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Old 22nd September 2012, 11:34   #16
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Lovely write up!

The Yanks seem top take history so seriously, and that too when they have hardly 400 odd years of it. I wish that history was cherished and portrayed in similar fashion at home as well!!
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Old 22nd September 2012, 16:11   #17
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Our jorney continued through the interwar years...

This model was little late for WWI and though produced for but never seen a combat
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Liberty 12 cylinder engine - major refinement in WWI era
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Martin MB-2 designed as Night Bomber to carry heavy payload
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A quick catch-up with few early years model, which we missed to cover with the guide
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Note the helicopter like blades in addition to wings
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Major change in design, twin engine moved out to the wing from the nose. Think the difficulty of running a machine gun through the nose of the aircraft without hitting your own propeller.
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Further refinements during the interwar years can be seen in Martin B 10 or Fairchild PT-19.

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Next in displays are WWII Planes...

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And then the infamous day of Pearl Harbour
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The japanese 'zero' which made that attack
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Old 22nd September 2012, 23:46   #18
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Default National Museum of US Air Force (Contd.)

If you are not yet bored of the planes and bit of history, there are more coming in. Planning to close the WWII exhibits with this post.

Showing Lt Col Doolittle first man to fly blind (depending only on the instruments)
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SpitFire
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They used to paint one lightning for each raid the plane has participated in. So 24 raids for the one below
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It was also not uncommon to have personalised paintings. Quite ingenious pink elephant on a Thunderbolt.
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The markings on the side of the Maurader shows the number of bombs dropped by it. You can see a bomb also kept below the plane.
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B-17 Flying Fortress. This one was pretty famous with the name and the painting. BTW, during the time it was in use, the floral cloth piece was missing
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Mustang - the most famous american model in WWII
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The first jet
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Jet engine
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If not for other factors, it could have changed the course of WWII.
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P-61 Black Widow first operational US military aircraft designed specifically for night interception of aircraft and designed to use Radar
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The plane used by Japanese for the Kamikaze
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Now it is the time for the aircraft which eventually ended the WWII
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It dropped the fat man in Nagasaki
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The model of 'small boy' dropped in Hiroshima
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And a little detail of the mission, which annihilated a complete city and affected few more generations
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Let me take a minute to pause and acknowledge -

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Excellent start Arindam. Looking forward to this log of yours. When I was in Cincinnati, I considered many places in Kentucky to visit but I ended up doing places up north. The only place I visited in Kentucky was Red River Gorge Scenic byway and it was beautiful.

Amazing it is. The population comparison really leaves little to imagination.
You were the first reader, and hopefully still catching up with the episodes which I am dishing out very infrequently. It was wonderful meeting you during this trip. However no separate post for Minnesota, as I could hardly see it.

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That's the first floor as per American nomenclature.
Point noted Those hikings were not really of 'laid back' trip type :(

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Wow! Thanks for posting. I lived for a couple of years in Nashville, TN and had visited Mammoth Caves circa Oct 2007. Your photos and narration sure bring back fond memories.

Did you get to visit the Corvette museum and Lost River Cave not too far from Mammoth Caves?

Don't mean to hijack your thread but just couldn't resist uploading a couple of pics from the corvette museum.
Thanks for putting in the pictures of Corvette museum. I have actually missed it. (and Lost River Cave too)

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Nice travelogue Arindamray. We just visited Mammoth Caves during memorial day weekend (last week of May). You did captured some nice pics. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks idlebrain. Visit once during cave sing event if you stay nearby, it will be worth it.

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nice, thanks for sharing. We stayed in Columbus , OH for some years and have very fond memories of the state and and the museum. Do try and visit the Kings Island if you are interested in amusement parks, its pretty near to Dayton and in Mason , OH
Thanks Mazda4life. Been to pretty close to Columbus as well, in Cuyahoga National Park, but that will be part of another travelogue - a two week road trip in US.

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Lovely write up!
The Yanks seem top take history so seriously, and that too when they have hardly 400 odd years of it. I wish that history was cherished and portrayed in similar fashion at home as well!!
Thanks Neel385. They do market well - not only history, even a small park or a natural scenary. Wish we could take some leaf from that.

Let me also add a picture of mine in the air force museum
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