Classic Warbirds Here

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  1. P Thought

    P Thought Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    The Collings Foundation is visiting today, with a P-51, a B-24, and a B-17. My friend and colleague from school, who teaches an aviation history class, spearheaded the effort to bring them here. He's in the B-24 in the shot below, up for a ride around the South Coast. He's also slated to ride with them in the B-17 to their next stop in Corvallis. I don't think the grin will ever leave his face.

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    all three of those are gorgeous.

    i was friends with a man (now deceased) who piloted a B-24 in WWII. he was in the Ploesti raid. he said the 24 was a bear to fly, and when they returned to base from Ploesti, his arms and legs were so fatigued, his crew had to carry him from the plane. on a later mission was shot down and spent time as a POW.

    that Mustang is a thing of beauty. my favorite plane of all time.
     
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    My father in law, passed about 4 years ago, flew B-24s in WWII. His mission was something called Operation Carpetbagger. They stripped down the B-24, painted them flat black, non reflective. Unarmed except for a tail gunner and his .45 they flew covert missions throughout Europe. Sending supplies to the Resistance, transporting high profile folks to safety, even flooding Europe with millions in counterfeit German currency as an effort to further wreck their economy. He was an unassuming guy who could barely light the gas grill without causing a calamity, yet he flew these massive planes barely above the treetops, no radar only maps and geography to guide them. One of the thrills of my lifetime was to tour one of the B-24s that fly around the country with him and my son.

    RIP, Mel. I owe you the lessons of family you passed on to me.

    Google Operation Carpetbagger sometime for an interesting read.
     
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    When I was about 18 they came to an airport I had just flown to so I had a pretty good vantage point as they landed. B-17 and B-24, both of them planted the mains right on the numbers. Old planes are so much more poetic to watch as they land.
     
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    Sweet pics and stories----thanks guys!
     
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    +1 ^^^ thanks guys
     
  7. otterhound

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    Razorback P-51 training configuration . Very cool .
    WWII weekend was this past weekend at the Reading airport . I did not go because of other things .
    A few years back , I paid my money and went up in a B-24 that is operated by the Collings Foundation .
    For a few short minutes , I had a taste of them " Liberator Jitters " .
     
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    Thanks for the great pics!!

    My late Uncle Ed, was a gunner on board a B-24 during WWII.
    He actually WALKED AWAY, from one landing that crashed and burned!?
     
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    My dad got a ride in their P-51 he had a blast!!!
     
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    Wow! And it's not even raining!

    That is pretty dang cool; good job on your friend getting them there!
     
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    Wow, beautiful! My grandfather was a B-24 pilot, now deceased, but remained a private pilot late into his life. Sweet guy who I really miss.
     
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    I had a ride on the Collings B-24 ten years ago as my birthday gift from my wife. My son and I went up, and it was the ride of a lifetime :!: Otterhound is right about the liberator jitters, man those things shake like they are going to fall apart. One other thing, if you are going to take a ride in an old warbird, wear ear plugs, it's loud.
     
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    Great pictures. I should really take a ride on a B-17 before I keel over.

    My dad was a bombardier in WWII and beyond. Here he is with his B-17 flight crew (front right), his B-17 crashed on Austrian border, injured crew, and leaving Swiss internment:
     

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    The bombardiers compartment in that B-24 was the loudest place that I was ever in , and this plane was just cruising at low speed .
     
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    I hear ya Otterhound, but just barely :lol:.
     
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    Those are all fantastic photos. Thanks for sharing them.
     
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    Awesome! Stubee, I really loved the pics of your Dad. What a piece of history!
     
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    I have to go up in a B-17 one of these days. I can imagine it's an amazing experience. definitely on the bucket list.
     
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    Those of you wanting a ride in a B-17, check out the Collings foundation web site and see where their B-17 is going. Rides are available but are not cheap.
     
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    I taught guitar to an elderly gentleman whose B-24 was shot down over Ploesti. The subject came up as he had a war injury on his fretting hand that interfered with him playing chords.

    He had suffered a compound fracture when he hit the ground. Luckily he was rescued by Romanian partisans, but they didn't have a real doctor, so his broken arm went untreated for several weeks before he could be smuggled out of the country and to a real doctor.

    The arm had already started to heal, so when he finally got to a real doctor, they had to re-break it so it could heal more normally...

    Unfortunately, he never succeeded with learning guitar, but he didn't even start until he was 92!

    I've had 80-somethings pick up guitar and succeed, but so far, I haven't known any 90-somethings get "over the hump" and successfully learn to play guitar...

    I love those WWII vintage planes. Thanks for posting and giving me something to think about! :cool:
     
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