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 Post subject: More pictures from Pensacola
PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:12 pm 
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Here are a couple more pictures of things the average visitor probably won't see--either because there's no floor space inside, or it's still a work in prorgress

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The "Truculent Turtle" XP2V-1. Set a world's record from unrefueled distance in 1946 that stood until the Rutan Voyager flight. Flew from Perth Au. to Cleveland Oh. Planned destination was DC--=but headwinds terminated the flight short of the goal--but still set a record. Spent years as a gate guard at NAS Norfolk before coming here.

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Big restoration project--this is the PB2Y-5R Coronado that Adm Nimitz used during WW2. It is being restored to the configuration it held in 1945, when it landed in Tokyo Bay prior to the signing of the surrender papers. After the war, it was aquired by H Hughes, who planned to use it as a trainer for pilots of his proposed fleet of "Spruce Geese" that he ploanned to build and fly commercially. It sat in storage in Long Beach Until it was donated to the museum in the '70's. It took a beating from the weather, and a half dozen hurricanes over the years. Note the three and four bladed props, and the bomb bays in the wings.

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Great stuff Rob! Is that XP2V-1 a modified A-26? Looks quite similar. Speaking of that, how's the restoration of the JD-1 going?

EDIT: Never mind on that Rob. As soon as I submitted it, i knew it was a Neptune variant. Duh :roll:


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great pics Rob...i wish there was an air museum close to me...(SE kla.) :( :(

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The XP2V-1 was the Neptune series prototype: the first of a long series. The only problem we've had with it's maintenance is finding appropriate tires. Especially the nose tire. Subsequent Neptunes had a smaller nose wheel--the idea of operating the aircraft from unimproved runways was dropped--so a smaller set of wheels could be used. Currently--the nose wheel has a truck tire mounted on it--it's all that we can find with the proper inside diameter to fit the original wheel. Changing to the later, smaller wheel would require a complete strut change, with a greater loss of historic accuracy. This one was stripped of all armament, and the interior was filled with extra fuel tanks, which are still in place. On the record setting flight, the only cargo carried was a juvenile kangaroo--a gift from the people of Australia to the Washington zoo.

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Great Pic Rob,

I'm going to be in DC this weekend and will take some pics in the Air & Space museum. We're actually going especially to see the New American History museum, But I plan to sneak away to get some A/C pics :lol:

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A few years ago, I served in VF-14, on the old FD Roosevelt, CVA 42, and took these pictures of air ops. We were on our way to the Med at the time--most likely 1967 and were conducting blue water ops in the North Atlantic. Thought you'd like to see some good ol' jets in their element, instead of chained to the concrete.

A VF-14 Phantom is refueled by a VAH-10 KA-3B

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A VA-72 A-4C after a bolter.

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A VF-32 Phantom landing--note the curved wake--that's how soon the recovery starts after turning into the wind. Those F-4's were mighty thirsty and could have quite a low fuel state--hence the urgency to get aboard. If they boltered--they'd have to go back up and tank before the next attempt.

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Please excuse the photo quality--they were taken with a cheap camera, and the prints are forty years old.

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Very nice pics Rob!


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Great shots Rob! It's like the history channel, only better because YOU took the pictures :D


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Yep. Pretty darn amazing. I sure wish Canada still had an aircraft carrier...


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A lot of your countrymen feel the same way--ask Rick Thomson.....

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Those pics are great! I wish they came with sound. What a rush to be so close to the action! Sad no-ones flying any phantoms for airshows, ect. What an awesome aircraft. I'd like to see a 104, or 101 fly in shows too, they had a Sabre and 2 Migs, 15, 17 at our last show here, and the Blue Angels, was cool, but lots of older jets exist that I have never seen in the air.


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Last Phantom I saw wa a couple years ago, at our Novemeber Airshow...A German F4 performed a demo.

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VAW 121 E-1B 1969

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VQ-2 EA-3B 1969

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I am loving these Rob! Got any more?


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As I sort through stuff--I find some worthwhile pix. Lots of junk. I'll continue to post the best

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F-14A of VF-124, Paris Air Show, 1973. We took an F-14 with us (Blue Angels) on our 1973 European/Mid East tour. The XO was the pilot and demonstrated the F-14 in England, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey and Iran. It was a bit of a sales trip--but only the Iranians filled out an order form.

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