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B-29 'Doc' flying again

Discussion in 'Military Vehicle Restoration' started by T. A. Gardner, Apr 10, 2024.

  1. T. A. Gardner

    T. A. Gardner Genuine Chief

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    Was just thinking about the possibility of using these today as bombers...With the engines much less hot than jet engines...If they were packed with chaff (flare or decoy flare) how difficult would it be to bring one down?
    Would electric aircraft engines be cooler than piston or jet engines? (Not necessarily) - Would an electric engine obsolete heat seeking missiles?
     
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    Biak Boy from Illinois Staff Member

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    It's a shame the amount of WW2 aircraft stored in the early fifties that went to the scrap yards and smelters.
     
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    Millions and millions of dollars lost by today's money...
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    I've seen footage of a salvor running bulldozers over lines of P-51s. Easier to salvage if it's already busted up some. No sense of history. But realistically we couldn't sustain all those birds after the technology has moved on and parts just aren't available any more. But one whole squadron of Mustangs would pep up an air show I think.
     
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    Biak Boy from Illinois Staff Member

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    Obviously Capitalism hadn't really kicked by then. Some dumb-mega-rich businessman missed the opportunity to create his own Air Force. I know I would have !!
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    The scrap dealers were buying the airplanes a hundred at a time. Some government flunky rubberstamped the deals and good bye birdies.
     
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    Biak Boy from Illinois Staff Member

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    The number of aircraft sitting on the ocean floor within a few hundred miles of Japan would boggle the Mind ! And the sad fact is :: We put them there! Then Again : : :

    It was nothing compared to the space aboard ship left available for returning personnel.
     
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    Theres a few around Darwin too...Fighters, bombers and flying boats...

    Mitchell Bomber - Darwin harbour low tide.
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    Biak Boy from Illinois Staff Member

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    My God Mate ! Grab a shovel and get cracking.
     
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    CAC Ace of Spades

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    Not allowed : (
    It belongs to all Darwinians anyway...

    Darwin WW2 wrecks...
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    A Japanese sub too...
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