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An American collector buddy of mine forwarded me the link below. It's an incredible photographic archive of US military aviation. Many of the images once graced the pages of "LIFE" magazine. The quality is remarkable, particularly the Kodachrome transparencies which still look so fresh and vibrant! Here's a sample. Take your time, browse through them at your leisure...and enjoy!

 

http://www.mission4t...nish=15&start=0

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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B-26

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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The prototype of Bell's Airacuda. Very "futuristic" in its day. Never made it into production.

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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B-26 crew.

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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"The Arsenal of Democracy" in action. Republic's P-47 production line.

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Factory-fresh Wildcats...good to go!

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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one of those photos has worldwar2database.com. many page of good photos with descripions attached. also there's a video webite called real military flix. all video. its now called real militaty. select your war at the top and see many vids that have never been published. go to:

 

http://www.realmilitaryvideos.com/

 

here's a samply from the tube

 

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I hadn't delved that deeply. Thanks for adding that. It's a great resource!

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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A fine array of B-10s and a B-9.

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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"Pilots...man your planes!"

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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"Now that's what I call a six-pack!" :o

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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The Bell Airacuda, as in post # 3 can be seen, albeit fleetingly, here! Apparently they did build enough of them to equip a squadron, but in practice the design was found to be flawed so it was soon taken out of service.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNXADjmBhAc

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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An American collector buddy of mine forwarded me the link below. It's an incredible photographic archive of US military aviation. Many of the images once graced the pages of "LIFE" magazine. The quality is remarkable, particularly the Kodachrome transparencies which still look so fresh and vibrant! Here's a sample. Take your time, browse through them at your leisure...and enjoy!

 

http://www.mission4t...nish=15&start=0

This birs is either VB or VS-8

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Thanks for those extras Johnny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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An American collector buddy of mine forwarded me the link below. It's an incredible photographic archive of US military aviation. Many of the images once graced the pages of "LIFE" magazine. The quality is remarkable, particularly the Kodachrome transparencies which still look so fresh and vibrant! Here's a sample. Take your time, browse through them at your leisure...and enjoy!

 

http://www.mission4t...nish=15&start=0

Correction to earlier post of this photo , unit emblem would be that used by both VS-6 and VB-13

Johnny

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Hey Johnny...there are 40+ pages of pics. Start browsing through them and you'll be there for a couple of hours...trust me!! :D

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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B-25H. More awesome firepower. Check out that canon! :o

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Hi Sabrejet,

 

here's a nice bit of colour footage showing B-25s being prepared for a mission and the 75mm gun being fired.....

 

 

cheer,

 

-John

Interested in US Naval and Marine aviation history, aircrew wings & insignia.

WW2 US Navy and Marine Grumman Wildcat, Avenger & Douglas SBD aircraft.

Also interested in US 5th AF in Australia.


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Awesome footage! Thanks for that John. I can't imagine what it must have been like inside those B-25s with the 75mm and all those 50s simultaneously blasting away...plus the vibrations from the motors!! :o

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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