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B-25's claim to fame was Doolittle's daring Tokyo Raid in April
1942. 16 land- based B-25s launched from a very crowded USS
Hornet, hurting the Empire's morale.
a DC-3 airliner, the C-47 Skytrain, Dakota or 'Gooney Bird' served as a
workhorse in every theatre. Used for the famed Arnhem and D-day
Fortress, used in day- light raids over Germany. USAAF bombing
effort had a far greater impact than RAF night attacks in crippling the
Reich. B-17 crews flew protective box formations into constant
danger against fighters and flak. The 'G' model had chin guns added
after head-on attacks. 'Sally B' shown here.
were built to escort the 'Mighty 8th' AF B-17s and B-24s on their daylight
bombing missions, all the way to Germany and back. They were the key
to victory. RAAF Mustang shown here.
F86A Sabre, Duxford
into USAF service in 1948. First fighter capable of Mach 1 in a
dive. Evenly matched with the MiG-15, the Sabre pilots in Korea used
their superior skill to make it a MiG-killer. 'A' model above did
not have all-flying tailplane. Nosewheel retracts to lie flat.
Bubble canopy gave excellent visibility. Variants included the 'D'
all weather interceptor with a retractable bay containing 24 folding fin
Mighty Mouse rockets.
A-1 Skyraider, Bangkok
of the last piston-engined warplanes to be used in the last century, the
Skyraider or 'Spad' met requirements for close air support in the Korean
and Vietnam Wars where jets were too fast to be as effective. The
Skyraider could carry a phenomenal amount of fuel and ordnance under 15
external racks. Used by the USMC, USAF and US Navy.
C-123 Provider, Bangkok
world's first jet trainer, built on an F-80 Shooting Star fuselage.
Standard USAF jet trainer for many years. The T-33A trainer was
re-built into the all-weather F-94 Starfire!
War veteran, this rugged transport had short field capability, was also
used as an AC-123 gunship and to drop Agent Orange.
A-10A II, Duxford
Stratofortress, capable of carrying 70,000 lbs. of bombs.
Production continued into the B-52H, capable of carrying ALCMs. 'D'
model identifiable with a taller tail than the 'H'. Non- stop around
the world flight in 1957.
with effect in Desert Storm and over Kosovo. Designed for close air
support with a tank- killing 30mm GAU-8/A Gatling gun, which is larger in
length than a VW Beetle. The armour- protected Thunderbolt also
carries Mavericks, Sidewinders and bombs.