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Not an aircraft, but of great significance to the history of aviation. The buildings in the photo are from the Willow Run WWII B-24 Liberator bomber plant. The larger building on the left has the repair hangers and control tower. After the bombers were built crews took them up for a shakedown flight. Any problems were repaired on site before the planes were ferried to their destinations.

The building on the right is what remains of the bomber plant itself. The Yankee Air Force was able to save 144,000 Sq. Ft. of the original 3,500,000 Sq. Ft. plant that will eventually be the new museum. The plant had dual assembly lines, each of which were a mile long. The green doors on the left side are where the completed bombers rolled out, the high security room that stored the Norden bomb sights is just inside the doors. Naysayers called it 'Ford's Folly' or "Will-it Run" because no one believed Ford could do what he said. At its peak the plant turned out a bomber every 58 minutes.

I am very proud to say that my mother was an original Rosie the Riveter, and worked at the plant in 1942.

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I've heard about the Willow Run plant, have you seen the videos on YouTube?


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Yep, Extra 330SC: nearly full wing ailerons which gives it 400 degree/second (!) roll rate. There was one at Shuttleworth a couple of weeks ago, and the way it was being flown was amazing! Too quick for me to follow and take a decent shot.
These chaps know how to put the Extra through its paces. From RIAT 2018.

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A couple more. This is the Heritage Fight. Participants are the U.S. Air Force's first and current fighter. During WWII we had no Air Force, it was the Army Air Corp.

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B2_0017 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

And a nice B-25 Mitchell.

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The first time I missed the sad rating. I hate to see these beautiful old airplanes waste away.
You know, I'm not sure it is the real deal, it may be a mock up.

The spinner is not smooth enough after the first step and there shouldn't be a kink on the top of the cooler on the cowling, it was a smoother curve than that and the corrosion looks like rust: aluminium goes to a whitish powder not red/brown.

The Star looks to be a decal rather than painted on; just my two coins worth.
 

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Trawling the photo folders again and remembered these from last years Wiltshire holiday, taken from Old Sarum towards Old Sarum airfield.

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Apache AH-64 Longbow

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A Cessna (?)

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A Piper Cherokee (?)

Light aircraft are not my forte.

Edit: second shot is Cessna 150F (G-BSZV) and the second is a Piper PA-28-161 (G-BUFH)
 
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You know, I'm not sure it is the real deal, it may be a mock up.

The spinner is not smooth enough after the first step and there shouldn't be a kink on the top of the cooler on the cowling, it was a smoother curve than that and the corrosion looks like rust: aluminium goes to a whitish powder not red/brown.

The Star looks to be a decal rather than painted on; just my two coins worth.
I was looking at the top of the wing and how the metal has become uneven. I think it's the rea thing that is setting somewhere on display. It may have been painted/decaled to keep it fresh looking once upon a time.

Maybe @Acraftman will tell us!
 

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You know, I'm not sure it is the real deal, it may be a mock up.

The spinner is not smooth enough after the first step and there shouldn't be a kink on the top of the cooler on the cowling, it was a smoother curve than that and the corrosion looks like rust: aluminium goes to a whitish powder not red/brown.

The Star looks to be a decal rather than painted on; just my two coins worth.
I think I may have found the P40 in question:

https://www.1114.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/photo?photoid=149163760

If you look above the exhaust stacks I think you can see "Junkyard Dog"
 

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Trawling the photo folders again and remembered these from last years Wiltshire holiday, taken from Old Sarum towards Old Sarum airfield.


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A Cessna (?)


Edit: second shot is Cessna 150F (G-BSZV) and the second is a Piper PA-28-161 (G-BUFH)
I love this shot. I like the ground in the back instead of sky. Really cool.
 

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Eleven Corsairs: what a sight and sound that must have been!
Andrew, I only count ten!
As you say the sound must have been awesome.
As I said Ten Corsairs! Thanks, Mike I was barely awake at the time!:blush:
We have a burglar in our midst. Who stole the 11th Corsair?
You'se guys is a hoot!

There were eleven there. One of the pilots was bouncing back and forth between a Corsair and a Mustang. (FWIW, I've decided he has the best job in the world). He didn't make the formation flying. I suppose he was probably too busy looking at himself in the mirror and telling himself what a lucky *@$&! he is.
 
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