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Along the Lakeshore: Dec. 18

Cold weather, heated walkways, fighter planes

I’m amazed from time to time about some of the articles I find in my six-day-a-week newspaper. There was a very interesting article about the return of a plane from the Air Museum at Duxford, England. This P-40B Warhawk will be donated to the Collings Foundation which has a B-24 bomber as well as some smaller planes, totaling 12. The part I found most interesting was that the plane was built by Curtis Aircraft Company in Buffalo. The production total of 14,000 P-40s at the Buffalo plant was from 1939 to ‘44.

I have been to Duxford, which is near Cambridge. It was startling that about every fighter and bomber displayed there was manufactured in the range of 20,000 to 30,000 planes. It is really the ability to mobilize our production and continuing to have unlimited hardware to throw into the battles that brought the Axis to their knees. TheP-40s saved England in the early days. They were not as good as the German planes, but there were always enough to do battle with the German bombers as they came over England every clear night.

Joseph Spalding is a long-time Skaneateles resident who enjoys sharing his observations about the Skaneateles lakeshore and community. He can be reached at 685-6937.

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