Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Where have these pics been hiding the last 65 years?Deck crew climbing up to get the pilot out. He did. That's a fuel tank his foot is on. Empty?
Marines disembark LST at Tinian Island .Bougainville.GuamOutside BastogneGerman 280mm K5 firingU.S. munitions ship goes up during the invasion of Sicily .V1Spitfire "tipping-off" a V1. If you've never heard of this insane tactic .......At first V1's were shot down by gunfire. Optimum range was inside 200yds, which was marginal for survival. Many planes were damaged and quite a few pilots killed. Basically at such high speed and low altitude a plane had to fly though the explosion and hope.With the high risk of being blown up some of the best pilots started tipping the V1's wing, because of damage to wing tips they later developed a tactic of disrupting the airflow by placing their wing very close to the V1's wing, causing it to topple.
Not every pilot did this. At night this was not possible, the flame from the V1 blinded the pilot to everything else, though some Mossie pilots flew past closely in front of the V1, again causing it to topple. The thought of doing this at 450mph, 4,000 feet above the ground, at night and being blinded gives me the willies.Panzerkampfwagen VI "E Tiger"Ju 88 loading a torpedo. This is one HUGE bomber ... and it's on pontoons!!!!German "KARL" mortars. SebastopolReloading a KARLBOOM!Macchi 202vItalian 303 Bombers over N Africa
PEARL HARBORDecember 7th, 1941PEARL HARBORDecember 7th, 1941
Saturday, December 17, 2011
I don't know who did the ratings on this, but I surely do hope they got it right!!
The 10 Top Air Forces in the WorldThis is a fantastic video of the 10 top Air Forces in the world.The presentation is in English, but the aircraft ID are in the Israeli language.It is a real comparison of the top ten AF of the world. Hope you enjoy.Great photos presentation made by an Israeli group, and I suspect some of the rankings will surprise you. It did me.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Monday, December 05, 2011
787 Wing Bend Test:
(Note: This is a single, folded address.)
Be sure to watch this video. I doubt if you have ever seen this one. Please view this to the end. That's where it all comes together. It is well worth your time....It is about a pilot that was supposed to be on American Airlines flight 11 the morning of 9/11. If you remember, Flight 11 was the first Boeing 767 to fly into the World Trade Center. It is WELL worth watching. I initially thought it was going to be another heart rending story about 9/11 or a video centered around the airline industry. It takes a turn half way through the video and OH, what a turn it takes. Incredible!
Sunday, December 04, 2011
Subject: P-47 Bombing Mission in COLOR...
Subject: P-47 Bombing Mission in COLOR...
P-47 Bombing Mission in COLOR.
Very nice historical piece. This is some great footage of the P-47 in combat.
Although it took place in Europe, it demonstrates the firepower that the P-47 brought to the
Marianas Campaign in the Pacific.
This beautiful airplane was built by Republic Aircraft in Farmingdale, Long Island, N.Y.
Watch for the ground chief riding on the wing while taxiing. The pilot couldn't see over the
elevated nose and there wasn't enough room for the usual "S" turns. The pilot was watching
for directions from the chief on the wing.
Really interesting, and I never knew this little bit of history:Tour boats ferry people out to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii every thirty minutes. We just missed a ferry and had to wait thirty minutes.. I went into a small gift shop to kill time. In the gift shop, I purchased a small book entitled, "Reflections on Pearl Harbor " by Admiral Chester Nimitz.Sunday, December 7th, 1941--Admiral Chester Nimitz was attending a concert in Washington D.C. He was paged and told there was a phone call for him. When he answered the phone, it was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the phone. He told Admiral Nimitz that he (Nimitz) would now be the Commander of the Pacific Fleet.Admiral Nimitz flew to Hawaii to assume command of the Pacific Fleet. He landed at Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1941. There was such a spirit of despair, dejection and defeat--you would have thought the Japanese had already won the war. On Christmas Day, 1941, Adm. Nimitz was given a boat tour of the destruction wrought on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese.. Big sunken battleships and navy vessels cluttered the waters every where you looked.As the tour boat returned to dock, the young helmsman of the boat asked, "Well Admiral, what do you think after seeing all this destruction?" Admiral Nimitz's reply shocked everyone within the sound of his voice. Admiral Nimitz said, "The Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could ever make, or God was taking care of America . Which do you think it was?"Shocked and surprised, the young helmsman asked, "What do mean by saying the Japanese made the three biggest mistakes an attack force ever made?" Nimitz explained:Mistake number one : the Japanese attacked on Sunday morning. Nine out of every ten crewmen of those ships were ashore on leave. If those same ships had been lured to sea and been sunk--we would have lost 38,000 men instead of 3,800.Mistake number two : when the Japanese saw all those battleships lined in a row, they got so carried away sinking those battleships, they never once bombed our dry docks opposite those ships. If they had destroyed our dry docks, we would have had to tow every one of those ships to America to be repaired. As it is now, the ships are in shallow water and can be raised. One tug can pull them over to the dry docks, and we can have them repaired and at sea by the time we could have towed them to America . And I already have crews ashore anxious to man those ships.Mistake number three : every drop of fuel in the Pacific theater of war is in top of the ground storage tanks five miles away over that hill. One attack plane could have strafed those tanks and destroyed our fuel supply. That's why I say the Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could make or God was taking care of America .I've never forgotten what I read in that little book. It is still an inspiration as I reflect upon it. In jest, I might suggest that because Admiral Nimitz was a Texan, born and raised in Fredricksburg , Texas --he was a born optimist. But anyway you look at it--Admiral Nimitz was able to see a silver lining in a situation and circumstance where everyone else saw only despair and defeatism.President Roosevelt had chosen the right man for the right job. We desperately needed a leader that could see silver linings in the midst of the clouds of dejection, despair and defeat.There is a reason that our national motto is, IN GOD WE TRUST .
Saturday, December 03, 2011
This about a ME 262 that was manufactured NEW from scratch in Everett, WA. The pilot was in the German Air Force at one time.
Here is an update on Me262 "WHITE 3".After the successful completion of the flight test program and some bureaucratic and weather delays, I ferried the airplane from Paine Field, Washington to Suffolk County Airport in Virginia. For the last two test flights we had converted it to the two-seat configuration, which allowed our lead mechanic Mike Anderson to come along as crew chief/navigator on this 2,500 mile trip. As our FAA- operating limitations mandated 'Day VFR only', and the max altitude of 18 000ft not exactly optimal for range, it took us four days and six refueling stops across the continent to reach our destination, with "WHITE 3" performing flawlessly.ATC doesn't have a computer code yet for the Me262, and controllers frequently asked me for the type of airplane. They usually couldn't wait then to pass the information on to 'their' airliners on the same frequency, e.g. "Delta 123, you have a MESSERSCHMITT!! at your ten o'clock, five miles". One of the many funny replies: "Are we being invaded?"...
After receiving its new airworthiness certificate and operating limitations (the initial ones were valid only for flight test and repositioning), I'll be flying "WHITE 3" from its maintenance base in Suffolk County to its final destination, a small airport south of Virginia Beach with a 5,000 ft grass runway, where it will join - as the first jet - the world's largest collection of privately owned warbirds in the "Military Aviation Museum."
I am sure you'll be able to follow the operation of this airplane in the future on YouTube and in aviation magazines.
Jim Larsen took the picture of "White 3" with Mt. Baker in the background.