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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:47 am 
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For the 75th Anniversary of VJ-Day there will be several warbirds in Hawaii.
Erickson's Mustang has been on the islands since early June and several have been loaded onto LHD-2 USS Essex for transport to Hawaii.
Has anyone seen a schedule of events in HI for the celebrations?
Here is a list the ones I've seen that will be there. Does anyone know which 2 TBMs will be there?
Any additions?
F8F Bearcat Bu121776 N68RW
PV2 Harpoon Bu84062 N6657D
PBY 1074 N9767
PBY 11074 N222FT Flying Turtle
P-51 Mustang A68-39 N551D
P-51 Mustang 45-11633 N151MW Lady Alice
FM2 Wildcat Bu86819 N5833
2x T-6/SNJ ? White 48 Navy and Polished metal AAF scheme
2x TBM
T-28 ?
Stearman

If I didn't already have a trip planned, I'd looking at prices for a trip to Hawaii :lol: ...


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:10 am 
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I think Taigh Ramey has been posting videos on Facebook of the loading of the aircraft. Hopefully they will be well wrapped for the sea voyage.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:56 am 
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Warbirdnerd wrote:
..... and several have been loaded onto LHD-2 USS Essex for transport to Hawaii......



The modern Essex is about the same length as the USS Hornet, so how about a Doolittle Raid style launch! :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:26 am 
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Found an event list-
https://www.75thwwiicommemoration.org/v ... aii-events


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This looks awesome! I would love to go but I couldn't afford the two week quarantine stay before I could leave the hotel - LOL.

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I think I heard the Harpoon lost an engine on the way down and is a no go.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:55 am 
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Mike Rawson (HELLDIVERS) posted pictures of TBM Bu53119 N33BM (another ex Connie Edwards bird) being loaded onto the Essex.


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As can be seen in this picture https://www.flickr.com/photos/18842924@N03/50177182583/in/photolist-2jrZbeD-2jrm2dk-2jqbucq-2jrTPJJ-2jrmvTA-2jr7utm-2jr7uvR-2jr6Bmg-2jr6BvQ-2jradR6-2jraF6X-2jradUH-2jr6zYg-2jradYF-2jrV9T4-2jr7uy6-2jraDLN-2jr7uxp-2jrbyNp-2jraDHw-2jrbySH-2jr7uEo-2jrbyzo-2jrR2Ng-2jr9iqy-2jrbyxE-2jr9iu6-2jrbyuP-2jr6yQp-2jrbytB-2jr9fgY-2jr9foS-2joMyT6-2joM3fK-2joJMZz-2jr9fsu-2joM2wk-2joMyJ3-2joM2Gv-2joM2Ro-2joQGQ8-2joMyQR-2joMyNr-2joM34x-2joQGY9-2joMyLc-2joLHfL-2joPtXW-2joPu3L-2jpG6nV there is a wildcat on board, Which one is it?


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:40 pm 
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That's the Commemorative Air Force's Wildcat, N5833, operated by the FM-2 Wildcat Sponsor Group. It received a new, very authentic US Navy tri-color scheme last year, performed by Steve Atkin of Warbird Colour. The VC-27 squadron markings were just recently added.

David Prescott's B-25J "Old Glory" just made it into San Diego this afternoon, possibly the last aircraft to be loaded aboard the USS Essex, which I believe sets sail tomorrow. The aircraft had been receiving quite a bit of attention at American Aero Services in Florida ahead of this trip.


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Tanks John, a much more 'authentic' scheme than the previous

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