Your Thursday Morning Eye Candy: In Fort Worth, Restoring the Last "Truck Killer"
Thanks to an early-morning e-mail from Friend of Unfair Park PeterK, I spent the better part of the last hour getting a history lesson on the the Douglas A-26 Invader , which first took flight to fight in World War II and served well into the Vietnam War, where the twin-engine light bomber earned the moniker " Truck Killer ," as the Smithsonian's Air & Space magazine reminds us this month . There's an accompanying video as well.
There's but one flyable A-26 remaining -- the one parked at present at the Vintage Flying Museum at Meacham Field in Fort Worth , where Joshua's Jim Terry and his Pacific Prowler Non Profit Organization are attempting to restore the plane -- nicknamed "Special K" -- as "a 'flying' memorial to the valiant aircrews who flew in the secretive service of the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War." And during this process, filmmaker Franklin Poole's been documenting the whole thing on an expansive, frequently updated Vimeo page , where he's not only captured the restoration process but also spoken with the pilots who flew the Invader -- pilots nicknamed Nimrods, after the Bible's mighty hunter.
Get the Weekly Newsletter
Our weekly feature stories, movie reviews, calendar picks and more - minus the newsprint and sent directly to your inbox.
- Hate Our New Comment System? Just Make a Burner Facebook Account.
- SCOTUS Talked about UT Admissions Behind Closed Doors Thursday. Tuesday We Learn What...
- Dallas Animal Services to Partner With Lost Dog App to Help You Find Fido