From The Archive – Photo Tour of the CAF Dixie Wing’s SBD Dauntless

SBD-Websize-MAINWARBIRD RADIO – This particular SBD Dauntless is one of my all time favorites.  When I was a child, this particular SBD was in the care of the Corpus Christi Wing of the CAF.  During WWII my grandfather was a tail-gunner on a Dauntless similar to this one.  When I was growing up, the SBD looked nothing like it does today (can you believe it was kept outside), but my grandfather loved it.

My family was involved with the wing back then, so dad routinely took my grandfather out to see his beloved SBD.  It was his connection to the SBD that showed me what these airplanes truly represent.

Today, my grandfather is gone but his stories and his generation’s sacrifice is still known because of these flying memorials.  The Dixie Wing of the Commemorative Air Force in Peachtree City, Georgia lovingly restored the SBD several years ago and today “it is as it was” during WWII.  According to the Dixie Wing’s website the specs below are for their SBD Dauntless.  Enjoy the photo tour (over 4 pages posted at the bottom of the page)!

FYI…you can take a flight on this Dauntless and help keep the history alive!  Click the Quick Link for more information on the Dixie Wing and their flight experiences.

V/R,

Matt Jolley
Warbird Radio LIVE!

QUICK LINK:  Dixie Wing

General characteristics
  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 33 ft 1¼ in (10.09 m)
  • Wingspan: 41 ft 6�…oe in (12.66 m)
  • Height: 13 ft 7 in (4.14 m)
  • Wing area: 325 ft² (30.19 m²)
  • Empty weight: 6,404 lb (2,905 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 9,359 lb (4,245 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 10,700 lb (4,853 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright R-1820-60 radial engine, 1,200 hp (895 kW)
Performance
  • Maximum speed: 255 mph (222 knots, 410 km/h) at 14,000 ft (4,265 m)
  • Cruise speed: 185 mph (161 knots, 298 km/h)
  • Range: 1,115 mi (970 nmi, 1,795 km)
  • Service ceiling: 25,530 ft (7,780 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,700 ft/min (8.6 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 32.9 lb/ft² (140.6 kg/m²)
  • Power/mass: 8.92 lb/hp (5.42 kg/kW)
Armament
  • Guns: **2 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) forward-firing synchronized Browning M2 machine guns in engine cowling
    • 2 × 0.30 in (7.62 mm) flexible-mounted Browning machine gun in rear
  • Bombs: 2,250 lb (1,020 kg) of bombs
PHOTO TOUR

The Hartman & Heins Show – Pacific Fighter’s John Muszalla II – Episode 2

JohnMuzallaWARBIRD RADIO – The Hartman & Heins Show is all new tonight (2-17-15) with John Muszalla II from Pacific Fighters!  Hear all the latest news from the Muszalla’s shop plus much more.  As usual, the guys will be taking your calls and questions via the contact information below.

For more information on John Muszalla check out the Pacific Fighter’s website in the Quick Link posted below.  Thanks for tuning in!  Show time is 9pm (EASTERN).

QUICK LINK:  Pacific Fighters

STUDIO LINE:  478-787-4768

SKYPE: warbirdradio

EMAIL: info@warbirdradio.com

Warbird Radio LIVE! – Goss Hawk Unlimited – TUESDAY – 2/17/15 – 8pm EASTERN

PrivateerWARBIRD RADIO – Matt Jolley welcomes Dave and Lindsey Goss from Goss Hawk Unlimited to Warbird Radio LIVE this Tuesday 02/17/15 at 8pm (EASTERN).  Hear the latest news from their restoration shop and much more.

We’ll also check in with aviation photographer Lyle Jansma, about an upcoming photography clinic and hear all the happenings from Richard and Mo at WarbirdsNews.com.  It’s going to be an action packed show so tune in and call in with your comments and questions.

QUICK LINK:  Goss Hawk Unlimited
QUICK LINK:  Warbirds News
STUDIO LINE:  478-787-4768
SKYPE: warbirdradio
EMAIL: matt@warbirdradio.com


PHOTO TOUR:

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Take A Look At Goss Hawk Unlimited!

GossHawkFW190WARBIRD RADIO – This week we’re featuring the work of Goss Hawk Unlimited in Casa Grande, Arizona.  Dave Goss along with his family and team are doing incredible work on some of the rarest warbirds in existence.  Here’s a little background on Mr. Goss according to his GossHawkUnlimited.com.

Born into an Air Force family, Dave Goss realized his love for aviation at an early age. His father served as a navigator/bombardier on B-17’s and as a navigator in Lockheed C-130’s. Dave enlisted in the United States Army, and served in Vietnam as a gunner/crew chief in helicopters.

After completing his tour in Vietnam, Dave served out the terms of his enlistment in Germany as a helicopter mechanic; it seemed a natural step that Dave take what he learned in the Army, and apply it to his civilian life. When he arrived home from Germany, Dave enrolled in Embry-Riddle University’s Maintenance and Technology program. Dave received his A&P license, and from there he began his career in aviation. His first job was overhauling Pratt and Whitney J-57 and TF-30 jet engines at Naval Air Rework Facility (NARF) in Norfolk, Virginia.

After three years of working on jet engines, Dave went to work on de Havilland Caribous and Lockheed Electras in Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. Dave moved to Arizona and enrolled in the Aeronautical Engineering Technology program at Arizona State University. While attending ASU he met the people at the Champlin Fighter Museum in Mesa, Arizona and went to work for them as a mechanic in 1983 working on WWI, WWII, Korean and Vietnam era aircraft. Eventually Dave rose to the position of General Manager of the Champlin Fighter Museum.

In May of 1995, Dave Goss started GossHawk Unlimited with only one employee, and he used the former Champlin Fighter Museum’s restoration hangar as his shop. Dave Goss’s knowledge and attention to detail in the restoration of vintage aircraft is second to none, and has earned him a reputation as a leader in the aircraft restoration industry.

In a recent conversation with daughter Lindsey Goss (who also works in the shop) she relayed the team is busy working on two Focke-Wulf Fw 190 projects, the only airworthy PB4Y Privateer, an Erco turret that was on a PB4Y, and other maintenance projects.   Lindsey also said that an interesting potential project in their hangar is an A-20 Havoc, which is awaiting a new owner.

Stay tuned to Warbird Radio LIVE this Tuesday (02-17-15) at 8pm for a full update  from Dave and his team!  Thanks for listening.

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QUICK LINK:  Goss Hawk Unlimited

FRIDAY FAVORITE: Warbird Radio Presents – The Tom Reilly Story

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P-40 recently restored inside Tom Reilly’s hangar. Notice the B-17 landing gear on the floor??

WARBIRD RADIO –   Take a trip down memory lane and listen to this week’s Friday Favorite!  Here’s the story of our first visit with restoration legend Tom Reilly.

In October of 2009, I’d just given up the anchor desk for FOX news in Georgia and soon found myself in Tom Reilly’s hangar in Douglas, Georgia. WarbirdRadio.com had been on the air all of a month but Tom showed me around like I’d been in business for years. His hospitality has been the same ever since and always memorable.  For years I’d heard about Tom’s work and had been a fan of his since I was kid. His restoration track record is impressive and perhaps unmatched, 10 B-25’s, 2 B-17’s and a B-24 plus countless others.

Listening to Tom’s interview is not only a trip down memory lane it’s a great example of what it’s like to visit Tom’s hangar on any given day. There are projects and old airplane parts everywhere and the work continues no matter who’s there. Tom’s shop is a living, breathing embodiment of his passion for warbirds and the stories they tell. Sure it’s a business, but it’s his obsession with these flying machines that drive him forward. Take a listen and enjoy the tour of Mr. Reilly’s world.

P.S. – there are some really neat “early” pictures of the XP-82.

 Till next week!

 Matt Jolley

Original Story (10/26/09): Tom Reilly shows us around his hangar in Douglas, Georgia.  You’ll get up close and personal with the P-40 and numerous other airplanes Tom is working on.  Click on the picture gallery below for a photo tour of Tom’s shop.  Thanks for listening.

P-40 Photo Tour & Hangar Tour

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