Rara Avis - What rare WWII aircraft would you like to see flying?

Discussion in 'WWII' started by KilroyCD, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD One Too Many

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    Since a lot of us are having fun posting what our favourite WWII aircraft is on another thread, I thought I'd start a thread pertaining to WWII aircraft of which there are no examples currently flying. What rare (and / or not flying) WWII aircraft would you like to see in the air?
    I'll start this off with three I'd like to see.

    The Fairey Battle
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    The Napier Sabre-engined Hawker Tempest Mk.V or Mk.VI
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    The Boulton Paul Defiant
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  2. davestlouis

    davestlouis Practically Family

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    FW200 Condor...looks like Lufthansa is rebuilding one they pulled out of a lake.
     
  3. cco23i

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    Here is another early one! The P-35! Yup, fought in the Philippines and other areas too.

    Scott

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  4. JimWagner

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    I'd love to see a P-39 Airacobra in flight and up close. I always thought it was a beautiful plane, but I guess the Russians appreciated it more than we Americans. Sort of the A-10 of its day.

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    Martin B-10
    Served with the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (KNIL) during WWII
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  6. drafttek

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  7. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

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    Baltimore

    Martin Baltimore, an American built plain that flew combat with the allies and not with its home land. I first saw a photo of a squadron of them, and they were being escorted by American piloted P-40s. Seems while Montgomery and Patton were fighting each other all around the Mediterranean, the American And British Air Forces were busy fighting the Germans in joint operations! Culminating in the greatest joint operation, the Palm Sunday Massacre! [​IMG]
     
  8. Smithy

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    I'm with you there Kilroy. I'd love to see Kermit Weeks restore the original 486(NZ) Sqn one that he has in his possession.
     
  9. Mr. Godfrey

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    Junkers 87 R-1 Stuka

    I would like to see one of these at the Flying Legends airshow.

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    and sadly I've never seen a Heinkel He 111 flying too.
     
  10. Sgt Brown

    Sgt Brown One of the Regulars

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    ME 263 Komet. Can you imagine?

    Tom
     
  11. Dixon Cannon

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    The Northrup P-61 'Black Widow'

    Here, aloft over Saipan.

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    -dixon cannon
     
  12. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD One Too Many

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    How about a Republic XF-12?
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  14. St.Ignatz

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    F7F Tiger Cat. They had one on loan at "The Lone Star Flight Museum" in Galveston but I never caught it in the air. Quite a collection.
    Tom D.
     
  15. cco23i

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    I know one that would be awesome to see fly. The B-36 bomber!!!

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  16. Fletch

    Fletch I'll Lock Up

    I'll second the P-35. There are three left, one of which is in flying condition, and a 2-place variant, AT-12, which is too.

    And happily, some outfit is working to scratch build one!
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    It will be marked as one of the 24th PG in the Philippines, where P-35s saw their only action.
     
  17. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD One Too Many

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    If the P-35 would be good to see, then the P-43 Lancer could be even better!
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  18. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD One Too Many

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    Since I tend to lean towards RAF aeroplanes, how about the Westland Whirlwind?
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  19. Smithy

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    Bloody tragic when you consider that all of these were scrapped.

    Steve Vizard led a dig in the 70s and dug up the remains of one, the Peregrins were at Tangmere for a bit and one is now on display at the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust.

    I've often wondered what might have been if a few Merlins had been diverted to the Whirly production...
     
  20. Levallois

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    I've always admired and would like to see fly again in person these Italian Macchi Racing Seaplanes from the 1920s and 1930s.

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