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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

High Octane: 1942

High Octane: 1942

August 1942. "Feeding an SNC advanced training plane its essential supply of gasoline is done by sailor mechanics at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard R. Hollem.

 

Rara Avis

The Curtiss-Wright CW-22 is a rare bird indeed; only three or four are still in existence. Very cool that you have a picture of one. The Navy only bought 455 of them and called them the SNC-1 Falcon. Neat plane!

 
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