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Little known / experimental aircraft

hlg6016

A/C Wings Here
While not WWII vintage a few piston powered aircraft had long service careers. The French flew the A-1 until the 70's and they then donated them to a few of their African allies to include Chad, which apparently kept them 'in service' until 1987. The Navy didn't retire its last EC-121's until 1982, the last ones flew with VAQ-33. We also flew C-1 Traders until 1988, 32 years after it first started service.
C118's flew Navy Reserve at least to mid 80's
 

wink

OLD VS NFO.
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Had to read this a couple of times for it to make sense to me. It was the F4U Corsair, the F-4 Phantom, and the A-7 Corsair II. But yes, the F4U was a viable asset for a long time.
Captain on my interview Board at AA in 1989 had flown F4Us in the Marines. I really milked that one. The more we talked about old round engine fighters the less time they had to ask me questions.
 

Randy Daytona

Cold War Relic
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Not just any Piper L-4 Grasshopper - but a bazooka firing tank killer.

Bazooka Charlie and the Grasshopper: A Tale of World War II
The most famous small airplane of the war is about to fly again.




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Griz882

Livin' On the Right Side of the River From Pags!
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Not just any Piper L-4 Grasshopper - but a bazooka firing tank killer.

Bazooka Charlie and the Grasshopper: A Tale of World War II
The most famous small airplane of the war is about to fly again.




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This is a fun read for the broader history - self-published, but interesting.

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wink

OLD VS NFO.
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Super Moderator
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Not just any Piper L-4 Grasshopper - but a bazooka firing tank killer.

Bazooka Charlie and the Grasshopper: A Tale of World War II
The most famous small airplane of the war is about to fly again.




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And the self anointed are scoffing at the A/S-3C Viking Warrior.
 
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