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The Flagship of Mid America Flight Museums Collection is without question our DC-3 “Sky King”

This aircraft bearing registration number N5106X with a military serial number of 4232832 is believed to be the most historically documented combat aircraft of WWII flying in the world today!     Hard to believe such a National Treasure is based in Mt. Pleasant Texas!  

4232832 was built as a C-47-DL and delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force on February 11, 1943.   It was assigned to the 53rd Troop Carrier Squadron and on May 4, 1943 Secret orders were received to proceed as indicated from Morrison Field, West Palm Beach, Florida via Marrekech, French Morocco, North Africa to Western Task Force, reporting upon arrival thereat to the Commanding General, North African Theater of Operations for duty and assignment:  


P-51D Mustang   N151MC

One of the most iconic and recognized aircraft of WWII would be the P-51.     There is so much history on the development of this aircraft that it is recommended that you do a google search and spend some time reading about the Mustang story.    The prototype first flew on October 26, 1940.   Like all newly developed aircraft, improvements were continual and the “D” model was the premier model with 8156 being built.   A total of 15,586 P-51’s of all models were eventually produced.       There are approximately 155 flyable examples of the P-51 remaining in the world. 
Our Mustang has been restored as “Lou IV”    Flown by Sulphur Spring Texas native Col Thomas Christian Jr.  who was the commander of the 361st Fighter Group.   Col Christian was killed on Saturday December 8, 1944 while dive bombing Arras Marshalling Yards, France.....

B-25 "God & Country"

The North American B-25, now named  “God And Country” , is one of 41 B-25s that is airworthy in the World. The B-25 Mitchell Bomber was made famous on the daring Doolittle Raid on Tokyo which took place on April 19, 1942 which was just four months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.   The B-25 Bomber went on to become the most versatile medium bomber of World War II, seeing combat in every theater of operation.

God And Country  is a “J” Model North American B-25 Mitchell, and was built in 1944 at North American's Kansas City plant and was accepted for service in the AAF in early 1945 which was too late to see combat.  She came out of storage in 1946,  and beginning in 1949, served as VIP transport in the new US Air Force until 1958 when she experienced a gear-up landing and was declared as salvage. 

Douglas A-26 Invader

The Douglas A-26 Invader (designated B-26 between 1948 and 1965) is a United States twin-engined light bomber and attack aircraft that was built by Douglas Aircraft during World War II that also saw service during several of the Cold War's major conflicts. A limited number of highly modified aircraft (designation A-26) served in combat until 1969.It was found to be a fast aircraft capable of carrying twice its specified bomb load. A range of guns could be fitted to produce a formidable ground-attack aircraft.

 

Lockheed

The prototype for the revised airliner, designed Model 18 by Lockheed, was converted from the fourth Model 14, one of a batch which had been returned to the manufacturer byNorthwest Airlines after a series of crashes. The modified aircraft first flew in this form on September 21, 1939, with another two prototypes being converted from Model 14s, and the first Model 18 built from new flying on February 2, 1940.

A total of 625 Lodestars of all variants were built.

Cessna AT-17 Bobcat

The AT-17 was a military version of the commercial Cessna T-50 light transport. The Cessna Airplane Company first produced the wood and tubular steel, fabric-covered T-50 in 1939 for the civilian market, as a lightweight and low-cost twin for personal use where larger aircraft such as the Beech 18 would be too expensive. A low-wing cantilever monoplane, it featured retractable main landing gear and wing trailing edge flaps, both electrically actuated. The wing structure was built up of laminated spruce spar beams with spruce and plywood ribs. The fixed tailwheel is non-steerable and full-swivelling. The prototype T-50 made its maiden flight on 26 March 1939.[1]

In 1940, the United States Army Air Corps ordered them under the designation AT-8 as multi-engine advanced trainers.

 

Grumman J2F Duck

The J2F was an equal-span single-bay biplane with a large monocoque central float which also housed the retractable main landing gear, a similar design to the Leroy Grumman-designed landing gear first used for Grover Loening's early amphibious biplane designs, and later adopted for the Grumman FF fighter biplane. The aircraft had strut-mounted stabilizer floats beneath each lower wing. A crew of two or three were carried in tandem cockpits, forward for the pilot and rear for an observer with room for a radio operator if required. It had a cabin in the fuselage for two passengers or a stretcher.

The Duck's main pontoon was blended into the fuselage, making it almost a flying boat despite its similarity to a conventional landplane which has been float-equipped. This configuration was shared with the earlier Loening OL, Grumman having acquired the rights to Loening's hull, float and undercarriage designs.[4] Like the F4F Wildcat, its narrow-tracked landing gear was hand-cranked.

 

Albatross

The Grumman HU-16 Albatross is a large twin–radial engine amphibious flying boat that was used by the U.S. Air Force (USAF), the U.S. Navy (USN) and the U.S. CoastGuard (USCG), primarily as a search and rescue and combat search and rescue aircraft. Originally designated as the SA-16 for the USAF and the JR2F-1 and UF-1 for the USN and USCG, it was redesignated as the HU-16 in 1962.

 

T-6 Texan
The North American Aviation T-6 Texan was a single-engined advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces, United States Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II and into the 1950s. Designed by North American Aviation, the T-6 is known by a variety of designations depending on the model and operating air force. The USAAC and USAAF designated it as the AT-6, the United States Navy the SNJ, and British Commonwealth air forces, theHarvard, the name it is best known by outside of the US. After 1962, US forces designated it the T-6. It remains a popular warbird aircraft used for airs how demonstrations and static displays. It has also been used many times to simulate the Japanese in movies depicting in the Pacific.
T-28 Trojan

The North American Aviation T-28 Trojan is a piston-engined military trainer aircraft used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy beginning in the 1950s. Besides its use as a trainer, the T-28 was successfully employed as a Counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft, primarily during the Vietnam War.

On September 24, 1949, the XT-28 (company designation NA-159) was flown for the first time, designed to replace the T-6 Texan. Found satisfactory, a contract was issued and between 1950 and 1957, a total of 1,948 were built.

AT-19

The Reliant was used by the U.S. Army in World War II as a utility aircraft, designated UC-81, and as trainer designated AT-19. They were also used by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force for light transport and communication duties. After the war they were sold on the civilian market as the Vultee V-77.

The V-77 was a spartan version of the SR-10 with the 300 hp Lycoming R680-E3B, a single door on the left side and the traditional "Bump" cowl was replaced with a simpler smooth cowl. Internal structure was beefed up significantly over the commercial models and a distinctive triangle shaped counterbalance was added to the rudder.

 

Project Planes
TBM-Avenger

The Grumman TBF Avenger (designated TBM for aircraft manufactured by General Motors) was a torpedo bomber developed initially for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, and eventually used by several air or naval arms around the world.

The Avenger entered U.S. service in 1942, and first saw action during the Battle of Midway. Despite the loss of five of the six Avengers on its combat debut, it survived in service to become one of the outstanding torpedo bombers of World War II. Greatly modified after the war, it remained in use until the 1960s.[1]

 





Scott Glover

Mid America Flight Museum

scott@midamericaflightmuseum.org