The V1 flying bomb

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German V1 flying bomb

The Imperial War Museum in Duxford has a fantastically preserved German V1 flying bomb dating back to 1944-1945. The V1 is one of the earliest weapons to use a pulsejet engine. With an effective range of 160 miles over 9000 of these were launched at the United Kingdom between June and October 1944 till their launch sites were overrun by Allied advances.

The above photo is a composite of 3 shots bracketed at -2, 0 and 2 eV and merged in Photomatix Pro.

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Hawker Hurricane Mk IIB

The Hawker Hurricane was the workhorse fighter plane in the Battle of Britain. This particular plane on display at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England was recovered from a crash site in Russia in 1941.

Hawker Hurricane Mk IIB

The Hurricane the first single-seat 8-gun monoplane fighter that entered service in 1937. In 1940, Hurricanes shot down more enemy aircraft that all the other defences combined. Source: IWM, Duxford.

MiG 17F, Vietnam Air Force -HDR

Building upon the Korean War success of the Soviet MiG-15, this single seat MiG-17F had wings that were more sharply swept back and a longer fuselage. This aircraft’s maneuverability and cannon-armament proved legendary in dog fights. It could out-maneuver american missiles and out-fly larger american fighters. NATO gave the code-word “Fresco” to the MiG17. The Vietnamese called the painted versions of this plane “Snakes” (From the description on the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum).

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North Vietnamese Air Force MiG-17F. Click on the photo for a larger version

Photographed on the hangar deck of the USS Intrepid, now the home of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum in New York. 3-shot handheld bracketed HDR rendering.

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MiG-21 Polish Air Force – HDR

The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum in New York is surely one of the many unmissable sights in the city. The museum is based on the now decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Intrepid. The photo below is of a Polish Air Force MiG-21 fighter aircraft on the hangar deck of USS Intrepid. Behind this is a PZL-Mielec Lim-5 (MiG-17F) plane from the Vietnam Air Force painted in blue. The photo itself is a 3-shot bracketed HDR rendering with the Manhattan skyline in the background.

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MiG21PFM. Polish Air Force. Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, New York. Please click on photo for a larger version.

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