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HBPencil
Sun Apr 16 2017, 05:12AM

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Wow, those pics of the NEI Ryan STMs are amazing
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Duggy
Sun Apr 16 2017, 10:15AM
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Thanks Harry.
An exceptionally important aircraft! This is Mustang I AG348 at Mines Field (now LAX), which was pulled from the original production block of Mustang Is for the RAF by agreement along with AG354 (seen here in her original RAF camouflage). Redesignated XP-51s and re-serialed as 41-038 & 039. Test flown after long delays @ Wright Field due to a profound lack of interest in the Material Division, a reluctant USAAC wound up ordering huge numbers of P-51s, P-51As and A-36s. The rest, as they say, is history.

Below AG348 now as 41-038


And below AG354 now as 41-039.


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Duggy
Wed Apr 19 2017, 06:22AM
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Wednesdays photo's.
Two amazing shots taken at NAS Glynco hangar interior July 1944.

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Fri Apr 21 2017, 06:29AM
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Fridays photo's.
The final Marauder variant was the XB-26H. It was actually a TB-26G-25-MA (44-68221) that had its original tricycle landing gear replaced by a set of tandem mainwheels that retracted into the fuselage. In addition, a set of outrigger legs were added for lateral balance. The fuselage had to be externally stiffened to take the additional landing loads of this tandem undercarriage.

The XB-26H was known colloquially as the "Middle River Stump Jumper" and was part of a experimental project to test the installation of the landing gear proposed for the Boeing XB-47 Stratojet and Martin XB-48 bombers, which were then on the drawing boards. Flight tests were carried out in May/June of 1945 at the Martin field.








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Duggy
Sun Apr 23 2017, 05:45AM
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Weekend extra.
Consolidated LB-30 Liberator Mk IIs including AL507 (5th built for the RAF's Coastal Command) @ San Diego's Lindbergh Field ca. '41. (Note longer nose section a la the B-24D and Curtiss Electric props.) AL507 was later re-designated G-AHYC and served as a BOAC freighter for ferrying RAF aircrews to the US to pick up later RAF Liberators. After the war, it was converted into a commercial transport and served until bellying in @ RAF Ayr / Heathfield (near Prestwick) in 1946.
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Duggy
Wed Apr 26 2017, 05:41PM
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Wednesdays photo's.
And this week something a little different.
An A3D-1 Skywarrior of Heavy Attack Squadron (VAH) 1 pictured on take off, the underside view capturing the plane's mammoth size. Nicknamed the "Whale," the A3D-series of aircraft first entered fleet service with VAH-1 on March 31, 1956, its mission to serve as a platform for the delivery of atomic weapons.

A VA-3B Skywarrior, one of five modified from the TA-3B configuration to serve as VIP transports for high-ranking Navy uniformed and civilian officials, pictured on the ground at Nellis AFB in Nevada. Note the admiral's flag flying above the cockpit.

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Duggy
Fri Apr 28 2017, 05:32PM
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Fridays photo's.
And a couple of behemoths, the size of theses airships is just staggering.

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Duggy
Wed May 03 2017, 06:35AM
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Wednesdays photos.
Three of P-47 Thunderbolt serial nuimber 44-88335 with Zero Rail rocket installation fitted to the wings.
It was officially designated as 5-Inch HVAR (High-Velocity Aircraft Rocket), but often called Holy Moses.( due to the fact pilots often shouted "Holy Moses" after firing It became operational in July 1944, and was used by Army Air Force and Navy aircraft.



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Duggy
Fri May 05 2017, 05:14PM
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Fridays photos.
Two this week taken at the height of the cold war.

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Duggy
Sun May 07 2017, 06:48AM
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Weekend extra.
Being a little bit biased
My favorite airliner, she is preserved at Hermeskeil, Germany.
Her history can be found here -- http://www.vc10.net/History/Individual/GARVF.html

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