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[Photo] Mechanics working on a PBY Catalina engine at Naval Air Station, Seattle, Washington, 26-27 Apr 1944

Mechanics working on a PBY Catalina engine at Naval Air Station, Seattle, Washington, 26-27 Apr 1944

March 24, 1942…The pre-dawn silence was broken at a small grass airstrip in China, lit only by the dim headlights of an old military truck. A small group of shark-mouthed American P-40s bearing the Chinese national insignia roared off into the darkness. Their mission: destroy the enemy squadrons massed at the Southeast Asian headquarters of the Japanese Air Force in Chiang Mai, Thailand, before they have a chance to get off the ground. The very survival of this famous group of American…

COLD WORK!.....US PBY-5A Catalina from the United States Coast Guard being pulled to shore for repairs seen here in the frozen Bay Island of Kodiak, Alaska 1943.

An F4U Corsair aircraft from NARTU at NAS Seattle, WA, after being recovered from a crash into Lake Washington 1984

335's Ted Lines in the cockpit of his "Thunder Bird." This is Lines' second D model with this name. 44-14570, WD-D, P-51D-10-NA.

The Commanding Officer of the U.S. Navy Fighting Squadron 16 (VF-16), Lieutenant Commander Paul D. Buie, (center) briefs his pilots for an u...