Melvin Hoffman of the 82nd Fighter Squadron made the best landing he could under the circumstances in his P-51D Mustang at RAF Duxford, Cambridgeshire, England, UK; Jan 4 1945. Note oil covering the windscreen and engine cowling
A quick guide to the survivors, and how to quickly identify them.
Sentimental Journey, 44-83514, CAF Arizona Wing
“Triangle U” fin flash, denoting the 457th Bomb Group, 1st Bomb Wing, 8th Air Force. This aircraft served as a mothership during Operation Greenhouse, a series of atmospheric nuclear weapons tests in 1951. She is based out of Mesa, Arizona.
Memphis Belle, 44-83546, Military Aircraft Restoration Corp.
Olive drab fuselage paint with yellow identification markings, lacks a fin flash for unit identification. The aircraft is actually a B-17G modified to resemble the real Belle for the 1990 movie, and carries the markings of the original aircraft. Note the flatter Sperry top turret (not visible in this picture), lack of a chin turret, and larger waist windows. She is based out of Anaheim, California.
Miss Angela, 44-85778, Palm Springs Air Museum
Unpainted main fuselage, bright red forward fin, yellow ring around the nose compartment, the markings of the 34th Bomb Group, 4th Bomb Wing, 8th Air Force. The aircraft was delivered to the 6th Air Force and served post-war in Brazil. She is based out of Palm Springs, California.
Fuddy Duddy, 44-83563, Lyon Air Museum
“Square K” fin flash, denoting the 447th Bomb Group, 4th Air Wing, 8th Air Force. Unpainted main fuselage, yellow fin and control surfaces, double green band on rear fuselage and fin. This aircraft served as a VIP transport in the Pacific at the end of WWII. She is based out of Santa Ana, California.
Nine-O-Nine, 44-83575, Collings Foundation
“Triangle A” fin flash, denoting the 91st Bomb Group, 1st Bomb Wing, 8th Air Force; olive drab fuselage, vertical red bar on fin, aircraft code OR-R, extensive mission markings for nose art. The aircraft was subjected to three nuclear explosions in 1952 before being sold for scrap, then restored. She is painted to resemble the original Nine-O-Nine and is based out of Stow, Massachusetts.
44-85829, Yankee Air Museum
“Triangle L” fin flash, denoting the 381st Bomb Group, 1st Air Wing, 8th Air Force; unpainted main fuselage, red vertical band on the fin and red markings on the wingtips and horizontal stabilizers, aircraft code Y-GD. The aircraft was transferred to the Coast Guard in 1946 where it was stripped and turned into an air-sea rescue plane. She is based out of Belleville, Michigan.
44-85718, Lone Star Flight Museum
“Triangle C” fin flash, denoting the 303rd Bomb Group, 1st Air Wing, 8th Air Force; olive drab fuselage, large group markings on the fin and starboard upper wing surface, aircraft code U-BN. The aircraft is painted to represent the original Thunderbird which flew 112 missions without a crew injury. She is based out of Galveston, Texas.
44-83872, CAF Gulf Coast Wing
“Triangle L” fin flash, denoting the 381st Bomb Group, 1st Air Wing, 8th Air Force; olive drab fuselage, red wingtips and horizontal stabilizers, group markings on the fin and starboard upper wing, aircraft code X-VP. The aircraft served in the Navy as a PB-1W AWACS aircraft before being retired in 1955. She is based out of Spring, Texas.
44-8543, Erickson Aircraft Collection
“Triangle L” fin flash, denoting the 381st Bomb Group, 1st Bomb Wing, 8th Air Force; unpainted main fuselage, red wingtips and horizontal stabilizers, red band on the fin, black/red open band on the starboard upper wing, aircraft code F-JE. The aircraft was converted into a Pathfinder with the H2X radar set before being retired in 1959. She is based out of Madras, Oregon.
From 1979 until 2013 44-8543 wore the colors of Chuckie, “Square W” 486th Bomb Group, 4th Air Wing, 8th Air Force. In these pictures she is painted with a yellow fin, triple yellow bands around the rear fuselage, yellow wingtips and yellow ring around the nose. This is how the aircraft was displayed at my local air museum, and how it is most often pictured.
Aluminum Overcast, 44-85740, Experimental Aircraft Association
“Triangle W” fin flash, denoting the 398th Bomb Group, 1st Air Wing, 8th Air Force; silver main fuselage, red wingtips and horizontal stabilizers, red vertical band on fin, group markings on fin and starboard upper wing. The aircraft was delivered too late to see service in Europe and was sold as surplus, entering the civilian market. She is based out of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
44-85784, B-17 Preservation Ltd.
The aircraft carries identical markings to Memphis Belle, acquired during the filming of the 1990 movie. Her #3 engine cowling (starboard inner) is painted with a yellow-black checkerboard pattery. She is based out of Duxford, England, and is the only airworthy B-17 in Europe.
Several other B-17s are listed as airworthy, including The Pink Lady (44-8846, last flown 2010), Boeing Bee (42-29782, flown 2006 with no plans for further flights), and Shady Lady (44-83785, recently acquired by the Collings Foundation with plans to return to flight by 2017). Several others are under restoration to airworthiness.
who is maria de villota? I've heard from her before and heard she had something to do with carlos sainz career, thats why im asking you
Dear Anon, please sit down because I’m about to lecture you about one of the greatest woman in the world, and a real life heroine.
This amazing woman is María de Villota Comba, born in Madrid, Spain on 1980. In two days she would had been turning 37. She competed in multiple series
including Spanish F3, the Daytona 24 Hours, and Superleague Formula Championship, won the 1000km Hyundai on 2005 and stayed on podium the years 2002 and 2006; she became the first woman to be part of WTCC, Superleague Formula, first woman to get a pole on Ferrari Challenge. She was breaking stereotypes and was set for greatness.
Her relationship with Carlitos began in 2009, when Red Bull invited him to try a Formula car to test him for a sponsorship. He was led by Maria and her brother Emilio de Villota Jr. in a prior test, his first time driving a Formula car. Thanks to this, he got into the Red Bull Junior Team.
In mid 2011, she tested for Renault being the first woman the test an F1 car since 2005. On early 2012, María joined Marrusia as a test driver, her full ambition to get a F1 seat, and she almost did it. During the 2012 European Grand Prix (then hosted in her beloved Spain), on mid June 2012, Timo Glock got sick and couldn’t drive for qualification, but Maria couldn’t get his seat because she didn’t had a Superlicence. Then, something terrible happen.
On July 3rd, 2012, María was testing for aero on a Marrusia at Duxford Aerodrome. It was her first time driving their new F1 car. Not many details are known but she crashed into a stationary truck, suffering head and facial injuries. While María was still fighting for her life, Marrusia pretty much just said “it wasn’t the car’s fault”, but nothing more was ever said over the accident itself, a few things here and there but I believe nothing official. She underwent many surgeries to fix everything, lost her right eye, the senses of smell and taste but she insisted that she wanted to get her hands behind the wheel and keep racing. She also wanted to be part of making motorsports a lot safer.
Even before her crash, she was ambassador of the Day of the Women in Madrid and fought against gender-based violence. On March 2013, she was named part of the FIA Drivers’ Commission for Single-Seaters, alongside Nigel Mansell and Karun Chandhok. She wrote a book “La vida es un regalo” (Life is a gift), and she gave speeches inspiring people to keep pushing forward no matter what. She never gave up, but the consequences of the crash never fully left.
On October 11th 2013, María de Villota passed away, age 33, by supposed side-effects of her injuries. She left such a legacy for motorsports in Spain and for women in motorsports.
To fully explain how much did María meant to Carlos, you can watch this video. While it’s on Spanish, the way Carlos speaks of her, his voice and behavior, the way he tried to keep himself together and not cry yet crying anyway… it’s beyond emotional; he quickly explains how she was the one who allowed him to first test a single-seater car, how she was before and after the crash and how he will always remember her. Truly fully emotional.
Today marks the 75th year since our Brave boys in Blue took to the skies to defend our little isles against the terror of the Luftwaffe in the closing stages of the Battle of Britain. Had we faltered in this task then the outcome of the Second World War may have been much different. Lest we pay our respects for those who served so bravely and fervently in their Spitfires and Hurricane’s.