sunset from behind the wire

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Flying Tigers

Not many people recall the P-66 Vanguard. More equate the Flying Tigers (American Volunteer Group) with the P-40. As I recall my history, they were also equipped with Brewster Buffaloes, which were promptly shot down.  

WATCH THIS  More than a news reel (circa 1942)

P-66 Vultee Vanguard


P-40 Curtis Warhawk

F2 Brewster Buffalo


The Film (above) is a genuine part of history.


The A6 Mitsubishi "Zero" provided much of the competition that the AVG faced in China. Though there were several variants of the basic aircraft, it changed very little over the course of WW 2.

Even in 1943 it was capable of holding its own against Allied naval aircraft; but by then the fortunes of Japan were already on the decline and in 1944, as the Americans pushed back the enemy, there was no truly effective metropolitan-based interceptor available to combat the heavily armed and escorted Boeing B-29 bombers. Such an eventuality had never entered the Japanese war planners' minds. (oops)

6 comments:

  1. Yep, you're right about the Brewsters. I had a chance a few years ago to talk to 'Tex' Hill who was one of the Tigers, and he said they were death traps...

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  2. I read somewhere in a book that didn't have pictures or foldouts, that much of the zero's airframe was wood. Especially the wings. That made for good kindling when hit.

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    1. They married a powerful engine to a light frame that gave it long legs and nimble handling at the expense of protection.

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  3. Wow, there's 188 video clips in that link. Some pretty cool aviation stuff as far back as 1925.

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