Well, I got a ton of sleep and Cora babied me a bit. I am feeling better...not quite 100% yet, but better. She seems to think I gave too much information on my previous blog...I resent that remark: I never gave indications of volume, texture, color, or smell. So, she should be pleased about that.
Here are a few more pictures:
First, I will show you some of the FIRE BOMBERS. Over the years, several states, California being the mostprominent, have taken surplus military aircraft and made them into what are called fire bombers. They are usually given some type of tank or other fire fighting liquid containment system. They are also given pumps and dump apparatus. You can generally identify them with their colors of red and white. see below:
This is a C-119. Note the small jet engine on top of the fuselage...probably a J-34 if memory serves. that was used to add a small amount of thrust. This aircraft type serve in Korea and Vietnam.
Next is a Navy plane: an AF2S Guardian. Originally built to work in pairs, one had a radar and the other had offensive weapons purpose built to destroy submarines. They served for only a few years until something better came along. Those that went to surplus were mostly scrapped. this one and a few others were modified for the fire fighting role. Aero Union of Chico, California modifies and maintains California's fleet. I found an AF2 at their facility...in significantly worse condition. I will post that picture when I can find it.
this is a C-123. Think Air America if you want to find a movie that shows these.
Now, here is a picture of one of the world's ugliest aircraft. The British, over the years, have come up with some beautiful aircraft. The Spitfire comes to mind, here. But, more often than not, they have made some ugly ass airplanes! This is a Fairey Gannet. Fairey is the manufacture. Gannet is the name given to that particular type of airplane. The Gannet had a turboprop engine, and apparently the designers did not have any art classes during their education.
Thanks for looking, and I hope you all have a great weekend.