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Old 12-24-2012, 05:55 PM   #16576
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And the AC in the rear? P-61? Not too many WWII twins with 4 blade props.
There's just not enough in view to determine, except the P-61 had air intakes in the leading edge of the wings outboard of the engines, so it's not a P-61. Maybe it's a B-26, as you said.

Edit: The shape of the engine cowling under the tarp matches that of a B-26.
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:09 PM   #16577
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And the AC in the rear? P-61? Not too many WWII twins with 4 blade props.
This. P-61s were operational in the Pacific Theater at the time that pic was taken. They were probably transported out as they came out of the plant. CVEs were used extensively as aircraft transport ships at the time.
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:19 PM   #16578
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This. P-61s were operational in the Pacific Theater at the time that pic was taken. They were probably transported out as they came out of the plant. CVEs were used extensively as aircraft transport ships at the time.
It can't be a P-61. The air intake is absent.


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Old 12-24-2012, 06:24 PM   #16579
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Here is the cowling in the picture. It's not smooth like the P-61 cowling.





It matches a B-26.


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Old 12-24-2012, 06:28 PM   #16580
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The landing light and small circular vent outboard of the engine match a B-26 wing:


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Old 12-24-2012, 06:39 PM   #16581
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Another possibility would be a Martin JM-1 or 2. The AAF had phased out B-26s and standardized on B-25s in the Pacific by that time, so it would have had to be the Navy variant, which was classified as a utility aircraft. Most were used as target tow planes.
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:42 PM   #16582
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Another possibility would be a Martin JM-1 or 2. The AAF had phased out B-26s and standardized on B-25s in the Pacific by that time, so it would have had to be the Navy variant, which was classified as a utility aircraft. Most were used as target tow planes.
Essentially a B-26...the wing appears to be the same.

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Old 12-24-2012, 06:50 PM   #16583
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Another possibility would be a Martin JM-1 or 2. The AAF had phased out B-26s and standardized on B-25s in the Pacific by that time, so it would have had to be the Navy variant, which was classified as a utility aircraft. Most were used as target tow planes.
Definitely the Navy version, because the last combat missions flown by B-26s were in January 1944, and the picture was taken on August 24, 1944 when VMB-611 was deploying.
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:04 PM   #16584
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What is the significance of this plane? It's very similar to a Dornier 15, but I can't pin it down for sure.


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Old 12-24-2012, 07:14 PM   #16585
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What is the significance of this plane? It's very similar to a Dornier 15, but I can't pin it down for sure.
Dornier Do-J Wal? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dornier_Do_J
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:31 PM   #16586
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What is the significance of this plane? It's very similar to a Dornier 15, but I can't pin it down for sure.
Similar to a Wal but not German. Sort of an interesting oddball aircraft:

It was designed as a long range Arctic reconnaissance aircraft built entirely from stainless steel. For ice/snow landing it used pneumatic skis.
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:46 PM   #16587
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Similar to a Wal but not German. Sort of an interesting oddball aircraft:

It was designed as a long range Arctic reconnaissance aircraft built entirely from stainless steel. For ice/snow landing it used pneumatic skis.

Fascinating!


Is Soviet aircraft built for zee Arctic...




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Old 12-24-2012, 07:50 PM   #16588
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This thread is going strong, it must be winter!

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I can't get over how wrong this looks without the radials.



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Old 12-24-2012, 07:52 PM   #16589
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If Bartini wasn't arrested, it might have gone somewhere:

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After the trials Glavsevmorput ordered batch of five aircraft for Arctic operations, but all works were scrapped after R.L.Bartini was arrested.
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:12 PM   #16590
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This is also a Stinson Trimotor:

That is one beautiful ship.


Couldn't resist.









High res pic with the nacelles removed
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