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Flying Tigers Warbird Restoration Museum Kissimmee, FL

-ein Leserbericht von Peter Ernst-

Das Flying Tigers Warbird Restoration Museum bietet den Besuchern einen Einblick in die Geschichte der Bomber und Fighter des WWII. Bei einem geführten Rundgang hat der Besucher die Möglichkeit die Restauration der einzelnen Warbirds hautnah zu erleben. Im Aussenbereich sind z.B. B-25s, A-26, DC 3 und T6 zu sehen. Weiterhin besteht die Möglichkeit mit der T6 Harvard, dem "Pilotmaker" gleich eine Runde über Orlando zu drehen.



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Gleich nebenan ist stallion51 zu finden.
Dort hat man die einzigartige Möglichkeit eine P51 selber zu fliegen! Diese P51 sind mit einer mit doppelter Steuerung und Instrumentierung ausgestattet. Nach einer kurzen Instruktion kann es losgehen...Allerdings hat das ganze auch seinen Preis.

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Reilly Die Halle von Reilly Aviation - dort sind alle "Restoration Projects" untergebracht.
B-17 Restoration Projects
B-17G "Suzy Queen"
P-40 reconstruction Führung und Erklärung zum Restoration Project P-40 under reconstruction.
Allison V-12

Allison V-12
P51, A36 und AG345

P-40 restauration Man At Work: Restoration Project P-40 under reconstruction.
AT-6 Restoration Project AT-6
Stearman Flyable Aircraft 1942 Stearman B75 N1                
Navy Type N25-3, Trainer
Flown on Dezember 15, 1942 at Minneapolis Naval Air Station by President George Bush sen.
Funker Ausstellung im Innenraum


Restoration Project Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.  (Original Beschreibung): Frustrated in their efforts to acquire a fleet of strategic bombers for service with the Army Air Corps, US Army planners - who were devotees of the theories expounded by Brig. Gen. William "Billy" Mitchell - inserted the small end of an important wedge when they ordered a small, number of YB-17 prototypes in January 1936, ostensibly for the nations defense.  Originating as the Boeing model 299, the prototype was built as a private venture, Boeing gambling heavily on producing a winner that would bring in a large military contract.  It must have seemed to Boeing that their gamble had failed when almost at the end of their military trials, the Model 299 crashed on take off.  Fortunately, the investigation proved that the aircraft had been flown with the flying controls locked and safety of the basic design was not suspect.
Power plant: (4) 1,200 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1820-97 radials
Max T-O weight - 65,500 lb, Max level speed - 287 mph
Armament: (13) 0.50 machine guns plus bombs
Dimensions: Length - 74'4", Wing Span - 103' 9"

Spitfire Static Display Supermarine Spitfire (Original Beschreibung): The Spitfire certainly needs no introduction, being one of the most succesful fighters of World War II. It evolved through the initial Mark I version (900 hp, 2-bladed wooden prop) into the highly sophisticated 2000 hp+ Mark 24 with 5-bladed propellor. In its last versions, the rear fuselage was cut down to allow the pilot an uninterrupted view from beneath its
teardrop canopy. The tail had been gradually enlarged to counteract the massive engine power, twice as much as originally envisaged. Yet, with all modifications introduced during the Spitfire's production period, the pleasant handling qualities and exceptionally good looks remained.
F-104 Static Display Lockheed F-104 Star fighter 1959 (Original Beschreibung): The Star fighter had been designed for flight performance with little room for weapons and equipment. The short-span unswept wing with razor sharp leading edges enabled the plane to reach Mach 2.2 with a very impressive climb rate.   First flown in 1954, eventually over 2500 were built mainly for NATO use, with less than 300 being ordered for the US. One seated fighter and two seat fighter trainer versions are still flying in Greece and Turkey today. Specifications:
Power Plant: General Electric J79-GE 11A turbojet
Performance: 1146 mph
Armament: one 20-mm GE six-barreled cannon, wing-tip mounted Sidewinder missiles.
Dimensions: Length-54.6 ft, Height-13.4 ft, Wingspan 21.75 ft
A4 Restoration Project Douglas A-4 Skyhawk 1960  (Original Beschreibung): A-4 on Carrier Deck, Era 1960's Designed to provide the US Navy and Marine Corps with a simple low-cost lightweight attack and ground support aircraft. The Skyhawk was based on experience gained during the Korean War. Heinemann's "Hot Rod", as the A-4 was dubbed after its designer Ed Heinemann, was faster than expected and lighter than required making it the most successful post war aircraft to serve in the US Navy.  The Summer of 1954 saw the first of over 2900 A-4's come from the McDonnell Douglas plant to serve as carrier bases attack bomber. In 1965, a two seat variant was produced designated as a TA-4 for training.  During Vietnam, all carrier air wings included at least two squadrons of Skyhawks.  Of the almost 300 built, substantial numbers are still in the frontline service today.
Power Plant:  Wright J65-16A or Pratt & Whitney J52-P-8A
Performance:  676 mph
Armament:  Two 20mm cannon, plus up to 9,155lbs of ordinance.
Dimensions:  Length 40.25ft, Height 15ft, Wingspan 27.5 ft
Tracker Flyable Aircraft Grumman S-2 Tracker 1955 & C-1 Trader C.O.D. - 1955 
S-2 Tracker (Original Beschreibung): Built as a replacement for the "hunter/killer" Guardian, the Tracker's modest dimensions hide a bevy of radar, sensor equipment and weaponry necessary to locate and destroy enemy submarines. The C-1 Trader is the general-utility version of the S-2 Tracker, designed to accommodate nine passengers or 3500 pounds of cargo and operate as a COD (Carrier-On-board-Delivery) aircraft to and from aircraft carriers. There were 87 built after the first one came online in January of 1955.  There were 1000 S-2 Trackers built starting in December 1952. The S-2  had enlarged bomb bay doors that housed two homing torpedoes and new anti-submarine detection equipment. Since their retirement from the Navy in the mid-1970s the Tracker/Trader have been used as fire bombers.
Power Plant:  2 Wright R-1820-82WA Cylcone (3050hp)
Performance:  287 mph
Dimensions:  Length-42.25 ft, Height-16.3 ft, Wingspan-69.6 ft
A-26 Restoration Projects Douglas A-26 Invader 1944  (Original Beschreibung): The Invader was designed as a successor to the Douglas A-20.  The A-26 first saw action in the European theatre in November 1944. Eventually, over 2500 Invaders were built. After 1948, the Invader was redesigned as the B-26 after the Martin Marauder was no longer in service. 450 of the B-26s were made after the original "Attack" designation was discontinued. The A-26/B-26 saw service in Korea, Vietnam and as fire bombers after the war. Approximately 50 are still flying today.
Power plant: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-27 or -79 Radials
Performance: 373 mph
Armament: 20mm cannon & 4 .5 inch machine guns & 75mm gun
Dimensions: Length-51.4 ft, Height-18.4ft, Wingspan-70.0 ft


AT-6 Flyable Aircraft North American AT-6   (Original Beschreibung): The At-6 first appeared in 1938 and was similar to and eventually replaced the BC-1A basic-combat trainer when the BC classification was abandoned.  The BC-1A itself was only one of a very large number of aircraft that stemmed from the NA-16 of 1935. 
Power Plant: 1 550 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 radial engine
Performance: Max. T-O 212mph, Max. level speed 212 mph
Dimensions: Length - 29.5 ft., Wing Span - 42.0 ft.
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