Wright Field 1945 Victory Display color photos

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  1. GrauGeist

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    #1 GrauGeist, Dec 17, 2014
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    Here's a series of aircraft that were photographed at Wright Field during the Victory Display in 1945. Some of these aircraft went on to become points of historical note, others were unceremoniously scrapped later on.

    These color photos were taken by Jack Canary, who was a rep. for North American Aviation during and after the war. He remained active in the aviation world, restoring and flying aircraft and was unfortunately killed while flying a PT-22 during the filming of Tora! Tora! Tora! in 1968.

    We'll start with some American aircraft:

    Beechcraft XA-38 (43-14407)
    XA-38_43-14407_Wright-Field46.jpg

    Lockheed XP-49 (40-3055)
    XP-49_40-3055_Wright-Field1946_victory-display_003920017.jpg

    Lockheed P-80A (44-84997)
    P-80A_44-84997_Wright-Field1946_victory-display_003920022.jpg

    P-80A_44-84997_Wright-Field1946_victory-display_003920023.jpg
     
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    Now for the Axis aircraft...

    Mitsubishi A6M5
    A6M5_Wright-Field1946_victory-display_003920006.jpg

    A6M5_Wright-Field1946_victory-display_003920008.jpg

    Focke-Wulf Fw190G-3 (160016) EB-104
    Fw190G-3_160016_EB-104_Wright-Field1946_victory-display_003920010.jpg

    Fw190G-3_160016_EB-104_Wright-Field1946_victory-display_003920013.jpg

    Heinkel He162
    He162_Wright-Field1946_victory-display_03920004.jpg
     
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    And more Axis.

    This is the last of the photos, although I am sure there were more, I just can't seem to find them.

    If I do run across them, I'll be sure to add them!

    Messerschmitt Me163A (191301) FE500
    Me163A_191301_Wright-Field1946_victory-display_003920015.jpg

    Messerschmitt Me262A-1a (500491) FE-111
    Me262A-1a_500491_FE-111_Wright-Field1946_victory-display_003920011.jpg

    Junkers Ju290
    Ju290_Wright-Field1946_victory-display_003920005.jpg

    Junkers Ju388L-1 (560049) FE-410
    Ju388L-1_560049_FE-410_Wright-Field1946_victory-display_003920007.jpg

    Ju388L-1_560049_FE-410_Wright-Field1946_victory-display_003920016.jpg
     
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    what fantastic pictures Dave, cheers for posting them.
     
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    Yes, I will take one of each please!
     
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    Very nice photos Dave - thanks for that! It would be nice to be able to go back in time for a closer look.

    Looks like a Bachem Natter between the Zero and the Junkers?

    What's that green nose belong to in the P-80 photo?...

    P-80A_44-84997_Wright-Field1946_victory-display_003920023.jpg

    And behind the Grizzy, a taildragger?...

    XA-38_43-14407_Wright-Field46.jpg
     
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    That green nose peeking out past the P-80 almost looks like an Airacomet, doesn't it?
     
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    That was the first thing that popped in my mind as well.
     
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    Well, Graeme has my curiosity primed and I am on the hunt to see it that is, in fact, a P-59 on the ramp near the P-80 (I have seen a similar photo of a P-59B with a tube extending from the nose).

    In the meantime, here's two more photos I ran across on my drive from that Victory Display...

    JB-2 "Loon" (Republic-Ford built V-1)
    Republic-Ford_JB-2Loon_Wright-Field_Victory-display1946_03920012.jpg

    Yokosuka MXY7 "Ohka"
    Yokosuka_MXY7_Ohka_Wright-Field_Victory-display1946_03920009.jpg
     
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    Hi Dave.

    To my eyes it looks like there is a small open cockpit at the front, which threw me...

    P-80A_44-84997_Wright-Field1946_victory-display_003920023.jpg

    But looking around, I found this...

    img064.jpg

    Anyway, nice photos mate. :D
     
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    #13 Snautzer01, Dec 18, 2014
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    FE 1/T2-1 Bachem Ba 349 Natter at Wright Field 1946 Victory Display

    Bachem Natter_01.jpg

    Bachem Natter_02.jpg
     
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    My wish guess would be the Douglas Mixmaster or Jetmaster, but it's probably just a plane old Invader.

    Oh, or maybe a Bowlus glider.
     
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    #15 Snautzer01, Dec 18, 2014
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    Plan Lay out for Wright Field 1946 Victory Display

    wright field_23.jpg

    wright field_22.jpg
     
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    Great stuff Dave, and nice find on the layout brochure Snautzer.
     
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    Ar234B-2 FE-1011 T2-1011 also USA 40, WNr.140311 Surrendered to the RAF at Stavanger, Norway and at Freeman Field in May, 1946
    Ar234B-2 140311 unbekannt 08.11.1944 Übergabe an 8./KG76, 28.11.1944 Übergabe der Maschine an Kommando Lukesch (Einsatzstaffel III/KG76), jan-45 Übergabe an III/KG76. Source: Source: Motorbuch Verlag, Strahflugzeug Arado Ar234 Blitz, Griehl, 2003

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    Damn this is a good thread! Hey, was this the show that the Curtiss XP-55 crashed at?
     
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