Thursday, November 10, 2011

Veteran's Day

On this day in 1918 on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, World War I ended.  Tomorrow is 11th day of the 11th month of 2011.  On this day I would like to thank my dad for his service and to all the veterans out there.  Here is a picture of my my dad taken from the Wright field Desert Test Unit as part of the 23rd Composite Group probably in 1944.(Image copyright, Nathan K. Moran 2011)

More on the airplane.

If you look closely at the tail of the first airplane you will see a serial number.  The code number was 44- 74717. I looked for the number as if it was done during the war but came to realize that this was a post war serial number.  The plane was a p-51d-30-na.  Several planes with nearby numbers served in the korean war and were damaged. Some survived into the modern era and became civilian aircraft.  Aircraft were identified by their tail number and their records are tagged to them.