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Old September 10th, 2014, 10:08 PM
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Warbirds Video

Not sure how many pilots there are on here, but this has some cool footage of classic engineering despite the whole video being a little sappy.

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Old September 10th, 2014, 10:37 PM
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I don't care what anybody says about the jet age. But I do love those old radial engines.

Two years ago, I had the honor of flying aboard "Fifi". Even though it was rather warm, I wore my grandfather's old leather flight jacket that he wore in the Air Force. He flew the B-29 along with a few others including the B-36 and B-47.
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Old September 10th, 2014, 10:55 PM
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I don't care what anybody says about the jet age. But I do love those old radial engines.

Two years ago, I had the honor of flying aboard "Fifi". Even though it was rather warm, I wore my grandfather's old leather flight jacket that he wore in the Air Force. He flew the B-29 along with a few others including the B-36 and B-47.
Couldn't agree more.

I actually was lucky enough to go up in a B-17 WITH my grandfather when I was younger. The view from the ball turret still blows my mind. I can't begin to comprehend how the Greatest Generation sat in those planes while the entire sky was trying to kill them.
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Being a volunteer at the Galveston Lone Star museum does (did) have its perks

B17 many rides

Just can't get enough of the PT-17 Stearman

But sadly the Museum is moving to Ellington Field in South Houston

Spitfire N97RW was my hanger plane, just standing next to that V12 idling is enough to give you a nice warn feeling between your legs.
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I read pretty much any book about pretty much any war I can find. This is my favorite B-17 book:
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Old September 11th, 2014, 12:01 AM
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I read pretty much any book about pretty much any war I can find. This is my favorite B-17 book: A Higher Calling
I heard a lot of good stories. The B29 wasn't my grandfathers first. There was action in the B-26 as well.

Flying back to England on one engine.

Or the bomb that was armed and failed to drop and he had to split off from formation over the Channel to try and dislodge it. Looked back to see German fighters and thought they were done in. Looked ahead to see Spitfires coming to their rescue.
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I miss the days of my father buzzing the house in C-47's. Sucks When I finally got to being a pilot all the cool airplanes where gone.
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I miss the days of my father buzzing the house in C-47's. Sucks When I finally got to being a pilot all the cool airplanes where gone.
Plenty of cool airplanes but they are all antiques now.
I'm buying a Storch when I turn 64 so I'll have an airplane to fly after I retire.

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Old September 11th, 2014, 12:17 AM
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I want one so babdly. Wife wants a piper 235.

------ Follow up post added September 11th, 2014 12:18 AM ------

problem is people pay you to fly the old ones.....well at least not in this country....ok maybe Alaska but my wife would kill me if we moved there.
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Old September 11th, 2014, 12:20 AM
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The Canadian Avro Lancaster flew to England a few weeks back. With its English Cousin these two have been roaring around England together.
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STOL, high wing taildragger is the only way to fly out west. Back east a 235 is a flying version of a station wagon. Just don't ad the fake wood siding.
My ex-brother-in-law crews a B-25 on the summer airshow circuit. I'm sure I could fly it but I just don't have the time.
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Old September 11th, 2014, 12:22 AM
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Problem is I got to carry the wife and 2 kids.......I really miss the old family C-310 but with fuel the way it is now would never be able to afford flying it anyways.
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Old September 11th, 2014, 08:27 AM
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Here's me and my favorite warbird, the P-38 Lightning. This one was flown by Captain Richard "Dick" Bong, America's highest scoring Ace during WWII. It's on display at the Air & Space Annex out next to Washington Dulles airport. If you've never been there, you should put it on your bucket list.

Incidentally, if you look closely, you'll see the P-38 is parked under the left wing of the Enola Gaye.
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Old September 11th, 2014, 08:54 AM
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spent alot of time there when I was flying in and out of IAD. Its only a $.50 bus from the terminal to the anex.
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Here's me and my favorite warbird, the P-38 Lightning. This one was flown by Captain Richard "Dick" Bong, America's highest scoring Ace during WWII. It's on display at the Air & Space Annex out next to Washington Dulles airport. If you've never been there, you should put it on your bucket list.

Incidentally, if you look closely, you'll see the P-38 is parked under the left wing of the Enola Gaye.
Will I am with you on the P-38. Nothing else compares.
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Will I am with you on the P-38. Nothing else compares.
x2. Been my favorite ever since I played with these when i was in grammar school.
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Here's me and my favorite warbird, the P-38 Lightning. This one was flown by Captain Richard "Dick" Bong, America's highest scoring Ace during WWII. It's on display at the Air & Space Annex out next to Washington Dulles airport. If you've never been there, you should put it on your bucket list.

Incidentally, if you look closely, you'll see the P-38 is parked under the left wing of the Enola Gaye.
P-38's rock but the P-51 was the cats ass! Fast, sleek and lethal as they come. The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum is absolutely amazing. I was a little bummed that I have flown 7 aircraft types that were displayed there but I guess that just makes me old.
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Great pictures and video of Avro Lancasters http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-50-years.html
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anyone on the East Coast, especially in the VA Beach area, go visit the Military Aviation Museum in Pungo: http://www.militaryaviationmuseum.org/. It isn't free like the Smithsonian, but they have a great collection that actually still flies. Both my FIL and MIL volunteers for them. FIL flies pretty much anything, but mostly the big ones and MIL works in the gift shop. Best is to go when they have a show.

My FIL also has his own PT-17 that he flies out of Suffolk, VA and gives paid rides: http://www.midatlanticbiplanes.com/
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