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Combat Warplanes / Re: These Big Boeing Bombers!!
« on: April 22, 2006, 04:43:48 PM »
Photo of the prototype of famous B-52 is more then interesting. Long time ago I had hear that this was based on some of the German project but never hear anything more about this. Interesting that B-47 was treated as a top secret project and USAF hesitate it's use in the combat to avoid lost and possible capture and test by enemy.

Combat Warplanes / Doolittle Tokyo Raiders
« on: April 19, 2006, 07:26:05 PM »
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio, April 19, 2006  - Eight of the surviving 16 "Doolittle Tokyo Raiders" gathered at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force here yesterday for their 64th annual reunion and to remember those who have gone before them.
"We're gathered to remember a historic event that changed the hearts of the American people," Lloyd Bryant, a Dayton, Ohio, radio announcer and former U.S. Air Force officer, said at the memorial ceremony. "We are here to pay tribute to those brave men, whose courageous action gave Americans their first glimpse of victory during the darkest days of World War II."
The Doolittle Raiders were a group of 80 volunteer airmen from the U.S. Army Air Forces who on April 18, 1942, flew 16 B-25 Mitchell airplanes from the deck of the USS Hornet on a daring mission to bomb Japan. Their name is derived from the man who led the air raid, Army Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle.
The raiders' objective was to bomb multiple Japanese cities and then land at an airstrip in China for refueling. Unfortunately, a Japanese patrol boat spotted the Hornet, forcing the Americans to launch the attack hundreds of miles before the intended launch point. After dropping their payloads, the raiders continued on toward China, but a combination of bad weather and low fuel forced the crewmembers to either bail out or crash land in a Japanese-occupied portion of China. One plane landed safely in Russia, where its crew was interned.
"We were on empty and flew about 500 miles inside the coast of China before we ran out of fuel and had to bail out in Japanese-occupied territory," co-pilot retired Lt. Col. Bob Hite said. The Japanese captured Hite along with his crew. He was held as a prisoner of war until Japan surrendered in August 1945.
The raid achieved little in terms of damage inflicted on Japan, but was a huge morale booster to the American people, coming just four months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Navigator retired Lt. Col. Chase Nielson, who also was held as a prisoner of war, said he hoped the actions of the Doolittle Raiders would always serve as an inspiration to all Americans. "I learned a few lessons, especially how to appreciate mankind, our democracy and the beautiful wonderful world we live in," he said. "I hope others do too."
Nielson said the greatest satisfaction he got from participating in the raid was the fact that he helped defend the ideals of the United States. "We are all honored that we had a part in protecting the freedoms and the democracy that we call the United States," Nielson said. "There isn't a better place in the world to live, believe me."
The surviving members of the raid cite the leadership of Jimmy Doolittle as the biggest factor in enabling them to undertake their perilous mission. "We had a great leader in Jimmy Doolittle," Tom Griffin, who was a 25-year-old lieutenant at the time of the raid, said. "He was the kind of leader who made us believe we could do this job."
"We all felt that Jimmy Doolittle was No. 1," Hite added. "He had it all -- intelligence, bravery and great leadership qualities."
Also attending the reunion was Tung Sheng Liu, a Chinese citizen who at age 24 helped one of the Doolittle crews escape the clutches of the Japanese. Liu, who spoke some English at the time, acted as a translator between the raiders and other sympathetic Chinese citizens. After some intense planning and daring maneuvering, Liu and his cohorts delivered the crew safely to Chungking, a city in southwestern China that was not occupied by Japan.
"It took us 10 days to travel a short distance, because it was occupied territory. Japanese units constantly patrolled," Liu said. "Then we traveled two more days by bus, eventually making it to Chunking."
In 1946, Liu moved to Minneapolis to attend graduate school and was stunned two years later when he learned that the Doolittle reunion was scheduled to be held there. "I read this in the paper and went to join them," he said. "They welcomed me as an honorary raider. I've been coming to the reunion ever since."
The bond among the Doolittle Raiders has remained tight over the years. "They're a great bunch of guys. We all know each other's children and grandchildren," Griffin said. "We're like a big family."
"This is a pretty fine group of guys," Hite said. "I don't know anybody better."
The first 10 Doolittle Raiders reunions were attended by the crewmembers only and, Griffin said, were somewhat raucous affairs. But when their wives began attending, things began to calm down a bit, he said. "From then on, the whole tenor of the reunions changed," Griffin said. "We calmed down and got to bed like civilized people. But the first 10 were some pretty wild reunions."
Other Doolittle Raiders in attendance were Bill Bower, Ed Horton, Frank Kappeler, Dick Cole and David Thatcher.

USAF press service

Warplane Art / Re: Napad!
« on: April 07, 2006, 06:35:31 PM »
Za Korel ovo i nije lose. Mozes jos malo da ga retusiras u Fotosopu... recimo probaj sa Filterima na nebu iz umetnicke palete.

Warplane Art / Nakajima Shoki
« on: April 05, 2006, 04:09:16 PM »
Here it is sample from Akeno Air base

Combat Warplanes / Re: The real stuff: more SAAB's!
« on: April 01, 2006, 04:05:28 PM »
SAAB won the contract at 29 March 1968 for the delivery of 20 single seat fighters and two trainers [but with combat capabilities] to the Denmark. The primary role in the Denmark was ground attack. Plane had eleven hardpoint. The same version XD was developed from original F [Filip Ett and Filip Tva] and it comprised RWR retrofitted tail, 30 mm ADEN cannon external mounting, bilget canopy and no radar. This planes replace F-100 Super sabre in service.

Combat Warplanes / Re: The real stuff: more SAAB's!
« on: March 31, 2006, 11:31:02 PM »
Yes- they are more then nice. This modeling events are very interesting. I have also on some here in serbia trade some archive photos.

Danish Draken photo is great stuff!!!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Griffon 1/72
« on: March 26, 2006, 02:09:19 PM »
Nice looking model!!! And good details + detail set!

Combat Warplanes / Re: Blunt-nose Starfighter
« on: March 25, 2006, 12:25:30 PM »
I got some info from the USAF History services and this could be photograph of the F-104s acquired by NASA involved in experimentation with different radomes including a radome from a U-2.   The NASA number they believe is 820. I try to find some info from NASA officials and still wait for their reply.
USAF # F-104A-20-L0 56-790

Combat Warplanes / Re: Original Griffon photographs
« on: March 24, 2006, 10:37:13 PM »
Great link!! But all in French- do you know contact address [email] of the publisher or author?

Combat Warplanes / Re: Blunt-nose Starfighter
« on: March 21, 2006, 10:06:44 PM »
Hope I will have some better info untill the end of this week.

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Griffon 1/72
« on: March 21, 2006, 01:25:50 PM »
Voila :) Thank for this valuable info safo!!!

Combat Warplanes / Re: Nord Griffon
« on: March 18, 2006, 07:03:36 PM »
safo_ test you read my mind's- I have just put small topic of this model,100.0.html and your add would be great appreciated :)

Aircraft Modeling / Griffon 1/72
« on: March 18, 2006, 07:01:41 PM »
There is one interesting kit of the Nord Griffon test plane. Model is made by Airmodel from Germany and main parts are vacuu form and the small part are epoxy resin casted. Cockpit canopy is clear vacuu form. Instruction is made on two sheet paper, one with basic instruction and the other one with technical drawings and paint scheme. No decal included. Kit is correct in shape while some of the panels have to be rescribed.

Combat Warplanes / Re: Original Griffon photographs
« on: March 17, 2006, 09:40:46 PM »
I note some frame on the cockpit canopy... it look like second prototype had three models of canopy?

Combat Warplanes / Re: Original Griffon photographs
« on: March 17, 2006, 08:20:27 AM »
Feel free to place photos here, I am sure they would be very interesting :)

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