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Classic Wings Magazine WWII Naval Aviation Research Pacific Warbird Digest
Final Cut-The Post War B-17 Flying Fortress and Survivors - 5th Edition


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They sure look like models with the windows painted over!

What is the deal with the P-63 exhaust? Is that correct?

T-6 looks like a Harvard to me.

And what is the reasoning behind displaying the plane with the wings and vertical stabilizer removed?


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Man, I had no idea that they had such rare (and cool) airplanes on display there. Thanks for posting, Brad.

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It is depressing to think the P-38 and P-82 pictured will never fly again. With that being said, I am ecstatic that the CAF P-82 will take to the skies once again!

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I remember a previous thread on these aircraft a number of months ago and somebody mentioning the B-24 was a fiberglass replica...is that true?

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The B-24 is a fiberglass replica. The actual B-24 that was on display went to Duxford a few years back and has been restored. It is now on display in the American Air Museum. I believe the P-38 is a fake as well...

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The fake gun turrets on some of those planes...yikes! They would look better with nothing at all in my opinion (i.e. B-25, B-17, B-29).

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The airplane park looks nicely maintained. They must have some budget for upkeep and aircraft maintainence. As I remember the airplane park at Barksdale, albeit has a good number of representative bombers and tankers, was not as well maintained. I would guess these pictures were made this week right after the ice storm because there looks like ice is still lingering on some the propeller tips and on top of some of the vertical stabilizers. San Antonio is rich in aviation history. Thanks for posting the pictures.


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That "ice" are actually small spikes to keep the birds from roosting on the prop blades and verticle surfaces to help reduce the resultant mess associated with our feathered friends.

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I think I'm going to burst a vessle here, but, are the...

P-38
P-47
P-51
P-63
F-82
B-24
B-17
B-29
A-26
B-25
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Real?

I know, that was a rhetorical question.

Jesus $%#@&* christ! (yeah, the weird character thing started with an F, ended with a G, and had uckin in the middle)

I'm a newbie at this, and mostly follow privately owned warbirds. Is this prevalent in the gubmints way to store artifacts? Or is this just an aberration? I am suddenly bummed.

I am thinking about a lot of things that maybe could be done, but I think I am just going to be be bummed out for awhile...............

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As mentioned the B-24 is a fiberglass replica. The Air Force traded the real one a few yeara back for a Spitfire and some other part to England. The P-38 is a fiberglass replica donated by a local businessman (USAA insurance) This is the first time I had seen the P-51 painted as Petie 2nd. Looks like a H model to me.


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Considering that they sit outdoors, they look to be in very good shape. They are all clean, and paint is in good shape. Funny that c-123 is 668, and the one that I used to be a crew member on at Air Heritage is 664.

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I think the A-26/B-26 Invader was recovered in Honduras and flown up to the states in 1982. It's tail number should be 44-35918.

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I think the A-26/B-26 Invader was recovered in Honduras and flown up to the states in 1982. It's tail number should be 44-35918.

Yes,that was indeed the FAH-510.


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Normally I hate seeing aircraft outside but it looks like this is done very well and maintained on a regular basis. It reminds me alot of Castle AFB and their outdoor musem. I think having the grass surrounding the planes makes for a nice touch. There sure is some nice stuff though.

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