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    The Futbol War

    I know this isn't WW2 but it involves ww2 aircraft. Does anyone know about the Futbol War of the late 60s where surplus Corsairs and P51s were squaring off against eachother and C47s had been converted into heavy bombers.

    Anyone know much about this small war?

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_War

    Has some limited information on it.

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    Fascinating, I had never heard of it. Although elsewhere I had read in a historical fiction novel the use of C-47's by Israel as bombers by pushing bombs manually out the cargo door during the 1948 war.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MPicciotto View Post
    Fascinating, I had never heard of it. Although elsewhere I had read in a historical fiction novel the use of C-47's by Israel as bombers by pushing bombs manually out the cargo door during the 1948 war.

    Matt
    I had heard the same thing about Israel during the 1948 war, but I heard it as second hand info not from a historical fiction novel.

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    It was the final Piston Engine Vs Piston Engine Dog Fight in history. Corsairs won the day! The Israelis also used B-17s to bomb Cairo, they picked up German bombs in Czechoslovakia and since the shackles didn't quite fit, one man had to stand on the bomb bay catwalk and kick them lose! No bomb accuracy needless to say.

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    I am not sure what ever happened to the aircraft, but a Corsair that was used during that war was on display and flown out of the museum ‘Planes of Fame’ in Eden Prairie, MN. The museum has since been closed and I think the aircraft went to the Planes of Fame in Chino, CA. It had a couple bullet holes in it from that war and the museum never patched them up. That was the first I had ever heard of the Futbol War. I might have a picture of it somewhere. I’ll post it if I can find it.

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    Too bad Twitch isn't still with us, he'd have probably written something about it.

    AIRPOWER magazine makes it sound like the plot of some old Jonathon Winters screwball comedy.
    http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/a...pr/mallin.html

    Also, your best bet for anything obscure as far as military aircraft operations is the Air Combat Information Group (ACIG)

    Tons of details and color plates here
    http://www.acig.org/artman/publish/printer_156.shtml
    Last edited by Story; 04-01-2012 at 06:38 AM.

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    The aircraft that I photographed was a Goodyear FG-1D Corsair BuNo 92629, which is one of a slew that were bought after their service in El Salvador and Honduras. Several are still making air shows throughout the country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treetopflyer View Post
    The aircraft that I photographed was a Good Year FG-1D Corsair BuNo 92629, which is one of a slew that were bought after their service in El Salvador and Honduras. Several are still making air shows throughout the country.
    Currently owned by the Palm Springs Air Museum
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Springs_Air_Museum

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    Yup, that's the one. Bob Pond ran the mueseum in MN and after it closed he moved them out to CA.

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