Monday, April 28, 2014

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Part II

WWII: Back then it was the U.S. Army Air Corps


Laister-Kauffmann TG-4A training glider
Vultee BT-13B Valiant Trainer in background
Bell P-39Q Airacobra
Curtiss P-40E Warhawk, painted to resemble the Flying Tigers
Overhead is the intriguing Focke-Achgelis FA 330 Sandpiper,
designed to be deployed by a submarine for observation purposes
Mitsubishi A6M2 "Zero" in foreground
Douglas B-18 Bolo in background
Sweizer TG-3A training glider overhead
Douglas A-24 Dauntless dive bomber
Beech AT-10 Wichita mult-engine trainer
Depicted here with a WASP ready to take the controls
(Women Airforce Service Pilots)
North American B-25B Mitchell bomber/Doolittle Raid
Presentations made to Doolittle Raiders
Goblets for the Doolittle Raiders' toast
Display on difficulties of aerial bombing
Beech AT-11 Kansan bombing trainer
Curtiss AT-9 in distance
Piper Grasshopper suspended above a Bristol Beaufighter.
The U.S. used British Beaus for night fighters early in the war
Supermarine Spitfire Mk. 5c, as flown by some Americans in Europe
Spitfire PR XI reconnaissance plane,
basically a Mk. IX refitted for recon
De Haviland DH 98 Mosquito...one of my favorite planes!
This one is painted and rigged for weather reconnaissance
Consolidated B-24D Liberator
That's a radio-control Culver PQ-14B overhead
Over 18,000 Liberators were produced!
The "Strawberry Bitch" in all her glory
German Fieseler Fi-156C-1 Storch overhead
North American A-36A Apache dive bomber
The versatile Stinson L-5, useful for forward observation
In the background is the Canadian manufactured
Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman. Sadly, the great bandleader
Glenn Miller was lost when a Norseman went missing over the Channel
Lockheed P-38L Lightning
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
Martin B-26G Marauder
Beech UC-43 Traveler overhead
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
The "Shoo Shoo Baby"
North American P-51D Mustang with "Merlin" engine
And drop tanks for extra fuel
Douglas A-20 Havoc
Consolidated OA-10 Catalina flying boat

Those of you familiar with Private Snafu will find this most amusing!
Northrop P-61C Black Widow night fighter
This plane was donated by the Boy Scouts of Springfield, OH!
Waco CG-4A Hadrian Glider, 
Douglas C-47D transport, and parachutist in background,
a la "Band of Brothers"
The ferocious "Acht-Acht": 8.8cm model Flak 36 anti-aircraft artillery,
which could also be used as a lethal anti-tank weapon
Highly portable U.S. M116 75mm Pack Howitzer
Look closely in the background for the
Republic/Ford JB-2 Loon, an American copy of the
German V-1 Buzz Bomb!
Messerschmidt Bf-109G-10
Focke Wulf 190D-9...great plane
In the background is the Curtiss C-46D Commando transport
V-2 rocket on its Meillerwagen
Messerschmidt 163B "Komet" rocket plane
Junkers JU-88D (Romanian markings) in background
Messerschmidt 262A jet interceptor
(that's the barrel of the 50mm cannon the ME 262 sported!)
Cessna UC-78B Bobcat overhead, ready to pounce, lol!
Beautiful and deadly, the ME 262 was called "Schwalbe":
the Swallow
P-47D "Fiery Ginger" in background
Captured Allied airmen
Escape paraphernalia for Allied airmen in German POW camps
Story of Captain Jack Ilfrey, who escaped twice from the Germans
Yokosuka training glider for "Ohka" kamikaze pilots
Very rare Kawanishi N1K2-Ja "Violet Lightning" fighter,
introduced in 1945 as the replacement for the outdated Zero
Sikorsky R6-A Hoverfly II overhead
"Demilitarized" but real "Little Boy"...the type of atomic bomb the 
Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped on Hiroshima
Boeing B-29...the "Bockscar" that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki
Replica of "Fat Man"...the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki
My wife's great-grandmother Hilton sent seven sons to war...

All images taken by me at: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/

4 comments:

Lowandslow said...

Beyond awesome! These are the planes that I "played" with for 18 years when I was active with the Confederate (now Commemorative) Air Force. I feel fortunate to have flown on many of these amazing aircraft. Thanks again for sharing all these incredible memories.

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The Bug said...

I'm so glad you finally made it to the museum!

Skyline Spirit said...

pretty nice blog, following :)

NCmountainwoman said...

Loved the trip to the museum. Amazing to think of the people who flew those magnificent flying machines.