That's an interesting pic showing the three RN FAA Goodyear FG-1's taken at the end of the war.
They were part of an order for 120 aircraft (KE310 - KE429) but the order was cancelled prior to delivery, and the aircraft reverted to US Navy control and the aircraft possibly only underwent test flying.
Interesting even at that late stage of the war that the Corsairs were still being painted in C.1 (fuselage) C (under wing) and B (upper wing) roundels.
KE323 (BuNo 92399) the only survivor is airworthy as N451FG '17' with the Cavanagh Flight Museum.
Interesting to note in that same photo how the demarcation line between the non-specular blue anti-glare strip on the nose and the glossy sea blue on the rest of the aircraft doesn't look to be very precisely applied.
Post by Dave Homewood on Aug 22, 2011 13:16:57 GMT 12
Wow, I LOVE that first shot of the parade in front of the Corsairs at Ardmore. At the top right of that shot just over the fence was my grandparent's farm and my Dad was probably hanging over the ence watching at that very moment. ;D
I also love the 4th shot of the Marine Corp birdcage Corsairs!!
Post by Dave Homewood on Aug 22, 2011 13:24:36 GMT 12
Regarding that first Ardmore shot I never realised till now there was a barrack block-style building next to the hangars over that far side, it is 'glared' out in the more famous aerial shot below it. When did they remove the second row of hangars there too i wonder?
I always find it fascinating looking at that air to air shot of the Corsair over Ardmore to see how Airfield Road used to dogleg around the end of the runway. They must have shortened the runway post-war I guess. You can see my grandparents' house in that shot too. It's no longer there I don't think.
Does anyone know if the two seperate areas of hangars and hardstand were occupied by the seperate schools? Or was one a maintenance area and other operational?
Post by Dave Homewood on Aug 22, 2011 16:13:31 GMT 12
I guess I am confused as when i go that way I generally never go past the Airfield Road gate and I guess that's the start of the dogleg. It's still an interesting way to overcome the prolem. Was Airfield Road there before the airfield? What was it previously called if it was there I wonder?
I think the Corsair with the cowl designation "P" was flown by my Uncle Eric Harrison. I have a photo of him standing on the wheel of the aircraft in (I think) Torakina though I have seen a photo of it at Los Negros. If there is any information of him I would be very Grateful