The Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp is a twin-row, 18-cylinder, air-cooled radial aircraft engine with a displacement of 2,800 in³ (46 L), and is part of the long-lived Wasp family. The R-2800 is considered one of the premier radial piston engines ever designed and is notable for its widespread use in many important American aircraft during and after World War II. During the war years, Pratt & Whitney continued to develop new ideas to upgrade this already powerful workhorse, most notably…
The powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine, used on the P-47 Thunderbolt. The same engine was used by two very successful U.S. Navy fighters, the Grumman F6F Hellcat, and the Vought F4U Corsair.
American crowds greet the B-17 "Memphis Belle" on its war bond fundraising tour. It was the first B-17 to complete 25 missions over Europe.
A Grumman F6F-5 (s/n 71441) found at Yokosuka Naval Air Base near Toyko. The aircraft was flown by Charles V. AUGUST of VF-44 (USS Langley) when he was shot down and crash landed on Formosa. He became a POW of the Japanese on 4 January 1945. It was the second time that he had been shot down and made a POW, the first being as a POW of the Vichy French on 11 August 1942