The cartoon is worth clicking the link, folks.
Hie on over to our good Captain’s blog to see it. It is nice to hear from the family, and I would love to see updates for all. They are in our thoughts. Comments are closed.
From the Usual USAF Source…
Last Braves of the Tribe: A World War II-era A-36A Apache—an ultra-rare dive-bomber variant of the P-51A Mustang—earlier this month flew for the first time from New Smyrna Beach Airport, south of Daytona Beach, Fla., after extensive restoration and rebuild. This airplane, serial number 42-83738, is one of only two flying examples of the type, and one of only three intact A-36s known to exist worldwide, according to American Aero Services’ A-36 webpage. The company rebuilt the aircraft for the Collings Foundation. Due to its rarity, restorers were forced to fabricate many components since several parts, including the aircraft’s unique landing gear, air scoop, and canopy were swapped for more common P-51 parts in the 1960s, noted company officials. Unlike the P-51 fighter, the A-36 was designed for close air support by incorporating dive brakes and an Allison engine specifically tuned for low-altitude performance, according to the Collings Foundation’s Apache webpage. The aircraft took to the skies June 13.
Ah, I see we’re rewriting history… “an Allison engine specifically tuned for low-altitude performance” is shorthand for “doesn’t perform as well as a Merlin.” The Brits wouldn’t use the A-36/P-51 with that Allison engine as a fighter and the USAAC wouldn’t, either… or at least not until the aircraft was re-designed/refitted with Rolls-Royce (Packard, under license) power.
Nits aside, it’s good to see this aircraft back in the air.
In my oft-annoying role as the smart-@$$ JO in the back of the Ready Room, I just gotta ask:
Are we buying stuff like this;
Because all the other cool kids already have stuff like this and even other “neat stuff” more way cool:
Because that would be a whole lot like when we got this:
Just because all the other cool kids had stuff like this:
Or more like this:
Cuz, you know, we’ve seen how well that’s turned out, haven’t we?