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Remembering the Manchester, New Hampshire Air Shows…

 

Geneseo, New York based B-127 and London, Ontario based P-51D on the ramp at Manchester, New Hampshire in the 1990s.

Manchester, New Hampshire is located in the southern tier of state. It’s a fifty-minute drive to the Seacoast area and into the Atlantic Ocean, and about the same amount of driving south, to the big city of Boston, Massachusetts. During the last two decades of the 20th Century, a number of air shows were held at the medium-sized airport. The main attraction at these shows were warbirds, as the New England Escadrille was based at nearby Bedford, Massachusetts and operated a C-47.

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U.S. Navy Training Aircraft From World War II to Today, Part 1

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Here’s a scrapbook of U.S. Navy and Marines training aircraft from the World War II years through today. This first edition contains piston-engined aircraft, the next version will be published in a few weeks, and will feature turbine-engined aircraft. 

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Aircraft that Have Served in Both Civilian and Military Capacities

There are many examples in aviation history where an aircraft model has served similar roles in both military and civilian use. Especially during the early years of World War II, many civilian aircraft were either modified for, or impressed into military service. Throughout the latter part of the 20th Century, civilian transports were used by military forces for similar job functions, and sometimes a military design was altered to successfully serve the civilian market too.

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Our Dassault Mirage Scrapbook

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French Air Force Mirage F1 at a Maple Flag Exercise at CFB Cold Lake… exercising its all-weather capabilities in pouring rain.

Originally designed as a single seat fighter with a secondary bomber role, the French Dassault Mirage family of aircraft was expanded to include advanced fighter-interceptors and pure bomber variants. A pair of these bomber versions could employ nuclear weapons too.

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