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P-51 Mustang "Val-Halla"

 

The P-51 was the “100 day wonder” of WWII.  Originally specified and ordered by Great Britain, and ignored by the US Army Air Corps, the aircraft was designed and built by North American Aviation from the ground up in 100 days.

 

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A-1 Skyraider "The Proud American"

 

Manufactured by Douglas Aircraft, the first prototype for the Skyraider took to the skies in 1945. It would be the mid-50’s though, during the Korean conflict, before the Skyraider saw front-line service with the US Navy and Marines.

 

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Interstate Cadet "The Pearl"

 

Interstate Aircraft and Engineering Company manufactured aircraft in El Segundo California from 1937 to 1945. El Segundo is on the Pacific Coast of California, immediately adjacent to the south side of what is now LAX international airport.

 

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T-6F Texan

 

The North American T-6 Texan is a single-engine advanced trainer aircraft used to train fighter pilots of the United States Army Air Forces, United States Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II.

 

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T-6D "Hog Wild Gunner"

 

The North American T-6 Texan is a single-engine advanced trainer aircraft used to train fighter pilots of the United States Army Air Forces, United States Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II.

 

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A6M2 "Tora" Zero replica

 

This Zero, N7757 is probably best described as a Movie Star. She owes her existence to the 20th Century Fox movie company who in 1968 needed Japanese airplanes for the filming of their epic film, “Tora! Tora! Tora!”, which portrays events leading to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941.

 

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T-34A Mentor

 

The Beechcraft T-34 Mentor is an American propeller-driven, single-engined, military trainer aircraft derived from the Beechcraft Model 35 Bonanza.

 

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Cessna O-1 Birddog

 

The L19/O-1 is another example of a civilian aircraft being modified for military service. Originally designed and manufactured by Cessna Aircraft the 305A was developed from the model 170 to Army specifications.

 

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Cessna O-2 Skymaster

 

The Cessna O-2 Skymaster is a militarized version of the Cessna 337 which was produced for the U.S. Air Force in 1966 to replace the Cessna O-1 until a purpose-built Forward Air Control aircraft came on line.

 

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L-13 Grasshopper

 

A multi-mission airplane, it was supposed to be the ultimate in liaison birds, meant to carry as many as six people, a camera assembly and two litters side-by-side. It was to be a flying 4×4 truck, or maybe a Jeep.

 

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Fairlchild PT-19 Cornell

 

The PT-19 developed by Fairchild in 1938 to satisfy a military requirement for a rugged monoplane primary trainer, was ordered into quantity production in 1940.

 

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PT-13 Stearman

 

The PT-13 & PT-17 was produced in numbers by Boeing Aircraft from 1936 to 1944.  It originally flew on 26 Nov 1934.  The PT-13 was typical of the biplane primary trainer used during the late 1930’s and WWII.

 

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F-89 Scorpion

 

The F-89 Scorpion was developed to counter the Soviet threat to the United States during the Cold War, and replaced the P-61 Black Widow and F-82 Twin Mustang beginning in 1950.

 

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Bell 47/H-13 Sioux

 

Manufactured by Bell Helicopters as the Model 47, this aircraft is one of the most popular, light helicopters ever built. The Army first acquired a militarized version of the Bell 47, now called the H13, in 1946.

 

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Bell UH-1B Huey

 

Manufactured by Bell Helicopters as the Model 47, this aircraft is one of the most popular, light helicopters ever built. The Army first acquired a militarized version of the Bell 47, now called the H13, in 1946.

 

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