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Vought Kingfisher floatplane being hoisted aboard the battleship USS Missouri during her Atlantic shakedown cruise, Aug

The Vought OS2U Kingfisher depicted in this rare color photo was an American catapult-launched observation floatplane. It was a compact, mid-wing monoplane, with a large central float and small stabilizing floats. Performance was modest, because of its light engine. The OS2U could also operate on fixed, wheeled, taildragger landing gear. The OS2U was the main shipboard observation aircraft used by the United States Navy during World War II.

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Dreadnought era battleship USS Texas late in WW2 -preserved in Galveston

Dreadnought era battleship USS Texas late in showing the massively enhanced anti-aircraft armament carried at that stage of the war by capital ships of all navies. She is preserved in Galveston, Texas. Incorrect, shes docked in La Porte, Texas.

Splendid photographs.

Amazing History Channel "Know Where You Stand" campaign by Seth Taras - Hindenburg at Lakehurst, New Jersey 1937 / D-Day at Normandy Beach 1944 / Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate 1989 / Hitler at the Eiffel Tower, Paris 1940 / 2004

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La Segunda Guerra Mundial • Vought OS2U Kingfisher [Hidroavion de Recocimiento]

Crew of Battleship Missouri recovering an Kingfisher aircraft, circa Aug 1944

Gentile in the cockpit of his P-51B. After downing 3 planes on April 8, he was the top scoring 8th Air Force ace when he crashed  "Shangri La", on April 13, 1944 while stunting over the 4th FG's airfield at Debden for a group of assembled press reporters and movie cameras. His CO, Blakeslee, immediately grounded Gentile as a result, and he was sent back to the US for a tour selling war bonds. ,

Gentile in the cockpit of his After downing 3 planes on April he was…


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A Vought Kingfisher reconnaissance plane (catapult aircraft) of the US Marine Corps is raised on board the USS Missouri. Photo, undated (c. Portland would have had similar planes.

War Planes -- This has to be a rare photo... RAF's Spitfire, Corsair, Martlet and Barracuda.

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