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Dru83 #1 Posted 22 August 2019 - 04:54 AM

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So, I decided to start this thread mostly to brag about being able to see a Vampire, a P-51, a B-52, a T-33, and many other airplanes fly during an airshow recently. I thought the Vampire was going to be the coolest thing I saw that day until the B-52 roared by only a few hundred feet off the ground. So, what aircraft have you seen recently?

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Well, what's recently?  I used to repair B-52s, F-15s, and EF-111s.  But that was over thirty years ago.  U-2s, SR-71s, KC-135s, Galaxy, Hercules,  I forget all the ones I've touched or ridden in.  I miss it.
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GonerNL #3 Posted 22 August 2019 - 07:20 AM

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Recently I've only seen static warbirds.

Visited our National Military Museum recently : https://www.nmm.nl/zoeken-in-de-collectie/?q=vliegtuig&selected_facets=subcollection_exact:dmxpZWd0dWlnZW4=

 

But I've seen flying B-25, Catalina, Dakota and the Battle of Britain flight, Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane.

 

Oh and I sat in the cockpit of a Saab Gripen ! My brother in law works with the South African Air Force, also had some helicopter rides (Alouette, Oryx) when visiting there.

 


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I've been lucky to ride in a DC-3 dressed as a C47, a Ford Trimotor, the B-17 Aluminum Overcast, Kermit Week's dual-cockpit Spitfire in Lakeland, the P-51 Crazy Horse out of Kissimmee Florida, and a T-6 trainer in Galveston Texas.

Walking down the line of P-51's at the Fun and Sun I approached a 51 painted up as "Glamorous Glennis" and as I walked up to the left wing I was surprised to find Chuck Yeager sitting on the wing. We spoke and I babbled out some

nonsense. It was very cool.

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Recently?
http://www.ericksoncollection.com/helicopterwarbird-flights

Before that the Ford Tri-Motor was nearby recently and I saw that and I know of where an F-86 is on static display nearby as well as the fact that one of the locals has a restored Corsair F4U that he'll occasionally take out and I live near enough the air strip I get to see him land and take off. 

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View PostDru83, on 22 August 2019 - 04:54 AM, said:

So, I decided to start this thread mostly to brag about being able to see a Vampire, a P-51, a B-52, a T-33, and many other airplanes fly during an airshow recently. I thought the Vampire was going to be the coolest thing I saw that day until the B-52 roared by only a few hundred feet off the ground. So, what aircraft have you seen recently?


Pics n Vids please, I'm hoping you have some.

So I'll mentally delete the last word in your post and post a couple videos I shot at a CAF Airshow a while back.

They do battle reenactments during their shows which gives a whole different feel than just aerobatics.

I too have seen a B-52 flying low.

He was banking overhead at about 1000 feet above Crystal City Va.and I had the feeling he was showing off that beautiful plane to us civilians.

He shook every window in that little town. It is something I'll never forget.

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Recently?  Depends on what you mean by recently.  But within the last year oh so I've seen ... 

 

A-4 Skyhawk

F-4 Phantom

Mig-17

Mig-15

A-6 Intruder

A-7 Corsair II

F-14 Tomcat

A-26 Invader

 

That's about it.  


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View PostStygian_Alchemist, on 22 August 2019 - 09:33 AM, said:

Recently?
http://www.ericksoncollection.com/helicopterwarbird-flights

Before that the Ford Tri-Motor was nearby recently and I saw that and I know of where an F-86 is on static display nearby as well as the fact that one of the locals has a restored Corsair F4U that he'll occasionally take out and I live near enough the air strip I get to see him land and take off. 

 

No. Not recently. My Dad forked over for the Tri-Motor, Aluminum Overcast and Crazy Horse. Long cool story. Unreal in my luck. My father was a tail gunner on a B-25 in Corsica and Italy. He gave me a rich appreciation for all things aviation.

Kermit Weeks gave me the ride in his Spit opening day of "Fantasy of Flight" back in the 90's. I had a press pass due to my ownership of "SkyWolf.com". Long story. He's a rare Dude. I've also sat in the cockpit of an FG-1D. And have climbed all over a B-25. I've seen Spanish Messerschmitts used in the movie "The Battle of Britain" and the mocked-up T-6s used as zeros in "Tora Tora Tora". I've been extremely lucky. I've also seen the actual (at the time) only flying example of a BF- 109. I've been to aircraft museums from Florida, AZ. Chino, Seattle ( I own one share of the B-17 they were restoring at the time).  DC, and France. I'll shut up now. 

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Dru83 #9 Posted 23 August 2019 - 12:32 AM

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Thanks for the responses. I knew some folks on here would have some cool stories. I did get some pics, but it'll be a while before I get off my lazy butt to get them uploaded and edited. If you're interested, just search online for pics of the 2019 Atlantic City airshow. The British RAF Red Arrows were there and did some really nice tight formation flying. The Air Force Thunderbirds are there every year and there's nothing like the sound of an F-16 zooming just above the beach.

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One of the coolest planes I was in was an HE-111. It and a B17-G flew into our local airport on the way to a show, and we got to climb on board. That was pretty cool. The seat for the pilot is suspended in the glass area, so he is just hanging there in the nose of the plane. The pedals are extended from behind, but he is not on anything solid. Great field of view, but it has got to be unnerving to fly.

 

I grew up in Stratford CT, which is the home of United Technologies, which in the 30s was United Aircraft with Vought-Sikorsky aircraft and Pratt&Whitney Engine division. The Corsair was prototyped a mile from my house. Grumman was also in the state, so we had quite the air show every summer. I saw a lot of planes growing up. There was a P47 Jug that flew out of a local field, and I would watch it in school instead of the teacher.

 

When I went to work there was a squadron of  A-10s that would train and fly right overhead. You don't hear those planes coming. 

 

An F117 stopped by once. It was the freakiest plane - it is just at the wrong angle for an aircraft to be flying. It just looks wrong.  

 

I had a boss whose husband was an SR71 pilot, but he never told any stories, and you know he had some. 



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B-17, F-35, F-22, F/A-18, A-10, C-17, C-130, E-2C - pretty much every non-secret plane the USAF, USN, and USMC fly. Contracting definitely has perks!

 

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View PostSkyWolf__WM, on 22 August 2019 - 04:19 PM, said:

 

No. Not recently. My Dad forked over for the Tri-Motor, Aluminum Overcast and Crazy Horse. Long cool story. Unreal in my luck. My father was a tail gunner on a B-25 in Corsica and Italy. He gave me a rich appreciation for all things aviation.

Kermit Weeks gave me the ride in his Spit opening day of "Fantasy of Flight" back in the 90's. I had a press pass due to my ownership of "SkyWolf.com". Long story. He's a rare Dude. I've also sat in the cockpit of an FG-1D. And have climbed all over a B-25. I've seen Spanish Messerschmitts used in the movie "The Battle of Britain" and the mocked-up T-6s used as zeros in "Tora Tora Tora". I've been extremely lucky. I've also seen the actual (at the time) only flying example of a BF- 109. I've been to aircraft museums from Florida, AZ. Chino, Seattle ( I own one share of the B-17 they were restoring at the time).  DC, and France. I'll shut up now. 

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The 'recently?' was directed at the OP, sorry, but also.. I truly think Kermit is an awesome old guy. Met him once and have asked him some questions at different points about his planes and his videos. Still think WG ought to partner with him.. but what do I know? I've gotten to fly in a few vintage planes over the years.. probably my most memorable was flying in a biplane with a trainer set up and getting to take second stick for a few moments once we were up high enough he could recover it if I biffed up bad. I was rather young (14 if memory hasn't completely failed) and have had a few too many knocks to the head to remember what it was unfortunately. I just remember it still smelled like the barn he'd had it parked in and eventually restored it in.. well.. til we took off... and I remember bumping into the leather padding around the cockpit when he rolled it the first time with no warning, god that was an amazing moment in life though. A neighbor of an uncle had restored it and was giving a bunch of us kids rides. At the time I was working toward my pilot's license via -actual- flight simulator time and a cessna 172 that I had access to via a friend's Dad.

All water over and under the bridge now, haha

 



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View PostDru83, on 21 August 2019 - 06:54 PM, said:

So, what aircraft have you seen recently?

 

Like most people I only see military planes as we fly by them during takeoff/landing at airports.  Plus occasionally Chinook and Osprey shuttling soldiers in and out of the local military training area, with maybe rarely a distant F-18 or B-2 high above it. 

 


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For the past two weeks, up close and personal with Reed and Prince screws on a PBY Canso that's not in game:

 

And many 7/16, 9/16, 1/2" nuts, bolts and washers covered in Par-Al-Ketone:


 

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I recently took a leisurely 4 1/2 hour drive to Temora Aerodrome and visited the Temora Aviation Museum here in Australia, where you can get close and personal with the warbirds, most of which are in flying condition.

 

In my avatar you will see a Spitfire that flies regularly at Temora, in fact there are 2 Spits there (Mk VIII and Mk XVI) plus a Boomerang, Wirraway, Vampire, Meteor and Sabre. There are also many other aircraft not actually featured in WOWP

 

I head out there from time to time, their website is also in my signature: https://aviationmuseum.com.au/

 

If you ever get a chance to visit Gods Own Country here Downunder, Temora is well worth a visit.

 

Edit: I also wanted to add that the Boomerang and Wirraway are both actually Aussie built aircraft, the Wirraway being the starting point for design and development of the Boomerang.

 

The Wirraway was primarily a trainer/makeshift GAA but did manage to shoot down a Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa during WWII.


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I have a couple nice museums close by.

Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum

https://flyingheritage.org/

 

Philanthropist Paul G. Allen established the Flying Heritage Collection in the 1990s to preserve these icons of technology born from turmoil. These rare aircraft and ground weapons took decades to locate, acquire, and meticulously restore to their original wartime condition. Not only does each artifact appear exactly as it did in combat, most are fully functional. On scheduled Fly Days, you can watch these vintage planes take to the skies once again.
 
Many of the machines in this collection served their nations in action. Some were recovered where they fell—buried in Europe, forgotten in the Pacific, or abandoned on the frozen battlefields above the Arctic Circle. Though these weapons were produced in enormous quantities, only a few survive today. Some of the FHC's artifacts are the only examples of their kind left in the world.

 

 

The Museum of Flight

They have airplanes of all vintages, and a really nice WW1/WW2 J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing: https://www.museumofflight.org/explore-the-museum/museum-galleries/personal-courage

 

The J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing is a two-story gallery that highlights the stories of courage, dedication, heroism and the triumph of the human spirit of those involved in fighter aviation in World War I and World War II. This 88,000-square-foot addition opened on June 6, 2004 (the 60th anniversary of D-Day) and showcases 28 immaculately restored WWI and WWII fighter planes across two galleries, including one of the finest collections of historic fighters found anywhere in the world—the internationally known Champlin Fighter Collection.

 

 






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