Aircraft Gallery 1

Aircraft Gallery 1: Mixed high resolution Aircraft photos

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F4U-1D Corsair about to be catapulted from the USS Block Island. Note the harness attaching the plane to the catapult shuttle.
Orote Bay, Guam.    Navy men hoist away a North American P-51 is lifted over the carrier. 45th Fighter Squadron -  Eleanor Ruth
A P-51D hoisted onto, or off of a CVE
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A nice high resolution shot of the 5000th P-38 built, this one a nice P-38J. This plane would later be repainted and shipped off to the front
Orlando, Fla. - Barely visible beneath the wings of a Lockhead P-38 Lighting are the deadly bombs with which this multi-purpose plane can blast enemy troops, ships and gun emplacements.  As shown in recent demonstartions at the AAF Tactical Center, Orlando, Fla., the Lockhead P-38, now being used as a fighter-bomber, is capable of carrying bomb pay loads up to 2,000 pounds, thus affording the Allies another potent weapon for use against Germany and Japan in coming offensive.
A P-38H-5-LO being used to test the aircraft’s feasibility as a fighter bomber, huge image. A very nice color version can be found in Warren Bodie’s Book, The Lockheed P-38 Lighting, pretty much the best book on the aircraft
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A series of photos of partially disassembled P-38s being moved through an English town.
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A series of photos of partially disassembled P-38s being moved through an English town.
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A series of photos of partially disassembled P-38s being moved through an English town.
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A early P-38, maybe an F or G, probably in North Africa, named ‘Sad Sack’
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Colonel Charles McDonald, and his P-38L name Putt Putt Maru. This man commanded the 475th Fighter Group, the only all P-38 fighter group
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Charles Lindbergh with Tommy McGuire, the second highest scoring US Ace at 38 kills. He would be killed a few months after this photo was taken. These two men flew several combat missions together, even though Lindbergh was a civilian.
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A P-38 having it’s guns tested at night. I saw this photo as a kid, and it stuck with me for years, and I still have the old Aero P-38 book the photo was in. This image is much higher qaulity though
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Four P-38s, early models, probably G or H models, in the Pacific. Due to shortages of everything in the Pacific, early model P-38s saw longer life than they would in other theatres, and they would do anything within reason to keep a P-38 in the air
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A huge photo of a very icy P-38, either somewhere in Alaska like Dutch Harbor, or in Greenland probably an E or F model

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A beautiful, huge photo of an P-38H-5-LO, over California, probably on a acceptance test flight. This one has a pair of 165 gallon drop tanks late summer 1943
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The same P-38H-5-LO from the last photo, slightly different angle, over the mountains near LA
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An P-38F named Japanese Sandman II
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Marine F4F-4s over Guadalcanal late 1942
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Captured A6M Zero fighter from below
A B-25J with some odd writing on it.
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A famous three shot sequence of one B-17 dropping its bombs, and knocking the vertical stabilizer of another B-17
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A famous three shot sequence of one B-17 dropping its bombs, and knocking the vertical stabilizer of another B-17
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A famous three shot sequence of one B-17 dropping its bombs, and knocking the vertical stabilizer of another B-17
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A B-24 H or J about to blow up
Boeing B-17F radar bombing through clouds over Bremen, Germany, on Nov. 13, 1943. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Boeing B-17F radar bombing through clouds over Bremen, Germany, on Nov. 13, 1943. 
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An A-26 Invader dropping some bombs
P-47Ds 73rd FS 318th FG 7th AF being ferried to Saipan on USS Manila Bay CVE-61. Attacked during refueling operations east of Saipan (appx 15.00, 147.00) by four Aichi Val dive bombers.
P-47Ds 73rd FS 318th FG 7th AF being ferried to Saipan on USS Manila Bay CVE-61. Attacked during refueling operations east of Saipan (appx 15.00, 147.00) by four Aichi Val dive bombers.
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A photo taken from one B-17, of another in heavy flack on their bomb run. The one we can see is a B-17G
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A P-61 Black Widow night fighter
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B-17 doing what B-17 did
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This may be the coolest war time shot of a B-17G I’ve ever seen. Those are probably the Alps in the background

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