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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 9:49 am 
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Originally posted by Mark Allen. Images restored 11-03-2018. Scott WRG Editor

... Not pranged, broken, busted or bent, no fire damage and not water logged, not even torn fabric ... just FILTHY!!!! and as it's that some of you's dudes like the weathered and dirty look. Here's a few. Sources NMNA archives, SDASM archives, my stuff.

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Image P02: F4U-1 Corsair aircraft of VF-10 on the flight deck of USS Enterprise (CV-6).

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Image P03: F4U-1 Corsair VMF-222 Munda Airfield New Georgia Solomon Islands

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Image P04: Grumman FM-2 Wildcat

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Image P05: TBF-1 of Night Torpedo Squadron Ninety-One [VT(N)-91], pictured at Carle Place on Long Island, NY

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Image P06: 25th PRS F5D Nadzab New Guinea


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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 9:54 am 
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Part 2

More embarrassingly disgusting filth ...
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F6F-3 Hellcat aircraft from VF-9 is flying in WestPac. The pilot was Gene Valencia 1944

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Lockheed P-38 Lightning flying along the coast of Queensland Aust. c 1943

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Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIC

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TBM, with Torpedo Squadron Eighty-Seven (VT-87), pictured in flight at NAS Oceana, VA 1945


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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 10:06 am 
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Now those are warbirds looking the way they should (IMHO).

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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 11:02 am 
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Part 3

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XTBF-3 right front view with drop tanks. Exhaust system modified.

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F6F-5 Hellcat aircraft of VF-88 is on the ground at NAB Marpi, Saipan.

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Lt. General James H. Doolittle, Gets The Feel Of This Lockheed P-38 Lightning Fighter Plane Just Before He Takes Off On A Short Flight. 23 March 1944


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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 11:27 am 
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Part 4
(this is an easy thread because unlike most of today's warbirds being spit-polished mirror machines, most all the vintage photos are what your seeing here.

Some multi-engine Filth ...


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Burma Bridge Buster B-25

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397th Bomb Group B-26

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B-24 of the 701st Bomb Squadron, 445th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force.

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Formation Of Douglas A-20's Attached To The 410Th Bomb Group, Enroute To A Mission Over Enemy Territory In Europe

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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress


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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 12:58 pm 
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Those are so over weathered...not realistic at all!


Thanks for sharing, some really good modeling reference right there.


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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 1:58 pm 
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AFWhite wrote:
Those are so over weathered...not realistic at all!


Thanks for sharing, some really good modeling reference right there.


Didn't Fine Scale Modeler do an article for April Fools a few years back? Included all of the tech orders to let air out of the tires for proper bulging, outline the most used or distinctive panels and ban any and all cleaning operations for the duration.

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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 4:03 pm 
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More fouled up filthy flying machines ...

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P-40K 14th AF

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P-51B/C "Hun Flusher" with a nice view of a Malcolm hood. I guess more worn than dirty.

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British Mark V Spitfire Used By The U.S. Air Force At Membury Airdrome, England. 15 March 1943


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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 4:16 pm 
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the dirt & weathering just adds to the warbirds character & flavor as "war horses"!!

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I was going to add an A-1 picture and then I thought, "What if the dirt & oil is just normal?" :wink:

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Interesting there's not one photo that shows someone came along and wrote "Wash me" or "I wish my wife was this dirty" ... :wink: :hide:

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Two Marine SB2-C Helldivers flying in formation over the Pacific.

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F4U of the Royal Navy 1842 Squadron of HMS Formidable taken aboard CV-38 at an unknown location.

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Hawker Typhoon 2 RNAS Henstridge April 1944

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SB2C-3

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Six USAAF Bell P-39 Airacobras in flight


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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 5:02 pm 
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Ken wrote:
"What if the dirt & oil is just normal?"

I'd say far from normal here Ken


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12Th Af Republic P-47 Thunderbolt Flown By 1St Lt. Edwin L. King Of New Lebanon, Ohio

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12Th Af Republic P-47 Thunderbolt Flown By 1St Lt. Edwin L. King Of New Lebanon, Ohio

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SBD-5 of Bombing Squadron Ten (VB-10) off USS Enterprise (CV-6) pictured in flight during operations against Palau, Woeai, and Yap Islands.


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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 6:44 pm 
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Thanks again Mark!
Was that last photo followed by shots of them ditching? :shock: At least the sea looks pretty calm.
By the way, if you want dirt, how about some stateside trainers?
Come to think of it, how about a B-17 trainer thread? I've been on a trainer markings kick lately.

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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 9:29 pm 
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I finally got around to scanning the pictures in my albums from the 1981 Alaska Fish Haul.I'll start a thread on that soon.In the meantime,while not technically warbirds,these three are definitely dirty.I'll use the captions from my albums for these pictures. You'll have to excuse the lopsided framing of the pictures. I can't remove them from the albums without destroying them and they aren't perfectly square in the albums.

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Ex-USMC C-117D/R4D-8's Buno 17166 and 12437 (City of Yuma and Raquel) Fresh from the Davis-Monthan AFB boneyard.Both were last stationed at MCAS Yuma,AZ. At Sequioa Field,CA. in late 1980.

I flew 12437 for about 150 hours during the Alaska Fish Haul between June and August 1981.

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Daryl Nobbley parking Boxcar N3003 on the wash rack at Homer,AK. Boxcar N8093 is parked on the Fish Ramp. Looking north in August 1981.

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Daryl Nobbley and Dave Eck prepare for a southeast departure from the High Strip on Egegik Beach. The Boxcar is H&P's C-119G N8093. July 1981


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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 10:45 pm 
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Hey neat, Boxcar N8093 again!

One of my favourite Warbirds--because it was so perfectly, authentically ratty-looking--was the Mustang that used to appear once in a blue moon at air shows while in the care of the Tallichet collection. Wearing not-quite-correct 55FG livery and the name "Dixie", she looked like a full-scale 3D presentation of a 1945 Kodachrome slide.

Hm, there's a photo-thread idea: shots of so-bad-they're-perfect weatherbeaten Warbirds...

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