I've noticed various photos taken by people at Airshows this summer, and have noticed the same thing at airshows myself over the years. P-51s seem to be on the top of the list. The planes are "Highly" polished.. almost like chrome plating.
Two weeks ago I had a chance to go and see the New "Air And Space Museum" complex at Dulles Intl. just outside Washington. The lead attraction of course (This week anyhow) is the ENOLA GAY. There she is, sitting up on "Pedistals" so the landing wheels are perhaps 5 feet above the museum floor. The problem I have is, the entire plane is "Polished" to a very high luster..like chrome. I asked the "tour guide" if this polished condition was the way the plane was when she went on her fateful mission. He hesitated, (and I thought he really didn't know the answer,) then he answered YES......Perhaps the 30+ people listening had an influence on his answer.
I have trouble believing "polished" airplanes went into combat in WWII. Can anyone help me out here?? I would think the ground crews would have better things to do than "Polish" an entire B-29 during wartime. I saw the ENOLA GAY about 15 years ago Stored, and being Restored, in The "Garber Facility" over in Suitland, MD. and I don't think she was polished then. SPOFF