Allisons, Wrights, Packards and Pratts, A Quick Freedom Tour Stop by the Collings Foundation at Worcester

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The Collings Foundation's Freedom Tour, a travelling band of World War II warbirds, made a stop in Worcester, Massachusetts recently.  Included in the tour was their B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft", the TF-51 "Toulouse Nuts", and the B-25 Mitchell "Tondelayo". The Foundation's B-17 Flying Fortress "Nine-O-Nine" couldn't make the trip, as it was having an engine changed in Burlington VT.

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What was a special treat for many warbird lovers was that the Foundation has a hangar at Worcester, and a quintet of seldom-seen or relatively inactive aircraft joined the Tour's stop. The A-36 Apache "Baby Carmen", the P-40B Tomahawk "284", the F4U-5NL Corsair "NP-5" Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX  "BR601" , and A-1E Skyraider " GD-700" were arrayed on the static line too!

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Although the day was rather gloomy, hundreds of people showed up on Sunday to watch the B-25 and TF-51 take passengers on their once-in-a-lifetime flying experiences, or just crawl through the bombers.

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Here's some history about the assembled aircraft for you, there was quite an assortment of engines to hear and see....  Both the A-36 and P-40 are powered by Allison V-1710 engines, actually the same model, but different versions with different horsepower output. The Curtiss Tomahawk has a -33 engine while the North American Apache uses a later -87 engine version. The TF-51 was powered by a Rolls Royce/Packard Merlin V-1650. Of course, the Spitfire is powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin, the forerunner of the licence built Packard Merlin found in later Mustangs.

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The B-24 was powered by Pratt and Whitney R-1830s, the B-25 by Wright 2600s, the Corsair by a Pratt and Whitney R-2800, the Skyraider by a Wright R-3350.

 
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