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Top of the fuselage walk around of the C-130 A Saigon Lady. As usual in Geneseo, a beautiful day.
Beautiful afternoon at National Warplane Museum for an inspection of the top of our Saigon Lady C-130A. No issues found that were major but definately time to get busy with the external restoration.
April 5th, 1940 the MiG-1 took flight for the first time leading what would be the USSR's main fighter/interceptor manufacturer to the forefront of the Cold War The Mikoyan-Gurevich,MiG-1 (Russian: Микоян-Гуревич МиГ-1) was a Soviet fighter aircraft of World War II that was designed to meet a requirement for a high-altitude fighter issued in 1939. To minimize demand on strategic materials such as aluminum, the aircraft was mostly constructed from steel tubing and wood. Flight testing revealed a number of deficiencies, but it was ordered into production before they could be fixed. Although difficult to handle, one hundred were built before the design was modified into the MiG-3. The aircraft was issued to fighter regiments of the Soviet Air Forces (VVS) in 1941, but most were apparently destroyed during the opening days of Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. ... See more
Happy Easter from all of us at the National Warplane Museum!
Saturday 4/3/2021 in the big hangar and around the museum. Grass is already turning greener and starting to grow while crews spend time getting ground equipment ready as well as the airplanes. The prop for Whiskey 7's #2 engine is all clean and reassembled, the L-16A is going back together after the new instrument panel was installed, the paint booth was cleaned in preparation for covering the wing for the J-5, work continued on the L-21 installing a new radio and instruments, and the panels were removed from.the BT-13 so its annual inspection can be started. ... See more
Maggie and Agnes say “Don’t Miss Out” on our next “Hangar Time Chats” Saturday April 10, 2021 at 5:00pm EST. Bevin Lynn will be presenting SPARS: Women of the Coast Guard in WWII. Register now at www.nationalwarplanemuseum.com! ... See more
We can't thank them enough for all they do...
As we end Women's history month we wanted to say thank you to the many woman that have helped create an amazing organization. No way could all of the women who make it work so well be featured, if however you wish to add to our photos in this post, please do so. We could not do what we do without our women volunteers, from mechanics to office, retail/events to pilots, they all make us better!!! ... See more
Here is a bit of information on another resident in the big hangar, The BT-13! The Vultee BT-13 Valiant was an American World War II-era basic trainer aircraft built by Vultee Aircraft for the United States Army Air Corps, and later US Army Air Forces. A subsequent variant of the BT-13 in USAAC/USAAF service was known as the BT-15 Valiant, while an identical version for the US Navy was known as the SNV and was used to train naval aviators for the US Navy and its sister services, the US Marine Corps and US Coast Guard. The BT-13 was the basic trainer flown by most American pilots during World War II. It was the second phase of the three phase training program for pilots. After primary training in PT-13, PT-17, or PT-19 trainers, the student pilot moved to the more complex Vultee for continued flight training. The BT-13 had a more powerful engine and was faster and heavier than the primary trainer. It required the student pilot to use two way radio communications with the ground and to operate landing flaps and a two-position Hamilton Standard controllable-pitch propeller. It did not, however, have retractable landing gear nor a hydraulic system. The flaps were operated by a crank-and-cable system. Its pilots nicknamed it the "Vultee Vibrator." General characteristics Crew: 2 Length: 28 ft 10 in (8.79 m) Wingspan: 42 ft 0 in (12.80 m) Height: 11 ft 6 in (3.51 m) Wing area: 239 sq ft (22.2 m2) Empty weight: 3,375 lb (1,531 kg) Gross weight: 4,496 lb (2,039 kg) Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, 450 hp (340 kW) Propellers: 2-bladed Hamilton-Standard 2-position Performance Maximum speed: 180 mph (290 km/h, 160 kn) Range: 725 mi (1,167 km, 630 nmi) Service ceiling: 21,650 ft (6,600 m) Time to altitude: 9.2 minutes to 10,000 ft (3,000 m) ... See more