Yankee Air Force "Wings and Wheels" 2021

Brownie

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Since there isn't going to be a real air show this year I decided to attend this annual event held at historic Willow Run Airport. I am really glad I did and will likely become a regular. This brings classic cars and vintage airplanes from all over the country for a day-long event. I spent 5 hours walking around and taking in a lot of history. The cars are a cut above, things you don't see at the local car shows. Some are drivers, some are from personal collections, and others are on loan from museums. The Indianapolis 500 museum, Chrysler's museum, and others.

Instead of inundating you I'll post some highlights. If you want to see more you can visit the Flickr album. There are 73 photos in the album now and I have more to process. Trucks an specialty vehicles. I'll add to the album as I do.

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmW6jfRL

I'll post what each item is if I can. I took photos of most of the plaques, but I'll need to edit the thread to add them.

A 1950 Muntz Jet with a B-25 Mitchell
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Fins for days! A 1959 Buick Electra 225, or as we called them a "Deuce and a Quarter"
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A beautiful Swift 210.
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Sitting inside Hangar 1, eating lunch and taking it in. The Bomber plant is on the left. The large green doors are where the completed bombers rolled out of the factory. They were then tested, and if any repairs were needed they were brought in this hangar before being deployed.
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1963 Chrysler Turbine on loan from the museum. Click play, speakers on. That's not a jet engine in the background, it's the car.
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This 1954 Corvette was purchased new by the Owner's father. It has remained in the same family since new and has undergone 3 full restorations. The car has 9,000 miles on it.
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One of my favorites, a 1933 Packard Super 8 Club Sedan
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1925 Miller Straight Eight, Indianapolis 500 winner 1925. Owned by Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
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Hood Ornament, 1941 Cadillac.
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F-86 Sabre Jet, I think...
EDIT: The control tower in the background is the original tower for the bomber plant. It is no longer in use.
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PT-17 Stearman engine
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Rosie viewed through a classic Thunderbird opera window. Airplane is a B-25 Mitchell.
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Since there isn't going to be a real air show this year I decided to attend this annual event held at historic Willow Run Airport. I am really glad I did and will likely become a regular. This brings classic cars and vintage airplanes from all over the country for a day-long event. I spent 5 hours walking around and taking in a lot of history. The cars are a cut above, things you don't see at the local car shows. Some are drivers, some are from personal collections, and others are on loan from museums. The Indianapolis 500 museum, Chrysler's museum, and others.

Instead of inundating you I'll post some highlights. If you want to see more you can visit the Flickr album. There are 73 photos in the album now and I have more to process. Trucks an specialty vehicles. I'll add to the album as I do.

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmW6jfRL

I'll post what each item is if I can. I took photos of most of the plaques, but I'll need to edit the thread to add them.

A 1950 Munts Jet with a B-25 Mitchell
View attachment 893530 P1062690 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

Fins for days! A 1959 Buick Electra 225, or as we called them a "Deuce and a Quarter"
View attachment 893531 P1062761 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

A beautiful Swift 210.
View attachment 893532 P1062737 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

Sitting inside Hangar 1, eating lunch and taking it in. The Bomber plant is on the left. The large green doors are where the completed bombers rolled out of the factory. They were then tested, and if any repairs were needed they were brought in this hangar before being deployed.
View attachment 893533 P1062844 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

1963 Chrysler Turbine on loan from the museum. Click play, speakers on. That's not a jet engine in the background, it's the car.
View attachment 893534 Chrysler Turbine by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

This 1954 Corvette was purchased new by the Owner's father. It has remained in the same family since new and has undergone 3 full restorations. The car has 9,000 miles on it.
View attachment 893535 P1062774 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

One of my favorites, a 1933 Packard Super 8 Club Sedan
View attachment 893536 P1062878 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

An Indy car from the 20's or 30's, can't recall. I'll look it up.
View attachment 893537 P1062681 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

Hood Ornament, 1941 Cadillac.
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F-86 Sabre Jet, I think...
View attachment 893539 P1062775 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

PT-17 Stearman engine
View attachment 893540 P1062941 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

Rosie viewed through a classic Thunderbird opera window. Airplane is a B-25 Mitchell.
View attachment 893541 P1062801_01 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr
Some very dedicated people spent a lot of time and elbow grease polishing the Swift and Sabre to those mirror finishes.
 
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Since there isn't going to be a real air show this year I decided to attend this annual event held at historic Willow Run Airport. I am really glad I did and will likely become a regular. This brings classic cars and vintage airplanes from all over the country for a day-long event. I spent 5 hours walking around and taking in a lot of history. The cars are a cut above, things you don't see at the local car shows. Some are drivers, some are from personal collections, and others are on loan from museums. The Indianapolis 500 museum, Chrysler's museum, and others.

Instead of inundating you I'll post some highlights. If you want to see more you can visit the Flickr album. There are 73 photos in the album now and I have more to process. Trucks an specialty vehicles. I'll add to the album as I do.

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmW6jfRL

I'll post what each item is if I can. I took photos of most of the plaques, but I'll need to edit the thread to add them.

A 1950 Munts Jet with a B-25 Mitchell
View attachment 893530 P1062690 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

Fins for days! A 1959 Buick Electra 225, or as we called them a "Deuce and a Quarter"
View attachment 893531 P1062761 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

A beautiful Swift 210.
View attachment 893532 P1062737 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

Sitting inside Hangar 1, eating lunch and taking it in. The Bomber plant is on the left. The large green doors are where the completed bombers rolled out of the factory. They were then tested, and if any repairs were needed they were brought in this hangar before being deployed.
View attachment 893533 P1062844 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

1963 Chrysler Turbine on loan from the museum. Click play, speakers on. That's not a jet engine in the background, it's the car.
View attachment 893534 Chrysler Turbine by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

This 1954 Corvette was purchased new by the Owner's father. It has remained in the same family since new and has undergone 3 full restorations. The car has 9,000 miles on it.
View attachment 893535 P1062774 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

One of my favorites, a 1933 Packard Super 8 Club Sedan
View attachment 893536 P1062878 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

An Indy car from the 20's or 30's, can't recall. I'll look it up.
View attachment 893537 P1062681 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

Hood Ornament, 1941 Cadillac.
View attachment 893538 P1062739 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

F-86 Sabre Jet, I think...
View attachment 893539 P1062775 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

PT-17 Stearman engine
View attachment 893540 P1062941 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

Rosie viewed through a classic Thunderbird opera window. Airplane is a B-25 Mitchell.
View attachment 893541 P1062801_01 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr
Great stuff Brownie. I really love that last photo using the port hole window as a frame!
 

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This thing is crazy. General Motors sponsored the Parade of Progress using the "Futurliner", which travelled from town to town showing people what the future would bring. There was a caravan of these and support vehicles that went across the country. According to the story, they came to an end when one of the futuristic inventions they displayed became popular: The television.

The driver climbed a short flight of stairs to get to his perch, which put his head about 11' above the road. They said that going under an overpass the first few times was terrifying. He sat in the middle of the vehicle, I don't think there room for passengers but don't know for sure. They were letting people go in. I didn't, which in retrospect was a mistake.

The vehicle has dual front wheels due to weight and was very hard on power steering pumps.

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Great photos all, I particularly like the first and last and love the processing on these.
I hadn’t heard of the Muntz, so looked it up. As it turns out, Mr. Muntz was quite a character, enjoying the name Earl “ madman” Muntz. Quite a story.
I first became aware of the Futureliner when watching a couple of episodes of Kindig customs, as it’s known on afternoon television ( after the 9pm watershed, it’s called “Bitchin’ Rides, which I believe is its name in the U.S.). A mammoth restoration taking many months. Is this the same one? Theirs featured a cutaway jet engine on the inside display.
 

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Great photos all, I particularly like the first and last and love the processing on these.
I hadn’t heard of the Muntz, so looked it up. As it turns out, Mr. Muntz was quite a character, enjoying the name Earl “ madman” Muntz. Quite a story.
I first became aware of the Futureliner when watching a couple of episodes of Kindig customs, as it’s known on afternoon television ( after the 9pm watershed, it’s called “Bitchin’ Rides, which I believe is its name in the U.S.). A mammoth restoration taking many months. Is this the same one? Theirs featured a cutaway jet engine on the inside display.
Here are some more shots of the Muntz. Like you, I had never heard of it. It's an odd duck for sure, I can't tell if it's sporty or clunky. The viewing angle has a lot to do with that, almost as if it's two different vehicles.

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As for the Futurliner, it belonged to some automotive museum. I took a shot of the plaque and will post the info. I don't know if the display in the photo is permanent or they can swap it out.
 

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Thanks for the extra photos & info @Brownie I think it was meant to be sporty, at least according to Mr. Muntz, who apparently thought Ford got their inspiration for the Thunderbird from it.
Here's the description:
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Since there isn't going to be a real air show this year I decided to attend this annual event held at historic Willow Run Airport. I am really glad I did and will likely become a regular. This brings classic cars and vintage airplanes from all over the country for a day-long event. I spent 5 hours walking around and taking in a lot of history. The cars are a cut above, things you don't see at the local car shows. Some are drivers, some are from personal collections, and others are on loan from museums. The Indianapolis 500 museum, Chrysler's museum, and others.

Instead of inundating you I'll post some highlights. If you want to see more you can visit the Flickr album. There are 73 photos in the album now and I have more to process. Trucks an specialty vehicles. I'll add to the album as I do.

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmW6jfRL

I'll post what each item is if I can. I took photos of most of the plaques, but I'll need to edit the thread to add them.

A 1950 Muntz Jet with a B-25 Mitchell
View attachment 893530 P1062690 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

Fins for days! A 1959 Buick Electra 225, or as we called them a "Deuce and a Quarter"
View attachment 893531 P1062761 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

A beautiful Swift 210.
View attachment 893532 P1062737 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

Sitting inside Hangar 1, eating lunch and taking it in. The Bomber plant is on the left. The large green doors are where the completed bombers rolled out of the factory. They were then tested, and if any repairs were needed they were brought in this hangar before being deployed.
View attachment 893533 P1062844 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

1963 Chrysler Turbine on loan from the museum. Click play, speakers on. That's not a jet engine in the background, it's the car.
View attachment 893534 Chrysler Turbine by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

This 1954 Corvette was purchased new by the Owner's father. It has remained in the same family since new and has undergone 3 full restorations. The car has 9,000 miles on it.
View attachment 893535 P1062774 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

One of my favorites, a 1933 Packard Super 8 Club Sedan
View attachment 893536 P1062878 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

1925 Miller Straight Eight, Indianapolis 500 winner 1925. Owned by Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
View attachment 893537 P1062681 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

Hood Ornament, 1941 Cadillac.
View attachment 893538 P1062739 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

F-86 Sabre Jet, I think...
EDIT: The control tower in the background is the original tower for the bomber plant. It is no longer in use.
View attachment 893539 P1062775 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

PT-17 Stearman engine
View attachment 893540 P1062941 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr

Rosie viewed through a classic Thunderbird opera window. Airplane is a B-25 Mitchell.
View attachment 893541 P1062801_01 by Shotglass Photo, on Flickr
Very nice pictures if you don't mind what lens was used for the pictures Olympus or Panasonic?.
 

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This thing is crazy. General Motors sponsored the Parade of Progress using the "Futurliner", which travelled from town to town showing people what the future would bring. There was a caravan of these and support vehicles that went across the country. According to the story, they came to an end when one of the futuristic inventions they displayed became popular: The television.

The driver climbed a short flight of stairs to get to his perch, which put his head about 11' above the road. They said that going under an overpass the first few times was terrifying. He sat in the middle of the vehicle, I don't think there room for passengers but don't know for sure. They were letting people go in. I didn't, which in retrospect was a mistake.

The vehicle has dual front wheels due to weight and was very hard on power steering pumps.

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I saw this several years ago at a local wheels and wings show.
 

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Drats! I forgot all about this. I wanted to go this year and I ended up getting wrapped up on the boat. Dagnabbit, I'll have to shoot for next year.

Great images and narrative. Thanks for posting this.
 

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The Futureliners were made for the 1939 NY World's Fair. They were used by GM through out the 1950's to showcase new technologies. For the NY 1964 - 1965 World's Fair the GM Pavilion had a display of some gigantic device that was in some forest (think Amazon) creating a paved road as it traversed the forest. (I was 11 and went to the Fair a number of times.)
 

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I love this! Many of the photos have an "almost, but not quite, tone-mapped" feel about them. I never thought I'd live long enough to actually say this, but have you considered tone-mapping some of them? Yours are the first photos that I think I would enjoy as tone-mapped.
 

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If you mean "tone mapped" in the sense that they've been processed using an advanced tone curve to equalize the tones, that's already been done in varying degrees.

If you mean something else, you'll have to explain.
 

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