Up next from Planes of Fame Airshow 2015, some warbird aerobatics with Sea Fury Aerobatics by Sanders Aeronautics, a Grumman F7F-3P Tigercat “Here Kitty, Kitty!” from Lewis Air Legends and to finish it off, the North American AT-6/SNJ “Wardog“. It was spectacular watching the Sea Fury “Argonaut“ as this one is fitted with wingtip smoke pods that create some amazing visual effects as the smoke floats through the air (the Sea Fury is a post World War Two naval fighter which saw combat service with Commonwealth nations in the Korean War of 1950 to 1953) .
The Grumman F7F Tigercat was too late to see service in World War Two but became a useful USMC night fighter during the Korean War (1950-1953) and remained in service until 1954. It is one fast and powerful piston engine aircraft and this was the first time I had ever seen one put through an aerobatic display. I was left not disappointed!
John A Collver’s 1944 North American AT-6/SNJ “Wardog“ is flown to honour those who have and do serve in the armed forces. The aircraft spent a number of years in USMC/US Navy service before being sold to the Japanese Self Defence Force where it flew until 1974. Saved from being scrapped the aircraft was returned to the United States and fully restored.
Amongst the fast jet and civilian aviation aerobatic action of Planes Of Fame 2015, these old warriors provided a unique and entertaining performance. Well done to the pilots and ground maintenance crews that keep these magnificent machines flying today.