The stars at night are big and bright...

The stars at night are big and bright...
The stars at night are big and bright...

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bird Of Prey Returns To The Skies






For the unacquainted reader, I am an aviation nut. WWII warbirds to be more precise. I stumbled across this on one of the aviation forums I frequent.



A team of volunteers spent over 11 years and 12,000 manhours restoring a 1944 Douglas B-26B to flight status. The versatile twin engine B-26 medium bomber was an excellent design and saw action in WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Bay of Pigs. It had many variations and played multiple roles. It was a sleek and deadly warbird.



Work on this aircraft, which came from a Forbes, Kansas museum, began in 1998 when the plane was disassembled, crated up and shipped in pieces to volunteers at the Fairfield County Airport in Ohio who had the means to restore it.



What a wonderful job they did!





3 comments:

The Donald said...

Sweet! Speaking of warbirds, after church yesterday I spent the remainder of the day puttering around wearing my [Mitchell B-25] Devil Dog t-shirt. Maybe will wear my B-17 "Chuckie" shirt next weekend. Alliance Airshow just around the corner...

chupacabra said...

Was that the same aircraft they stuck 8 or 10 .50 cals in the nose of for ground/shipping attacks? I remember newsreel footage of strikes against Japanese ships- awe inspiring.

RPM said...

The Martin B-26 could carry up to 12 .50 cal guns.

The Douglas A-26 could carry up to 18 with underwing pods.

You definitely did not want to see one of them heading your way on a straifing run.