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Mid-Atlantic Air Show!

On 5 June 2010, Dave, Susan and her mom (Pat) visited the Mid-Atlantic WWII Weekend in Reading, PA. Lots of terrific WWII aircraft.
Close-up of B-17 "Memphis Belle" nose section B-17: My favorite airplane of all time. Tough old birds - graceful, and deadly. Susan on the bottom-left. ... and me!
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B-25 Mitchell medium bomber cockpit - with updated electronics. British Lancaster - spotted this one flying as we were on our way back to the car. The British used the Lancaster mostly for night-bombing. It carried a much heavier load than the B-17. I believe this was a Helldiver.
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Reinactors - I think they were British. German reinactors - Poor guys were never allowed to win a battle here! Half-track with US GI reinactors. T-4 and T-6 Texan trainers. I flew one once on a Dreamflights experience.
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F4U Corsair on the ground. Note the pin-up girl is dressed to resemble the nose-art! The same Corsair in flight. Also known as the "hose nose" it took special skils to land these on aircraft carriers. P-51 Mustang - the Quicksilver. Beautifully painted.
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Where else can you find three P-51s lined up like this? P-40 Warhawk - best fighter we had at the start of WWII. Same P-40 in flight. This P-40 is painted as a "Flying Tiger"
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This has to be fun! The P-40 wasn't the best fighter in the air, but it got us through the early years This is a British Mark XIV Spitfire with a special enlarged engine. The Mark IV was developed to shoot down German Buzz Bombs
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People say the Spitfire is the most beautiful fighter of the war. I always thought they were funny-looking. Beautiful or ugly - without them, the Battle of Britain may have been lost - we all owe a lot to this airplane! The larger engine enabled the Mark IV to carry a five blade propeller. Lots of pictures of this one...
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