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Grumman Duck N63850 - One of a kind

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One of only four flyable aircraft that survived America’s “Day of Infamy” is now based in East Texas alongside one of its fellow survivors. In 2017 the Mid America Flight Museum in Mount Pleasant, Texas acquired a rare Grumman J2F-4 Duck, Bureau Number 1649. 1649 is a very historic Grumman built Duck as it was on Pearl Harbor the day of the December 7th attack. It survived and went to serve in the South Pacific. After the war it made it to the U.S. civilian registry as N63850. Sadly, it crashed in the 1950s.
An ambitious enthusiast recovered the airframe of 1649 from its crash site on the bottom of a lake in the Bahamas. The restoration project was sold to aircraft collector Chuck Greenhill from Illinois. After a multi-year rebuilt with Wichita Air Services in Kansas 1649 flew again in 2005. It went on to earn the EAA Grand Champion Warbird award at Oshkosh in 2007. Mid America purchased the Duck from Mr. Greenhill.
Vintage airplane collector, Scott Glover, has built up the Mid America …

US Roundel Cap

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One of my favorites hats is the US Roundel Cap from Red Canoe Brands. I did say ONE of my favorites because I own a collection of hats from Red Canoe! The quality is top notch and the durability is excellent. Mine has held up for many years traveling to airshows all over the country.

Red Canoe's description:
The US Roundel was introduced in 1917 and painted on US Military aircraft from 1919-1941. The design coordinated with the colour and style of roundels used by French and British allies. After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour in 1941, the red circle in the centre of the star was removed, to distance resemblance to the Japanese flag. This resulted in the US Stripes: a white star within a blue circle (stripes on either side) that is seen on all US military aircraft today.

Add one to your collection - Red Canoe Brands US Roundel Cap

Howard 500 Honor of Flight Video

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One of the highlights of Oshkosh 2017 for me was to see Howard 500, N500LN, in person. This is a powerful beauty. To see this one fly take a few minutes to watch the video below. Hats off to TPAero for restoring it and the other flyable 500 in their collection.







Links - TPAero

Grumman Duck Walkaround Mid America Flight Museum

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The vintage aircraft collection continues to grow at Mid America Flight Museum. This Texas based collection recently added a historic Grumman Duck. Watch the video walk around for more of the story.







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