Pictures From a Friend
When we ran our series on the "Stoof" several issues ago we included a couple of photos of a burning TS-2A that ended up ditching alongside it's training carrier, the Lexington. A little later on, in our 100th issue, we ran the 1985 Approach article that detailed that incident, with the comment that the copies of that article came from Richard Adams, who was in the helo involved rescuing the crew of that crash. The copy that he provided was in his photo album of his time in the Navy, which also included the following shots. They provide an interesting glimpse into the TraCom of the early 1960s and we think you'll enjoy them.
The Last of the Deuces (For a While, Anyway)
We all knew the time had to come---sooner or later we'd run out of either photographs or enthusiasm for our ongoing coverage of the "Deuce" and in this case it's the latter, which means today's the day for our last F-102 piece for a while. There's a ton of stuff we didn't cover, and we'll get around to it eventually, but there's so much neat material coming in on other topics that, quite frankly, we want the space! Patience is, as always, a virtue...
You Never Know Who You'll Meet on the Ramp
We run lots of pictures of airplanes around here and every once in a while we run pictures of people with airplanes too, but until today we've never run pictures of girls with airplanes. It's not anything we're going to do very often, but Mark Nankivil came up with some pretty nifty photos of an airplane with a Special Girl in front of it, and we figured you'd be interested. Let's climb into the Wayback Machine and take a look!
It's Big, It's Loud, and It's Ever So Cool
We are, of course, talking about McDonnell's incomparable F-101B Voodoo, an aircraft that was a mainstay of American (and Canadian) air defense for over two decades. Like any number of other first-line fighters, a large number of F-101Bs ended up in the Guard. These photos were taken on 22 May, 1982, at an airshow at Ellington ANGB in Houston. The unit is the 111th FIS of the 147th FIG and they were on their last legs with the type when these pictures were taken; they quickly transitioned into F-4Ds, and then F-16s, but neither type could match the Voodoo for sheer class...
It's Big Too, and Sometimes It's the Most Beautiful Aircraft Ever Built
Every once in a while things Go Wrong with military airplanes. Sometimes the airplane breaks, and sometimes the pilot just messes up. Sometimes it's none of the above, but rather the effect of a Bad Guy who has managed to ruin somebody's day. If you're ever in that particular situation, the aircraft you're about to look at just may be the prettiest airplane you'll ever see.
Happy 4th of July!
We've been looking at photos of F-4s in the archives, as the picture above might indicate. Today's Happy Snap is a direct result of that exploration.
The Relief Tube
Let's start today's adventure with a continuation of that whole What's The Red Thingy On The TA-4J Nose Gear question. There's now absolutely no doubt in our minds that the red nose gear on that two-seat "Scooter" we ran a while back was a replacement unit, mounted for ground handling use only. We're still looking for a good, close shot of that particular landing gear, but until it happens here's a close-up photo to show what the normal unit is supposed to look like:
Tommy Thomason had some comments on those FH-1 Phantom shots we ran last time, and provided us with some additional information as well:
For completeness, here's an FH picture in color since you didn't seem to have one. VF-17 qualified most, if not all, its pilots aboard Saipan, (a CVL!), in May 1948 without dinging any in the process, unlike VF-51 in its FJs on the west coast. McDonnell seems to have pioneered red on the interior of gear doors. The nose gear doors don't seem to have a red interior but they are red on the Smithsonian airplane and its restorers are pretty careful about things like this. Also, in many of my pictures of parked FHs, the flaps are down. T
Dave Menard provided us with the 86th FG P-47 photos we ran last time, and has some additional comments regarding their markings:
Phil, when the 86th FBW was flying Jugs(until the late summer of 1950 when 80 brand new F-84Es were ferried over for the conversion), they were not based at Landstuhl, but at Neubiberg AB, near Munich. NA1 was the CO's a/c, as NB was code for 525th, NC for the 526th and ND for the 527th. That NA was for HQ weinies! Notice the Luftwaffe style font on that tail number on 433801. The USAF hired many an ex Luftwaffe ground troops to help out, if you can believe it. We had them at Hahn and one worked on the first ejection seat trials on FW190s and another was in the Me163 program.
The original unit ID for the Jugs of the 86th was entire cowling in red with red cheat line along the anti-glare area. A few months before the F-84Es were due in, am not sure just how many months, they changed this to entire cowling AND rudder in unit colors as well as that cheat line. Here is a shot of many all lined up for inspection(?) and you can see where some paint has weathered off to expose the red! Unfortunately, I have no idea what color went with what sqdn when the Jugs got the yellow, red and blue cowlings, cheat lines and rudders, and the retired pilots passed before they could answer those questions. Please credit the following photo to LtCol Frank Crain(RIP) . Cheers, dave
Martin Kyburz of Swiss Mustangs also had some comments to offer regarding the 86th's use of the "Jug":
Phil, great collection of those 86th FG P-47's at Neubiberg and Munich-Riem Airfields.... the 86th deployed to Munich-Riem in Spring-Summer 1948 when the runway at Neubiberg was extended. The two unmarked ships during a ferry flight most probably went to Turkey; as per my notes and photographs there were 75 P-47's stored at Neubiberg during February/March 1948 destined for delivery to Turkey under MDAP. Most of the ships depicted in your photographs later went to the Italian Air Force under MDAP! Details to follow! Martin
Thanks, Martin! This is probably a really good time to remind our readers to check out Martin and Tommy's web sites, as well as the others that are listed in our Links section. There's some neat stuff to be found out there, and we're barely scratching the surface of it here at RIS. It's well worth your while to do a little exploring!
Finally, Hubert Petzmeier of 916 Starfighter has seen some additional information regarding a couple of those F-104s we ran last time:
Hi Phillip. I ran into your blog again; a few comments: See the full nose art on 749 in 1961 at
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/images/content/306509main_E-6511_full.jpg and the story of the crash:
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/history/Features/Thompsons_Wild_Ride.html . The story on my website (with info on the special centerline load): http://www.916-starfighter.de/Large/Stars/wU749.htm . Hubert
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