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squirl033 Jun 9, 2012 5:10 PM

"free fly day"
 
went up to Everett today for the first "free fly day" of the season at Paul Allen's Flying Heritage Museum. Every couple of weeks from early June through September, the museum takes a couple of their warbirds out for an "exercise flight", and the public can watch for free. today, the two aircraft were a Curtiss P-40C in the markings of the American Volunteer Group "Flying Tigers", and Japanese A6M2 Zero on its first public flight since restoration was completed. the clouds moved in as the show progressed, but it was still fun to watch these old birds fly again...

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http://i1246.photobucket.com/albums/...filteredsm.jpg

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emptyquiver Jun 9, 2012 5:30 PM

Wow...seeing that new Zero they have been working on in flight must of been great. Love that paint job.

Hawgwild Jun 9, 2012 11:32 PM

Rocky, I like all these, but numbers two and three are exquisite. The last one looks like the Zero is about to get his come-uppance. :D

squirl033 Jun 9, 2012 11:56 PM

thanks, guys!

Robert, i think they staged their approach deliberately to make it look like that, even though the Flying Tigers never actually fought against Zeros in the early stages of the war... they were mostly up against the Nakajima KI-43 "Oscar" fighters which were the Japanese army's front-line fighter throughout the war (the Zero was a naval aircraft). the Oscars were not as fast as the Zeros, but were even more nimble, and the P-40's had a hard time if they tried to maneuver with the Japanese planes. fortunately, the Oscars were rather flimsy, so it didn't take much to shoot one down if you got one in your sights, and they were very lightly armed - typically just two .30-cal machine guns, so they had a hard time inflicting serious damage on the heavier and sturdier P-40s.

FredS Jun 10, 2012 12:13 PM

WOW, Excellent shots Rocky
Frame them !

Steven R Jun 10, 2012 1:19 PM

Dittos. Excellent captures.

squirl033 Jun 10, 2012 10:35 PM

thanks, Fred and Steven... :D


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