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 Post subject: My Favorite Non-toy Collectible
PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:44 am 
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This is my Grumman Skyrocket that I've had for a couple of decades. I value this more than my wife. If the house were on fire and I could only save one thing, I would really miss my wife. :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: My Favorite Non-toy Collectible
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:04 am 
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is it a model? or does it fly?

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 Post subject: Re: My Favorite Non-toy Collectible
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:19 am 
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Doesn't fly. It's a hand carved model. The joy of my collection!


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 Post subject: Re: My Favorite Non-toy Collectible
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:30 pm 
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gonna sound dumb here but just realised you emblem on the forum is same as on the plane what does the hawk thing mean?

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 Post subject: Re: My Favorite Non-toy Collectible
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:51 am 
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Oh, I'm glad to explain that!

The emblem is that of the Blackhawks. They were an international para-military group that began back in the golden age of comics and they flew the Skyrocket in their battles with the Axis forces from their secret island base.

In the 50's and 60's they transitioned into flying jets and righting wrongs.

Back when I lived and worked in the Washington DC area, I was at the David Taylor Naval Research Labratory. It was the home of the original Naval Air wind tunnel and testing facility. The head of the NavAir branch had the original XF5F-1 Skyrocket. It was a beautiful model, with a wingspan of about 5 feet, hanging from the ceiling of his office. When I walked into his office the first time and saw it I said, "Somebody read Blackhawk comics as a kid." He looked up from his desk and smiled at me and said, "You're the first sob that ever recognized that plane."


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 Post subject: Re: My Favorite Non-toy Collectible
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:34 pm 
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ahhh i see thats darn cool that is man.

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