Saturday, December 8, 2012

A different way to commorate Pearl Harbor Day

A U S Navy FM-1 WW2 relic is pulled from Lake Michigan
  Yesterday was Pearl Harbor Day.  The U S Navy Aviation Museum and other groups commemorated the occasion in a bit of a different manner.
  A World War Two era relic was recovered from Waukegan Bay of Lake Michigan, it was an FM-1 aircraft that had crashed during a training flight during that war.
  Airplanes flown from the Naval Air Station in Glenview, Illinois practiced landing and taking off from two aircraft carriers based at the Navy Pier in Chicago.  The converted coal burning paddle-wheelers were the USS Wolverine IX-64 and the USS Sable IX-81.  The IX denote a Miscellaneous designation versus a CV (aircraft carrier) for a "real" aircraft carrier.  Former United State President George H W Bush practiced on the USS Sable.
  I predict now that the use of manned fighter planes by the Air Force and Navy will cease to exist in the next 20 or 30 years.  Unmanned airplanes (X47-B) are being tested now on the USS Harry S Truman,  I believe there will come a day when the "fighters" will replace manned aircraft.
USS Sable IX-81
USS Wolverine IX-64 in 1943

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