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  • It’s summertime and I’m spending the day inside thanks to some upcoming thunderstorms. Time to process!!
  • It’s summertime and I’m spending the day inside thanks to some upcoming thunderstorms. Time to process!!
  •  5  1  36 minutes ago
  • "F6F Hellcat vs A6M Zero-sen"
Lt(jg) Alex Vraciu was already an ace when he took off from Intrepid with other VF-6 pilots as part of the fighter sweep over the Japanese bastion at Truk on February 17, 1944. He returned to his carrier
later that morning having claimed three Zero-sens and one “Rufe” (A6M2-N) shot down. Coming in at medium altitude, Vraciu and his wingman saw a group of enemy
fighters above them and turned into the attack as the Zero-sens dove down on them. 
As Vraciu reported in the After Action Report, “We noticed that the Jap pilots weren’t reluctant to attack, but once they were cornered they’d dive steeply for the water or cloud cover. 
The Hellcat definitely can out-maneuver the Zero at speeds of 250 knots and better, so we began to follow them down. 
I was able to follow three airplanes down in this manner, two being Zeros and one a Rufe, and set them afire.
All hit the water inside Truk Atoll. While climbing back up for altitude after one of the above attacks, I noticed a Zero skirting a not too thick cloud, so I made a pass at him but he promptly headed for a thicker one. 
After playing cat and mouse with him for some minutes, I climbed into the sun and let him think I had retired. When I came down on him the last time, from ‘five o’clock above’, he never knew what hit him, I’m sure. His wing tank and cockpit exploded”.
-------------------- Artwork by Gareth Hector

#F6F #Hellcat #A6M #Zero #Pacificwar #Paintings #Artwork #Aviationart #History #Airplane #Planes #warbird #carrierplanes #vintageaircraft #ww2 #classicaircraft #militaryhistory #fighteraircraft #aviationpic #ww2history #airforce #fligh #topaviation #aviation
  • "F6F Hellcat vs A6M Zero-sen"
    Lt(jg) Alex Vraciu was already an ace when he took off from Intrepid with other VF-6 pilots as part of the fighter sweep over the Japanese bastion at Truk on February 17, 1944. He returned to his carrier
    later that morning having claimed three Zero-sens and one “Rufe” (A6M2-N) shot down. Coming in at medium altitude, Vraciu and his wingman saw a group of enemy
    fighters above them and turned into the attack as the Zero-sens dove down on them.
    As Vraciu reported in the After Action Report, “We noticed that the Jap pilots weren’t reluctant to attack, but once they were cornered they’d dive steeply for the water or cloud cover.
    The Hellcat definitely can out-maneuver the Zero at speeds of 250 knots and better, so we began to follow them down.
    I was able to follow three airplanes down in this manner, two being Zeros and one a Rufe, and set them afire.
    All hit the water inside Truk Atoll. While climbing back up for altitude after one of the above attacks, I noticed a Zero skirting a not too thick cloud, so I made a pass at him but he promptly headed for a thicker one.
    After playing cat and mouse with him for some minutes, I climbed into the sun and let him think I had retired. When I came down on him the last time, from ‘five o’clock above’, he never knew what hit him, I’m sure. His wing tank and cockpit exploded”.
    -------------------- Artwork by Gareth Hector

    #F6F #Hellcat #A6M #Zero #Pacificwar #Paintings #Artwork #Aviationart #History #Airplane #Planes #warbird #carrierplanes #vintageaircraft #ww2 #classicaircraft #militaryhistory #fighteraircraft #aviationpic #ww2history #airforce #fligh #topaviation #aviation
  •  490  6  56 minutes ago
  • Avro Anson A4-4 that crashed into Mt Torbreck in the Victorian High Country was one of the first 48 Anson’s delivered to Australia as part of the Empire Air Training Scheme and Coastal Reconnaissance in the late 1930’s. Today there is only one left of that first 48 anywhere in the world and that is A4-37. A great mate of ours in South Australia has been meticulously restoring it since the early 80’s. It started off as a pile of twisted and rusted metal on a SA farm and is now a priceless piece of Australian Aviation History 😳
Have a look at the images of how far the incredible restoration has come 👉
  • Avro Anson A4-4 that crashed into Mt Torbreck in the Victorian High Country was one of the first 48 Anson’s delivered to Australia as part of the Empire Air Training Scheme and Coastal Reconnaissance in the late 1930’s. Today there is only one left of that first 48 anywhere in the world and that is A4-37. A great mate of ours in South Australia has been meticulously restoring it since the early 80’s. It started off as a pile of twisted and rusted metal on a SA farm and is now a priceless piece of Australian Aviation History 😳
    Have a look at the images of how far the incredible restoration has come 👉
  •  52  11  3 hours ago

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  • "F6F Hellcat vs A6M Zero-sen"
Lt(jg) Alex Vraciu was already an ace when he took off from Intrepid with other VF-6 pilots as part of the fighter sweep over the Japanese bastion at Truk on February 17, 1944. He returned to his carrier
later that morning having claimed three Zero-sens and one “Rufe” (A6M2-N) shot down. Coming in at medium altitude, Vraciu and his wingman saw a group of enemy
fighters above them and turned into the attack as the Zero-sens dove down on them. 
As Vraciu reported in the After Action Report, “We noticed that the Jap pilots weren’t reluctant to attack, but once they were cornered they’d dive steeply for the water or cloud cover. 
The Hellcat definitely can out-maneuver the Zero at speeds of 250 knots and better, so we began to follow them down. 
I was able to follow three airplanes down in this manner, two being Zeros and one a Rufe, and set them afire.
All hit the water inside Truk Atoll. While climbing back up for altitude after one of the above attacks, I noticed a Zero skirting a not too thick cloud, so I made a pass at him but he promptly headed for a thicker one. 
After playing cat and mouse with him for some minutes, I climbed into the sun and let him think I had retired. When I came down on him the last time, from ‘five o’clock above’, he never knew what hit him, I’m sure. His wing tank and cockpit exploded”.
-------------------- Artwork by Gareth Hector

#F6F #Hellcat #A6M #Zero #Pacificwar #Paintings #Artwork #Aviationart #History #Airplane #Planes #warbird #carrierplanes #vintageaircraft #ww2 #classicaircraft #militaryhistory #fighteraircraft #aviationpic #ww2history #airforce #fligh #topaviation #aviation
  • "F6F Hellcat vs A6M Zero-sen"
    Lt(jg) Alex Vraciu was already an ace when he took off from Intrepid with other VF-6 pilots as part of the fighter sweep over the Japanese bastion at Truk on February 17, 1944. He returned to his carrier
    later that morning having claimed three Zero-sens and one “Rufe” (A6M2-N) shot down. Coming in at medium altitude, Vraciu and his wingman saw a group of enemy
    fighters above them and turned into the attack as the Zero-sens dove down on them.
    As Vraciu reported in the After Action Report, “We noticed that the Jap pilots weren’t reluctant to attack, but once they were cornered they’d dive steeply for the water or cloud cover.
    The Hellcat definitely can out-maneuver the Zero at speeds of 250 knots and better, so we began to follow them down.
    I was able to follow three airplanes down in this manner, two being Zeros and one a Rufe, and set them afire.
    All hit the water inside Truk Atoll. While climbing back up for altitude after one of the above attacks, I noticed a Zero skirting a not too thick cloud, so I made a pass at him but he promptly headed for a thicker one.
    After playing cat and mouse with him for some minutes, I climbed into the sun and let him think I had retired. When I came down on him the last time, from ‘five o’clock above’, he never knew what hit him, I’m sure. His wing tank and cockpit exploded”.
    -------------------- Artwork by Gareth Hector

    #F6F #Hellcat #A6M #Zero #Pacificwar #Paintings #Artwork #Aviationart #History #Airplane #Planes #warbird #carrierplanes #vintageaircraft #ww2 #classicaircraft #militaryhistory #fighteraircraft #aviationpic #ww2history #airforce #fligh #topaviation #aviation
  •  490  6  56 minutes ago
  • The Lizzie had a spring in her step on the way home from @heveninghamconcours on Sunday evening after taking 1st place in the flying machine concours! It was an incredibly special moment for the whole team but especially for those who have been instrumental to this particular project, you all know who you are! Thank you to each and every one of you, we are so proud of all of the experience, time and passion which you have poured into this beautiful machine over the past decade and a half! A true example of #engineeredtoinspire ... #restoration #flight #flying #builtnotbought #handmade #engineering ... 📸 shot on #🔴📷 ...
  • The Lizzie had a spring in her step on the way home from @heveninghamconcours on Sunday evening after taking 1st place in the flying machine concours! It was an incredibly special moment for the whole team but especially for those who have been instrumental to this particular project, you all know who you are! Thank you to each and every one of you, we are so proud of all of the experience, time and passion which you have poured into this beautiful machine over the past decade and a half! A true example of #engineeredtoinspire ... #restoration #flight #flying #builtnotbought #handmade #engineering ... 📸 shot on #🔴📷 ...
  •  1,325  11  24 June, 2019