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     B-25J “Killer B” represents the sights and sounds of a bygone era. The world is fortunate that the individuals of the Valiant Air Command in Titusville, Florida, preserve the meticulous process of pulling props through, starting smokey engines and making those radials rumble the area. With nearly 10,000 B-25 aircraft produced, these events used to be commonplace, but now only a handful of these aircraft continue to fly. These few birds carry the spirit of those who fought in WWII, allowing future generations to experience the era first hand.

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Japanese Type-C Escort Vessel No. 1 sinking in Taiwan Strait south of Amoy (Xiamen), China, 6 Apr 1945, having benn attacked by US B-25J (44-29600; 2Lt Francis A. Thompson) of 499th ‘Bats Outta Hell’ Bomb Squadron of 345th 'Air Apaches’ Bomb Group.

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I went to the Paine Field Flying Heritage Collection in Washington state this summer; right next to Boeing’s Washington Plant. The Collection is owned by Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen and contains aircraft, artillery and armored vehicles. I have many more pictures and I’ll probably submit them about twice a week if that’s okay with you.

1 & 2) Spitfire Supermarine Mk. VC. Allocated to RAF No. 312 Squadron (a Czech unit) in 1942. Squadron Leader Thomas Vybiral used this aircraft to perform a daring raid on enemy shipping at St. Peter Port, Guernsey where he was hit by flak just behind the cockpit.

After extensive repairs the Spitfire served with other RAF units during the war and eventually became an instructional airframe and gate guard before being sold to a museum in Canada in 1964. Purchased by the FHC in 1991 and is in complete flying order.

3 & 4) Hawker Hurricane, numerically the most important fighter of the Battle of Britain and responsible for the most confirmed kills during the battle

5, 6, 7 & 8) B-25J Mitchell, famous for the Doolittle Raids on Japan. This B-25 was built in Kansas City during the last days of 1944 and was one of 117 B-25s modified to carry a Hughes E1 fire control radar for training.

The plane served in the Royal Canadian Air Force for ten years before being sold as surplus in 1961 to the Cascade Drilling Company of Calgary, where it served as a “water bomber.” In the 1990s it was bought by the FHC and restored to wartime and flying condition.

9 & 10) North American P-51D Mustang. A veteran of the Eighth Airforce’s 353rd Fighter Group and flown by Captain Harrison “Bud” Tordoff who used it to shoot down a Me 262.

After the war it served in the Royal Swedish Air Force and was later sold to the Dominican Republic, from which the plane was bought in 1998.

Text and pics submitted by @cavalier-renegade (thanks a whole bunch man!)

25 Photographs of The Imperial Russian Court Dress {8/25}

The greatest Russian heiress of her day, and the last of her line at the House of Yusupov, Princess Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova was a Russian noblewoman best known as the mother of Prince Felix Yusupov, the murderer of Rasputin, and the mother-in-law of Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia, the only niece of Tsar Nicholas II. As a leading figure in pre-Revolutionary Russian society, she was famed for her beauty and the lavishness of her hospitality.