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6th Aero Squadron Luke Field T.H. 1920


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#1 Salvage Sailor

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:45 PM

Aloha Everyone,

Usually I post groups of photos from my Schofield Barracks archive or USN collection, but here's something a bit different.

These are from a group that was sold a few years ago which were taken by the ground crews at Luke Field (now Ford Island) in 1920. They depict the 6th Aero Squadron at work, but mostly at play. Luke Field at this time was a bumpy rutted field scattered with guava tree stumps well known for very hairy landings.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:46 PM

Fortunately the aircraft of the day with their slow ground/air speeds were somewhat forgiving of this topography

Hangar on Luke Field

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:47 PM

Pilot with bomb

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:48 PM

close up

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:48 PM

Caption: Buck and Sport

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:50 PM

How's this for a firefighting vehicle

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:52 PM

Bare bones facilities in 1920

Check out the Aero symbol on the swimsuit

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:53 PM

Back to work

Private Vine and Curtis JN-4D Jenny

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:57 PM

The Bike and Sidecar was also used for play

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:58 PM

Flying over Honolulu - Iolani Palace, the only palace in the United States

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:00 PM

Close up of the Palace. I can only imagine the type of bulky photography gear they were slinging over the side for these shots.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:01 PM

3,000 feet over Honolulu

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:03 PM

1st platoon at the Centennial parade in Honolulu, April 15th, 1920

followed by

2nd platoon at the Centennial parade in Honolulu, April 15th, 1920

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:05 PM

Those sneaky aviators playing wargames with the Navy.

Note the biplane crossing the stern of the Battleship in the second photo.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:07 PM

Close ups of their prey.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:10 PM

Back to the hum drum of aviation and motorcycle mechanics.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:14 PM

Sneaking up on the doggies at Schofield Barracks

"I'll follow this fellow to find the rest"

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:14 PM

Gotcha!

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:17 PM

Now to buzz some balloons

2nd Observation Squadron over Fort Shafter

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:20 PM

Gee, they do look like ants from up here

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:22 PM

Nothing to hide from us as we cruise over Schofield

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:24 PM

....and then over the shoreline.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:25 PM

But although we have wings, we still have to go camping with the doggies and play soldier.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:27 PM

Is chow ready yet?

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:28 PM

Lieutenant, I reserved a cabin.....

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