Some of these things are quite unusual. Some you couldn't pay me to go up in.
There aren't many of these still flying. However, it saw action all over the globe in WWII. It is affectionally known at the " Bamboo Bomber " as its fuselage is made of wood.
Here's one you rarely see....even at big-time air shows It's an experimental vertical launch plane made for the U.S. Air Force. The Lockheed XFV-1. It was a flop.
Here's a beautifully restored P-40. These planes also saw action all around the world in WW II early in the conflict. Greg "Pappy " Boyington ....of the ""Black Sheep Squadron " fame flying for the Marines in the Pacific theatre....flew one of these in China for the Flying Tigers before we officially got in the war.
This one will fool you. It's not a real P-51 Mustang. It's a 3/4 size kit plane with a big honking Chevy V8. Its top speed is about the same as a real P-51.
This a real P-51 that I been been fortunate enough to go up in. Belongs to a guy here in Jax.
Thanks for both some excellent shots and the history lesson.
Your posts always bring value-add to the images you share. Thanks!
It is really easy, Al, to share stuff when you are passionate about it.
What an awesome collection of unique airplanes Tom, nicely done.
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Thanks, Mike. These planes were all shot at the " Sun N" Fun " fly-in and air show in Lakeland FL, one of the best in the country. It goes on for a whole week. If you go into all the booths and such, it takes two whole days to see it all.