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Sunday, July 03, 2005


1955 Grumman US-2B Tracker
One of the restored warbirds of the Commemorative Air Force, this gorgeous bird is part of the Old Dominion Squadron. Rescued from the Boneyard, the Squadron members put tons of elbow grease and experience to work to bring it back to glory though it had earlier faced certain demise at the Boneyard.

I spotted the distinctive Grumman attributes--that massive tail with so much dihedral and the classic brooding brow--as I drove past and had to pull in to get a closer look. Nothing beats being able to actually lay hands on a piece of history like this--unless you could actually fly it. I wish I could've climbed aboard for a few minutes.

On the eve of Independence Day, this was a nice find at a quiet airfield in eastern Virginia. I couldn't help but wonder who had flown it, and what stories it could tell from its days as a sub tracker.

To find out more, visit The Old Dominion Squadron and please consider donating a few bucks to the Commemorative Air Force.