Friday, March 29, 2013

National Wings of Freedom Tour

As I mentioned in my previous post, Dan and I were at the airport on Wednesday to watch the landing of the five historic aircraft that flew into Temple as part of the National Wings of Freedom Tour. The planes included four WWII aircraft - the B-17 Flying Fortress, German Messerschmidt 262 fighter jet, P-51 Mustang fighter and B-24 Liberator heavy bomber - and the Vietnam era Uh-1E Huey helicopter.

It was exciting to see them in the air, as well as close up after they taxied in. The German Me 262 was the world's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft.

Me 262 landing

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17 Flying Fortress with observers reflected in the prop nose

P-51 Mustang fighter

B-24 Liberator

Uh-1E Huey helicopter


Lois said...

All the photos of the war planes are fascinating, The vapor trail on the first and the reflection of the observers in the prop are fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Nice captures, The Phantom F4 is my favourite.

Ivor said...

Lucky for Europe that the ME262 was developed too late to have an impact on the outcome of WW2, it would have been a game-changer had they successfully developed it earlier.

I used to love going to air displays but haven't been for ages, you've done a great job of capturing these historic aircraft.

regularman said...

I love the paintings on the fuselages.

Anonymous said...

Superior shots!