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Military air in the Golden Circle area of Memphis, TN -Tis Done! 4/18

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Military air in the Golden Circle area of Memphis, TN -Tis Done! 4/18
Posted by mississippivol on Friday, May 29, 2015 3:54 PM

Good afternoon! After some time of brewing over the subject, I've started building a collection of military aircraft that operated in the Golden Circle area of Memphis, TN, which consists of West Tennessee, Eastern Arkansas, and North Mississippi. I was relatively unaware of how much of it was around over the years; most of the airfields were training bases in World War II. It won't be a comprehensive build of every type that ever flew at every base, but I hope to represent each base in the area, which so far will be aircraft from NAS Memphis in Millington, McKellar airfield in Jackson, TN, the ANG unit in Memphis, the B-17 base in Halls, TN (outside of Dyersburg), and the SAC base in Blytheville, AR. 

 My first completed build is the Sword 1/72 T-28B that included decals for ATU-105, which was at NAS Memphis in the mid 50's.

 Number two is a B-17 from the Dyersburg Army Air Base. Revell of Germany 1.72 kit modified to represent the first "F" model built by Boeing. Seems it didn't crash.

 

Revell of Germany 1.72 Stearman. Based off picture from Jackson, TN during WWII. 

Minicraft 1.144 B-52H converted to a "G". Miss Piggy of the 97th Bombardment Wing based at Blytheville, AR around 1980. 

VT-9 T-1A Seastar based in Millington in 1962.

C-17 Globemaster III of the Tennessee Air National Guard in Memphis, 2017

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Posted by JOE RIX on Friday, May 29, 2015 10:39 PM

Your T-28 is beautifully done. Your paint job is really sharp and superbly done. I really the idea of your project. Very cool. So, what other aircraft are involved in your comprehensive build. Thanks for sharing your build.

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Posted by UKguyInUSA on Saturday, May 30, 2015 8:17 AM

Very nicely built T-28, looks great, even though yellow is my least favorite color!

Cheers,

Martin : )

Cheers :)

Martin

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Posted by mississippivol on Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:57 PM

Thanks, y'all! Joe, the short list includes a B-17 for the Halls, TN base, a PT-17 for the Jackson, TN base, a B-52 for Blytheville, AR, and most likely a C-17 for the Memphis ANG unit. There were several types operated by the ANG and the naval base at Millington, and I might add some of those later. There were three other primary training bases in the area in the early '40's, but no pictures have turned up on the planes that were stationed there, which is a shame, because some P-40's were said to have been stationed there as well.

Martin, I am in total agreement about yellow....

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Posted by mississippivol on Sunday, August 23, 2015 9:18 PM

Started the second build which is the Dyersburg, TN based B-17. Found out that the very first "F" model built by Boeing was there in 1945, minus the turrets and squadron colors on the cowls. Most sources say that it crashed in Washington state in '43,  testing the Tokyo tanks for Boeing,  but it ain't so. I kind of played around keeping the interior dark, and am now plugging the lower turret opening up. I hope to make progress and finish by December.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, August 24, 2015 7:01 PM
Very clean ready for delivery

  

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, August 24, 2015 7:06 PM

Great models. My old friend Airman Jim flew in C-124's for the TN ANG.

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, August 24, 2015 7:30 PM
The T-28 is absolutely gorgeous! Very well done! And nice work so far on the Fort. I vaguely recall one of my jumps being from a TN ANG C-130, but I could not tell you where those boys hailed from. I just remember seeing the Tennessee Air Guard on the wheel sponsons as we filed out to the ramp for boarding. I do like your collection theme and look forward to seeing it completed...

 

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Posted by Toshi on Monday, August 24, 2015 8:57 PM

Very nicely done!

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Posted by allan on Monday, August 24, 2015 9:14 PM

Lovin your T-28. Really pretty in those colors.  Ive built the Heller T-28 before and yes, the landing gear assembly can be a pain.

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Posted by mississippivol on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 7:47 PM

Thank you for the kind words. Stik, that may have been a Memphis bird as they flew 130s until the late 80s, early 90s.

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 9:57 PM

well it looked just like this one... Whistling

'except they had the side doors open to get rid of us in flight without the courtesy of stopping off somewhere on the ground... Surprise

 

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Posted by CrashTestDummy on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 1:54 PM

Heh:  "Y'all get out of my airplane, NOW!"

Yep, I'll be watching this one.  My Dad was stationed at Blytheville around 1956-57 time, where he met my Mom.  It'll be interesting to see what you build from there.  :-)

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Posted by dhenning on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 11:03 PM

 

Blytheville was originally a training base during World War II.  Might have been twin engines for transition to bombers and cargo aircraft (don't recall).  Several fields in NE Arkansas were built as alternate landing locations as well.   Closed after the war and reopened in the 50s with Martin B-57s.  Don't recall when SAC came, but it hosted B-52G's with Hound Dogs and later some of the first cruise missile equipped G models.  In addition they had a KC-135.  Used to spend some time in the area on business and the local library had some historical articles/books on the base history.   Have been planning for years to do a 1/144 B-52G in the chrome dome scheme with the Hound Dog missiles.  Being close to Memphis, they have had a few B-52s named Memphis Belle II and maybe III.

If your Golden Circle extends to Walnut Ridge, the base there was also a training base and was used as an aircraft disposal site after the war.  Rows upon rows of aircraft waiting to be sold to scrappers including a large number of B-32 Dominators that apparently went almost straight from the factory to Walnut Ridge for disposal.

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Posted by simpilot34 on Thursday, August 27, 2015 4:10 AM

Your post caught my attention as I was stationed on Guam in 89-90 and have actually worked on I think it was Memphis Belle II. Was with the 43rd FMS at the time. My eyes lit up when I saw the nose art on her. Loving your builds and what you have lined up. Looking forward to seeing them progress.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, August 27, 2015 7:26 AM

Fantastic looking build,the yellow is perfect.

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Posted by mississippivol on Thursday, August 27, 2015 7:26 AM
Thanks for the great information! The B-52 that I was planning on has a red razorback on the tail. I think it was nicknamed Miss Piggy.
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Posted by UKguyInUSA on Thursday, August 27, 2015 8:35 AM
Fabulous build and a great paint finish, especially with a color that a lot of people have problems with! Cheers, Martin : )

Cheers :)

Martin

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Posted by CN Spots on Thursday, August 27, 2015 4:18 PM

What a cool project!  I remember the rows of C130s that used to fly South of Olive Branch on weekends when I was a kid.  It was a real treat to see (and hear) those beasts fly over the house.

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Posted by CrashTestDummy on Friday, August 28, 2015 2:12 PM

dhenning

 

Blytheville was originally a training base during World War II.  Might have been twin engines for transition to bombers and cargo aircraft (don't recall).  Several fields in NE Arkansas were built as alternate landing locations as well.   Closed after the war and reopened in the 50s with Martin B-57s.  Don't recall when SAC came, but it hosted B-52G's with Hound Dogs and later some of the first cruise missile equipped G models.  In addition they had a KC-135.  Used to spend some time in the area on business and the local library had some historical articles/books on the base history.   Have been planning for years to do a 1/144 B-52G in the chrome dome scheme with the Hound Dog missiles.  Being close to Memphis, they have had a few B-52s named Memphis Belle II and maybe III.

If your Golden Circle extends to Walnut Ridge, the base there was also a training base and was used as an aircraft disposal site after the war.  Rows upon rows of aircraft waiting to be sold to scrappers including a large number of B-32 Dominators that apparently went almost straight from the factory to Walnut Ridge for disposal.

 

Well, that's interesting.  My Dad was stationed in Blytheville in the mid-50s, and was part of the crew that worked on the Air Force certification/acceptance of the B-57.  Perhaps he did that work then and there.  He was quite fond of the B-57, even flying them in Viet Nam.  Of course that might have been just an opportunty to get out of flying the O1 as a FAC!!  Still, he always spoke fondly of the '57.

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Posted by dhenning on Saturday, August 29, 2015 10:56 PM

Don't want to take over my neighboring state's thread, but pulled out a book that you might be interested in Gene.  "Martin B-57 Canberra: The Complete Record" (Schieffer Military History)  "It was the 461st Bomb Group (Tactical) that was the first to be fully equipped with the new bombers.  After receiving their first B-57Bs in January 1955, at Hill AFB, Ogden, Utah, this unit moved to its new home at Blytheville AFB, Arkansas, over a period from July 1955 to April 1956."  I'd have to pull another reference to find out when TAC moved out and SAC moved in with the B-52s.   Highly recommend the book for anyone interested in the B-57.

 Mississippipivol,

  Have seen the photos of the B-52G with the Razorback on the tail and have been tempted to build that one as well.   Good luck with your project!

 

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Posted by mississippivol on Saturday, August 29, 2015 11:30 PM

No worries about a takeover! I appreciate the information. If I get the primary builds done, I'd like to fill in the individual bases some more as they were active for awhile. Got the B-17 fuselage together, will get a pic up after the turret deletes are finished.

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Posted by mississippivol on Sunday, October 25, 2015 7:25 PM

Finally got to do some work on her. Wings are about ready to go on and the turrets are covered. It will look like the one in the background, but I need to verify the cheek window  arrangement.

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Posted by CrashTestDummy on Monday, October 26, 2015 9:26 AM

dhenning

Don't want to take over my neighboring state's thread, but pulled out a book that you might be interested in Gene.  "Martin B-57 Canberra: The Complete Record" (Schieffer Military History)  "It was the 461st Bomb Group (Tactical) that was the first to be fully equipped with the new bombers.  After receiving their first B-57Bs in January 1955, at Hill AFB, Ogden, Utah, this unit moved to its new home at Blytheville AFB, Arkansas, over a period from July 1955 to April 1956."  I'd have to pull another reference to find out when TAC moved out and SAC moved in with the B-52s.   Highly recommend the book for anyone interested in the B-57.

 Mississippipivol,

  Have seen the photos of the B-52G with the Razorback on the tail and have been tempted to build that one as well.   Good luck with your project!

 

 

I know we have a book on B57's around here somewhere, I just can't put my fingers on it at the moment.  I know my Dad had one.  I remember seeing some pictures from 'Nam of some pretty-battle-damaged birds that made it back home.  One missing most of a horizontal stabilizer, the other with a huge flak hole in one of the wings just outboard of the engine.  Scary stuff.  I'll have to look around a bit for it, since I have a B-57 kit in my stash. 

Gene Beaird,
Pearland, Texas

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, October 26, 2015 11:55 AM

Very cool! Always great to see another B-17 here. Looking forward to seeing her all done up. 

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Posted by mississippivol on Thursday, December 03, 2015 7:18 PM

Got no2 done. This is the first B-17F that rolled off Boeing's line. It was mistaken for another plane that crashed in Washington state in 1943, but was in fact in Dyersburg, TN as late as 1945 before being scrapped. This is the ROG 1.72 "F" kit with the turrets blocked out as it was pictured, otherwise box stock.

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Posted by allan on Thursday, December 03, 2015 9:10 PM

I thought you had the Fort on a grille. lol

 

Nice work on the B-17 sir!

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Posted by The Migrant on Thursday, December 03, 2015 9:55 PM

I'm new to the forum so haven't seen this thread before. The B-17 looks great, but I'm especially taken with your T-28. That is really nice 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, December 04, 2015 10:16 AM

Very nice addition to your collection there! She looks even more sleek without the turrets. 

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Posted by mississippivol on Sunday, December 06, 2015 5:13 PM
Thanks, y'all, I had been wanting to build a Dyersburg marked plane for a long time. Pulled out the RoG Stearman for the third build. Boy, is it a far cry from the 1.48 version.

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