Warbird Area

C-47

“Second Chance” is an original WWII C-47. Transferred to the RAF prior to D-Day our C-47 saw action in both the Overlord Operation and Market Garden. Currently our C-47 is one of the few true C-47s still in stock military configuration. During the summer visitors to the museum can fly on her as part of our living history D-Day Flight Experience program.

Mission : Air Transport, Airborne resupply, and Paratroop operations

Crew: 4-Pilot, Co-Pilot, Navigator, Radio Operator

Max Speed: 224 Mph/195kts

Range: 1391 nm

First Flight: 23 Dec 1941

In service: Still in foreign Military Service/ Civilian Transport Service

Length: 63′ 9″

Wingspan: 95′ 6″

Height: 17′

Max Takeoff Weight: 31,000lbs

Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney 1830-90C Twin Wasp 14-cylinder radial engines, 1,200 hp

Manufacturer: Douglas Aircraft Company

B-25

“Miss Hap” is the oldest surviving B-25 having been the 4th off the North American Aviation Production Line in 1940

Mission: Medium Bomber

Max Speed: 272 Mph

Range: 1,350 nm

First Flight: 19 August 1940

In service: 1940-1979(Last Flown by Indonesian AF)

Length: 52′ 11″

Wingspan: 67′ 7″

Height: 16′ 4″

Max Takeoff Weight: 35,000lbs

Powerplant: 2x Wright R-2600 air cooled Radial Engine 1700hp

Manufacturer: North American Aviation

Corsair

Goodyear FG-1D Corsair “Skyboss”

Museum Status: Restored / Operational Flight Status

Our Corsair variant is a Goodyear Manufactured FG-1D built in Akron,OH. Known as Whistling Death by the Japanese the Corsair was a formidable Dogfighter as well as ground support aircraft. Although designed as a carrier based Aircraft the Corsair had significant landing issues on carrier decks in its early years. As a result the U.S. Marines became the primary user as a land based fighter in the Pacific Theater. The most notable users being the “Blacksheep” Squadron led by Major Pappy Boyington. Eventually the carrier issues were sorted out and it was adopted by the U.S. Navy later in the war but not in large numbers. The Corsair became the primary carrier based close air support aircraft during the Korean war for the Navy and Marines.

Mission : Fighter-Bomber

Crew: 1 Pilot

Max Speed: 453 mph / 395 kts

Combat Radius: 600 nm

First Flight: 29 May 1940

In service: 1942-1979(Retired from Honduran AF)

Length: 33′

Wingspan: 41′

Height: 14′ 8 “

Max Takeoff Weight: 12,000lbs

Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Radial 2325hp

Manufacturer: Goodyear(Under contract from Vought)

Avenger

“Spooky”

B-17

The Boeing B-17, nicknamed the “Flying Fortress”, is a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed in the 1930′s for the United States Air Force. From its introduction in 1938, the B-17 Flying Fortress evolved through numerous design advances. The B-17 was primarily employed by the U.S.A.F. and was given the task of destroying enemy war facilities through precision strategic bombardment during World War II. The Flying Fortress quickly proved to be a strategic weapon for the U.S. as a potent, high-flying, long-range bomber that was able to not only defend itself but also return home regardless of substantial damage. The B-17 secured itself as an effective weapons system by dropping more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft throughout WWII. As of September 2012, only 10 airframes remain flyable! Our award winning B-17G “Yankee Lady” is the finest example of this type of aircraft still flying in the world today

 

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P-51

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