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Greetings Folks!

Well its Aircraft time (massive cheer I hear out there! lol) And a return to Dayton and an unseen shot..

Here is 'The Strawberry Bitch', a Consolidated B-24D Liberator.. Surrounded by other goodies as you can see!

The B-24 was employed in operations in every combat theater during World War II. Because of its great range, it was particularly suited for such missions as the famous raid from North Africa against the oil industry at Ploesti, Rumania, on Aug. 1, 1943. This feature also made the airplane suitable for long over-water missions in the Pacific Theater. More than 18,000 Liberators were produced.

The B-24D on display flew combat missions from North Africa in 1943-1944 with the 512th Bomb Squadron. It was flown to the museum in May 1959. It is the same type airplane as the 'Lady Be Good' -- the world-famous B-24D that disappeared on a mission from North Africa in April 1943 and was found in the Libyan Desert in May 1959..

Armament: 10 .50-cal. machine guns and 8,000 lbs. of bombs
Engines: Four Pratt & Whitney R-1830s of 1,200 hp each
Maximum speed: 303 mph
Cruising speed: 175 mph
Range: 2,850 miles
Ceiling: 28,000 ft.
Cost: $336,000
Serial number: 42-72843

Thanks to the 'National Museum Of the U.S. Air Force' Website.. Details have been used about this aircraft..
Next photo I have a request for you all, I need to know what the aircraft are in the very long distance shot.. Coming tomorrow..

October 13, 2012
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Oct 13, 2012 11:42:05 am
Very good shot.

by ragouc Homepage »

Oct 13, 2012 11:52:54 am
Well Rob, this Liberator looks more healthy than the ones in my last picture!! LOL

by munich68 Homepage »

Oct 13, 2012 12:35:46 pm
Beautiful capture of a rather rare bird, well done Rob

by Tryphon Homepage »

Oct 13, 2012 12:36:06 pm
This is a superb capture Rob and worthy of a fav all day long!

by jayfar Homepage »

Oct 13, 2012 12:43:08 pm
A favorite for me too Rob. Another first rate reminder of a great trip:)

by bmac62 Homepage »

Oct 13, 2012 1:07:42 pm
Probably my fav also. Very cool shot.

by bebopdlx Homepage »

Oct 13, 2012 1:53:43 pm
Fantastic capture of this true classic Rob

by magnus073 Homepage »

Oct 13, 2012 2:32:31 pm
Super, Rob, I love the shadow in the background!

by cfulton Homepage »

Oct 13, 2012 3:22:26 pm
Awesome! Doubly so considering what museum lighting can be like. The USAAF's attempt at a Lancaster, I think ;)

by Tamarrion Homepage »

Oct 13, 2012 4:17:02 pm
splendid shot

by flavia49 Homepage »

Oct 13, 2012 5:19:42 pm
Great mate. I wonder in which year it cost $336,000?

by blinkings Homepage »

Oct 13, 2012 5:34:33 pm
Great shot Rob that needs to be zoomed in to be appreciated.

The 'Lady Be Good' story always reminds me of that 'Twilight Zone' episode 'King Nine Will Not Return' and the episode was probably based on the discovery of 'Lady Be Good'.


by Maxidyne Homepage »

Oct 13, 2012 5:45:37 pm
Great shot and what a plane.

by dbrv6 Homepage »

Oct 13, 2012 6:59:58 pm
Surely Bill and Rog could have moved out of the way while you got this shot :-) it looks like they've stopped for lunch.....what?....oh it's not them !..sorry my mistake... :-)
Thanks for the reminder about 'Lady Be Good', always a good mystery worth revisiting. Thanks for this pic too, maybe time for some new B-24 textures ;-)

by neiwil Homepage »

Oct 13, 2012 7:45:05 pm
Great photo of a classic, Rob! Sweet shot, and great info!

by RodS Homepage »

Oct 13, 2012 9:34:37 pm
How beautiful it is again my friend I like thisz kind of plane .Thanks for all thoses beauties ((5++))

by mickeyrony Homepage »

Oct 13, 2012 10:18:04 pm
Great indoor shot of the big mama, Rob! The first time I've ever seen that color paint job on the big bomber. And, the skull and crossbones logo doesn't seem to go along with the name, Strawberry Bitch. How come no painting of a semi nude gal up front?
I believe more B-24s were manufactured than the highly touted B-17. And unless I'm mistaken, there was a high casualty rate among the Liberators in the Ploesti raid,

by goodoleboy Homepage »

Oct 14, 2012 4:50:03 am
Good to see that close up... and not much clearance under that belly! Wouldn't want to be in one of those when she "bottoms out" ...full of bombs... uggghhh!

by Briney Homepage »

Oct 14, 2012 5:16:07 am
Love this shot of a majestic bird.

by knupps Homepage »

Oct 14, 2012 7:07:23 am
This is a super image here dude but when u said strawberry bitch i was shocked to see this lol.

by dakotabluemoon Homepage »

Oct 14, 2012 9:14:35 am
Great capture Rob. A difficult aircraft to ditch!

by junge1 Homepage »

Oct 14, 2012 9:27:11 am
Wonderful plain my friend!!!Bravissimo!*V*:DDD.Hugsxx Whylma

by Mondwin Online Now!   Homepage »

Oct 14, 2012 11:14:31 am
a rare bird in full plumage!

by 1358 Homepage »

Oct 14, 2012 11:26:15 am
Very cool render... and a truly great machine!

by barryjeffer Homepage »

Oct 15, 2012 3:31:26 am
Nice capture!

by whaleman Homepage »


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