xeni at May 20th, 2014 13:31 — #1
peregrinus_bis at May 20th, 2014 13:50 — #2
Gorgeous. The B&W 2nd photo is just stunning. Can't help but like my WW2 planes.
dobby at May 20th, 2014 14:03 — #3
Was this one of the planes at the old museum in Franklin, Wi? I think I remember seeing it as a kid, also dated the daughter of an EAA VP in 8th grade.
I love the old European theater planes, especially bombers, real terror in the skies for the crews over Nazi strangled Europe.
When I fly sometimes my imagination wanders to the missions flown in aircraft not so unlike the Cessna but with the army paying for fuel and maintenance.
daneel at May 20th, 2014 14:39 — #4
I used to keep an album of my aircraft photos on Flickr. Now I realize I've got a little slack recently, though.
mister44 at May 20th, 2014 14:57 — #5
My godmother's husband was the Engineer and IIRC the top turret gunner in a B-17 and later a B-24. He flew in the D-Day campaign. (Note planes with the black and white stripes on their wings were part of the D-Day campaign.) A lot of people who served in the Army Air Force were stereotyped as "farm boys from Kansas" - and he literally was.
tandstestacct at May 20th, 2014 15:42 — #6
That's Aluminum Overcast. It tours around the country to small regional airports. They give tours and rides for a small fee (used to maintain the plane). It's worth every penny. An amazing experience to see it in action..
nixiebunny at May 20th, 2014 15:51 — #7
I got a ride in this plane about 20 years ago. A true once-in-a-lifetime ride.
It was like being inside an old V-twin motorcycle.
dave_barak at May 20th, 2014 19:14 — #8
Small being something like $400, I think. ; ) Worthy cause though.
dave_barak at May 20th, 2014 19:16 — #9
I work in a facility that started out as a B-24 factory here in San Diego. I know there was at least one other B-24 plant, in Texas I think. If there were only two, then I guess there's a 50/50 chance some of the airplanes your acquaintance flew in where built here. (The building I'm in was also, as far as fabrication goes, last used to build Delta rocket fuel and/or oxidizer tanks.)
tandstestacct at May 21st, 2014 06:54 — #10
Indeed. The tours are much less though, and definitely worth it. I was stunned how tight it is inside, considering the long hours the crews spent in there. They let you crawl all over everything and touch anything. Wonderful way to preserve history.
acerplatanoides at May 21st, 2014 10:09 — #11
If you fly alone, you fly with Hitler. 400 is a low price for freedom
ironedithkidd at May 21st, 2014 10:31 — #12
Ypsilanti, Michigan, actually. Yankee Lady is our local B-17, and it's getting to be the time of year to see her flying around frequently.
xeni at May 25th, 2014 13:31 — #13
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