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Evergreen Aviation Museum Part 2

1, 2 & 3) Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. American four engine heavy bomber. The B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF’s daylight strategic bombing campaign. From its inception the USAAF promoted the B-17 as a strategic weapon; a relatively fast, high-flying, long-range bomber with heavy defensive armament at the expense of a larger payload.

The aircraft was armed with 13x 12.7mm M3 Browning machine guns in 8 positions and could carry 7,800 kg of bombs at its maximum.

4 & 5) Messerschmitt Me-262. German jet-powered fighter. The Me-262 was the world’s first operational jet fighter and was faster and more heavily armed than any other Allied fighter, including the British Gloster Meteor. The Me-262 was first envisioned prior to WWII, but engine problems, metallurgical issues and Hitler’s insistence on more bombers kept the aircraft from becoming operational until mid-1944.

The Me-262 was armed with 4x 30mm MK-108 cannons, with an option for either 24x 55mm rockets or 2x 250 kg bombs.

6 & 7) Focke-Wulf Fw 190. German fighter aircraft developed in the late 1930s. Along with the Bf 109, the Fw 190 became the backbone of the Luftwaffe’s fighter arm. Upon its debut it was proven to be markedly superior to the RAF’s Spitfire Mk. V in all aspects save turning radius. The Fw 190 would maintain superiority until the introduction of the Mk. IX of the Spitfire in late-1942. The Fw 190 was piloted by some of Nazi Germany’s most successful fighter aces, such as Otto Kittel, Walter Nowotny and Erich Rudorffer.

The Fw 190 was armed with 2x 13mm MG-131 machine guns and 2x 20mm MG-151 cannons in the wing root. An optional 500 kg bomb could be carried as well.

8 & 9) Douglas A-26 Invader. American twin-engined light bomber and ground attack aircraft. Designated B-26 between 1948 and 1965. Built by Douglas during WWII, the A-26 served in both the Pacific and in Europe during WWII. The A-26 continued to serve the USAF into Korea and the early stages of Vietnam. The A-26 was retired from USAF service in 1969, but continued to see service with various other countries. Colombia was the last country to retire its A-26s in 1980.

The A-26 was armed with 6x or 8x 12.7mm M3 Browning machine guns in solid, “all purpose” nose or 2 in glass “bombardier” nose. Another 8 Brownings could be carried in gunpods under the wings, 2 in a dorsal turret and 2 in a ventral turret. It also had a bomb payload of 2,700 kg.

10) DeHavilland DH.100 Vampire. British jet-fighter developed during WWII. Originally ordered as an experimental aircraft only, he decision to mass produce the aircraft as an interceptor was finalized in May 1944. The first production aircraft entered RAF service in 1946 and was front-line until 1953. It was finally retired by the RAF in 1966. The Vampire was largely successful on the export market and participated in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the Malayan emergency and Rhodesian Bush War.

The DH.100 was armed with 4x 20mm Hispano Mk. V cannons and could carry 2x 225 kg bombs or 2 drop tanks.

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