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Republic P47 Thunderbolt

The P-47 was one of the toughest Allied planes during WWII and had the most firepower from its eight .50 caliber guns in its wings (3,400 rounds.) It was even more effective as a ground attack aircraft; it was capable of carrying as much as…

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Grumman F3F Flying Barrel

The Grumman F3F-2 was the last Navy and Marine biplane fighter. It entered service in 1936, and retired from front-line service in 1941. Its short operational life served to underscore its role in the Navy’s transition from biplanes to monoplanes. A total of 147 F3Fs…

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Brewster F3A Corsair

This Navy Corsair was built by Brewster and Co., Aircraft Division, in Long Island City, NY. The company produced military aircraft from the 1930s until the end of WWII. In 1940, the Vought aircraft company designed one of the best all-around Navy fighters of the war:…

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Grumman F7F Tigercat

The Grumman F7F Tigercat was designed to meet a 1941 Navy requirement for a twin engine fighter that could get to altitude fast, had long range, a lot of firepower. The first flight was in December 1943 but the aircraft failed carrier landing tests because…

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PBY/PBV-1A Catalina

The amphibious Consolidated PBY Catalina was a versatile, highly-effective military aircraft before, during and after WWII. They were used in anti-submarine warfare, bombing missions, convoy escort duties, search-and-rescue missions, and cargo transport. The last active military PBYs were not retired from service until the 1980s. PBY…

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Chance Vought F4U Corsair

An aircraft company better known for producing biplanes hit an aviation home run in 1938 when it unveiled the iconic design of this much-respected WWII fighter/bomber. The Chance Vought Corsair’s unique bent or inverted gull-wing design was driven by two needs: a bigger propeller to make…

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Grumman TBM Avenger

The Grumman Avenger torpedo bombers built for the Navy originally carried the designation of TBF. The Avenger came into service in 1942 to replace the Douglas Devastator, but in its first combat at Midway in June 1942, it fared badly. Five out of six were…

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Douglas AD-5 Skyraider

The Skyraider was designed during World War II to meet United States Navy requirements for a carrier-based, single-seat, long-range, high performance dive/torpedo bomber, to follow-on from earlier types such as the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver and Grumman TBF Avenger. Designed by Ed Heinemann of the Douglas…

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Stinson L-5 Sentinel

The L-5 is one of a series of liaison/observation planes that had great utility on the battlefield. Their green paint helped camouflage them on the ground or from the air when flying over forests or fields. These aircraft were built in Wayne, IN, by the Stinson…

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Stinson V77 Reliant

Developed as a civilian sports and executive aircraft in the mid-1930’s, the Stinson Reliant was popular in the private and commercial market in the U.S. and overseas. In 1936, a new, higher lift wing was fitted, and the new series became known as “gull-wing” Reliants. When…

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Grumman G-44 Widgeon

The Grumman G-44 Widgeon is a small, five-person, twin-engine, SPECIFICATIONS amphibious aircraft named after the North American widgeon, a species of duck. The Widgeon was designated J4F by the United States Navy and Coast Guard and OA-14 by the United States Army Air Forces. The Widgeon…

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Waco JYM

The Waco JYM was developed in 1929 to meet the increasing demand in the 1920s for rugged air mail planes. The JYM has a single back seat for the pilot and a forward seat that could handle two slim people or packages, with a metal…

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History Presentation
Operation Downfall—The Planned Invasion of Japan
A History Presentation and F7F Tigercat Flight Demonstration
Saturday, September 3
Museum Opens at 8am Presentation Starts at 9:30am

The National Museum of World War II Aviation
will be closed September 22-27
for the Pikes Peak Regional Air Show