View Full Version : Philadelphia Air Show 1955

Victor Archer
12-28-2005, 10:07 PM
Here's the first group of photos,
Please visit the gallery and post a comment. The more interest I see the more photos I'll put up. This collection covers from the mid 1940's to the 1980's, from England to Canada and then to the US.



12-29-2005, 11:43 AM
I LOVE these old shots. Thanks for posting, and please send more! The USAF used to look a lot more interesting than it does today.


12-29-2005, 07:31 PM
Victor: It's like turkey with 'taters & gravy -- more please!!!

W J Pearce
12-30-2005, 10:47 AM
It always amazes me how something that is "just a picture" when taken, turns into an absolutely amazing record of history with time. You know how much we all bitch about people in out shots. Any one really notice the people in these shots? And if you did, you probably thought they were nicely dressed rather than in the way.

The point is to keep taking pictures. Even the ones you think are lame, become great with time.

These are perfect examples. None are flying, none are people free, but all are amazing.

12-30-2005, 04:59 PM
BTW, what helicopter is that and what was the power? I remember a plastic toy model of one that a friend had that I always coveted -- almost as much as my brother's Rotodyne! Summer of '55 -- I was starting to kick in my mother's womb.

12-30-2005, 05:09 PM
Found it:

CH-37 Series Mojave medium cargo helicopter (1953). Initially procured in 1956, the Sikorsky (model S-56) CH-37A/CH-37B, with a crew of three, was a large medium lift transport helicopter. Clam shell doors in the nose provided access to a cargo compartment that could accommodate two jeeps or a 105mm howitzer. The Mojave could carry 26 troops or 24 litters in the MedEvac role. The CH-37 had a single five-bladed main rotor and a metal four-bladed tail rotor. The CH-37A was powered by two Pratt & Whitney R-2800-50 1900 hp pistons engines; CH-37B was powered by two Pratt & Whitney R-2800-54 2100 hp pistons engines and had a speed of 131 mph (114 knots). It was used for aircraft recovery in Vietnam. The CH-37 was replaced by the CH-47D Chinook, but of course the CH-47 did not have CH-37's heavy-lift capability.
CH-37 Mojave attempting to lift downed CH-21 Shawnee from paddy

This must have made a wonderful sound!

12-30-2005, 07:35 PM
You know Victor, I was checking out the dud's the people were wearing in your dads photo's. And having grown up watching movies like The Outsiders and Grease one of the first I happen to notice was... well, can anyone guess?

T. Adams
12-31-2005, 04:43 PM
Cool stuff. Check out the rolled up jeans of the dude in the C-130 pic!!