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Mark Atwood
What are these aircraft?
They were flying over Stanley Park in Vancouver a few weeks ago.
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kespernorth From: kespernorth Date: September 29th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC) (Link)
They are Grumman F6F Hellcats, a WWII-vintage carrier-launched fighter.
From: james_angove Date: September 29th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Are they trainers, then? The F6F was a single place aircraft with an armored rear cockpit. They look rather more like some kind of bomber, and if I were inclined to bet, I'd guess SBD Dauntless dive bombers.
kespernorth From: kespernorth Date: September 29th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Hrm, you might be right. I was just looking at the engine cowling and the distinctive tail, I didn't even notice the cockpit.
From: james_angove Date: September 29th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Split the difference, I think. I think that we both agree that they're US aircraft, and I'm now sure their not F6Fs. But I'm a lot less sure now than I was a few minutes ago that they're SBDs.

My luck, they're some leftovers from a canceled series, and we'll never work it out...
airlinepilot From: airlinepilot Date: September 29th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
zzbottom From: zzbottom Date: September 29th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC) (Link)
P51 Mustangs?
trebor1415 From: trebor1415 Date: September 29th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree with airline pilot. They are AT6/SNJ WWII era trainers. Interestingly, one appears to have Soviet style markings.

The AT6 is probably the most common WWII Warbird still flying as being two seat trainers they had more practical use after the war then the "big iron" single seat fighters. That and a whole bunch of them were manufactured.

Currently, if you find a company that does "Warbird experience" rides or the like often times the plane will be a T6.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: September 29th, 2008 10:03 am (UTC) (Link)
T-6 Texan - WWII trainer. The T-6 also gets used as numerous WWII aircraft in films - painted like a Zero, etc. Which is kind of silly.
docorion From: docorion Date: September 29th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was going to go for the SBD, but after looking at prior comments (and the article linked to) I believe the AT-6/SNJ is more likely to be correct. Neat-there are hardly any warbirds flying around here; I like the sound of round engines.
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