, plus a rear gunner midships with one 0.50" and two side blisters. Two more gunners, one per nacelle, each with a hand-steered 37mm cannon firing forward and (allegedly) a 0.300" firing aft - though I'd have thought the propellers might have had a view on this. Loaded weight about 9 tons, performance pedestrian with or without turbosuperchargers. The traditional 13 were built, and some development done, before they were appropriately redesignated as Class 26 ground-crew training hulks in 1941. For some strange reason Hollywood has never once tried to tell us that they won the war for Democracy. Very odd.
#00204 F-86D being wheeled out in front of a very large crowd. Further information unknown, and any assistance kindly appreciated. If anyone can kindly help add to Record Notes at the foot of the page. Thank you. 325th Fighter Interceptor Squadron operated a 4-ship aerobatic team called the "Sabre Knights."
#00205 Great nose art of Vietnam F-8E Crusader. 11/24/2012 6:02 pm F-4C, ser. no. 63-529, 171st FIS, 191 FIG, Michigan ANG, Selfridge ANG Base, MI, circa 1980s
#00206 'Defender of Freedom' Nose Art only. Further information unknown, and any assistance kindly appreciated. If anyone can kindly help add to Record Notes at the foot of the page. Thank you! See below
#00207 One of the two XP-51s: Mustang Is sent for evaluation by the AAC, as part of the deal. Still in the camouflage specified for the RAF - the customer - both were later stripped to polished metal.
#00208 This tankers nose art is great! Does anyone know anything? Further information unknown, and any assistance kindly appreciated. If anyone can kindly help add to Record Notes at the foot of the page. Thank you! This airplane flew with the 134th Air Refueling Group at McGhee Tyson ANG base in Knoxville TN. It is now retired and is at AMARG.
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#00210 This is a NORTH AMERICAN O-47B Owl possibly on anti-submarine duties. The O-47 was on strength at Hawaii U.S.A.A.C. and then U.S.A.A.F. when I.J.N.A.S. attacked Pearl Harbour
#00211 Painted by Chris Putnam, this is 'Jester' on the side of a KC-135 that into Operation Desert Storm in January and February 1991. The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker is an aerial refueling military aircraft. It and the Boeing 707 airliner were developed from the Boeing 367-80 prototype. The KC-135 was the US Air Force's first jet powered refueling tanker and replaced the KC-97 Stratotanker. The Stratotanker was initially tasked to refuel strategic bombers, but was used extensively in the Vietnam War and later conflicts such as Desert Storm to extend the range and endurance of Air Force, Navy and Marine tactical fighters and bombers. Serving with the United States Air Force since 1957, it is one of just six military fixed wing aircraft with over 50 years of continuous service with its original operator. The KC-135 is supplemented by the larger KC-10. Despite increased maintenance costs, studies conclude many of the aircraft could be flown until 2040.
#00212 Artist next to art work, Airman James Barden. He was a pneudraulics system specialist in the 9thSRW based at Beale AFB. He painted both units U-2s whilst in combat during Desert Storm. The interesting about this artwork is that it was rendered in chalk and then sprayed with a good layer of Scotchguard to seal and preserve it.
#00213 The artwork of this plane was obviously a gag about perils of flying tankers missions in bad weather.
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#00215 P-51B-15-NA 42-106950 of the 355th FG 354th FS coded WR-P and nicknamed "The Iowa Beaut" - this aircraft is retro-fitted with a Malcolm Hood - also of interest is the fact that the D-Day stripes on the upper surfaces of the wings and fuselage have been over-painted, which dates the photo to Summer 1944. This aircraft was lost in action on 11th September 1944 when shot down by flak near Marburg, Germany. While this aircraft was based at Steeple Morden in the county of Cambridgeshire, the photograph was taken some miles away from base over the Essex/Suffolk county border area. The small town to the right of the tail of WR-P can be identified as Sudbury, in Suffolk
#00216 Pilot in ac, Little Joe Rodgers
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#00218 Rare color picture of 'Big Dealer' of the 34thBG - 7th BS. It is very unusual to find this picture, as records show that this plane did not actually fly any recorded missions with the 34th BG before being renamed 'Mickey Mouse' when re-assigned to 493rd BG - 860th BS to drop leaflets. She returned from the war on Jul' 8th '45, and was then scrapped. It is possible this plane could never have committed a single destructive act!
#00219 Great picture of the original artwork sketch done by S/Sgt. Don Allen of the 'The Deacon' that would adorn the nose of Maj.Howard Hively's P-47C ser#41-6576 - 'QP-J' of the 4th FG 334th FS. A talented artist, he would go on to design many pieces of work for a large number of 4th FG planes, and now has his work exhibited.
#00220 H40 on side
#00221 cover Saturday Evening Post, Dec. 1, 1945
#00222 Ground crew checking a B024 after mission. Evidently staged for AF
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#00224 619 on ac. Description : Resplendent in 'Sharks Mouth' paintwork, this is a rare picture of 'Ruth', Col. Pinchleys personal aircraft. Serial 43-28619. This colorful F-5E of 27thPS was lost with another pilot at her helm, Irvin J Rickey, on the 26th November 1944, made POW.
#00225 Canopies up
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