Custom Ride

Last weekend seems to have been the opening of the Autumn events calendar.  On Saturday, I got to see vintage airplanes at the Atlanta Warbird Weekend and then went on to take in vintage cars at the UPS-United Way Car & Bike Show.

This was a beautiful custom motorcycle on display.  Low, sleek and shiny – with a fantastic orange paint job, this was a real eye-catcher!

UPS-United Way Car & Bike Show
GM Innovation Center
2010 Warsaw Road
Roswell, Georgia, USA

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Aleutian Tiger

This variation on the Flying Tiger theme is from the 11th Fighter Squadron which flew out of Alaska and protected the Aleutian Islands

Had to go do some research to find the answer to this riddle.  All of the P40 aircraft on display at the Atlanta Warbird Weekend were painted with the Flying Tiger “shark face” except for this one.  This P40k Warhawk is painted with the insignia of the 11th fighter squadron, 343rd Fighter Group that was based during WWII at Elmendorf Field, Anchorage, Alaska.

This group was known as the Aleutian Tigers because their assignment was to defend the Aleutian Islands.  The group was commanded by Lt. Col. Jack Chenault, the son of General Claire Chenault who commanded the Flying Tigers.  No wonder there were similarities!

DeKalb–Peachtree Airport (PDK)
2000 Airport Road
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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P-51 Mustang

Another reason why I’m wishing I had signed up for a ride at Atlanta Warbird Weekend.  This is about the coolest of all WWII planes and they were giving people rides!  I can’t believe I missed out on that.  Oh well, at least I got some good images…

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P-51D North American Mustang “Red Nose” – the plane that started the Commemorative Air Force and has been assigned to the Dixie Wing since 2002. The North American P-51 Mustang is a long range fighter plane that is a veteran of WWII, Korea and other conflicts. In late 1943, P-51’s started to escort the long range bombers over Nazi Germany to fend off the feared Luftwaffe and helped paved the way to Allied Air Superiority over the European Theatre. Known as the “Little Friends” to the bomber crews, the P-51’s along with P-47’s and P-38’s greatly reduced the bomber losses.

DeKalb–Peachtree Airport (PDK)
2000 Airport Road
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Out for a ride

North American LT-6 “Mosquito” out for a ride around PDK airport

Part of the Warbird Weekend which I unfortunately did not get to participate in, was rides in some of the vintage aircraft.  I watched jealously as the vintage planes taxied for takeoff, circled around the field and then touched back down during the day.

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Checking out all the insturments before lift off to another ride

North American LT-6 “Mosquito” (T-6 Texan, SNJ, Harvard) – Originally configured as an SNJ-4 (Navy version), this plane was restored to honor our Korean War Veterans as a LT-6 “Mosquito”, used for forward air control and close air support. Of course, this was the plane that every pilot – bomber or fighter – had to master before they were assigned to front line aircraft like the B-17, B-24, P-51 or Corsair to name a few.

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North American LT-6 “Mosquito” ready to go

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Bombs Away

The focus of the Warbirds Weekend was on the fighters but there were also bigger aircraft on display

The focus of the Atlanta Warbirds Weekend was on the Flying Tigers anniversary but there was much more to see.  A group of larger aircraft was at the opposite end of the field from where the P-40 fighters were located.

There were two massive cargo planes, The Placid Lassie and the Tinker Belle and a bombing trainer, the Tantalizing Takeoff.

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Crowds gathered around the big planes for a closer look

 

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1941 Beech AT-11 “Tantalizing Takeoff”

The trainer, a Beech AT-11 was very interesting.  You could easily walk up and view the cockpit and the bombardier’s seat.  The trainer is set up as a miniature version of the B-17 Flying Fortress.  I’m sure it was much less expensive to train in one of these than to take one of those giants out!

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Curtiss P-40 “Flying Tiger”

Yesterday, I went out to DeKalb-Peachtree Airport to see the Atlanta Warbirds Weekend which featured a gathering for the 75th Anniversary of the Flying Tigers.  This was a very interesting and informative event which included several of the P-40 Flying Tiger aircraft, surviving members of the AVG and many other displays of World War II memorabilia.

The day included educational sessions and rememberances from veterans of WWII.  I guess I knew some of the history of the Flying Tigers but really only remembered the famous nose art which may be the case for most people.  Flying Tigers is actually the nickname of the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) which was a group of 3 squadrons of Army, Navy, and Marine pilots and flight support staff that operated as part of the Chineese Army in 1941-1942 prior to the US entry into the War.  These pilots are legendary for their success in fighting the Japanese and the Flying Tigers were quickly put forward as heros with a John Wayne movie being made to promote support of the war effort.

I will share more images from this event but wanted to get one out there for today.

DeKalb–Peachtree Airport (PDK)
2000 Airport Road
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Up close and personal

Railroad equipment is fascinating

I found this image of one of the engines at the Southeastern Railway Museum which I hadn’t shared previously and thought I would put it up.  This was from a trip with the North Georgia Photography Club about a month ago.

The museum, which is located in Duluth, Georgia, has a fairly sizable collection of railroad engines, rolling stock, and other transportation equipment.  Below is their description of this engine:

1026 – GP7 Locomotive – Georgia Railroad
This locomotive was built in 1950 by EMD. It was acquired from the Tennessee Valley Railway Museum in 2004.
Status: Stored Serviceable

Southeastern Railway Museum
3595 Buford Highway
Duluth, GA 30096

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