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Andrew D. the Jolly Rogers guy

1950's airshow pics, GREAT quality!!

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Nice pics, thanks for posting. Really like that Guard P-51H for some reason.

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Really like that Guard P-51H for some reason.

Funny you should mention; me too, since I've been trying to find pics of Vermont ANG P-51H's. Nice to see a top-quality pic of the subject, albeit from the "wrong" state :P

Also neat is the VF-33 FJ-3. Oh, and I don't think I'd ever heard of a TF-86! And on and on the list goes....

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Awesome era in military aviation. Loved the NMF A-4 and the YB-52. So many different planes and a mix of props and early jets. Far cry from today's modern inventories which make for much less diverse air shows..

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Some great shots there, the C-99, a couple C-124s, and a few I didn't recognize at first.

Nowthe question, what the heck was sticking out of the top of the B-36? Unless it's me,there was a panel that opened on the top of the fuselage and something was sticking out.

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The B-36 looks like it's showing off the retraction or re-arm sequence for the forward dorsal turret. They were normally stowed under covers until needed.

Some awesome color photos there. XT-37! Early short-tailed Dagger as well as an XF-102 with a funky nose. Early and late Gutlesses.

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I was intrigued by the photo of a C-123 with wing mounted floats - never seen that before - so I Googled 'C-123 Pantobase' - fascinating!

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=c-123+pantobase&FORM=HDRSC2

Plus a TF-86 Sabre....and the XF-91 Thunderceptor - behind the YRF-84F FICON prototype.

Some GREAT images.

Ken

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That's some real good reference material. Will be downloading when I get off work.

The photo of C-130A, 53-3132 is of special interest to me. It's the fourth production C-130 and I actually worked on it in the late 90's. The company I worked for received a contract to overhaul this aircraft for delivery to the Mexican Air Force.

Cheers,

John

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The B-36 just had its forward upper turrets out, one trained forward, one aft, all guns at about 45 degrees elevation.

On the second page, the Skyknight with the LT tailcode; VMF(N)-531. Gray Ghosts! Yay!

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Pretty amazing the diversity of planes. I'm having trouble wrapping my head around being able to walk right up to the couple of x-planes there that I saw in a quick glance.

Thanks for sharing

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Fantastic link, thanks for sharing! I'm pretty sure I'm going to go home and download all of 'em.

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Take the wings from a Monogram B-36 and add them to a vacform fuselage to make an XC-99.

Using the leftover B-36 fuselage married to a swept wing with jet engines and swept fin (maybe from a B-52?) - and you could then make a YB-60.....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convair_YB-60#/media/File:The_Convair_YB-60.jpg

Seeeeemples!

Ken

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Andrew,

:jaw-dropping: those are FANTASTIC and definitely enjoyable to see historical aircrafts from the past..

Thank you very much for sharing them..

I also noticed the men and women attending the shows look smart in their suits and hats..way COOL .. :thumbsup:

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Fantastic pictures. What an exciting time for military aviation. You can literally see the transition from props to jets, and even the evolution from first to second (and third?) generation of jets. Awesome.

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Amazing images.

I love the prototypes, especially. Some that never went in to large scale production, some representing the early stages of airframes still in use today.

The bare metal scooter and the early Hercules are my favourites. Familiar but oddly unfamiliar at once.

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Nice pics, thanks for posting. Really like that Guard P-51H for some reason.

Why does the P 51 H look like a fat girl with skinny legs.

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Why does the P 51 H look like a fat girl with skinny legs.

She may look dumpy but from all I read, that girl could move!

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She may look dumpy but from all I read, that girl could move!

LOL. I think it looks "off" because the main gear doors are closed.

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From here :- http://www.mustangsmustangs.com/p-51/variants/p51h

Almost all the parts from the D line were not usable in the P-51H. This was the first production P-51 with a complete overhaul. The wing did not have that famous leading edge kink in it. The landing gear was visibly smaller.

They look like skinny legs - because they WERE skinny legs.

Ken

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