Well Folks, here we are once again. Not only has a week gone by, but also the first month of 2010 has also gone by the wayside. I sincerely hope that the month treated you right. Well, time marches on even as we sit here reading this, so let’s take a little trip down history lane, shall we? Yes, I think we shall.
Hello Folks, doesn’t it seem like we just did this? Well, we did…seven days ago. What a heck of a quick week eh? Of course, I’m retired so to me one day runs into the next instead of dragging along until Friday comes…finally. And then the weekend zips by in the wink of an eye and that long, long workweek starts all over again. Bah! Sorry, but I don’t miss that a bit. So, what say we lose ourselves in some history for at least a little while, shall we? Yes, I think we shall.
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Hello Folks, seven more have whizzed by again and once again it’s time for us to stroll down History Lane. I hope you enjoy our little weekly look back, I know I do. So without further ado, here’s this week’s peek.
Old color shots of rare US Navy aircraft aboard USS Enterprise and around the San Diego area. Filmed for the 1941 movie “Dive Bomber”. Scarce aircraft such as the Douglas TBD-1 Devastator, Curtiss SBC-4 Helldiver and the Vought SB2U Vindicator are shown. It was during the filming that the US Navy was changing the paint schemes on aircraft from the colorful pre-war to the overall gray. Several planes were kept in the old patterns while the movie was filmed. Aircraft in the movie were clearly from USS Saratoga (Air Group 3) and from USS Enterprise (Air Group 6)….a very nice view of the Grumman F3F biplane fighter 6-F-4….. The best parts of the movie were just the aircraft shots. Video clips assembled by Greg Clarke.
The Curtiss P-36 Hawk, also known as the Curtiss Hawk Model 75, was a U.S.-built fighter aircraft of the 1930s. A contemporary of the Hawker Hurricane and Messerschmitt Bf 109, it was one of the first of a new generation of combat aircraft—a sleek monoplane design making extensive use of metal in its construction and powered by a powerful piston engine. Obsolete at the onset of World War II and best known as the predecessor of the Curtiss P-40, the P-36 saw only limited combat with the United States Army Air Forces but was extensively used by the French Air Force and also by British Commonwealth (where it was known as the Mohawk), and Chinese air units. Several dozen also fought in the Finnish Air Force against the Soviet Red Air Force. With around 1,000 aircraft built, the P-36 was a major commercial success for Curtiss.
Video source: YouTube via gunner 17470, Info Source: WikiPedia
The United Kingdom bought versions of the McDonnell-Douglas Phantom based on the USN F-4J for use with the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm. The main differences were the use of the British Rolls-Royce Spey engines and of British-made avionics. The RN and RAF versions were given the designation F-4K and F-4M respectively, and entered service as the Phantom FG.1 (fighter/ground attack) and Phantom FGR.2 (fighter/ground attack/reconnaissance).
After the Falklands War, 15 upgraded ex-USN F-4Js, known as the F-4J(UK) entered RAF service to compensate for one interceptor squadron redeployed to the Falklands.
Around 15 RAF squadrons received various marks of Phantom, many of them based in Germany. The first to be equipped was 6 Squadron at RAF Leuchars in July 1969. One noteworthy deployment was to 43 Squadron where Phantom FG1s remained the squadron equipment for a remarkable twenty years, arriving in September 1969 and departing in July 1989. During this period the squadron was based throughout at Leuchars.
The interceptor Phantoms were replaced by the Panavia Tornado F3 from the late 1980s onwards, and the last British Phantoms were retired in October 1992 when 74 Squadron disbanded.
Well Folks, 2010 is here and already last week my computer was in the shop. It seems my personal gremlinette stole my e-mail and at the same time messed up my bookmarks. Which was why I didn’t post. (Miss me?) When she gets revved up, I suffer. Hopefully, the boys at the shop put her in her place and I won’t hear from her for a while. I have my fingers crossed. I sincerely hope your NewYear’s went well and so far the year is following suit. Well, let’s move on to some serious history shall we? Yes, I think we shall.
13 January 1908
Henry Farman wins the Deutch-Archdeacon Prize of 50,000 francs for the first officially observed circular flight of one kilometer in Europe.
13 January 1913
The first regular aerial cargo service is established in the USA by Harry M. Jones as he flies baked beans from Boston to New York in a Wright B.
12 January 1916
German fighter aces Max Immelman and Oswald Boelcke become the first two pilots to receive Germany’s highest award for bravery, the Pour le Mérite. By the summer of the same year, Immelmann had been killed and Boelcke is Germany’s leading ace.
16 January 1917
Rittmeister Manfred von Richtofen, the most famous and most successful air ace of the First World War, is awarded the Pour le Mérite. Scoring 80 confirmed kills, Richthofen is finally shot down as he flies deep into British lines in pursuit of Wilfrid May in April 1918. His brother, Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, also receives the decoration in 1917.