Yak-3M, NX854DP. Flown in WW2 by Captain Delfino with 16 combat victories to his name!
Designed and built in Russia, the Yakovlev Yak-3 was one of the smallest and lightest combat fighters produced
during World War II. As such, it proved itself a formidable dogfighter at altitudes below 13.000 feet.
Hispano HA-112MII (Messerschmitt Bf 109G), NX109GU
(previous: C.4K-172, N48157, G-BJZZ, G-HUNN)
The Cavanaugh Flight Museum's Me-109 was built in Germany in 1943 and shipped to Spain that same year as part of an agreement for the licensed production of Me-l09s there.
Hispano Aviación, under obligation to supply the Spanish Air Force with fighters after the war, was unable to secure any Daimler-Benz DB 605 engines and instead fitted these planes with a British Rolls-Royce Merlin. Designated the HA-1112, this aircraft served in Spain until 1967.
The Me-109 is painted in the personal colors of General Adolf Galland, one of Germany's most famous World War II aces.
This aircraft has appeared in a number of films including 'Memphis Belle', 'The Battle of Britain', the H.B.O. film 'The Tuskegee Airmen' and the British T.V. series 'Piece of Cake'.
(Information from the museum's website)
Grumman TBM-3E Avenger, NL86280 (ex/BuNo.86280, N7219C)
The folded wings along the side
does rather limit the possibilities of photography, but I like its assertive stance here.
Grumman FM-2 Wildcat, 'BuNo.86960' (ex/ BuNo.86956, N18PK, N18P)
Vought F4U Corsair, BuNo.92399 (N451FG)
Its folded wings, for carrier deck convenience, is a more charming solution than that of the Grumman Avenger.
BuNo.92399 was originally purchased as government surplus by Queen City Salvage Inc in 1958. Rather than scrap the plane, QCS elected to register BuNo.92399 and at least nine other FG-1D’s with the FAA and offer them for sale as flyers. A party in the Miami, FL area bought 92399 and relocated it to the tarmac at Tamiami Airport where it languished until 1965 when Alvin George of Atlanta, GA discovered and purchased the derelict fighter as a restoration project. Two years later it flew again briefly, but suffered substantial damage during a botched take off at NAS Norfolk, VA about six months later.
After the accident, Harry Doan of Daytona Beach, FL bought and relocated the plane into long term hangar storage for close to 20 years before finally electing sell it to John Hooper of Harvey, LA.
Hooper performed a substantial amount of restorative work on the plane, but decided to sell in 1992. Charles Osborn of Sellersburg, Indiana became the new owner and within two years the fighter emerged from Charles Osborn’s 'Vintage Fighters' hangar and flew for the first time in 25 years.
In 1997, BuNo 92399 was sold to David Jeansonne of Lafayette, LA who operated the plane regularly for two years before it was sold once again, this time overseas to UK-based collector Paul Morgan.
In 2001, Morgan lost his life in the crash of his Sea Fury, and the following year the Corsair was sold back across the Atlantic to the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison,TX where it resides today.
This Boeing-Stearman N2S-4 Kaydet ('BuNo.05256') was rebuilt from N741BJ plus spares
North American AT-6D Texan, N29947
From my 2011 Air-Britain book on 'N.American Museums & Collections' I have its previous history as:
c/n 88-17478, ex/ 42-85697, AE.6-178 (Spain), C.6-178 (Spain).
The museum however, offers the following information on its website: "The Cavanaugh Flight Museum owns two of these classic aircraft. While the military histories of both aircraft remain unclear, it is known that the museum's gray T-6 was built at North American's Inglewood, California plant in 1942.
The bare-metal T-6 (which I haven't seen and it probably N39403- Webmaster) rolled out of the same plant a year later.
These aircraft are used for the museum's customer flights, as utility aircraft and for aerial photography work. Both of the museum's T-6's have appeared as pace planes for the T-6 aerial races at the Reno Air Races."
The North American Texan trainer is one of the most important aircraft of all time and is universally recognized. First built as the NA-16 in 1935, the Texan was in continual production for nearly 10 years and in active use for more than five decades.
Primarily used as a trainer, the Texan remains a favorite among warbird collectors around the world.
Fairchild PT-19B Cornell, '305226/ED' (ex/ 42-34560, N58307)
The other side shows it is
named 'Rosalie'; tt also has markings of 'Grider Field' in black lettering.
By the below information we can read that it is in flying condition and flown regularly. The museum offers
plane rides and I had been considering something as such, but my itinerary allowed me only a hasty visit here
and besides, I'd had my plane ride in the Navion at Burnet a week before.
Ah, my 'fan days' of
Buck Danny come back alive!
'Buck Danny' is a Franco-Belgian comics series about a military flying ace and his two sidekicks (Tumbler and the hilarious
Sonny Tucson) serving (depending on the plots) in the United States Navy or the United States Air Force. The series is
noted for its realism both in the drawings and the descriptions of air force procedures as part of the storyline. In
particular the aircraft depicted are extremely accurate. [Wikipedia, more..]
I would almost expect running into 'Lady X'
here... But only 'Buck Danny' aficionados will understand!
Curtiss-Wright P-40 Warhawk, NL40PN / P-8104
I have the previous identities as: 44-7369, N94500, C-GTGR
Supermarine 359 Spitfire LF.VIIIc, MT719 YB-J; ex/ M1719, HS??? (India), I-SPIT, G-VIII. Here as NX719MT
'star player' of WWII: North American P-51D Mustang, NL51JC /472339
Ex/ 44-72339, Fv26115, 1918 (Dominican Rep.), N51EH, NL251JC
P-51D Mustang, NL51JC /472339 named 'The Brat III' - polished to a blinding shine!