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Naval Aviation Heritage on Display in Rhode Island

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The Quonset Air Museum is housed in one of the last surviving buildings of what once was the mightiest Naval Air Station (NAS) in the northeastern U.S.. The hangar was originally used as a paint shop for reconditioned aircraft; today part of it acts as a repair and restoration facility for the all-volunteer museum staff as they rebuild and maintain almost two dozen former military aircraft. Before we take a closer look at the aircraft collection, here’s some of the rich history that surrounds the area.

The need for a large northeastern U.S. naval air station was identified as early as the 1920s, but one wasn’t commissioned until just a few months prior to the beginning of World War II. NAS Quonset Point was built on the shores of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, taking advantage of a naturally deep channel for a port. Initially, the base hosted aircraft which flew “neutrality” patrols, housed training and aircraft maintenance functions, and readied itself to receive locally-based aircraft carriers. When war was declared, the base gained an anti-submarine mission, more training aircraft arrived and a heavily-tasked Overhaul and Repair (O & R) aircraft maintenance depot evolved. Throughout the war, these functions kept the base running in excess of 100% of its pre-war planned capacity.

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Kaman’s Huskie: An Early First Responder

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Kaman’s H-43 Huskie helicopter was designed shortly after World War II, and served American military branches through the mid-1970s.  Training and utility roles came first, but the important service of aircrew rescue for the U.S. Air Force stands out, especially during the early 1960s through the end of the Viet Nam war.  The HH-43 enabled the USAF’s Air Rescue Service to carry out its motto “That Others May Live” almost daily in Viet Nam.  In fact, Huskies were involved with more Air Force rescues in Southeast Asia than any other helicopter type.

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Valiant Air Command’s TICO Air Show – Hey… I Remember That!

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Every few weeks or so, you’ll see a new report here about an air show or event that contains some recollections and images from a bygone era.  Some reports will review air shows no longer produced while others may feature some notable past military exercises; all will contain some long-since retired aircraft.  As we here at Classic Warbirds go through our extensive collections of images (slides and negatives as well as digital archives), we often mutter under our breaths “Hey, I remember that…”, and so, can you do the same?

 

Event: Valiant Air Command’s TICO Air Show

Location: Space Coast Regional Airport, Titusville Florida.

Reported Dates: 1989 – 1998

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Shearwater International Air Show – Hey… I Remember That

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Every few weeks or so, you’ll see a new report here about an air show or event that contains some recollections and images from a bygone era.  Some reports will review air shows no longer produced while others may feature some notable past military exercises; all will contain some long-since retired aircraft.  As we here at Classic Warbirds go through our extensive collections of images (slides and negatives as well as digital archives), we often mutter under our breaths “Hey, I remember that…”, and so, can you do the same? 

 

Event:  Shearwater International Air Show

Location:  Canadian Forces Base Shearwater, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

Reported Dates:  1990 – 2002

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