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My wife has worked next to the Torrance Airport for about a year now and we just found out it had an Air Museum. After I dropped her off at work I stopped by for a visit. Turns out it was North American Aviation Tribute day! There were lots of cool vintage aircraft and cars on display. The guest speaker was a WW2 Veteran P-51 Mustang ace who was shot down over France and spent 16 months in a German POW camp. Awesome.

Here are some photos!

B-25 Mitchell. So freakin' cool!

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One of the many nose mounted Browning M2 Heavy Machine guns

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The only P-51 Mustang at the event

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The Mustang starting its Rolls Royce Merlin V12. The sound was epic!

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The Mustang taking off. I really need a zoom lens!

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F-86 Sabre jet in a hanger.

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There were lots of Texans at the show.

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Some cool vintage Jeeps

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Build date is 3/62 on this Ford built Jeep

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Sweet little Beechcraft

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Stearman biplane circling the airport

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This was parked outside. I thought it was a Unimog at first, but its not. Anyone have an idea?

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I saw this 2002 pretending to be an airplane in one of the hangars!

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Ferrari 599 in the parking lot

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Sweet!

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I've always been partial to B-25's since my father was the flight engineer/top turrent gunner on one in WWII. His plane was named 'Moaning Mona' - never did explain who Mona was. I've always wanted to take a flight in one.

Thanks for the pictures.

Steve.

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THEY HAD A LOT OF INTERESTING NAMES & NOSE ART ON THOSE OLD PLANES !

WHO GOT TO DECIDE WHAT THE VARIOUS PLANES WERE CALLED

AND THE DESIGNS PAINTED ON THEM ?

WAS THIS DONE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CAPTAIN OR WAS THE

ENTIRE CREW USUALLY INVOLVED ?

ONE THING IS TRUE , IF THOSE BOYS WERE WILLING TO RISK GOING DOWN IN ONE OF THOSE PLANES ,

THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO CALL IT WHATEVER THEY WANTED .

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the 4x4 van by steyr/puch is called a pinzgauer as shown on the badge. google it and you'll see plenty- even being used in hawaii for tours. steyr/puch is an austrian company with a long history of military vehicles. they also manufactured VW vanagon syncros- the 4x4 van, not sliding rings.

the protocol of naming/nose art on ww2 aircraft varied by unit, as decided by the commanding officer. some units didn't do it all. it is worth noting military aircraft 'belong' to a senior enlisted man charged with maintaning that particular plane. naval service calls them 'plane captain', army(and air force) call them 'crew chief'. it is safe to say few aircraft were personalized without approval of the crew chief.

additionally, crew assignment to aircraft were subject to operational demands. most units carried more crews than aircraft. a proficient crew stood a better chance to routinely fly the same aircraft but few, if any, aircrew flew the same plane on every mission.

hth,

robert w.

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