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John in Mich    Posted 08-01-2018 at 14:25:28 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • No, not the tracks. I am scheduled Aug 24 to take a ride as the bombardier on the newly restored B-29 bomber, "Doc" at the Thunder Over Michigan air show at historic Willow Run Airport. This is one of my bucket list items. I've been saving up for this for awhile. Hopefully, I can get some video and/or pictures.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 08-04-2018 at 07:52:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • John-
    I am going to make an effort to be there...

    Tim Daley(MI)

    steveVa    Posted 08-03-2018 at 09:09:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Sounds like a great ride.
    I am very envious.

    Dave Smith    Posted 08-01-2018 at 14:44:10 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • See if you can get someone to photo you in the Bombardiers seat.
    And lots of photos of the plane. I have ridden in a B17 a couple of times.
    Dave <*)))><

    John in Mich    Posted 08-01-2018 at 15:09:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I'm working on the photo angle. I have also flown in a B-17 and also a B-24 and B-25. I grew up near Willow Run Airport and after the war some local businessmen acquired a B-24 for display. It sat on a busy corner with snow fence around it for several years and became a nuisence. It was just a block from our house and across the street from my elementary school. Older kids knocked down the fence and scavenged parts off the plane. As a 5 or 6 year old, I could just climb inside. It was later scraped.
    I'm a charter member of the Yankee Air Museum (originally Yankee Air Force) since 1981, member number 465. We do not have a B-24.
    Our air show, "Thunder Over Michigan" is Aug 25 and 26. I'm a volunteer working the show, set-up and tear-down.

    Larry TX    Posted 08-03-2018 at 09:29:25 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The military vehicle collector's club (Bluebonnet Military Motor Pool) I serve as president of displayed our iron at an aviation show several years ago at Houston's William P. Hobby Airport in celebration of the re-opening of the original terminal building and control tower. At that particular celebration, the Collings Foundation displayed their F4 jet, B25, B24 and Sykorsky helocopter, all of which we members were given permission to tour through before the gates opened to the public. Additionally, a TWA twin four engine Constellation (called a Twin Connie) was on display and we toured that fine plane as well. The Colling's staff allowed each of us to sit our rumps in the seats of the F4 - how neat that was. Though the foundation owns a B17, I cannot recall if it was on display that day or not, but the B17 called the Thunderbird is currently on display at the newly opened Lone Star Flight Museum at Ellington Airport just a few miles from me. All of the vintage planes that the Collings Foundation owns are maintained and in flying condition, with the exception of the helo which I understand eventually crashed and was not able to be restored.

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