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squadldr76
07-01-2006, 08:23 PM
Today, I was at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo here in Michigan and took my camera with me. I thought I'd share some findings with you all here. Most of it is stuff everybody's seen, but I did have one surprise!

My favorite at the museum...an F4U Corsair
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/squadldr76/F4U.jpg
They dug this thing out of Lake Michigan...used to be a heap and they tried to restore it to flying condition, but too many sections of the frame were ruined...an SBD Dauntless
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/squadldr76/SBD.jpg
The beautiful sounding Merlin...on Tuesday, I get to hear one in person...*sigh*
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/squadldr76/Merlin.jpg
The biggest engine I've ever seen...from a B-36 Peacemaker
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/squadldr76/PeacemakerEngine.jpg
One surprise...a Sea Fury parked out on the tarmac
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/squadldr76/SeaFury.jpg
Here's the biggest surprise...an XP-55 Ascender on loan from the Smithsonian...
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/squadldr76/Ascenderfront.jpg
And another of the XP-55...strange little bird, this one...
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/squadldr76/Ascenderrear.jpg

Well, there ya have it. Hopefully, they posted right. I'm kinda new at Photobucket. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Anyway, enjoy!

squadldr76
07-01-2006, 08:23 PM
Today, I was at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo here in Michigan and took my camera with me. I thought I'd share some findings with you all here. Most of it is stuff everybody's seen, but I did have one surprise!

My favorite at the museum...an F4U Corsair
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/squadldr76/F4U.jpg
They dug this thing out of Lake Michigan...used to be a heap and they tried to restore it to flying condition, but too many sections of the frame were ruined...an SBD Dauntless
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/squadldr76/SBD.jpg
The beautiful sounding Merlin...on Tuesday, I get to hear one in person...*sigh*
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/squadldr76/Merlin.jpg
The biggest engine I've ever seen...from a B-36 Peacemaker
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/squadldr76/PeacemakerEngine.jpg
One surprise...a Sea Fury parked out on the tarmac
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/squadldr76/SeaFury.jpg
Here's the biggest surprise...an XP-55 Ascender on loan from the Smithsonian...
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/squadldr76/Ascenderfront.jpg
And another of the XP-55...strange little bird, this one...
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/squadldr76/Ascenderrear.jpg

Well, there ya have it. Hopefully, they posted right. I'm kinda new at Photobucket. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Anyway, enjoy!

Crash_Moses
07-01-2006, 08:44 PM
Aww, man...I didn't know there was an air museum in KZ.

I'm in Eaton Rapids. I am so there...

squadldr76
07-01-2006, 08:53 PM
Crash, make sure when you go there, that you visit all three buildings. There's the big building with the SR-71 in it. Then most of the WW2 stuff is in this second (the original) building. There's also a restoration building you can visit.

Be prepared for pricey though. It's $20 a head. Pretty steep, but worth it.

VVaFFenPanZZeR
07-01-2006, 09:11 PM
I believe that is where they took all the planes that were saved in the Willow run fire.

I'm going to try and make it there this summer to.

Crash_Moses
07-01-2006, 09:11 PM
Roger that! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Thanks a lot...the kids will love it.

S!

russ.nl
07-03-2006, 04:28 PM
Thanks for charing the pics http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
That xp-55 looks like that Japanese shinden or the German He P.75.
Is that plane designed from the captured plans of the shinden or P.75?

squadldr76
07-03-2006, 06:06 PM
I'm guessin' that's a question for Woofie...he seems to be the one with the facts about little known airplanes...

redgremlin
07-05-2006, 03:20 AM
Nice pics. The Ascender first flew on 13 July 1943 but as its performance was only similar to conventional fighters - max speed 390mph - it did not enter production and only the 4 prototypres were built.

wayno7777
07-05-2006, 09:15 PM
Nice, I wonder if that is the same Sea Fury we saw last year at MAAM?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v224/wayno77/FB%20shots/Aircraft/Airshow6-4-05aSeaFury-1.jpg

IL2-chuter
07-06-2006, 02:48 AM
That XP-55 is the second of three built. It was developed independantly of the Shinden and vice versa, much like the Twin Mustang and Bf109Z. When I saw the AssEnder in the Smithsonian (private tour) I saw a card on the glare shield so I reached in through the open window on the right side and carefully pulled it out and turned it over . . . it was a line card with the last entry in 1945. Like the Ju388L it's a freakin time machine.

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