BZ Chino 2010 - Army Warbirds

Photo Gallery

In an semi-arbitrary way to sort and present the pictures from the 2010 Chino Airshow, here are the Army Warbird planes! These include the P-47, P-40, P-38, Spitfire, B-25, and B-17 planes. The P-51 Mustangs are featured on their own special page though.
- Bernard Zee

Mostly used in the Pacific Theater, the P-40 did well fighting at lower altitudes. Perhaps unfairly judged as an obsolete design, P-40s nevertheless had a very good combat record against the Japanese.
The P-40 is one great sounding plane!

The shark mouth logo is almost a trademark on the P-40, popularized by the paint scheme of the Flying Tigers in China.

It wasn't just the Flying Tigers which used the shark mouth on the P-40 - many other units adopted it as well.
Here's the sounds of some of the planes as they make their pass (P40, P38, P51).

The P-47 Thunderbolt was introduced as a long range escort fighter, but it really found it's niche as a low level fighter bomber. It's rugged air cooled radial engine allowed it to absorb small arms fire and keep flying.

The 'Spirit of Atlantic City NJ' is P-47G 'razorback' canopy model. The tall fuselage spine behind the piliot resulted in poor visibility to the rear. Later variants had a bubble canopy which provided better all around vision. I personally prefer the looks of the razorback Jugs though!

Also flying at Chino were a couple of P-38s.

Lots of nice photo passes to be had at the show. Here's a close up of a P-40 as it makes its turn.
And another clip of the sounds of the P-40.

The planes normally fly down the left side, and then make a sharp turn to fly across the front of the crowd.

The Classic P-40 pose.

A pair of P-40s.

Nice looking Spitfire! The pilot even looks to be in period garb.

I believe it's a MK IX Spitfire replica. Lots of hard work to build that up!

Warhawk again. :-)

A formation flight of 3 P-40s.
Click play to hear the P-40s flying by.

It was a real treat to see them flying in formation!

The P-40 is a great looking plane in the air from many angles!

Here's the Soviet B-25 on takeoff.

Quite happy with this formation shot of a P-38 and P-51. Not too many chances to get them right!
Here's what they sound like together.

The other B-25 taking off.

Here's the P-38 and P-51 pair again from a different angle.

This B-25 sports an unusual Soviet paint scheme. B-25s were supplied to Russia on the lend-lease program.

This B-25 has the more common U.S. markings.
Here's a sample of the fabulously loud B-25 and its cyclone engines.

The Soviet marked B-25 is (I believe) newly restored and just now started making appearances at air shows.

The B-25 is one of the most versatile medium bombers of the war. One of the loudest too!

One last shot of the P-38 and Mustang pair!

Not too common sight to see 2 B-25s flying together nowadays!

Perhaps best known as the plane used in Doolittle's daring raid on Tokyo, the B-25 was used in all theaters of the war, and in all kinds of attack and support roles.

The P-38 Lightning flew in both the European and Pacific theater, but really made its mark fighting the Japanese. It's long range and high performance allowed to successfully engage the enemy using zoom and boom tactics.
Here's the sound of the P-38 as it makes its pass.

A rare treat at Chino was seeing these 2 Lightnings flying in close formation!

A tight shot of a P-38 making a pass.

A tail view of the P-38. Easy to see why it was nicknamed 'fork-tailed devil' by the enemy.

A final pass by the pair of B-25s in formation.

The classic Spitfire view.

B-25 cominig in for a landing.

Fuddy Duddy is a nicely polished B-17.

It flew towards the end of the show along with a slew of other warbirds.

Here's Fuddy Duddy catching some air on takeoff.

The B-17 Flying Fortress gained a reputation for toughness as it could absorb all sorts of damage from flak and enemy fighters and still be able to limp home.

Bristling with defensive armament, the Flying Fortress (along with the B-24 Liberator) flew daylight bombing missions deep into the heart of Germany without the aid of escort fighters early on in the war. Losses of airplane and crew were staggeringly high until the introduction of long range escort fighters like the P-51 Mustang.

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