"Pack 91" about to land after an overnight flight from Pease AFB in New Hampshire. The 157th ARW is a regular participant in Leuchars Airshow, and this was the first time one had appeared wearing the new stylised tailband.
Preserved with a fake serial, it is ex F-BAIF, FAF 76787, USAAF 44-76787. Unfortunately this aircraft was completely wrecked on 13 Aug 2010 when, during a road transport to Valkenburg air base, it struck the wall of an overpass.
In the woods near the village of Best (NL) a museum called 'Bevrijdende Vleugels' (= Wings of Liberation) reminds us of D-Day, an important event in our history. The museum had two well-restored Dakotas parked outside in the markings used during the invasion. Both carry a fake serial, "290321" on this one is in fact the birth date of Jan Driessen, the founder of the museum. In real life this aircraft was USAAF 43-2022.
The Ryan factory was opposite Consolidated's at then Lindbergh Field. The Ryan YO-51 was designed to meet a 1938 USAAC requirement for an observation aircraft and clearly influenced by the Fieseler Storch. The competition was won by the Stinson Vigilant and only three YO-51s were built, this being the first one, 40-703, according to the SDASM. Photo from: San Diego Air & Space Museum
KC-97G tanker of Strategic Air Command displayed at the 1956 Armed Forces Day at RAF Burtonwood, Lancashire. This version did not have turbojet boosters. The red fin is in case of force landing in hostile arctic territory. Wears the SAC blue star-spangled sash on mid fuselage. Later converted to C-97G.