How cool is this? Total motion. About 8k ft up. Propeller in action. Spots from the window. Curvature of the earth. Sun setting. Manhattan below. This on @united about 40 minutes ago.
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”..Shortly after we settled in, Chuck drove us to the base to show us the X-1. He purposely hadn’t told me he named the plane Glamorous Glennis, but there it was, written on the nose. He did that with his Mustang in England, but this was an important research airplane, and I was very surprised. And proud. He said, “You’re my good-luck charm, hon. Any airplane I name after you always brings me home..” “
Glennis Yeager. From "Yeager: An Autobiography"

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Boeing B-29 Superfortress “THUMPER”, of the 497th Bombardment Group. It was the first B-29 to return home to the US after completing 40 missions, and went on a bond-selling tour.

The small Japanese flags denote claimed kills of Japanese aircraft from the gunners (note the six on one mission - 27th January 1945 to Tokyo).

the (even smaller) hearts next to the rabbits denote airmen wounded aboard the aircraft on that mission.

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Squadron Leader J A F MacLachlan, the one-armed Commanding Officer of No 1 Squadron RAF, standing beside his all-black Hawker Hurricane Mark IIC night fighter, ‘JX-Q’, at Tangmere, Sussex. MacLachlan flew bombers in France in 1940, but transferred to fighters in June 1940 and shot down 6 enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain.

He joined No. 261 Squadron RAF in Malta, as a flight commander, and was shot down in February 1941, as a result of which his left arm was amputated. He quickly returned to operations after being fitted with an artificial limb, flying with No. 73 Squadron in North Africa, but in July 1941 returned to the United Kingdom to take command of No. 1 Squadron.

The Hurricane is sporting his personal emblem showing his amputated arm waving a ‘V’ sign. He was again shot down in 1943 and became a prisoner-of-war, by which time his score had risen to 16.5 victories [Critically injured, he died on 31 July 1943].” (via)

"In a way, the P-61 was unofficially credited with the last Allied air kill of World War 2. Unofficial in that the enemy aircraft - a Japanese Nakajima Ki-44 - was reportedly in evasive maneuvers after having encountered an American P-61, its guns blazing on the Nakajima fighter.

The enemy fighter flew defensively just feet above the waves and eventually crashed itself along the surface of the ocean, ending the life of the pilot and his mount in a fiery explosion. The P-61 in question was a P-61B-2 aptly-named “Lady in the Dark” and under the control of Lieutenant Robert W. Clyde. The event occurred sometime between August 14th and 15th. If credited, the kill would have been accomplished without a single shot being fired..” (via)

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