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  •  Spitfires = badass (4+ / 0-)

    I am not enough the warbird aficionado to give a fitting elegy for these awesome, gorgeous fighter planes, but I can say they have always been among my favorite of the WWII birds.  Their superlative overall performance and versatility yielded, as I recall, several operational generations (generally increasing slightly in size and substantially in engine power over time) along with more dangerous armament.

    American WWII history focuses on the flashy and (deservedly) much-loved P-38 Lightning and P-51 Mustang, but I've always been a fan of the Spitfire series.  As a side note, I'm also a big fan of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.  You don't hear nearly as much about them as the Mustangs and Lightnings, but their role in WWII was, if anything, more critical than that of the P-51, looking at overall work done.  Not that the '51 isn't the finer plane, it surely is, but the Thunderbolt should not be overlooked.

    Thanks for this salute to a wonderful aircraft!

    •  MANY more diaries to come.... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...I would also point you to my page on 'Redbubble' if you enjoy the photography (link on my Profile).

      Please let me know if you have an suggestions for aviation diaries, and we will see what photographs we have to hand.

      (According to my over-worked, but highly skilled editor, another one will be published tonight at 7pm Eastern)

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 02:33:43 PM PST

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