View Full Version : And you thought you had a nice engine bay...

11-24-2009, 08:21 PM
Made it out to the hanger today and look at what the guys were working on across the way;


Planes Of Fame where moving some bird around today that were interesting;


11-24-2009, 08:33 PM
When are you giving rides? It's probably a little over a 24 hour drive to get there so I need a little notice.

11-24-2009, 08:39 PM
I wish Richard - other than breathing the same air I don't have any attachment to those birds.

Once the kids are grown and I've, in theory, got some more time and my current deligue of projects under control I am planning on volunteering at Plane of Fame. Maybe they'll let me take the trash out or something matched to my skills...

11-24-2009, 09:29 PM
It needs a bit more red color.

11-24-2009, 09:31 PM
Mmmmmmm....P-51, my favorite.

11-24-2009, 10:12 PM
Corsair on the left for sure, is that a Hellcat on the right?

11-24-2009, 11:06 PM
I believe it is Randy.

11-24-2009, 11:35 PM
I believe that 51 was built in Salinas, CA
There is a shop there that Hand builds to order
an unbelievable and glorious shop

11-24-2009, 11:43 PM
I can go ask if you guys want the history on the P-51, and more pictures as well. It is an amazing machine.

11-25-2009, 12:09 AM
Corsair on the left for sure, is that a Hellcat on the right?

Yes, and a Wildcat behind.

11-25-2009, 12:16 AM
I've never seen a Hellcat in Brit Naval DDay Livery before. Didn't know we lend leased Hellcats...

11-25-2009, 12:53 AM
It needs a bit more red color.
Yeah, and powder-coated....

11-25-2009, 10:27 AM
I love the sound those 12 cyls make.

ripping silk

11-25-2009, 11:31 AM
There is a guy here on the coast the frequently runs his P-51 up and down Monterey Bay. Like a kid, every time I hear him, I go out to watch and think how happy I am not to have to put fuel in that thing...

But, still a neat bird.

11-25-2009, 11:38 AM
More pictures would be great, or see if you can post a link.

11-25-2009, 02:01 PM
I'll take more pictures next time I am out there guys - and if I can grab some sound as well when they fire up one of the Planes Of Fame warbirds.

11-25-2009, 07:42 PM
First time I've seen a P51 with fold up wings for aircraft carrier duty.

We had a bunch of them produced locally as the P51D version, and all were land based fixed wing. Still about 5 airworthy examples flying here, and they all get together with our only two Spitfires and a few trundling Trojan T28's every so often, and play merry heck with mock dogfights. Luckily our skys are very open.

One of our Spits from 453 sqaudron flew in action in D Day markings in the last two weeks of WW2. Very historic machine at https://www.aviationmuseum.com.au/


11-25-2009, 07:46 PM
First time I've seen a P51 with fold up wings for aircraft carrier duty.

Hi Mate - sorry for the confusion. The first picture is of the P-51 with the engine cowling off. The second picture is of several carrier based, wings folded, also from WWII war birds.

Thanks for the link, looks like a great museum, and good to hear that at least some are in the sky down under!

Are you coming into to driving season now or it is getting hot where you are?

11-26-2009, 10:37 AM
I second the thanks to the fellow downunder for the links. We have a 1/4 scale model jet competition in a couple weeks here in AZ. Never been to one before, but I'm going this time. It's good to get out of the garage once in a while. The wife even got me to go to the Ironman race last week.