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Restored Aircraft

P-51D Mustang - "Cincinnati Miss"

The North American P-51 Mustang was a successful long range fighter aircraft which set new standards of excellence and performance when it entered service in the middle years of World War II (1943) and is still regarded as one of the very best piston-engined fighters ever made.

The P-51D was the definitive version of this single-seat fighter, powered by a supercharged Merlin engine driving a single prop. Armament consisted of six .50 caliber machine guns. Some aircraft had rocket rails added to the undersides of the wings to carry up to eight rockets per plane.

The Rolls-Royce (Packard) Merlin V-1650-7 engine delivered 1,695 hp, and allowed a maximum speed of 437 mph, a service ceiling of 41,800 feet, and a combat range of 1,000 miles.

A total 7,956 P-51D/K Mustangs were built.

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Curtiss-Wright P-40M Kittyhawk

Tri-The State Warbird Museum 1943 Curtiss P-40M is an exciting project and a very historically significant aircraft. This P-40 Kittyhawk saw service with the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as NZ3119 and was flown by Geoff Fisken, RNZAF's highest scoring pilot in World War II. Rescued from an aircraft scrap yard in the 1960's by New Zealand native John Chambers, NZ3119 was structurally rebuilt by Allied Fighter Rebuilds in Auckland, New Zealand and delivered to the Tri-State Warbird Museum in February 2008. The restoration team at the Tri-State Warbird Museum will complete the restoration of NZ3119 to flying condition. Be sure to come by often and watch as this amazing aircraft comes together.

The Curtiss-Wright P-40 Kittyhawk was the first American fighter aircraft to be mass-produced in large quantities at the beginning of World War II. It served on many fronts including the South Pacific, North Africa, the Mediterranean and in China, where it served with distinction as part of Claire Chennault's Flying Tigers in battles against the Japanese Air Force. Although quickly made obsolete by advances in fighter design, the P-40 proved itself as a rugged and capable aircraft and was used with distinction in the early stages of World War II by the U.S. Army Air Force, Royal Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force, French Air Force, and the Soviet Air Force.

Powered by a 1,125 hp Allison 12 cylinder V-1710 engine, the P-40 lacked high altitude performance and posted only moderate cruise speeds compared to later fighters. Rugged and simple, P-40's exhibited good dive characteristics, agility in turns, and excellent range compared to other early World War II fighters. The P-40 offered the additional advantage of a low price tag which kept it in production as a tactical (ground-attack) fighter long after it was obsolete as an air-superiority type.

13,738 P-40's of all variants were produced between 1938 and 1944. Approximately 85 exist today.

 

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B-25 Mitchell - s/n 45-8898

B-25 Mitchell is a twin-engined, medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation in the United States and used during World War II. When production of the plane ended, approximately 10,000 had been built, including the PBJ-1 Navy Patrol Bomber and an F-10 reconnaissance version. While the B-25 was meant originally to bomb from medium altitudes in level flight, it was used frequently in the Pacific Theatre in treetop-level missions against Japanese airfields and for operations such as strafing and skip-bombing against enemy Japanese shipping. The B-25 is most famous as the bomber used in the 1942 Doolittle Raid, where the raiders took off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, and bombed mainland Japan.

The B-25 is powered by two Wright R-2600 Cyclone engines, each delivering up to 1,700 hp. The bomber had a top speed of 275 mph, a combat range of 1,350 miles, and ceiling of 25,000 feet.

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AT-6D Texan - "Tweety"

The T-6 Texan was a single-engine, advanced trainer aircraft designed by North American Aviation and used to train fighter pilots of the USAAF, US Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II. The Texan is known by a variety of designations depending on the model and operating air force. The USAAC called it the "AT-6", the US Navy, the "SNJ", and the Commonwealth Air Forces, the "Harvard".

The AT-6D featured a Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp single row radial engine, delivering 600 hp with a maximum speed of 242 mph and a range of 730 miles. The aircraft could be armed with two .30 calibre machine guns and 25 lb practice bombs.

There were 3,713 AT-6D model Texans built, and a total of 15,495 Texans of all variants were produced.

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Grumman TBM-3 Avenger

The Grumman TBM-3 Avenger was aptly named, playing a major part in the sinking of over 60 ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Two features made the Avenger outstanding. It was the first single-engined American aircraft to incorporate a power-operated gun turret, and the first to carry the heavy 22 inch MK3 torpedo. It could also carry bombs, rockets, and depth charges. 9,836 Avengers were produced by Grumman and General Motors. The Wright R-2600-20 Cyclone 14 engine could deliver 1,900 hp. The aircraft had a maximum speed of 267 mph, a ceiling of 23,400 ft, and a range 1,130 miles.

Torpedo attacks by Avengers played the predominant role in the sinking of the largest Japanese battleships ever built, the Musashi and Yamato, in October 1944 and April 1945 respectively. The Avenger entered Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm service in January 1943 and the British Pacific Fleet's Avengers made devastating attacks on oil refineries in support of the Americans' final drive on Japan in 1945.

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Boeing Stearman Model 75

The Stearman model 75, widely known as the Stearman, Boeing Stearman (Stearman became a subsidiary of Boeing in 1934), or Kaydet was a biplane built in the United States during the 1930s as a military trainer aircraft.

It served as the basic trainer for the USAAC and USN throughout World War II and after the conflict was over, thousands of surplus aircraft were sold on the civil market. In the immediate post-war years they became popular as crop dusters and as sport planes.

The Kaydet was of rugged construction and conventional biplane design with large, fixed tailwheel undercarriage and accommodation for the student and instructor in tandem open cockpits. The 220HP Continental Motors radial engine was uncowled.

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Beechcraft TC-45G "Expeditor" "Twin Beech"

                                                                                                                                                                               

The C-45 "Expeditor" is based on the Beechcraft Corporation popular commercial airplane the Model 18 "Twin Beech" originally designed in 1936. The airplane is a twin engine taildragger with a wingspan over 47 feet and a very distinctive twin tail. The design proved to be a commercial and military success with over 9,000 variants produced between 1937 and 1969 including approximately 4,500 for military use during and after World War II. Military roles included light bomber, executive transport, aircrew training (including bombardier, navigation and gunnery) and photo reconnaissance. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN1 "Wasp Jr" engines each with 450 horsepower the C-45 has a top speed of 225 MPH and a range of over 1,200 miles. Our C-45 is configured with seats for the pilot, co-pilot and four passengers.

Our aiplane has been obtained through the generous sponsorship of our Honored Veteran Stan Cohen. It is so fitting that Stan is a proud alumni of Virginia Tech and this aircraft was the corporate aircraft for Virginia Tech in the early 1960's! It is a small world. As a tribute to Stan and Virginia Tech our C-45 now sports the very appropriate nose art "Hokie Pokie" after the Virginia Tech "Hokies" football team and their favorite song. After a very extensive maintenance and cosmetic restoration the Tri-State Warbird Museum, Stan and the "Hokie Pokie" will be honoring our veterans with local fly-bys and over the Virginia Tech football games.

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