Aviation Nation 2014: WW2 USAAF & US Navy Warbirds

No air show is complete without World War Two era warbirds and Aviation Nation 2014 at Nellis AFB in Nevada was no exception. Clear blue skies and a bit of history in the air. Who could ask for anything more? Not me that’s for sure!

There was plenty of action from static to flying displays including USAAF aircraft like the North American P-51D Mustang and North American B-25 Mitchell along with US Navy fighters such as the Vought F4U Corsair and Grumman F6F Hellcat. These are just some of the classic aircraft from that period that helped win the war in the European and Pacific theatres.

A number of North American P-51D Mustang fighters were at Aviation Nation 2014
A number of North American P-51D Mustang fighters were at Aviation Nation 2014
North American P-51D Mustang "Spam Can" at Aviation Nation 2014
North American P-51D Mustang “Spam Can” at Aviation Nation 2014
North American P-51D Mustang at Aviation Nation 2014
North American P-51D Mustang at Aviation Nation 2014
North American B-25 Mitchell "Executive Sweet" Aviation nation 2014
North American B-25 Mitchell “Executive Sweet” delivered to the USAAF in 1945 and sold in 1959 to a private buyer it has changed hands a number of times since in many roles from crop sprayer to movie star (Catch 22 as Vestal Virgin 1968-1969). She now belongs to the American Aeronautical Foundation
North American B-25 Mitchell "Executive Sweet" Aviation nation 2014
“Executive Sweet” in action
North American B-25 Mitchell "Executive Sweet" Aviation nation 2014
The B-25 was a highly effective medium bomber in WW2 used by many Allied nations
US Navy Grumman F6F Hellcat & Vought F4U Corsair Aviation Nation 2014 Nellis AFB
US Navy Grumman F6F Hellcat & Vought F4U Corsair
CAF Grumman F6F Hellcat Aviation Nation 2014
The deadly Grumman F6F Hellcat shot Japanese aircraft down in their droves in WW2 (5,163 air to air victories)
F4U Corsair Aviation Nation 2014 Nellis AFB
The Vought F4U was known as “Whistling Death” to the Japanese and US Navy / USMC pilots achieved 2,140 air combat victories against the Japanese in WW2
Vought F4U Corsair Aviation Nation 2014
A legendary and deadly aircraft used to great effect by the US Navy and USMC
Douglas C-47 Skytrain Aviation Nation 2014 Nellis AFB
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
CAF Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor Aviation Nation 2014
Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor
North American AT-6 Texan Aviation Nation 2014 WW2
North American AT-6 Texan

Nothing beats hearing those mighty piston engines of a bygone era roar. The period flying displays were fantastic. Well done Aviation Nation!

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