Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: WW2 Pacific Theatre Warbirds

Continuing the en masse warbird flying displays of the Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 were aircraft that flew in the Pacific Theatre of World War Two. These included a Douglas SBD Dauntless, Grumman F4F WildcatGrumman TBM Avenger, Imperial Japanese Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero and North American B-25 Mitchell. Former fighters of the US Navy naturally dominated the flying displays including two of the greatest fighters of World War Two, the Grumman F6F Hellcat and Vought F4U Corsair which together decimated Imperial Japanese Navy and Army aircraft in the Pacific Theatre (5,163 air victories to the Hellcat which was 56% of all US Navy/Marine Corps air victories of the war and 2,140 to the Corsair).

US Navy Planes of Fame 2015 Grumman F4F Widcat
Grumman F4F Wildcat – the primary US Navy fighter at the outbreak of the Pacific War in 1941
Grumman F6F Hellcat Planes of Fame 2015
Grumman F6F Hellcat
Vought F4U Corsair Planes of Fame 2015
Vought F4U Corsair
North American B-25 Mitchell Planes of Fame 2015 Chino CA
North American B-25 Mitchell – the first bomber to strike the Japanese homeland in WW2 during the famous April 18th, 1942 “Doolittle Raid”
Grumman TBM Avenger Planes of Fame Airshow 2015
The Grumman TBM Avenger was one of the finest torpedo bombers of WW2
Grumman TBM Avenger
A view no Imperial Japanese Navy ship captain wanted to see – a Grumman TBM Avenger bearing down on them!
Douglas SBD Dauntless Planes of Fame 2015
The Douglas SBD Dauntless was a deadly US Navy dive bomber and proved its mettle at the Battle of Midway in 1942 where they attacked and sank or fatally damaged all 4 Japanese carriers present at the battle!
Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero Planes of Fame Air Show 2015
Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero
The Mitsubishi Zero was a mainstay fighter for the Japanese Imperial Navy from 1940 to 1945
The Mitsubishi Zero was a mainstay fighter for the Japanese Imperial Navy from 1940 to 1945
Vultee BT-18 Tora Tora Tora movie conversion to look like a Japanese Aichi D3A Val dive bomber
Vultee BT-18 Tora Tora Tora movie conversion to look like a Japanese Aichi D3A Val dive bomber
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5 thoughts on “Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: WW2 Pacific Theatre Warbirds

  1. I’ve never noticed how similar the Hellcat and Wildcat were, the Hellcat looks to have a larger engine (longer nose) and slightly taller fin. We renamed the wildcat the Martlet. Great photos!

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