I've got a lot of pictures. Some people I know have more, and some people I know have a whole lot more, but at the end of the day I've got a lot of pictures. I know where most of them came from, but not all, 'cause I write such things on the photos when I get 'em; important stuff like the airplane type and serial number, the photographer's name, where and when it was taken, etc. Anyway I do that most of the time. Sometimes I don't, and that's the case with what follows. I have no idea where I came by any of these images of the F-89, or even when; they were just in there when I opened the folder!
That said, let's take a look at some pictures. And one more thing---if I got them from anybody who's reading this blog, please let me know they're your shots so I can credit them properly!
A Spiffy Zipper
I don't know if I ever mentioned it or not, but I'm really a big fan of the F-104. One of the more significant operators of the type was Taiwan, yet we know next to nothing about their experience with the aircraft, although it can be surmised that some of them saw air-to-air combat against Communist China during the Cold War. We can also surmise that the RF-104Gs were kept busy. This photo is a little smaller than I'd like, but it's so neat that I had to include it today. Hat's off to Don Jay for this image.
Whatever Happened to Those Guys?
Long ago, in what now seems to have been a far-away land, there was an air force that was comprised of several various commands. One of those commands was tasked with defending the continental United States against aerial aggression and was known as Air Defense Command. In keeping with that name, and with their mission, they operated aircraft that were, for the most part, designed and developed as interceptors. There was, however, one glaring exception. The Lockheed F-104A was briefly used as an interceptor by them but lasted barely two years in the mission before being passed on to the Air National Guard. The type was briefly reassigned to ADC during the mid-1960s, then retired for good. Don Jay has provided a fine shot of one preparing to launch (although the shot may well be staged since there's no ground crew around the aircraft and it's not hooked up to any sort of GSE):
Let's Look At a Slick Chick
Or better yet, let's look at three of them! Ben Brown's a Hun fan and sent in this shot a couple of days ago. That, my friends, is more RF-100As than I've ever seen in one place at the same time!
Got a Thang For Them Drones
Here's a little bit more on that F6F-5K that we ran the other day, or a little more about the paintwork found on the type, anyway. I'm pretty convinced that airplane with the Sparrow hanging off of it is in Glossy Sea Blue; in fact I'd almost be willing to bet that it is. Tommy Thomason concurs, and that puts it to rest as far as I'm concerned. Not all drones were painted that way, though; most of the -5Ks were far more colorful in actual service. Tommy sent along a couple of shots of Pt Mugu-based Hellcats to show a couple of other schemes that could apply. (At this rate we should probably do a book!)
A Little Bit More On "My Snoopy"
Remember that spiffy looking F-4D named "My Snoopy" that we ran a few days ago? If you do, you probably also remember a comment about the incorrect presentation of the serial number. Here's a comment on same from old friend Dave Menard:
That F-4D 66-8702 with the confusing radio call number can be explained (sort of). If she had left the factory in gray/white, that number would have been 68702 for 66-8702, but there was nothing in T.O. 1-1-4 on how to paint that with the tail code, just where and what dimensions. So one depot or local (GI) paint shop could/would put either the 66 or 68 under the AF and then the 702, so one had to know the full serial off the side of the intake. Huns had this done all the time!
DaveIf you look at enough photos of Vietnam-era airplanes you'll see a number of examples of this. Sometimes the incorrect presentation followed the aircraft through the greater portion of its life, e.g. mis-marked F-4s were still showing up as late as the mid-1980s! Some things never change!
Another Day Gone
That's it for today, ya'll. If things ever settle down around here I'll run a few more modeling pieces. Until that time I hope you're enjoying The Real Thing. Be good to your neighbor and we'll meet again soon!