The Museum of Flight – 2004 – Part 2

Chores done for the day, food eaten, sipping wine, and listening to ABBA, Jose Feliciano, Mocedades, Shriekback, Strange Advance,  Mungo Jerry, and Jennifer Rush, to mention just a few.

. . . maybe I should share my 131 videos playlist . . . nah; people would think me weirder than i am.

Looks like I’m set for my second post about my visit to The Museum of Flight. Hold on . . . heading into the WW II exhibit . . . by the way, this won’t be a long post . This was in my prior to my let-me-take-a-crapload-of-photos days. Although, I wish I had.

Ah; here we are.


The Messerschmitt BF 109E-3 dominated the skies until the introduction of the Spitfire. The E-3 is a variant introduced in 1938.

. . . and this is the machine that squared off against the BF 109 (and more).

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The Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX. If I’m reading correctly, this plane was part of the air support during D-Day, and later was used in the filming of The Longest Day, after which it was owned by the actor Cliff Robertson. Quite the life.

You can read more about the history, design, and deployment of the planes HERE.

When it comes to WW II, my favorite plane is . . .

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. . . the Lockheed P-38L Lightning. I think I first saw the plane in the movie A Guy Named Joe. I think that was the movie since the Aircraft in Fiction Wiki only lists a few movies for the P-38, and that’s the one I remember watching. You can read more about the history of the P-38 HERE.

Of course, one has to like the Curtis P-40N Warhawk (although the N is a variant).

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This one is painted in the Flying Tigers color scheme, although I read the Tigers flew P-40Bs. The paint scheme remains one of the most recognizable from that era.  The P-40s were featured in many movies, and even a training film starring future president Ronald Reagan.

Another plane recognizable by many, the North American P-51D Mustang at the museum has a very colorful history. I won’t go into it here, but it’s worth reading (click on the name to go to the link). For information on the plane in general, click HERE


Mustangs remained in service with some air forces until the 1980s, and many were subsequently favored for civilian air races and ownership.

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The above plane is a reproduction of the Nakajima Ki-43-IIIa Hayabusa “Oscar” Japanese tactical fighter. This reconstruction makes use of parts from three different planes. To read about the design of these planes click HERE.

The Vought F4U Corsair is another plane I like, mostly for the shape of the wings. The model below is a Goodyear FG-1D Corsair, meaning it was built under license by Goodyear. This particular model was fished out of Lake Washington and restored in 1983.

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At first I mistook this Yakovlev Yak-9U Frank for a japanese plane, but it is from the Soviet Union. This model is one of four original planes known to exist, and the only one in display in the West.

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You can read a bit more about the Yak-9 HERE.


The Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat was a carrier based fighter. I could say more, but those interested can read about the plane by clicking on the link. It’s not a particularly nice-looking plane, but the pilots seemed to like it. At least some, anyway.


The Republic P-47D (F-47) Thunderbolt looks like a huge plane, and almost seems like it would not be worth much in a dogfight. This particular model was repatriated from Latin America.

Pilots liked the Thunderbolts because they could walk away even after crash-landing a severely damaged airplane. That’s something lacking from modern fighters. Every crash I hear or read about involves a great big ball of fire. Anyway, one can read more about them HERE.

That’s all I have for the WW II planes. Thy did not seem to have many, and I captured the ones I found interesting.

I leave you with another shot of the P-38.


From there we traveled back in time, and wandered over to the WW I display . . . but that’s a post for another day.

I’ll pick this up in the next post. Meanwhile, you can see larger versions of these photos in the SmugMug gallery HERE.

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6 Responses to The Museum of Flight – 2004 – Part 2

  1. Wonderful post, really enjoyed the photos.


  2. oneowner says:

    When I was a kid (more than 2 years ago) I built a P38 model and to this day it remains one of my favorites. Still a great looking bird.


  3. AnnMarie says:

    I really like the color of these shots, whether of the planes themselves, those large murals or the overall ambiance lighting. A warm and welcoming exhibit, and hence, post.


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