A tip of the virtual hat to Dave Trojan, who sent along this photo of an F2A-3 Buffalo of VMF-212 on Ewa Beach, Hawaii, in May 1942. It's Bu Number 1562, and soon after this picture was taken, it was transferred to Midway Island, just in time for the history-changing battle that June. According to the invaluable Jim Maas, the plane returned to Pearl Harbor the following month, was overhauled, then sent back to the "Zone of the Interior" in September. It served at Naval Air Station Miami, presumably as a combat trainer, but was scrapped in August 1943.
Personally, I was much taken by the Ford Ferguson tractor, a military version of the civilian 9N. Painted blue and with cleated agricultural tires, I often saw the very same tractor on the farms of my youth. In 1939, the retail value (with hydraulics, which the military version lacked) sold for $585. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford
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