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Apr 12, 2016 11:14 |  #1

Cessna 180K Skywagon II, for a start! I don't have enough pictures of types from a single manufacturer to do a propper C is for, so it will have to be a hodge podge of different manufacturers for the letter C

IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1603/26388059665_943b49f093_o.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/GcPG​MX  (external link) Cessna 180K Skywagon II (external link) by Alan Evans (external link), on Flickr

Well let's go with some added value here with a twofer of the Chance Vought (Goodyear) F4U/FG-1D Corsair, along with a Curtiss P40F Warhawk. At least I think it's an F, but I find the variety of P40's somewhat bewildering and I have to add that although general types are not too bad, my specifics of US aircraft are not as good as they could be. Anyway I like this formation takeoff shot from last springs Duxford show. This P40 confuses me though, as it seems to have a standard RAF pattern camouflage paint scheme, complete with RAF tail bars, but it was definitely operated by the USAAF and has the normal period USAAF stars and bars markings and squadron codes. This aircraft's squadron served in North Africa and then I think the Balkans rather than Italy, I remember finding some squadron history online for it, but no explanation for the markings. The Corsair is in standard Royal Navy markings for SEAC (South East Asia Command), where to prevent confusion on the part of our allies, the center red disk of the RAF roundel was omitted. The powers that be felt it was too easily confused with Japanese markings otherwise.

IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1652/25803199822_d1ab661de6_o.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Fj99​ky  (external link) Chance Vought (Goodyear) F4U/FG-1D Corsair, Curtiss P40F Warhawk (external link) by Alan Evans (external link), on Flickr

Since I was able to slip the P40 in with the Chance Vought Corsair, that leaves me with the opportunity to add something else for the Curtiss entry. So here's the Curtiss P75 Hawk. It is hard to credit that the Rock Apes at Air Ministry (as those types of staff officers were then known, before the formation of the RAF Regiment in 1941 whose members went on to gain that same nickname) could seriously suggest that the new radial engined fighter type, that was proving to be so superior to the Spitfire MK V could be captured pre war French operated Curtiss P75 Hawks.

IMAGE: https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3778/10547198545_d02b5c42f8_o.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/h529​EM  (external link) Curtiss P75 Hawk (external link) by Alan Evans (external link), on Flickr

So now another twofer, this time British from the 1920's the Chilton DW1 (G-AESZ) and the Comper Swift G-ACTF), both types designed as single seat racing aircraft, and now part of the Shuttleworth Collection.

IMAGE: https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2884/10481741196_8d1be50d23_o.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/gYeE​tN  (external link) Chilton DW1, Comper Swift, (external link) by Alan Evans (external link), on Flickr

It seems as if there are far more American than British manufacturers beginning with C, well at least for which I have photos available. For me the next manufacturer is quite important. I have been an instructor with the local Air cadets, and the ATC squadron shared it's number 221 with an RAF Squadron that operated both of the next two types, from the same manufacturer, Consolidated, in the Maritime Reconnaissance role. First the Consolidated (Canadian Vickers Canso) PBY-5A Catalina.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/GaLu​Md  (external link) Consolidated (Canadian Vickers Canso) PBY-5A Catalina (external link) by Alan Evans (external link), on Flickr

and of course the most widely produced heavy bomber type of the war, and one that was operated from the majority of the local airfields around this part of Norfolk and North Suffolk, the Consolidated B-24M Liberator.

IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1493/26299044282_5c121a634e_o.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/G4Xt​BY  (external link) Consolidated B-24M Liberator (external link) by Alan Evans (external link), on Flickr

I haven't been too impressed with the photographic results that I have got in the American museum at Duxford, all that bare concrete doesn't IMO give a nice light, added to the light only being allowed in at once end. I much prefer what I get when I do a more artistic rendering of the images. So Here are the Liberator images that I really like.

IMAGE: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7489/15937545666_3dbe14579d_o.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/qhm6​57  (external link) Consolidated B-24M Liberator (external link) by Alan Evans (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7551/15344588353_0e747ccd20_o.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/pnX2​wa  (external link) Consolidated B-24M Liberator (external link) by Alan Evans (external link), on Flickr

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Previously in this series we had:

A is for..........
B is for .........
A is also for .......
So B is also for .......
Finally B is also for ..........
C is for .....
D is for ........
E is for ........
F is for ......
G is for:
H is for Hawker!

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