Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fwd: a/c pics

Fwd: Where have these pics been hiding ???

Where have these pics been hiding the last 65 years?
Snow on deck. USS Philippine Sea North Pacific 1945



HARVS on the way in shot by a P-47. Rare shot.



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 .
Outside Bastogne
German 280mm K5 firing
U.S. munitions ship goes up during the invasion of Sicily .
Spitfire "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. Sebastopol
Reloading a KARL
Macchi 202v
Italian 303 Bombers over N Africa

December 7th, 1941
December 7th, 1941















Share this with ALL ages...Elderly will remember; Young will be awed.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Fwd: The 10 top Air forces in the World

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 World
This 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

Fwd: First US jet

This is a video of the first US jet, way back in Oct 1942. . It is a classic piece of film I certainly never knew existed. I wasn't even aware that America HAD a jet that early in the war: 10 months after Pearl Harbor!

You will enjoy this great clip of history. .

America's first jet flight, Oct 1942.


This is a very interesting little piece of historical film. It covers
America 's entry into the Jet Age with the Bell P59A.

Note: My favorite part is about the installation of a $2 doorbell ringer
to the dash of the P59A to provide vibration so the gauges wouldn't stick.
Ya' gotta' love it....  Also, make sure to read the comments, additionally very interesting.  Remember, this was 1942.


Monday, December 05, 2011

Fwd: An old Aviator

Several minutes later we could hear the pilot doing his pre flight run-up. He'd taxied to the end of runway 19, out of sight. All went quiet for several seconds; we raced from the lounge to the second story deck to see if we could catch a glimpse of the P-51 as she started down the runway. We could not. There we stood, eyes fixed to a spot half way down 19. Then a roar ripped across the field, much louder than before, like a furious hell spawn set loose---something mighty this way was coming. "Listen to that thing!" said the controller. 

In seconds the Mustang burst into our line of sight. Its tail was already off and it was moving faster than anything I'd ever seen by that point on 19. Two-thirds the way down 19 the Mustang was airborne with her gear going up. The prop tips were supersonic; we clasped our ears as the Mustang climbed hellish fast into the circuit to be eaten up by the dog-day haze.

At about 500 mph and 150 yards from where we stood she passed with the old American pilot saluting. Imagine. A salute! I felt like laughing, I felt like crying, she glistened, she screamed, the building shook, my heart pounded. 

Then the old pilot pulled her up and rolled, and rolled, and rolled out of sight into the broken clouds and indelibly into my memory. I've never wanted to be an American more than on that day. It was a time when many nations in the world looked to America as their big brother, a steady and even-handed beacon of security who navigated difficult political water with grace and style; not unlike the pilot who'd just flown into my memory. He was proud, not arrogant, humble, not a braggart, old and honest, projecting an aura of America at its best. That America will return one day, I know it will. Until that time, I'll just send off this story; call it a reciprocal salute, to the old American pilot who wove a memory for a young Canadian that's lasted a lifetime.

"Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It"
In God We Trust!
An American

Fwd: 787 wing bend test and USAF Doomsday plane

Fwd: Check out B-17 Aluminum 'Overcast'

Very nice B-17

  pics and explanations.


Fwd: In My Seat

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

Fwd: P-47 Bombing Mission in COLOR...

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.

OK, this takes flying to another notch.....awesome.

OK, this takes flying to another notch.....awesome.

Fwd: Pearl Harbor - 3 Japanese Mistakes

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

Messerschmitt 262 ("White 3") Cross Country Flight

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.


Wolf Czaia

Jim Larsen took the picture of "White 3" with Mt. Baker in the background.

Saturday Morning Breakfast

All The Saturday morning breakfast we had was a resounding success. The eggs to order, the bacon fried crispy, the fruit garnish,...