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May 4 2012 at 11:53 PM
Chris Cowx  (Login ccowx)
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Response to Visiting a great lady

I have experienced this several times. One of the most memorable times was at the USAF museum at Dayton a couple of years back now. I had looked forward to seeing the newly restored N1K2-J there, as it is a personal favourite plane of mine. I could not find it but certainly had lots of other things to keep me out of trouble. Just as I was leaving, I saw them opening the main doors to one of the hangar/display buildings and there in the parking lot was the George. They were putting it in the main display hangars and had to shuffle some displays to make it fit. I quickly went around the outside and there she was, no barriers, no guard, nothing. Newly restored and looking like she was ready for a delivery pre-flight.

At first I took some pictures. Then I thought about it and put my camera away. I have more pictures of Georges than Kawanishi did. Instead, I walked around it, laid under it, and just was, for want of a better word, intimate with the plane. It is so rare to see one in natural light, with no barriers and just be able to pretend it is not a museum piece. It was amazing to be able to experience it like that.

Of course, the museum did not help when they wheeled out a P38 and P51A to sit next to it, similarly unguarded!



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