Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Oshkosh by Gosh

On our way back from Carl's farm (Family Reunion, 9/26/15), we took a detour to Oshkosh. Mostly famous for it's over-alls and air shows, Oshkosh also has the EAA air venture museum (http://www.eaa.org/en/eaa-museum). So we stopped there and toured the museum for a bit. It has several collections: early aircraft, air racers, space vehicles, but the most interesting (to me at least) was the world war II collection. Here's a few photos from there:
Andy is dwarfed by the DeHavilland  Mosquito, one of the few wooden aircraft used in WWII.

The P-51 Mustang, likely the eponymous long range interceptor of the war.

The Grumman Duck, used mainly by the Coast Guard, was the subject of the book Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff. He describes the loss of one in Greenland during WWII and the current search to locate and retrieve it.

The North American P-64 is the export fighter version of the AT-6 Texan trainer.

The Lockheed P-38 Lightening, another famous long range interceptor.

The Northrop P-89 Scorpion, developed just after the war as an all weather interceptor. When I was a kid back in the fifties, I remember seeing a whole squadron of these parked along side an airstrip in northern Wisconsin.

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