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Warbirds – B-24 Liberator Heavy Bomber

May 24, 2017 Leave a comment

A supporting character in my story, Lodging…

The Clockwork Conservative

December 29th marks the anniversary of the first-flight of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator.  Designed by Consolidated under the name Model 32, in 1939 the proposal was offered to the War Department as the highest flying, fastest, and most advanced heavy bomber that American forces would have at their disposal.  Though having a shorter hull and less wing area, the innovative design features of the B-24 resulted in a lighter aircraft with substantially greater carrying capacity.  Only nine months after the awarding of the contract, the first prototype took flight.

b-24 liberator line drawing

Often forgotten alongside the more famous B-17 Flying Fortress, the Liberator is still the most produced American military aircraft of all time.  More than 18,400 units were delivered by war’s end; over half coming produced at the Ford Motor Company Willow Run plant at Belleville, Michigan.  At peak, this purpose-built production plant rolled out B-24s at a rate of one per hour.  Over 1000 crewmen slept in cots at the facility…

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The Analects of Mudcat: Freedom

May 22, 2017 Leave a comment

“Can the tiger, roaming wild in the jungle, even begin to imagine a cage? Or the zoo that might contain him?”

~M.T. Bass

 

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Bennington Flag

May 20, 2017 Leave a comment

May 14, 1897

“Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Phillip Sousa is performed for the first time in Philadelphia.

 

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Clear and Present Dangers……Stirling Moss

May 15, 2017 Leave a comment

“To achieve anything in this game you must be prepare to dabble in the boundary of disaster.”

~Stirling Moss

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Green Mountain Boys Flag

May 13, 2017 Leave a comment

May 10, 1775

Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys Capture Fort Ticonderoga.

Then, promptly refurnished the place…

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Clear and Present Dangers……Charlie Munger

“All I want to know is where I’m going to die, so I never go there.”
~Charlie Munger

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George Washington HQ Flag

April 30, 1789 — George Washington is inaugurated as the first U.S. president.

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