Monday, October 27, 2008

More Museum Photos

I know I promised to continue the "Where can we go from here" series last time, but I haven't decided exactly what to do with it yet. So instead, I'll respond to a reader's e-mail lamenting the lack of Corsairs in the previous museum photo spreads:

Palm Springs Air Museum's Corsair.

The carrier hangar deck display at Planes of Fame has a Corsair; its tail appears in the previous picture of their TBM. Here's the nose; the tail and wing on the left belong to their Dauntless.

Here's another Dauntless. This particular aircraft was recovered from Lake Michigan. The Dauntless was peculiar among carrier-based aircraft in that it did not have folding wings.

Made famous by Chennault's Flying Tigers: the P-40 Warhawk
(aka Tomahawk and Kittyhawk in British colors)

The Bell P-39 Airacobra

The P-63 Kingcobra was the follow-on model, most easily distinguished by its taller tail.

Seversky P-35, predecessor to the . . .

Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

Earlier models of the P-47, like the P-51 and F4U, had 'razorback' canopies, which restricted rearward visibility.

Later versions were equipped with bubble canopies, a British innovation.

The British innovation, on a British aircraft: a later model Spitfire.

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