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December 29, 1939 First Flight – Consolidated B-24 Liberator

 

b-24The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was an American heavy bomber, designed by Consolidated Aircraft of San Diego, California.  While the B-17 is often thought of as the most prolific US bomber, the Liberator holds the record with more than 18,000 produced.  That number includes those built under license by the Ford Motor Company in Willow Run Michigan.

The aircraft pictured is “Diamond Lil”, a B-24A flown by the Commemorative Air Force (B-24/B-29 Squadron) in Addison, Texas.  Lil was the 18th Liberator built.

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Retirement Training

B-LJF_747-867FWith less than a week to go before my official retirement I’ve started looking at how I’ll fill my days until the air show season starts in the Spring.  I love plane spotting and I’ve run across a few places where kind spotters post advance warning of special aircraft coming and going through Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Today I took an hour to catch this gorgeous Cathay Pacific Cargo Boeing 747-8 lifting off on a long run to Anchorage Alaska.

While waiting there was time to also get a few shots of a Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-8.

B-2730_787-8And a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER

B-KQS_777-367ERI will certainly be spending more time along the fences.

 

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September 24, 1949 – First Flight North American T-28 Trojan

 

Trojan Horsemen at Oshkosh 2014

On September 24, 1949 the North American T-28 “Trojan” made its first flight.

Nearly 2000 Trojans were built between 1950 and 1957 and were used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy. Besides its use as a trainer, the T-28 was successfully employed as a Counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft, primarily during the Vietnam War.

Many Trojans still fly today like the aircraft seen above flown by the Trojan Horsemen team at Oshkosh.

T-28 at 2014 Waterloo Air Show

The high undercarriage and throaty growl from the Wright R-1300 or R-1820 radial engine make them impossible to miss at air shows all over the world.

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September 19, 1949 – First Flight Fairey Gannet

Fairey Gannet at AirVenture 2014 at Oshkosh

The Fairey Gannet was a British carrier-borne aircraft of the post-Second World War era developed for the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm (FAA) by the Fairey Aviation Company. It was a mid-wing monoplane with atricycle undercarriage and a crew of three, and a double turboprop engine driving two contra-rotating propellers.

Originally developed to meet the FAA’s anti-submarine warfare requirement, the Gannet was later adapted for operations as an electronic countermeasures and carrier onboard delivery aircraft. The Gannet AEW was a variant of the aircraft developed as a carrier-based airborne early warning platform.

Fairey Gannet at Oshkosh 2014

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Just me and a few thousand of my friends

After huge air shows like Oshkosh and Sun ‘n Fun and large ones like Waterloo and Thunder Over Michigan, it was refreshing to attend the Ontario South Coast Air Show.  A smaller, very friendly event where I knew all the performers and and a good number of the spectators.  A lovely way to spend a Saturday.

Ontario South Coast Air Show

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