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John in Mich    Posted 09-04-2018 at 19:46:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Flying with DOC
  • Finally got some pics to share of my adventure on Aug 24, 2018 flying with DOC, the B-29 bomber as the bombadier.
    The first is in front of the plane with my son and granddaughter looking on just before boarding.
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    This next picture is just after I was seated.
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    This next picture is from a little farther away from the plane.
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    This last picture is crew members doing a pre-flight check
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    I am still waiting for some video to share with you. My photographers (grandsons)are too busy with jobs, a band and paying photo projects. (I'm paying but low priority)

    Larry TX    Posted 09-05-2018 at 08:49:49 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Not just an experience John, but a real adventure for you in a truly beautifully restored historic airplane - how neat! Hope you get to fly in her often and though I haven't seen any notices yet, it'd really be a thrill if she attends this year's Wings Over Houston Air Show partly hosted by the Lone Star Flight Museum.

    Allow me to change my hats here,
    Larry Steed, President
    Bluebonnet Military Motor Pool

    John in Mich    Posted 09-05-2018 at 08:58:07 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Hi Larry,
    It was definetly an experience to remember, but only once. I have some other bucket list items to pursue.
    Check out their website. Midland,Texas later this month.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 09-05-2018 at 04:44:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Awesome! Wish I could've been there. I remember the Willow Run GM Plant well - was like a second home to me.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    John in Mich    Posted 09-05-2018 at 08:44:32 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Having grown up and lived my entire life nearby (from 3/4 mile to about 8 miles), it seems like a part of me is gone.
    Ford B-24 bombers, Kaiser-Frazer automobiles and the C-119 "flying boxcar" and then GM Hydra-Matic/GM Powertrain, automatic transmissions. I did a lot of exploring of some of the "dark holes" that had not seen the light of day since the 1940's.
    I toured the plant when it was Kaiser-Frazer. I never imagined that my life would take me back there and end my working career there.
    I drive by from time to time to watch the new development of the "American Center for Mobility" test facility. There is now a complete highway system with both vehicle bridges and a vehicle tunnel. All access is controlled and skirted with privacy fencing.
    Anyone who has worked there in the past will be surprised by the dramatic changes.

    Tim    Posted 09-06-2018 at 04:20:10 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I haven't been there in 10 years so probably wouldn't recognize the place.


    John in MIch    Posted 09-06-2018 at 17:21:25 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Doing a Google Earth for Willow Run shows an ariel of the debris of destruction of Ford/GM plant. Everything from Airport Road on the south to the Ecorse bypass expressway to the north and from the Wiard Road expressway on the west to the airport on the right is now part of the new test facility. Exception is the lower right remanant for the Yankee Air Museum.

    John in Mich    Posted 09-04-2018 at 20:01:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • A closer look at the first picture you can see the top of what is the remaining part of the Ford B-24 bomber plant at Willow Run. Just under the wing to the left of the fuselage is the south facing east door (there is a second door to the west) that B-24s exited assembly to the apron and movement to the hanger (not visible to the left) for placement of the armaments. This is the saved area of the bomber plant and is being refurbished to become the "new" Yankee Air Museum.
    After the war, the hanger became the passenger terminal until Detroit Metro took over. It is curently the hanger for YAM (Yankee Air Museum) flyable aircraft and the maintaine nce of them.

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