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April 18, 2004

Aeroshell Aerobatic Team: Preserving A Heritage

Just over the morning haze, rumbling along in a T-6 Texan, we looked over the horizon searching for multiple aircraft, smoke on. The orange groves below us cast long shadows and the lush green fields of the Florida countryside resembled patches of a random patterned quilt. Closing in from our right rear, four additional T-6 Texans in an unmistakable paint scheme gather up in fingertip formation. With the morning light bathing the aircraft in serene colors, and props gleam the telltale lightning bolt reflection from the sun, each aircraft move to an in-trail formation aesthetically pleasing to any eye.

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ANN Looks At... The 'Other' Warbirds

Let's raise a glass to the "other" warbirds. I'll admit it, everybody and his brother loves Mustangs and B-25s, and so do I. But wars need all kinds of aircraft, and here are a few of the less-famous, but no less significant, war machines of wars great and small. (Note to experts: many warplanes have multiple designations. For these, I've used the ones they saw the most action under: for most of the more recent US warbirds, this means the post-1962 codes).

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