This is one of my most favourite airplane fighters in IWM Duxford as it endured distance to get to and fight in Berlin (which was the combination of engine and additional fuel); as produced in California – its colours are humorous and personalised to the wife of the famous US pilot; it is highly optimistic it was the plane which helped defeat Germans in 1944 due to its engine and drop tanks and it is run by a classic – Rolls Royce’s famous Merlin engine (on this engine I shall post more later). There are two of them in Duxford ‘Etta Jeanne II’ and ‘Ferrocious Frankie’, both incredibly attractive.
This pilotless aircraft (SD1 Drone) was fitted with cameras to take photographs of the enemy. It was used by British Army for battlefield reconnaissance in the 1960s. It was flown by an operator on the ground using radio control. As it did not have undercarriage for landing it would be brought safely to the ground with the parachute.