IH built planes during WW2

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  1. Paul "Misterfixit" Schulz

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    Not too may are aware that the IH plant in Geelong, Victoria, Australia was used to build planes during WW2, we all know about the IH Garands, so here is a couple of historic pics of the plant, they assembled P40 Kitty Hawks and British design Fairey Battles.
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    Pretty cool. I did not know about aircraft. IH built many things for the war effort including rifles. They also built trucks and heavy equipment used during the war.
     
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    Nice bit of history.
     
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    A most excellent post! Leave it to the Aussies. Watch out Zeros, yore 'bout to be planted.
     
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    is that what they flew on " black sheep " show, years ago with " robert conrad " ?
     
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    No, "Black Sheep Squadron" flew Chance-Vought Corsair F4U's. The actual aircraft used to portray Pappy Boyington's is on display next to the parade grounds Mainside, Quantico, VA. The USMC Marine Corps Development Training Center (MCDEC) At least it was in 1981 when I was at OCS.
    The "Flying Tigers" First American Volunteer Force flew P-40 Tomahawks.
     
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    ok kool, thank's !
     
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    That, and similar programs are currently being rebroadcast on Over-The-Air channels and apparently are also available to see free at places like this, just in case you want to check out the planes yourself:


    As for the planes themselves, here are two interesting links to a website about them:

     
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    thx dana ! pretty cool
     
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    Were they just re-assembled them their from crates? Or were built?
     
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    One of my favorite IH factory videos
    And some IH / Navistar diesel history
    Long video 41 mins
     
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    The aircraft were built in the USA or UK, then broken down into major sub-assemblies for shipment. Shipped overseas and reassembled by IH.
    IH manufactured tanks, trucks, half tracks, & torpedoes, among other things for the war effort in WWII.
    M1 Garands were built in the Korean War time frame.
     
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    Thats what I thought "crate planes". To bad you can't order one today like a crate motor.
     
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    Great post Paul! It also generates more wonderful history from other participants. Thank you.
     
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    Alot of great history here. thanks for all your research.
     

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