On This Day…October 26th.
A momentous day for iModelers. One of the truly great fighters of World War II, the P-51 was first flown today on 26 October 1940. At Mines Field, Los Angeles, California (now, Los Angeles International Airport), test pilot Vance Breese took the prototype North American Aviation NA-73X (NX19998) on a five-minute first flight.
The US Navy has long had a tradition of initiating ‘Polywogs’ into ‘Shellbacks’. The ‘subpoena’ below was issued to FN Gilreath on October 26th, 1943 as the USS Essex crossed the equator.
A stricken ‘kamikaze’ aircteft falling astern of the USS Petrof Bay, Philippine Islands, 26 Oct 1944.