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KLM Boeing 747 arriving at Toronto Pearson Airport.


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Fisheye view of B-17 "Nine-0-Nine." It would sadly crash less than 2 weeks later.
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Me at age 22 with one of the four C-47's rigged up for electronic recon at Osan Korea in 1960. I went on to Yokota Japan to backend crew on first RB-50's and C-130B's configured for the same kind of missions but we were not allowed to photograph those.

Taken with a YashicaMat twin lens on 120 film.

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Agree. It must be very difficult keeping those old planes in flying condition.
Actually, it's no more difficult than any other airplane. They have to meet the same requirements, airframe inspections, etc. I don't think there's a single one flying that hasn't been rebuilt from the ground up. But like anything else, accidents happen. When the Liberty Belle burned up several years ago it was particularly painful because they landed in a field with an engine fire. The airplane came down on it's gear and could've been saved, but the local fire department was afraid they'd get their truck stuck in the field, so everyone just watched it burn. As a former volunteer firefighter, I find that unconscionable.

The good news is that the Liberty Belle is currently being restored (again), which is amazing in the there wasn't much left after the fire. You can find photos and videos online.
 
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Brussels Airlines A330 arriving at Toronto Pearson Airport
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The MiG 21MF (8008) which previous served with 2 PLM Goleniow of the Polish Airforce. It is now a promo prop for a rich businessman.

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I liked the light on the tailfins of these American Airlines jets from a recent flight, was less impressed with how one of these jets didn't get me to my destination...

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Here's a few from a recent visit to the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. It's a great little aviation museum if you're visiting Honolulu. Well worth the trip. https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/

The revamped P-40 and F4F display inside Hanger 37, the main museum.
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A snarling tiger is the last thing some Japanese pilots saw!
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Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat, the type used in the first six months of the war and by the Marines at Guadalcanal. The photo is of Joe Foss, the top Marine fighter ace, who won a Medal of Honor for defending Guadalcanal.
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The hero of Midway, the Douglas SBD Dauntless. These dive bombers sank four Japanese carriers at Midway.
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Pilot getting into his Mitsubishi A6M Zero.
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Remains of a Nakajima B5N2 Kate torpedo/attack bomber. For the first year of the war, the best carrier-based torpedo bomber in the world. According to the museum, this is the most intact Kate in the US. Replicas of the torpedo and bomb it could carry in the foreground. The Japanese had the best torpedoes, which is really what made their torpedo bomber and surface torpedo attacks so effective. Americans had terrible torpedoes that seldom hit their targets and often failed to explode when they did, which made the sacrifice of the torpedo bomber squadrons at Midway even more tragic.
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Grumman TBF/TBM Avenger undergoing restoration in Hanger 79. The Avenger replaced the obsolescent Douglas TBD Devastators that were annihilated at the Battle of Midway. The late President George H. W. Bush flew a TBF in WWII. The museum even has the Stearman biplane trainer that Bush flew. Wings of an SBD Dauntless in the foreground. The restoration shop is in the same hanger with displayed aircraft.
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Hanger 79 has a lot of modern and vintage aircraft. They have so many aircraft that a bunch are parked outside in the sun.
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Lest we forget, Ford Island was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. These are bullet holes from Japanese Zeros that strafed Hanger 79.
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More photos here. https://www.flickr.com/gp/92624968@N02/aiAF4A
 
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