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War Birds and other unusual aircraft
visiting Salem, Oregon.

I know not everybody is interested in aircraft like I am but please indulge me a little. Living a short distance from Salem Airport has been good for me to see, hear and feel aircraft as they fly in and out of Salem.

Recently a number of WWII aircraft flew into Salem including a B17 Flying Fortress, B24 Liberator, B25 Mitchell and P51 Mustang.

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A B17 Flying Fortress, WWII bomber operated by the "Collings Foundation" arriving at Salem Airport.

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Of the four WWII era classic aircraft, the B24 Liberator bomber was next to arrive. Here the B24 is taxiing, shortly after landing.

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More of the detail shown on the nose of the B24 as it come so a halt after taxiing.

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The B25 Mitchell was next and made up the trio of bombers.

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The three bombers were accompanied by this lone fighter, a P51 Mustang also of WWII vintage.

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This P51 is supposedly the only flying example of this model in the world.

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The detail on the side of the P51 Mustang shows the aircraft could have preformed the job it was designed for if they weren't flying friendly skies.

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I think this visiting aircraft was a DH Heron. It had "Naval Air Command and what looks like an admiral's flag" on the side. I Suspect it is formerly of the British Navy but don't know for sure.

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This Biplane was available for rides at $60 per head with room for four or five in the open cockpit.

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The Fire Service were in attendance ready to assist. I'd hate to pay their fuel bill!

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This FedEX plane is based at Salem where they have a FedEX depot at the airport.

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This Coast Guard Seahawk, visiting Salem was a lot more polished and clean looking compared to the Oregon National Guard based on the other side of the airport.

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Last year, another B17 Flying Fortress, a WWII bomber also visited Salem.

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Those four radial engines have a completely different sound to the more modern engines usually heard at airports today.

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I'm not sure what type of aircraft this is, but it was interesting as it had South African Air Force Markings on it.

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While I was taking my pictures of this aircraft there was a Blackhawk Chopper from the Oregon National Guard, based the other side of the runway landing.

Because of it's coloring it's difficult to see against the trees, which I suppose is the idea!!

WWII B17 and B25 Bombers form the Commemorative Air Force
(Formerly Confederate Air Force) visiting Salem, Oregon, 2011.

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In late August this B17 and a B25 (background) visited Salem Airport with sunny weather that made the experience even better.

Other classic aircraft that have visited have been good, but the presentation of these two aircraft was superior too any before them here in Salem.

Fifty-five bombing missions and two movies, an impressive record.

One of the forward guns to deal with enemies that get too close!

Lots of guns at the pointy end!

Trying to sneak up from behind would be one way to say "Hi" to the tail gunner!

This B25 Mitchell twin engine bomber arrived witht the B17 above.

LIke the B17, the Mitchell was well presented and had guns sticking out everywhere!