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SlickStick
11-05-2007, 02:34 PM
I was in Pensacola on business last week and this time, I saved enough time to spend a few hours at the museum. Wow, am I glad I did! They have excellent exhibits and many WWII birds.

I snapped as many pics as my camera would hold. It's a Canon Power Shot A550 that I just got and I'm still getting used to it (as you will see in some of the pics, lol). Also, I haven't had a chance to get a bigger memory card yet, so I had to keep the pic sizes at 640x480 highest resolution, to squeeze as many shots out as possible.

Please forgive my amatuer photography skills, as I present "My Day at the National Museum of Naval Aviation" for your viewing pleasure. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

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SlickStick
11-05-2007, 02:34 PM
I was in Pensacola on business last week and this time, I saved enough time to spend a few hours at the museum. Wow, am I glad I did! They have excellent exhibits and many WWII birds.

I snapped as many pics as my camera would hold. It's a Canon Power Shot A550 that I just got and I'm still getting used to it (as you will see in some of the pics, lol). Also, I haven't had a chance to get a bigger memory card yet, so I had to keep the pic sizes at 640x480 highest resolution, to squeeze as many shots out as possible.

Please forgive my amatuer photography skills, as I present "My Day at the National Museum of Naval Aviation" for your viewing pleasure. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

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na85
11-05-2007, 03:19 PM
nice pics, thanks for posting

K_Freddie
11-05-2007, 03:31 PM
Noooice - Any pics will do.

Thank you
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BillyTheKid_22
11-05-2007, 03:31 PM
VERY GOOD!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Bremspropeller
11-05-2007, 03:50 PM
You get an F for not showing the F-4 and F-8 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/compsmash.gif

erco415
11-05-2007, 04:27 PM
Wow, thanks for the pics! I've seen most of the aviation museums in the US, and Pensacola, imho, is the best. Best displays, great variety of aircraft, and, best of all...HARDLY ANY ROPES! I remember an interview with the museum director where he remarked that they would rather have to recover tail feathers or touch up the paint now and then rather than not have the kids be able to touch the planes. A very refreshing attitude at a museum, and one the kids love. Go Navy!

Rood-Zwart
11-05-2007, 04:36 PM
Really nice Catalina set-up!

VF-17_Jolly
11-05-2007, 04:39 PM
<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre"> </pre> http://img125.imageshack.us/img125/5522/nas015es5.jpg

V Nice Piccies. what is the plane hanging off the ceiling top left

berg417448
11-05-2007, 04:59 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by VF-17_Jolly:


V Nice Piccies. what is the plane hanging off the ceiling top left </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Looks like it might be a TDR-1.

http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app1/bq-4.html

Skycat_2
11-05-2007, 05:12 PM
I was lucky enough to have a two week class at the photography school next door (back when Pensacola became the host for all DOD photography students). I'd walk over to the museum just about every other day and I never got tired of it! Do they still have the 'Main Street' display that leads you into WWII aviation?

It looks to me that they've really added a lot and have rearranged the aircraft as well. I'd like to get back and see it again. Thanks for the pics. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Spinnetti
11-05-2007, 05:13 PM
Sweet.. thanks for the pics - I see they have some new great stuff since I was there last. My dad donated some stuff there, and his brother (my uncle) flew on PBYs as a radio man.. My uncle is fluent in Japanese (was part of the occupation forces) and pointed out a number of japanese artifacts they have either backwards, upside down or whatever.. kind of funny/embarrassing! I have a picture there (maybe the "mainstreet" display?) of "Jakes Garage".. Since his name is Jake, and he was there, he hopped on the motorcycle in the diorama and I took a pic - I'll see if I can find it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

SlickStick
11-05-2007, 05:51 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bremspropeller:
You get an F for not showing the F-4 and F-8 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/compsmash.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I held back a few. I have the F-4 and I think I snapped the F-8, but I'll look and post more tomorrow. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by erco415:
Wow, thanks for the pics! I've seen most of the aviation museums in the US, and Pensacola, imho, is the best. Best displays, great variety of aircraft, and, best of all...HARDLY ANY ROPES! I remember an interview with the museum director where he remarked that they would rather have to recover tail feathers or touch up the paint now and then rather than not have the kids be able to touch the planes. A very refreshing attitude at a museum, and one the kids love. Go Navy! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I agree. It was a beautifully laid-out museum and something from every era of Naval Aviation. I will be going back someday. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by VF-17_Jolly:
<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre"> </pre> http://img125.imageshack.us/img125/5522/nas015es5.jpg

V Nice Piccies. what is the plane hanging off the ceiling top left </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Let me chck my pics and see if I have a better shot of it. I don't recall seeing a plaque for it and admittedly, I'm not the best at sight recognition.

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Skycat_2:
I was lucky enough to have a two week class at the photography school next door (back when Pensacola became the host for all DOD photography students). I'd walk over to the museum just about every other day and I never got tired of it! Do they still have the 'Main Street' display that leads you into WWII aviation?

It looks to me that they've really added a lot and have rearranged the aircraft as well. I'd like to get back and see it again. Thanks for the pics. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

No, I didn't see the main Street display, but it amazed me how many planes are packed into that museum! Everywhere you look, there is a plane and the viewing angles from the 2nd floor really make for some great pictures.

Next time I go, I'll have a fat memory card and will take larger pictures. I'm also bringing my tripod for some "less blurry" shots. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Spinnetti:
Sweet.. thanks for the pics - I see they have some new great stuff since I was there last. My dad donated some stuff there, and his brother (my uncle) flew on PBYs as a radio man.. My uncle is fluent in Japanese (was part of the occupation forces) and pointed out a number of japanese artifacts they have either backwards, upside down or whatever.. kind of funny/embarrassing! I have a picture there (maybe the "mainstreet" display?) of "Jakes Garage".. Since his name is Jake, and he was there, he hopped on the motorcycle in the diorama and I took a pic - I'll see if I can find it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yeah, those PBY cut-away shots are from a model directly below the hanging PBY. I was amazed at the way the fuselage was laid out and how the crew was stationed. I love the "THIS SIDE TOWARD ENEMY" writing on the gunner's shield! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Thanks to all who appreciated the pics. I had a blast taking them. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Enforcer572005
11-05-2007, 08:33 PM
Fantastic. That place has alot more elaborate displays than when I was last there in 92. I see they finally got the Vindicator done. Alot more fleshed out. Im curious if the large RC SBD model is still on display without any info on it - was Dave Platt's model that won the 1968 RC nationals in the US. I don't have many of my hundreds of slides I took there scanned....a mere 16 yr later.

That recon Banshee was recovered in a schoolyard half buried in cement.

Your indoor photography is excellent btw.

Copperhead311th
11-05-2007, 10:37 PM
310th Motrin was stationed on NAS. i went down in summer o6 and hooked up with him there. but do to other obligations i arrived late, and so only had about an hour to look around. Hell i never even got to the stuff up stairs. that place is awsome. i loved it. that P-40 was my perosnal fav. The musum at Eggland in ft. walton is pretty nice as well....altho is no where near NAS in size and content. @ Eggland some of the better stuff is outside. best thing at Eggland is the jug inside.

SlickStick
11-05-2007, 11:29 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Enforcer572005:
Fantastic. That place has alot more elaborate displays than when I was last there in 92. I see they finally got the Vindicator done. Alot more fleshed out. Im curious if the large RC SBD model is still on display without any info on it - was Dave Platt's model that won the 1968 RC nationals in the US. I don't have many of my hundreds of slides I took there scanned....a mere 16 yr later.

That recon Banshee was recovered in a schoolyard half buried in cement.

Your indoor photography is excellent btw. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I practically ran through the place in a little under three hours, as I wish I had more time, but I'd love to see some of your slides from '92. I don't remember seeing an RC SBD, but I'll post more pics of a real one tomorrow. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

BTW, thanks for the compliment, but I wish my hand was steadier in some of the shots. Also, I didn't start to get the hang of the camera until about halfway through my tour. I should have retaken some pics once I got better. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Next time, I bring a lightweight tripod and a big ol' memory card. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Esel1964
11-05-2007, 11:48 PM
Wow!!! Looks like a great place,and your pics look fine to me,M8.Thanks for sharing. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Plelv44_Mangrov
11-06-2007, 03:30 AM
What! No Brewster B-239 photos? Still at storage I presume. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Worf101
11-06-2007, 06:36 AM
Drove an ex-girlfriend to a new job in Pensacola. Whenever I visited the Naval Aviation Museum would be about my 3rd or 4th stop. Loved the place. Bit of a homer (Navy and Marine corps "Aviators" are the best and Armys "pilots" couldn't hit their plates with their forks") but it was fun.

Da Worfster

Heliopause
11-06-2007, 06:46 AM
Great pics, maybe one day i'll be able to visit the place myself...

SlickStick
11-06-2007, 09:11 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Worf101:
Drove an ex-girlfriend to a new job in Pensacola. Whenever I visited the Naval Aviation Museum would be about my 3rd or 4th stop. Loved the place. Bit of a homer (Navy and Marine corps "Aviators" are the best and Armys "pilots" couldn't hit their plates with their forks") but it was fun.

Da Worfster </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I don't know about that rivalry, but I've seen the Navy - Marines one in action. My mom's first husband was a Chief in the Navy and a boxer and we were at my oldest brother's wedding and there was another Navy guy there and a Marine and all night at the bar it was, "Squid this" and "Grunt that", followed by mass consumptions of alcohol and all of them hugging like schoolgirls at the end of the night. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

SlickStick
11-06-2007, 10:10 AM
A few more pics. Some not so good, but what the hey. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

I have to admit, they have some real nice dioramas. I included a few more pics of them, including underwater wreckage scenes.

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Check this one out. They are getting the Bearcat ready to add into IL2:1946 and have already affixed the "NOOB" tag to the wing. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

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polak5
11-06-2007, 01:41 PM
Really good pics. Bet it was awesome! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

SlickStick
11-06-2007, 07:47 PM
I was like a kid in a candy store! I had the attention span of a gnat, sadly, as I just kept seeing one cool thing after another and would move on quickly to check it out.

My lack of time had a bit to do with that, I guess. Next time, I will be able to spend the day there and get involved with the tours and other features.

Highly recommended for any aviation fans in the Florida area. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Enforcer572005
11-06-2007, 09:16 PM
a tripod would slow you down too much, and any modern digicam should give you enough shutter speed automatically to give sharp images, which is what you have here for the most part. Im curious as to what camera you are using actually. I was last there before digicams were common and used 400 speed slide film for the most part. I have alot of my slides ready to scan, just gotta find the time. Very slow going.

Is that huge diarama model the Enterprise? there were several builders models then, but not that one. Those displays with AC as they found them on the seabottom (great lakes bottom as well) are incredible. They were planing those back in the early 90s.

Is that a Ryan Fireball on the first page? they didnt have htat then, nor the George. The Mauler was there and I got some great shots of that. The atrium with the blue's A4s had just been installed then. They had alot of hurricane damage since then as well. Did you get any shots of the outside exhibits? That T-33 was parked in a the field behind there alongside the navy verion of the P-80, but i didnt realize that until I got home and saw it projected.

I was fearful of the damage the Corronado and the Privateer may have suffered in one of those hurricanes that went thru since I was there.

I also went to the armament museum at Eglin AFB when I was there and got some good shots of the assorted AC.

bmoffa
11-07-2007, 07:33 AM
Lucky me. LIve about 20 minutes for the museum. I've been there several times and even thought about trying to get a part time job there. You can still find some real WWII pilots around there most of the time. If you get there on Tuseday or Wednesday mornings (8 AM) between April and November, you can watch the Blue Angles practice too. Its a great experience.

SlickStick
11-07-2007, 09:23 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Enforcer572005:
a tripod would slow you down too much, and any modern digicam should give you enough shutter speed automatically to give sharp images, which is what you have here for the most part. Im curious as to what camera you are using actually. I was last there before digicams were common and used 400 speed slide film for the most part. I have alot of my slides ready to scan, just gotta find the time. Very slow going.

Is that huge diarama model the Enterprise? there were several builders models then, but not that one. Those displays with AC as they found them on the seabottom (great lakes bottom as well) are incredible. They were planing those back in the early 90s.

Is that a Ryan Fireball on the first page? they didnt have htat then, nor the George. The Mauler was there and I got some great shots of that. The atrium with the blue's A4s had just been installed then. They had alot of hurricane damage since then as well. Did you get any shots of the outside exhibits? That T-33 was parked in a the field behind there alongside the navy verion of the P-80, but i didnt realize that until I got home and saw it projected.

I was fearful of the damage the Corronado and the Privateer may have suffered in one of those hurricanes that went thru since I was there.

I also went to the armament museum at Eglin AFB when I was there and got some good shots of the assorted AC. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

My buddy has a really small tripod, that when closed, is only about 8 inches in length. The legs telescope out to full height, yet it is light and durable. Some of my pics are blurred due to my hand movement while taking the shot. The overhead of the Bearcat is an example.

I'd just like to be able to steady my camera better for some shots, when the camera is away from my eye and I'm using the viewer to align the shot. All in all, most came out good and as I will get better with the camera, I'm sure I'll need a tripod less and less.

As in my first post, it's a Canon Power Shot A550. I thought it did a nice job overall and once I got the hang of the settings, some of the pics really started to look good.

I believe the carrier is the Enterprise, but there were several scale models there and I don't remember which one I shot. I'm not sure which one you are referring to as the Ryan Fireball, but do you mean the red P-80-looking plane on the first page, 2nd shot? I'm not good at sight recognition and if I didn't see a plaque, I wouldn't remember it's name. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by bmoffa:
You can still find some real WWII pilots around there most of the time. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes, I spoke with a Bearcat pilot briefly and there were a few seniors around wearing flight jackets from various fighter/bomber squadrons. I overheard a few bits and pieces of conversations about WWII, but did not get a chance to go in-depth with anyone there. I will have more time next trip and will make it a point to seek out any vets I see there that day. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

M4Sherman4
11-07-2007, 10:32 AM
I went there last year. did you see the exhibit about the planes they recovered from the bottom of the ocean??? I want to go back so bad http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

SlickStick
11-07-2007, 11:39 AM
Did you actually look at the pics? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

There are 3 shots of them on this page. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

BOA_Allmenroder
11-07-2007, 11:40 AM
So where's the picture of the A4 Blue Angel Skyhawks in the famed Blue Angel Diamond? The one where you really get to see how close they fly together. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

SlickStick
11-07-2007, 12:19 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BOA_Allmenroder:
So where's the picture of the A4 Blue Angel Skyhawks in the famed Blue Angel Diamond? The one where you really get to see how close they fly together. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I took that shot in the atrium and it is on Page 1, but I focused more on the flag as the subject of my picture. I thought it was a neat perspective, in hind sight, I should have backed-up a bit more and got all 4 of them in the pic. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/6831/nas031cd4.jpg

BOA_Allmenroder
11-07-2007, 12:21 PM
That's the one! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I took one from the stairway/balcony in the background of your picture. When you see the formation from that angle it's amazing how close they are.

BOA_Allmenroder
11-07-2007, 12:26 PM
Did they have the SBD that was recovered in Lake Michigan where, when they checked the serial number of it, the museum found that that particular aircraft had been on one of the carriers involved in the Battle of Midway (before it become a training a/c and was subsequently lost overboard)?

I remember being at the museum many years ago and standing in front of an aircraft that may, I repeat may, have been involved in one of the critical turning points in WW2, and being awestruck (don't ask me why, just was).

SlickStick
11-07-2007, 12:54 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BOA_Allmenroder:
Did they have the SBD that was recovered in Lake Michigan where, when they checked the serial number of it, the museum found that that particular aircraft had been on one of the carriers involved in the Battle of Midway (before it become a training a/c and was subsequently lost overboard)?

I remember being at the museum many years ago and standing in front of an aircraft that may, I repeat may, have been involved in one of the critical turning points in WW2, and being awestruck (don't ask me why, just was). </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I wish I had read more and ogled aircraft less, but time was of the essence. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

There are a couple of SBD pics on this page, but not sure if it is the one you refer to.

DxyFlyr
11-07-2007, 02:59 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BOA_Allmenroder:
Did they have the SBD that was recovered in Lake Michigan where, when they checked the serial number of it, the museum found that that particular aircraft had been on one of the carriers involved in the Battle of Midway (before it become a training a/c and was subsequently lost overboard)?

I remember being at the museum many years ago and standing in front of an aircraft that may, I repeat may, have been involved in one of the critical turning points in WW2, and being awestruck (don't ask me why, just was). </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

You are thinking of the SBD with the ID number "6" in the pictures above. It's got a fantastic war record. Due to engine damage, it was left behind on Ford Island on December 5, '41 when the Lex pulled out. Consequently, it had a close up view of the attack of Pearl Harbor. This plane then went on to participate in strikes at Lae and Salamaua, New Guinea. A pilot of one of those missions in this bird was awarded the Navy Cross.

It was then reassigned to Midway Island where it was part of that famous battle. Pilot Daniel Iverson Jr. brought it home with over 200 holes in it after making a run on the Hiryu, I believe. Iverson was awarded the Navy Cross and his gunner, the Distinguished Flying Cross for that mission.

It was later lost in a training accident in the Great Lakes. Recovered in the mid 80's, I think.

I make a pilgrimage to the Pensacola Museum nearly every summer. Last visit, I went solo. Left the wife and kids at the condo and spent all day walking the exhibits with one of the guides. We even ate lunch with a couple of the other guides. I learned a ton of stuff that day. Two of the guides had served on carriers in the war. One was on the Yorktown.

Amazing stuff. I'm blown away on every visit.

BOA_Allmenroder
11-07-2007, 05:40 PM
Yes that's the story!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif

When I saw it the a/c was still painted in the training command colors it sported when it went overboard or was ditched.

It also never occured to me that the US Navy used the Great Lakes for modified barges and some converted vessels to train fledgling carrier pilots.

DxyFlyr
11-07-2007, 07:05 PM
Yeah, I think it's painted up now as it appeared during the strike on the carriers at Midway. I did a skin of it a few months ago using Jester's template. Only I see now, I need to darken the black walk area on the wing. And the number 6 needs to move aft about the width of the number.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/DxyFlyr/SBD_BuNo2106_01.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/DxyFlyr/SBD_BuNo2106_02.jpg

erco415
11-07-2007, 07:26 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BOA_Allmenroder:
Yes that's the story!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif

When I saw it the a/c was still painted in the training command colors it sported when it went overboard or was ditched.

It also never occured to me that the US Navy used the Great Lakes for modified barges and some converted vessels to train fledgling carrier pilots. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yeah, ain't that something. The Navy had the only two PADDLEWHEEL aircraft carriers, the Wolverine and the Sable. Used on Lake Michigan to train pilots.

Enforcer572005
11-07-2007, 09:41 PM
ok, I actually had one at photobucket, taken in 90. It's an AJ Savage (if you can look past the female) combo jet/prop nuke bomber. Ive got to find a few of my slides and scan them next couple of days.....I just don't have time until maybe the weekend. The plane I thought may be a ryan fireball is the radial dk blue job with folded wings and 139 on the fuselage forward. I also noticed the Cutlass....never seen one of those.

The chick is the same one in my sig. We'd gone to Pensecola before she shipped out to the US Army. I'll post some of the better ones. Ive got alot of shots of the A4s hanging from the atrium as well.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b63/Enforcer572005/Scan749.jpg

GreyFox5
11-07-2007, 10:09 PM
Oh ya all that and for $0 - Priceless!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/GreyFox5/Pensacola%20NAS/N1K2-JGeorge.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/GreyFox5/Pensacola%20NAS/A4BlueAngels_02.jpg

SlickStick
11-08-2007, 10:11 AM
Nice skin, DxyFlyr! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

@Enforcer - There's a plane in that pic?!?! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

@ GreyFox5 - Nice couple of shots! I agree, all that for FREE!!! Even though it was free, I donated $20.00 when I walked in. It might not be allot, but I hope that place stays open and grows forever! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Bremspropeller
11-08-2007, 11:22 AM
Did the BA's A-4Fs have fixed slats?

I guess having your highlift-devices move all around is not what you want in a tight formation. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

berg417448
11-08-2007, 11:40 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bremspropeller:
Did the BA's A-4Fs have fixed slats?

I guess having your highlift-devices move all around is not what you want in a tight formation. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


According to this site with a list of Blue angelas A-4 modification the slats were bolted shut:

http://www.skyhawk.org/3e/blues/blues.htm

Enforcer572005
11-09-2007, 09:30 PM
Ok, I found some more of them and scanned some. I have a bunch more Im gonna scan, and probably make a seperate thread. I shot some of the stuff outside that was in storage across the far side of the yard. I thought this was two Navy versions of the T-33, until I projected it and saw the tip tank on the rt plane. It's one of the P-80s the Navy bought to give its pilots some jet time until their own jets came out. Called it TV-1 I think.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b63/Enforcer572005/T-33P-80NMNA.jpg

This is the RC model I was talking about, on display with no info on it. Hard to believe it's actually a flying model. It was built by renown brit Modeler Dave Platt and won the 68 nationals in the US. My late dad took some 8mm film of it flying, and it performs very much like the real one. I was surprised to see it there back in 90.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b63/Enforcer572005/SBDRCPLattsNMNA.jpg

This is the display plaque by the recon Banshee. It shows how they recovered it from being buried in cement in a schoolyard. (You will have to save it and right the thing to read it...I forgot to do that before I uploaded it-duh).
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b63/Enforcer572005/reconbansheeNMNA.jpg

Here's the Marine Thomas Morse scout that's in one of your shots....if you can ignore that ol girl in front of it. I figured you guys wouldn't mind her in another shot. I had my priorities y'know.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b63/Enforcer572005/carlaTMscoutNMNA.jpg