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December 1945 Flying Age including Flying Aces

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These pages from vintage modeling magazines like Flying Aces, Air Trails, American Modeler, American Aircraft Modeler, Young Men, Flying Models, Model Airplane News, R/C Modeler, captured the era. All copyrights acknowledged.

One of the motivations for posting these photos from a 1945 issue of Flying Age magazine is the appearance of an F2G Corsair, of which I own a Cox control line model from back in the 1960's. Having been published shortly after the end of World War II, there are some things being shown that probably would not have been declassified a year earlier, like the De Havilland Vampire jet airplane. I have to admit to not knowing what the "pannier" was mounted to the belly of the converted Halifax bomber. A pannier is a basket, as most cyclists probably know. The word derives from the Old French "panier," meaning bread basket. Another bit of news to me was the "Lily" portable sea-drome that simulated aircraft carrier conditions to help train pilots for takeoffs and landings on the oceans. Another very interesting item is the "tube" which housed three Jake reconnaissance planes aboard a giant "Jap" submarine.

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'Lily' in British parlance, is a portable sea-drome - Airplanes and Rockets

"Lily" in British parlance, is a portable sea-drome consisting of a number of buoyancy cans with hexagonal surfaces so linked that they give to the motion of the sea and still are rigid enough for planes. International News photo

Metal freight pannier on the former Halifax bomber - Airplanes and Rockets

Tactical conversion is this metal freight pannier on the former Halifax bomber. The pannier can be let down by winches to a trolley, rolled away and replaced by another loading pannier with speed. British Combine photo

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Like picket fences are these new fighter brakes on the Black Widow. The brakes slow the night fighter in flight to give qunners time for careful aim. In foreground, new, wide-bladed propeller to absorb thrust of more powerful engines on P-61C. Northrop Aircraft photo

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The Hawker Tempest II has the novel distinction of being released after the Mark V version, It is powered by a Bristol Centaurus V engine of over 2,500 hp. Its span is forty-one feet; length, thirty-three-and-a-half feet. British Combine photo

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The F2G, looking remarkably like the Corsair, has been unveiled by its makers, Goodyear Aircraft. The new Navy fighter has specially designed vertical tail surfaces, including automatic auxiliary rudder and bubble canopy. International News Photo

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Designed to carry the eleven-ton British citybuster, this Avro Lincoln bomber was constructed for long-range raids on Japan. It carries a crew of seven, is powered by four Merlin engines, each of 1,759 hp. Maximum speed is about 320 m.p.h. The Lincoln never had a chance to do its stuff against Japan where it was to be used as a softener. British Combine Photo

P-38 is this M version of the Lightning - Airplanes and Rockets

Still another P-38 is this M version of the Lightning, a twin-place, radar-equipped night fighter, very smart in black. Close-up shows the radome installation below the cannon-spiked pod. U.S. Army photo from Acme

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A Swordfish (above) lands on a Lily. The peculiar name is said to come from a resemblance to a cluster of lily pods. Inventor R. M. Hamilton claims it will remain level even in thirty-six foot waves. International News photo

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This obsolete old Douglas B-23 medium bomber is being transformed into a very fancy private plane (see below).

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 Hughes Aircraft has converted it to a flying office for a wealthy (very) executive. It can carry eight to twelve passengers in comfort. Remodeled B-23s have a cruising speed of about 240 m.p.h. and a range of 600 miles. Acme photos

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This tube housed three Jake (reconnaissance) Japanese planes aboard a giant Jap submarine taken by the U.S. Navy after surrender. Nearly twice as large as any American sub, this ship is almost 400 feet long, forty feet wide, of over 300 tons displacement. International News Photo

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New contender for "world's fastest" is jet-propelled De Havilland Vampire, powered by a Goblin, similar to the P-80 engine. The air enters through the leading edge, discharges at cabin's rear. British Official photo

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Note the cross-boom link on the fins to avoid interfering with jet discharge. It is all metal, except the cockpit of wood like the Mosquito and the Hornet. British Official photo



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