Aviation

Not Just B-25’s

This past week we had a plethora of B-25’s. It’s not often I get to use that word but it does seem appropriate. This was the largest gathering of B-25’s since WWII! Astonishingly that’s only 20. There are just that few of them left flying. Well the B-25’s weren’t the only gals up there, we had few other visitors in support of the event. Like the Texas Flying Legend boys.

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Those guys were great bringing 5 planes for the event! Although known of them except the B-25 was allowed to be at Wright Patterson, due to it being a Air Force base and the government is a little fickle about those things, we had did have some opportunities to see them fly at Grimes Field, Urbana.

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The P40K and FG-1D were both of particular interest. Being one of the only FG-1 Corsair’s out there, it’s easy to see why it gets so much attention. Despite the usual four bladed prop this one has only three. It’s also one of the few Corsairs made by Goodyear after the Navy contract with Vought got so big that they couldn’t handle the whole contract for the Navy’s time schedule.

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Now of course there wasn’t just Warbirds at Grimes. The field also had its share of kit planes, home built’s and weekend recreational planes. This little red one, which i don’t know what it is, was fun to see come down the taxiway after the B-25’s.

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Then there was this favorite. Nothing more than an old fashioned Bonanza. The V tail certainly gives it a different look as apposed to modern A36’s. Personally this is the part that I love seeing about planes. You go to a show expecting to see certain things but you never know what else might pop up.

In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, 70-200 VRII, 200-400 VR, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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