British Spitfire, AA963

Spitfire AA963, a MK V model, was in Lincoln for a war bond tour on July 2, 1943.  I do not know who is in the photograph.  The spitfire disappeared from records around 1944. Probably scrapped at the end of the war with several P-38 Lightnings.

You can read more about this Spitfire at the AA963 link above.


AA963 in Lincoln July 2 1943.jpg


Union Airport, Lincoln, NE 1930

Union Airport in 1930.  The airport must have been brand new at this time as it does not show up on the 1929 Airway Bulletin for Lincoln.  The hangar, fuel truck, and airplane looks new in this photo.  This building is still standing as of 2016 and is now part of an industrial park. Union Airport May 1930.jpg


Nebraska Air National Guard P-80’s

Nebraska ANG P-80’s in the hangar for maintenance.  In the foreground is P-80B-1-LO, 45-8707.  In the background is P-80A-1-LO, 44-85333, later upgraded to a P-80C-11-LO.  This photo shows the updated C version with the new tip tanks.  Date of photo unknown to me.

On an interesting note, the rear P-80 was 285 aircraft after Richard Bong’s P-80 that crashed near Burbank Airport, killing the top scoring U.S. fighter pilot.  His death came on the same day the A bomb was dropped on Japan.  Cause of the crash?  A faulty fuel pump.

On another interesting note, the foreground P-80 has a sister that survives in California.  45-8704, just three B.U. numbers earlier, is on display in Sacramento, California.  45-8704 has the old style wing tip tanks while this one has the newer ‘T-33″ style tanks.