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Let's start today with this photo that exemplifies why Grumman was known as the "Iron Works." It's combat aircraft were extremely rugged and brought many a pilot back home with considerable damage.

Butch O'Hare's Hellcat returned to the Grumman manufacturing plant known as the "Iron Works." It's combat aircraft were extremely rugged and brought many a pilot back home with considerable damage. This example had more than 200 bullet holes!

B-17 bombers from the 100TH BOMB GROUP

This is a primary source photo of a plane used in World War 2 called the

Палубный пикирующий бомбардировщик SB2C-3 «Хэллдайвер»  (Curtiss SB2C-3 Helldiver) 7-й бомбардировочной эскадрильи (VB-7) ВМФ США в полете над кораблями 38-го оперативного соединения 1945

A US Navy Curtiss Helldiver returning from a bombing mission, Pacific, ~ BFD

Heinkel He 111

Engine: 2 x BMW VI liquid-cooled inverted HP) ea. Armament: 7 x mm or 1 X MG FF cannon, 1 x machine gun, kg lb) bombs. Max Speed: 440 km/h mph)

I like the look on the gunners face, as he looks where the tail disappeared to.

Note the look on the gunners face, as he looks where the tail disappeared to.

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