Korean War Hero

At the Wings over North Georgia airshow there was a wide variety of aircraft to be seen.  Everything from  midget-sized experimental planes to huge transports and the flight demonstrations were varied as well.  One of my favorite parts of the afternoon was what they called “The Class of ’45” which featured the F4U Corsair above and a P51 Mustang flying in memory of the pilots from World War II and Korean conflicts.

Here is information on the plane, its history and pilot:

The F4U Corsair was the most capable carrier-based bomber-fighter of World War II. Flown today by Jim Tobul of South Carolina; this aircraft has seen the tests of time. Since discovering the 1945 Corsair in a lime orchard in Homestead, Florida; Jim and his father Joe Tobul bought this airplane in 1981. After a very long rebuilding project, ten years later “Korean War Hero” proudly flew again on December 8, 1991 over the Pittsburgh skies.

Wings Over North Georgia Air Show
Richard Russell Airport
304 Russell Field Road
Rome, 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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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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2000 Airport Road
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!

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

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