Saturday, February 04, 2017

Interesting Historical Photo

Here, we have a rather interesting historical photo.  It's controversial, because the 5-pounder smooth bore cannon was generally considered to be obsolete by the time the regional unpleasantness of 1861-1865.


What I find interesting is the Grumman F14 making a low pass behind the officer.  It's interesting because no records exist of either army having an air force during that time.  (But, this may have been naval aviation).  We can be fairly certain that it's not photo-shopped because photoshop didn't exist at the time this photo was taken.

This certainly bears more research.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Heh, the wonders of the interwebs....
http://www.civilwar.org/education/history/civil-war-ballooning/civil-war-ballooning.html

Steve

Anonymous said...

The officer is William Tecumseh Sherman and is called the devil in the deep south. War is all hell and I will make Georgia howl are some of his more pithy quotes

M. Silvius said...

oh wouldn't they just have crapped their skivvies if one of them had come around the bend back then. LOL

Anonymous said...

Steve, I was just going to point out ballooning for both sides. I think that qualifies as the beginnings of an air force.

Judy

Old NFO said...

Yep, the horses would have bolted to hell and gone! :-D