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Aviation images of Warbirds
  • The Curtiss Aircraft Co.'s P-40 Warhawk fighter was the last of the "Hawk" line of aircraft produced in the 1930's & 40's. An early prototype version of the P-40 was the first American fighter capable of speeds greater than 300 MPH. Utilized in most theatres of the Second World War the aircraft was used to great effectiveness by Claire Chenault's American Volunteer Group, the Flying Tigers, who painted menacing shark mouths on their aircraft. Even with the success of the Flying Tigers in China against the Japanese the P-40's performance was quickly eclipsed by the newer aircraft of the time.
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  • Air Race Pilot Rick Vandam pulls his L-39 Albatross towards the heavens as John Penney, Albatross Race 2, Rich Sugden, T2-B Buckeye Race 00, and Phil Fogg, Albatross Race 8 maintain the missing man formation in honor of fellow race pilot Brad Morehouse who was killed in a racing accident at the Annual Reno National Championship Air Races in Nevada on September 13, 2007. Photographed at Stead Field in Nevada, site of the Reno Air Races, on 9/16/07
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  • A C-119 Flying Boxcar, in the livery of the Amaroco Oil Company, that was featured in the opening sequences of the movie "Flight of the Phoenix" site on the ramp in Greybull, Wyoming, in August of 2006. The Fairchild built aircraft was sold on August 23rd, 2006 for a reported $70,000 when the assets of Hawkins and Powers were auctioned off. The C-119 made its initial flight in November of 1947 and by the time production ceased in 1955 more than 1,100 of the type had been built. Nicknamed the "flying boxcar" for its cargo hauling ability the C-119 was designed to carry cargo, personnel, litter patients, and mechanized equipment. Photographed 08/06
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  • A Douglas C-54D Skytrooper dressed in a D-Day paint scheme sits on the ramp at Minter Field in Central California. The aircraft was flown in from its home airport in Riverside, California, where it is part of the Inland Empire Wing of the Commemerative Air Force, for the 2008 Warbirds In Action air show. The C-54D is based on the Douglas DC-3\C-47 airframe with the addition of 28 fixed seats and a towing cleat for use as a glider tug.
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  • A Douglas C-54D Skytrooper dressed in a D-Day paint scheme sits on the ramp at Minter Field in Central California. The aircraft was flown in from its home airport in Riverside, California, where it is part of the Inland Empire Wing of the Commemerative Air Force, for the 2008 Warbirds In Action air show. One of 221 built The C-54D is based on the Douglas DC-3\C-47 airframe with the addition of 28 fixed seats and a towing cleat for use as a glider tug. Photographed 04/08
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  • Piloted by Shuttle Astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson the Hawker Sea Fury Race 99, "Riff Raff," flies down the "Valley of Speed" during an Unlimited Class heat race at the 2006 Reno National Championship Air Races. Robert finished a strong 4th place overall in the 2006 event. Photographed 09/06
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  • A North American B-25 Mitchell taxies prior to flight during the 2008 Warbirds in Action Airshow at Minter Field near Shafter, California. Serial #44-30801 was first delivered to the USAAF in 1944 and later flew as a sprayer in Wyoming before landing the role of Vestal Virgin in the movie version of the Joseph Heller novel 'Catch 22.' Photographed 03/08
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  • A 1940's era P-40 Warhawk sits on the ramp at the Charles M. Schulz Regional Airport in Santa Rosa, California during the 2007 Wings Over the Wine Country Airshow. An Airforce C-17 Globemaster III, the US Air Forces's most modern transport plane sits in the background.  The Wings Over the Wine Country Airshow is held annually during the month of August and sponsored by the Pacific Coast Air Museum. Photographed 08/07
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  • A P-40 Warhawk owned and flown by Tony Banta and based in Livermore, California is guided into its position on the ramp by a Flight Line Safety Officer during the 2007 Wings Over the Wine Country Airshow at the Charles. M Schulz Regional Airport in Santa Rosa California. The Wings Over the Wine Country Airshow is held annually during the month of August and sponsored by the Pacific Coast Air Museum. Photographed 08/07
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  • A Goodyear built F2G-1 Super Corsair, piloted by Bob Odegaard, taxies along the ramp at Stead Field in Nevada following the 2007 Reno Air Races. BuNo 88458 was restored and is now owned by Bob Odegaard. The aircraft was previously owned by Cook Cleland and raced in the Tinnerman and Thompson Trophy Races in the 1940's following World War II. Photographed 09/07
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  • A highly modified P-51D Mustang, owned by Ron Buccerelli and named "Precious Metal," taxies along the ramp at Stead Field in Nevada following the 2007 Reno Air Races. Modified for racing the standard Rolls Royce Merlin motor has been replaced by a Rolls Royce Griffon motor that includes contra rotating propellers as well as a smaller canopy.  Photographed 09/07
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  • Astronaut Bill Anders taxies the Heritage Flight Musuem's Douglas A-1D Skyraider at Stead Field in Nevada. While an Air Force pilot Bill Anders was selected as an astronaut in 1963 and served as the backup command module pilot for the Apollo 11 mission. The William A. Anders Foundation is the sponsor of the Heritage Flight Musuem, located in the State of Washington, and Bill flies its aircraft to many airshows throughout the country. Photographed 09/07
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  • A Mitsubishi built A6M3 Zero fighter sits on the tarmac at Minter Field during the 2007 Warbirds in Action Airshow. One of three still flying in the world today the aircraft was recovered from New Guinea in 1991, restored, and returned to flying condition in 1998. The aircraft is flown regularly by the Southern california Wing of the Commemerative Air Force. Photographed 04/08
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  • A Mitsubishi built A6M3 Zero fighter sits on the tarmac at Minter Field during the 2007 Warbirds in Action Airshow. One of three still flying in the world today the aircraft was recovered from New Guinea in 1991, restored, and returned to flying condition in 1998. The aircraft is flown regularly by the Southern california Wing of the Commemerative Air Force. Photographed 04/08
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  • Joe Thibodeau taxies a Hawker built Sea Fury along the ramp at Stead Field, Nevada. The British built aircraft was originally delivered to the Iraqi Air Force and in 1979 it was brought to the United States and stored until it was returned to flying condition in 1996. Photographed 09/07
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  • Ray Diekman taxies a Grumman built F8F Bearcat along the ramp at Stead Field in Nevada. The Bearcat was designed as an interceptor with a high rate of climb to counter the Japanese kamikaze threat. The first Bearcat squadron became operational in May of 1945 but World War II ended before the aircraft saw combat service. It was largely replaced as a front line fighter with the arrival of jets prior to the beginning of the Korean War. Their were 1,126 Bearcats produced of which approximately 11 airworthy examples remain. Photographed 09/07
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  • Steve Hinton taxies a Lockheed P-38 Lightning known as Glacier Girl along the ramp at Stead Field in Nevada. In July of 1942 the aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in Greenland while en-route to the British Isles. Five other p-38's and 2 B-17 bombers where eventually buried beneath 270 feet of ice. In 1992 Glacier Girl was brought to the surface and transported to Middlesboro, Kentucky, for restoration to flying condition. On October 26, 2002 Steve Hinton took Glacier Girl into the air for the first time in over 60 years. Photographed 09/07
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  • A pair of warbirds taxi into the sun prior to departure from Minter Field following the 2008 Warbirds in Action air show near Bakersfield, California. The British built Hawker Sea Fury is followed by a North American P-51 Mustang. Photographed 04/08
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  • Tom Camp taxies a General Motors built FM-2 Wildcat along the ramp at Stead Field, Nevada. Grumman Aircraft originally designed the plane in 1935 and was the first all-metal, carrier launched, monoplane fighter purchased by the U.S. Navy. Though it was outclassed by faster and more maneverable Japanese aircraft the little fighter performed well until more advanced replacements arrived. Photographed 09/07
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  • Tom Camp makes a pass down the flightline in a General Motors built FM-2 Wildcat during the California Capital Airshow in March of 2006. Grumman Aircraft originally designed the plane in 1935 and was the first all-metal, carrier launched, monoplane fighter purchased by the U.S. Navy. Though it was outclassed by faster and more maneverable Japanese aircraft the little fighter performed well until more advanced replacements arrived. Photographed 03/06
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  • A Grumman F7F Tigercat owned by Mike Brown is taxied along the ramp prior to departure from Stead Field in Nevada after the conclusion of the 2007 Reno National Championship Air Races. There were 364 of the twin engined fighters built during World War II, and shortly thereafter, of which there are six that are still considered airworthy. Originally Grumman had been contracted to build 500 of the aircraft for use by the US Marine Corps to be used as close air support of the landing operations that were planned in the Pacific. Photographed 09/07
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  • Mike Brown's colorful Hawker built Sea Fury "September Pops" is taxied along the ramp at Stead Field, Nevada. The British built aircraft was originally delivered to the German Air Force in 1959 and was brought to the United States in 1985. It was re-built in 1997 and has raced at the Reno Air Races regularly since then. Photographed 09/07
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  • Stuart Eberhardt taxies his North American Aviation built P-51 Mustang "Merlin's Magic" along the ramp at Stead Field, Nevada. The Mustang is considered by many to be the premier fighter of World War II. Stuart has campaigned Merlin's Magic at the Reno National Championship Air Races regularly since purchasing the aircraft in 1986.  Photographed 09/07
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  • The Grumman built XF8F-1 Bearcat, owned and piloted by Howard Pardue, taxies along the ramp at Stead Field in Nevada following the 2007 Reno Air Races. BuNo 88458 is one of the first two prototypes ordered by the U.S. Navy in 1943. The Bearcat entered the Navy's air squadrons to late to see action in World War II and was quickly replaced by jets as a front line fighter in the years immediately following the war.  Photographed 09/07
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  • Owner and pilot Mike Brown flies his highly modified Hawker Sea Fury "September Fury" into the Valley of Speed during the 2006 Reno Championship Air Races. September Fury took the 2006 Unlimited Championship with a speed of 481.619 mph over the 67.29 mile course. Photographed 09/06
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