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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2022 12:56 pm 
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Hi All,

While in New Orleans this past December, I made a visit to the NMWW2 to see the new-to-me buildings and displays. Most important was the Boeing Pavilion and 'My Gal Sal." I had wanted to make a photo of the Boeing Pavilion lit up at night, but was unable to do so as they are constructing another building and access was blocked.

Many photos from all throughout the museum.

The gallery is here:

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2022 1:40 pm 
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I'm curious what the weight of the B-17 is "as hung". They have quite a lot of load on the building structure with so much suspended.


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Great photos! Thanks for sharing! It looks like an impressive museum. I especially like "My Gal Sal" and the B-25. The SBD looks great as well.

The Corsair looks odd. It looks like it might be a dash-4 airframe and prop with a FG-1D cowling.

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Super photos, Paul.

Thanks for sharing them.


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Thanks for the report Paul.
There used to be a B-24 cockpit there as well I think.


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kalamazookid wrote:
Great photos! Thanks for sharing! It looks like an impressive museum. I especially like "My Gal Sal" and the B-25. The SBD looks great as well.

The Corsair looks odd. It looks like it might be a dash-4 airframe and prop with a FG-1D cowling.


Bingo, apparently a rebuilt to airworthy center section by Tom Reilly was acquired by the Vought Retiree's club and alot of rebuilding / fabrication was necessary. Including finding a FG-1D nosebowl and grafting it on to the front. I don't blame the Vought group. They did an amazing job on a shoe string budget. What I don't understand is the National Museum of WWII didn't take the time or effort to correct alot of the problems and update her to a late-war -4 Corsair. Which would work fine in that museum.

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Thanks for the photos of the B-17. Last time I saw her, she was a pile of parts. Glad to see she's looking as she should today. She wasn't in the museum the one time I was there.
Frankly, I was surprised at the museum for all the reproduction/replica stuff on display for the individual GI stuff. Several display cases I looked at, I was shaking my head as they had reproduction stuff that I had originals back at home...
They tell a good story for the layman (my wife liked how it was laid out) but those who are into seeing the 'old stuff' might be a little disappointed. If I ever make it back to New Orleans again, I'd only go there again to see the finished B-17 on display.

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Andy Marden wrote:
Thanks for the report Paul.
There used to be a B-24 cockpit there as well I think.


It's still there.


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Andy Marden wrote:
Thanks for the report Paul.
There used to be a B-24 cockpit there as well I think.



It's a PB4Y-2 nose painted to look like a B-24.

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Wonderful stuff! Once again I just can't thank you enough for these presentations!!

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TAdan wrote:
Andy Marden wrote:
Thanks for the report Paul.
There used to be a B-24 cockpit there as well I think.



It's a PB4Y-2 nose painted to look like a B-24.


Would have fooled me! I would LOVE to have that nose and paint it up as, you guessed it, my grandfather's aircraft. Would make for a reply colorful paint job! In case you may have missed (and are interested in checking out my 1/48th build) go to the link here to see my build of his aircraft. http://www.warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=73023

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Warbird Kid wrote:
kalamazookid wrote:
Great photos! Thanks for sharing! It looks like an impressive museum. I especially like "My Gal Sal" and the B-25. The SBD looks great as well.

The Corsair looks odd. It looks like it might be a dash-4 airframe and prop with a FG-1D cowling.


Bingo, apparently a rebuilt to airworthy center section by Tom Reilly was acquired by the Vought Retiree's club and alot of rebuilding / fabrication was necessary. Including finding a FG-1D nosebowl and grafting it on to the front. I don't blame the Vought group. They did an amazing job on a shoe string budget. What I don't understand is the National Museum of WWII didn't take the time or effort to correct alot of the problems and update her to a late-war -4 Corsair. Which would work fine in that museum.

Chris, FYI, the spar that was built for this Corsair was deemed "unairworthy" so the Vought Heritage group got it on the cheap compared to other available projects. It was along time ago and not many new Corsair spars has been successfully tried by that period.
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Jerry O'Neill wrote:
Warbird Kid wrote:
kalamazookid wrote:
Great photos! Thanks for sharing! It looks like an impressive museum. I especially like "My Gal Sal" and the B-25. The SBD looks great as well.

The Corsair looks odd. It looks like it might be a dash-4 airframe and prop with a FG-1D cowling.


Bingo, apparently a rebuilt to airworthy center section by Tom Reilly was acquired by the Vought Retiree's club and alot of rebuilding / fabrication was necessary. Including finding a FG-1D nosebowl and grafting it on to the front. I don't blame the Vought group. They did an amazing job on a shoe string budget. What I don't understand is the National Museum of WWII didn't take the time or effort to correct alot of the problems and update her to a late-war -4 Corsair. Which would work fine in that museum.

Chris, FYI, the spar that was built for this Corsair was deemed "unairworthy" so the Vought Heritage group got it on the cheap compared to other available projects. It was along time ago and not many new Corsair spars has been successfully tried by that period.
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Doh! Thank you for the clarification! For some reason I thought it was an airworthy section. Glad to hear it wasn't!

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Great series of pics. Thanks so much for posting.

I have a question about the paint on the B-17. Does anyone know why there is dark shading along the rivet lines in certain areas? For example, in front of the cockpit on the area over the bombardier/navigator section? It also appears in the midsection. Is this due to faulty paint prep? Something to do with the riveting? Something else?

I've seen this on other planes, I'm just not sure why it happens and figure someone in this brain trust knows.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2022 9:19 pm 
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Just a guess but maybe it's corrosion protection like ACF-50? I know that stuff gets into skin seams by capillary action and can sometimes stain paint.

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