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P-51 Mustang, B-24 Liberator, B-17.

April 28 2012 at 9:19 AM
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yesterday at our local airport in El Cajon,Ca..all three were available for rides...for a fee,natch.

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Great photos Rich. Just last night

April 28 2012, 9:39 AM 

I was watching pilot training videos for the P-61 Black Widow and P-38 Lightning.

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Match Director Ashland Air Rifle Range
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Mark Gravelle

 
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I always go to

April 28 2012, 3:19 PM 


 
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(Login JerryL944)
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Nose paint on P -51 ?

April 28 2012, 11:49 AM 

Hi

There where very few DUEL SEAT / CONTROLED P -51 ever made .

One of these is CRAZY HORSE . It used to be owned and based out of Fla . I last heard that it is now part of the Collins Group ?

Last I heard it is based someplace up in New England and rides are round 3,ooo $$$ HR !!!!!

I passed the chance to fly it in the mid 80's for abt 750.00 / 45 min
At the time I had a lic and my log was active I wished i would have went up and got my log book signed off as pilot in command .

Not many of any of these war birds flying much less open for a ride / flight .

Crazy Horse can be looked up on the web under that name . I live in Ohio the foot hills of the appalachian mtns Mid south east near W.Va line.

There is someone who has a P-51 that buzzes through the hills at TREE TOP every summer maybe 1500 FT at most !! I can never get the nose paint or #
BUT THERE IS NOTHING NOTHING in the world that sounds like a P-51 FLAT OUT !!!!

Jerry 944

 
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I love that sound, first thing I think of seeing a P-51

April 28 2012, 12:52 PM 

I`ve had some older Corvettes including a 427(67)that with the top off
sounded sweet,but your right nothing sounds like that Merlin.


mark in mass

 
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Nose paint

April 28 2012, 2:36 PM 

is "Betty Jane"...this P-51 did not sound same to me from other P-51's I've heard...seemed more enemic..???

 
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Got a couple of books with color nose art,great ideas for air brush painting.

April 28 2012, 7:16 PM 


 
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the real early P-51 had a different engine,a Alllison,it then got

April 28 2012, 7:16 PM 

hot rodded with a Rolls Royce made Merlin engine,that is when it sang...

 
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We had a B-24 at our local War Birds museum until it went belly-up (the museum)

April 28 2012, 7:24 PM 

We have the Glen Curtis Museum that has lots of old planes, motorcycles (Glen was the fastest man on earth)and boats. The last time I went was with a group from work. An old pal draftsman's wife pointed out a picture of a B-24 crew (labeled "the lucky bastards" )and asked me if I recognized anyone. Turns out my friend Bill O'Mera was the pilot. 25 missions (daylight). I knew Bill casually from work and never knew he was even a vet. let alone a genuine hero. I start crying in my beer just thinking what men of that generation (including my father) did and never bragged about it.

 
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the B-17 ,B24 and B25 come to te SF Bay Area airports

April 28 2012, 7:36 PM 

once a year,I go see them when they are at the Napa Airport....Wine Country uno....

   The heroes of WW2 are getting rare,but hopefully never forgotten..


 
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M'hackett
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I went to that museum when I was a road warrior

April 29 2012, 1:08 AM 

Unplanned half day off when we came across it on a trip between jobs.
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Tom
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WWII bomber story

April 28 2012, 7:34 PM 

Grew up in western Kansas in a tiny town. My uncle, who died recently, said during WWII a bomber had mechanical trouble and landed at our tiny airfield. Everyone in the county rushed out there to see it, kids were playing on it, etc. Next day the military arrived, MPs told everyone to keep away, too late, kids already had fun "driving" it. Then they fixed it, took off and everyone in the county was there to see that. Biggest thing that ever happened in that burg...

 
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B 17

April 28 2012, 8:02 PM 

Seeing the picture of the B17 with radio room hatch off made me think of the time
of the time we had removed the hatch to fire a bunch of very pistol flares.When putting the hatch back on the front of the hatch caught the slip stream and fliped me on my *** knocked me right under my radio bench.It knocked all the radio antennas off the top of the plane and put a dent in the tail.
None of the pilots radios would work and I had to get all our landing instructions on my liason transmiter useing CW and had to send with my left hand as the hatch hit my elbo right on the funny bone and it was numb for a long time.
All the way back to the base we were trying to think of a good reason to explane why we had the hatch off but when we landed no one even questioned me about it.
Willard

 
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Matt Donovan
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Damn Willard, you're old!

April 28 2012, 9:09 PM 

There's got to be rules against opening hatches while aloft today.

 
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More luck than sense

April 29 2012, 3:31 PM 

When I think of all the dumb things Iv'e done I'm lucky to be old.
Willard

 
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how old are you Willard?

April 29 2012, 10:18 PM 

my dad is 94. flew a B25 in the pacific. Gun ship with the 8x50 cal nose pod.Stationed in the philipines and flew strafing missions as long as 10 hours over water to the destination and back.

 
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87 in June

April 30 2012, 2:31 PM 

nt

 
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L.PIRRONE
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with the average age of a B25 crew being 19

April 30 2012, 6:52 PM 

at 26 they called my dad "pop".

 
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