Air Corps maneuvers, Malone, NY, 1939

Webp.net-resizeimage (3)Webp.net-resizeimage (2)Photos #1 & #2 show a squadron of O-47’s lined up while on maneuvers at the Malone, NY, airfield. A couple of BT-2’s and a B-10 are thrown in for good measure.Webp.net-resizeimage (1)A mass of struts and wires, an O-43 waits beside the less strutted (but less graceful appearing) O-47’s.Webp.net-resizeimage (4)Webp.net-resizeimage (5)Classy gas truck fills up the beasty O-47’s.Webp.net-resizeimage (6)Lt. Howard Means and crew deplane after a grueling mission over upstate New York.Webp.net-resizeimageO-43 (33-271) gets a few tweaks before darting back in the sky.

Lightning Strikes: F-5’s & P-38’s

Webp.net-resizeimage (8)F-5 42-13095 of the 12th Photo Recon Squadron zooms in for landing at its base in Italy. This aircraft carried three names: “Shark” on the nose. “Louise” on the left engine nacelle, “Vera” on the right.Webp.net-resizeimage (6)Webp.net-resizeimage (7)Two shots of “Anna” landing in Italy. Note the local civilian onlookers. Webp.net-resizeimage (9)F-5 “Hoppy” flares for landing.Webp.net-resizeimage (1)Webp.net-resizeimage (4)F-5F 44-26045 was transferred to the Chinese Air Force. The same thing happened to the B-24 in the background, 44-42270. Perhaps all of the aircraft pictured were similarly transferred (?)Webp.net-resizeimageP-38J 44-25605 was modified to a personal transport for General George Stratemeyer. Perched in the Plexiglas nose, he had the best seat in the house.Webp.net-resizeimage (5)Webp.net-resizeimage (2)Webp.net-resizeimage (3)Early P-38’s. Marvelous aircraft.

B-47 Stratojets in Phoenix

Webp.net-resizeimageI do not know what the occasion was, but these bombers are not what one typically finds crowding your city airport (there are at least a dozen B-47’s), in this case, Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Judging by the vehicles at the Avis Rent-A-Car, I would say this slide photo dates from circa 1954. There is a 1962 date stamped in the slide, but I think that is when a copy was made. My evidence: the B-47’s in 1962 wore different markings, and, Avis rentals would not have had these shiny ten year old cars on their lot.