Friday, April 16, 2010

A Special Post - Doolittle Raiders

For today I am not posting any pictures from the Lane Museum. My brother lives in Ohio where Wright-Paterson Air Force base is located. This weekend they are having a celebration honoring the Doolittle Raiders of WW2. April 18, 1942 16 B 24 bombers took off from the deck of the USS Hornet to strike the first blow back at the Japanese after Pearl Harbor. There were 80 men in these 16 planes and only 8 are still alive. They are trying to gather all of the flying B 24's in the US to do a fly in at Wright-Paterson. My brother and his wife took all of these pictures so I offer a big thanks for them.As of Thursday evening there were 17 at the Urbana Ohio airport with more due today.
The nose art on the old planes is one of their great draws.

Some more interesting than others.

I find all parts of the old plane fascinating. and good looking.

These old planes take a huge amount of maintenance to keep them flying. a true labour of love.

One beautiful airplane.

Shell feeds for the side mount machine guns. We still need to remember what these planes were designed to do.

Two arriving together with the first peeling off to land.

The last to land at sunset. Here is a short video of one rolling in to park.

1 comment:

rob ijbema said...

another one of my love's the old war planes
wish i had more time to paint them too!
nice pics mike