Do youThanks Gents. In Soviet reports about La-7s and Yak-9s employed in Korea the AU-1 have been mentioned as something different from F4U-7 let alone Dash Four Bravo and introdused as "the final and ultimate model of Corsair". I.e. AU-1 as it seemed to our instructors was pure tactical attack airplane and had little to say in a dogfight against mentioned Soviet pistons. Though this Corsair was evaluated higher than our Il-10 in the payload and range. It is unclear whether any AU-1 have been captured in a flyable condition, but given that 555 Corsairs of all versions lost in combat over there, it seems that they could find the difference.
For the price of a piddling, used, GA aircraft you could own your very own “Commisar Crusier...”Do you
commie bastards"beacon of hope socialists" have anything like our Commemorative Air Force? You know...old dudes maintaining and flying old airplanes...either domestic or former enemy. Need pictures. Asking for a friend.
Skimming the Wikipedia article, the Skipper seems like he was a real piece of work. Accusing men of desertion because they either thought an abandon ship was called or got forced overboard by fire? And then sponsoring a "golden children's" club for the 704 who allegedly stayed, only to find out about 400 of them were actually onboard for the duration?Received the Time Life 1978 black and white TV series World War 2: GI Diary for Christmas. One of the 25 episodes was dedicated to Big Ben, the USS Franklin. An Essex class carrier, it was hit on 2 separate occasions: by a kamikaze in 1944 and a dive bomber with two 550 lb bombs while 30+ aircraft were armed and fueled on the deck (the 2nd coming in March 1945 only 50 miles from the Japanese mainland.) Big Ben had the greatest loss of life of any US ship that did not sink in WW2, over 800 killed in action.
(Historical Note: one of the squadrons aboard the Franklin was VMF-214, the famed Black Sheep once led by Pappy Boyington)
There is a video on Amazon Prime which I hope to get to this weekend.
|USS Los Angeles (ZR-3) flies over ships of the U.S. Fleet, circa 1930. Photographed from on board the airship, with two of her engine cars in the foreground. Ships below are USS Patoka (AO-9), closest to the camera, and the aircraft carriers USS Lexington (CV-2) and USS Saratoga (CV-3)|