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post #21 of 38 (permalink) Old 01-09-2016, 09:37 PM
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About the Lockheed T 33, I though warbirds were all propeller planes.
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About the Lockheed T 33, I though warbirds were all propeller planes.
Well lets see, There was the ME 262 Schwalbe and 163 Komet (a rocket powered fighter that kill more of it's own pilots and ground crew than anything else) from Germany along with others in prototype form but not operational and England had their Gloster Meteor. The American jet were too late to see action but the P-80 Shooting Star was the first and did see service in Korea.

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About the Lockheed T 33, I though warbirds were all propeller planes.
I include the jets too, such as the Sabre (F-86, MiGs, etc). I believe the F-80 flew operationally in WW2, and certainly in Korea.

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F80 was operational in the end of WWII but never deployed to combat. pretty sure it used a Whittle engine made by GE

if I'm answering your question I assume the basic points have been addressed, such as: did you do a compression test? is it still on fire?
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Well lets see, There was the ME 262 Schwalbe and 163 Komet (a rocket powered fighter that kill more of it's own pilots and ground crew than anything else) from Germany along with others in prototype form but not operational and England had their Gloster Meteor. The American jet were too late to see action but the P-80 Shooting Star was the first and did see service in Korea.


Gloster Meteor

My dad used to work on Gloster Meteors during his time in the RAF. I did 12 years in RAF ATC. Got to see lots of old aircraft during display weekends. I went to this museum a few months ago : PLANES OF FAME - Chino, CA Location

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If you ever make it to Dayton OH check of the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson AFB. There are 4 hangers full of every thing from a Wright brothers glider and motor to a every fighter and bomber up to the B-2 and the last and only remaining XB-70 there's even a JU-88 along with scores of prototypes and more F-4s than you can shake a stick at, plan a day to drool!

Of course it's a bitter sweet thing to see these planes but know they will never fly again.

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If you ever make it to Dayton OH check of the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson AFB. There are 4 hangers full of every thing from a Wright brothers glider and motor to a every fighter and bomber up to the B-2 and the last and only remaining XB-70 there's even a JU-88 along with scores of prototypes and more F-4s than you can shake a stick at, plan a day to drool!

Of course it's a bitter sweet thing to see these planes but know they will never fly again.
I like the presidential hangar.
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I like the presidential hangar.
It's moving up tp the new hanger with the rest of the planes. No more bus ride onto the base. They just started to move plane up and it'll be a bit before they are all done.

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Took my brother to see the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Tuesday. While there I took pics for you guys of the P80 Shooting Star (fighter version of the T33) altho' this one has the later tip-tanks of the T33, rather than the originals which mounted UNDER the wing-tips)



and here's the BAD view of the six-guns...



The ONLY Canadian T33 I ever saw w/ six guns had them arrayed very similarly to the F86 Sabre's guns.

I ALSO got pics of the F94 which TOO was a version of the P80/T33, that one an interceptor which could unload a BUNCH of folding-fin rockets from each wing-pod AND from the nose just aft of the radome.





Sorry - I forgot to take pics of the F89 Scorpion....

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P-51 fatal crash near Casa Grande last week

Pilot killed in Maricopa plane crash was aviation executive - trivalleycentral.com: Area News

2 killed as small WWII-era plane crashes near Maricopa - Maricopa Monitor: Local News

Sad to lose two men, and that P-51....


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Saw this P-51 yesterday at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson.





MORE pics WILL follow, once I "re-size" them, including some modern stuff....

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I was there yesterday.
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Here's a pic of old and new....



That's an F-22 in formation w/ the P-51.

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Coolidge Fly-In 04 Feb '17

Went to the Fly-In today, and took a 'few' pics of two USN planes, a Bearcat and a T-28C.

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Really nice to see!

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It's so cold right now the birds aren't even flying here in Michigan! Glad you can still enjoy yourself outdoors. The bike is tucked away in the garage waiting for warmer weather and the HUGE box of farkles to adorn it! Keep sending the pics. They're about all that keep some of us going this time of year!!
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I spent a whole day wandering around the Pima County Museum........I actually worked on the Grumman A-6E Intruder that they have there. The Boeing Museum in Seattle is a great place to visit also.

Not to forget......the Spruce Goose is on the Columbia river west of Portland.

I worked at the airport when I was in high school and the Osh Kosh air show always brought some nice aircraft through our location. Great stuff.....I've always loved planes of all types.
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It's so cold right now the birds aren't even flying here in Michigan! Glad you can still enjoy yourself outdoors. The bike is tucked away in the garage waiting for warmer weather and the HUGE box of farkles to adorn it! Keep sending the pics. They're about all that keep some of us going this time of year!!
Take a trip to the USAF museum in Dayton, Ohio. better make it a weekend trip or longer there are 4 BIG hangers full of everything that could fly, and didn't, the Air Force had anything to do with. From the Wright Brothers to the F-22 and beyond it's there.

Last time I was there, couple of weeks ago, they were wheeling a V-22 in and moving the SR-71 around.

My favorite was the XB-70, the only one left BTW, and I can't tell you how BIG it is you have to see it for yourself and to think it was designed to fly at mach 3.5 and 70,000' in the '60s! The there are the X-15 and an A-12 (the fighter version of the SR-71).

There are F-82 Twin Mustangs and 1 of 3 of the Japanese "George" fighter and a JU-88 German Bomber, though this one was flown by the Romanians.
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DHC Chipmunk

I KNOW that the "Chippee" as we referred to it isn't a WW2 fighter, but it IS the airplane that started my flying career in the RCAF back in '67. After 26.7 hours on it (to ensure I had the aptitude to eventually graduate) I went on to the Tutor jet trainer (as used by the RCAF Snowbirds demonstration team), then the T-33 on which I got my "wings".

I rode to Casa Grande yesterday for the "Cactus Fly-In", cloudy, windy, not too many aircraft yet, but there WAS a Chipmunk in RCAF colors, same as when I trained on it, so I took a pic or two.



I have checked my airforce log-book, and I didn't fly this particular one during my training, but pretty soon the owner came up to me to chat. I mentioned my training on them, and my 26.7 hours, so he asked if I would like to sit in it. Of course I said "YES!"

(DISCLAIMER: I still weigh almost the same as then - FIFTY years ago!!! - tho' SOME has moved to new places on my body; I am about 2" shorter; and I was NOT wearing a parachute yesterday.)

As always I was ATGATT, so I climbed up the wing, confirmed that I would step into the seat before settling-in, then did so... at which time the owner offered to take my pic. I handed my camera over, and smiled

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MY but that is a MUCH smaller place than I remember. He asked if it looked 'familiar'. I admitted that, "NO" it didn't, and that HIS Chipmunk had, somehow, shrunk!

REALLY NICE day for an 'old pilot'....

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