The Ford Tr-Motor

The Ford Tr-Motor

This funky looking old plane is really, really rather important to our aviation history. It's the first "all metal" aircraft made in the US ushering in commercial aviation as we know it today (yes, that's a corrugated ...

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The “Turkey”

The “Turkey”

The TBM Avenger or as many crews called them, The Turkey, was another of Grumman's amazing designs. A torpedo bomber, the four crew TBM was the principle bomber of the Navy during WWII in the Pacific. The ...

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Korean War Adversaries

Korean War Adversaries

Just a couple of years after the end of WWII, aerial combat was fierce over the skies of the Korean peninsula. In a period of a couple of years, planes had come seemingly transformed light years as ...

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“The Jug”

“The Jug”

The P-47D Thunderbolt also known as "The Jug" was a flying tank. The heaviest single piston engine fighter in history, its well earned reputation for delivering a huge punch with its eight 50cal machine guns and able ...

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“The Butcherbird”

“The Butcherbird”

The Focke-Wulf FW-190 is a plane that still captures my attention every time I'm around it. It's small size, agility in the air, flown from airbases, fields and even forests, it recked havoc on our bomber slights. ...

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Nakajima B5N “Kate”

Nakajima B5N “Kate”

The Nakajima B5N or as the American's called them, the Kate, is a Japanese Torpedo Bomber most famous from the attack on Pearl Harbor. I very successful aircraft in its day, Japan only produced 1150 and unlike ...

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Back from the Fire

Back from the Fire

The F7F Tigercat, the first twin engine fighter for the Navy, it saw no combat in WWII but served in Korea. Their greatest role was after they went out of service in 1954, as aerial fire bombers. ...

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“The Ghost”

“The Ghost”

"The Ghost" is a highly modified PT-17 Stearman that comes from an old B&W photo of a mysterious biplane flying over a carrier. Created by the Big Sky 1929 Fighter Factory, it's now calls Phoenix, AZ its ...

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The Goodyear Corsair

The Goodyear Corsair

One of the unseen heroes of WWII was US manufacturing and the corsair is a prime example of this. While the F4U Corsair was designed, tested, manufactured and many updates/variants were by Vought, they weren't their soul ...

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The Venerable DC-3

The Venerable DC-3

In all its mods, nearly 16,000 DC-3s were built and it would seem, most are flying still today. The DC-3 built by Douglas has served possibly every role aviation has to offer, and done the vast majority ...

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