Great pics! It's nice to see there's an F9F Panther on display...which is my favorite Navy fighter. More than likely because it was the mechanical star of this movie, which (at the risk of dating myself) I saw at an early age...first-run, too. They don't make 'em like that any longer (movies or fighters), and more's the pity.
Buck, did you read this part of the Wiki article: The only very light deviation is that the plane flown by Brubaker according to the novel was a F2H Banshee bomber (an early predecessor of the Phantom F-4) and not a Grumman F9F Panther as in the film. Yet, it is not known what exact planes were used against those bridges during the real attack. It is only known that many different types took part on similar missions.I did not see the movie, but read the book several times and blogged about trying to find a copy of the book while in Vegas (the infamous tailhook trip).
Thats a gut-wrenching book. I don't know if I could handle the movie. Bo
and my favorite quote from "Toko Ri","The beer barrel is my shepherdI shall not crashHe maketh me to land on flat runways:He bringeth me in off rough waters.He restoreth my confidence.Yea, though I come stalling into the groove at sixty knots I shall fear no evil:For he is with me, his arm and his paddle, they comfort me.He prepareth a deck before me in the presence of mine enemies,He attacheth my hook to the wire,My deck space runneth over."
Buck, did you read this part of the Wiki article: Yep...and I've been aware of the poetic license taken by the film makers for quite some time. That still doesn't take away from the fact that the Panther is one of the most beautiful aircraft (fighter or not) ever built. I'm glad Paramount (and the Navy) included that particular aircraft in the film. They're just so graceful, elegant, and above all else...beautiful.I recommend getting the movie, if it's even possible these days. It's a tear-jerker, to be sure...especially the ending. But the aerial photography is breathtaking, and the message is timeless."Where do we get such men?"Anon: That too! LOL!
I love the artsy pics. I am busy trying to catch up..
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