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Old 03-21-2006, 09:25 AM   #21
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Sure thing: it's http://www.warbirdmuseum.com/
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Old 03-21-2006, 09:45 AM   #22
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bummer. sad news. I stopped in just about exactly one year ago, and the mess was all cleaned up...(5 months post-hurricane) but they weren't giving tours yet. looked like they were moving in that direction, though.

I wonder about the "T-6" business next door. I think that was a seperate operation, but probably fed quite a bit off the "museum" customers. I didn't notice much activity during this year's trip, a couple of weeks ago. I did see a t-6 in the pattern once or twice; but not nearly as frequently as they used to be.

kills me to see pics of that "air-knocker" all smashed up. thats a rare example of the predecessor of my first steed.
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Old 03-21-2006, 10:04 AM   #23
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yes, the damage according to the pix on the websites was really awful!

I got to meet Col. Clarence E. "Bud" Anderson who wrote of his memoirs in a fascinating book, To Fly and Fight. A test pilot, he flew P-39's and was one of the original flight leaders of the p-51's Mustangs, also linked up wingtip to wingtip in midair with a b-29 bomber. Of note, one of his best friends was a guy by the name of Chuck Yeager who flew w/him in the 357th..check it out if you like!
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Old 03-21-2006, 12:44 PM   #24
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Warbirds...

Codybear... Fanx 4 that... I found one that well mat interest U all... tho I guess U already seen it, but here goes...it's:

www.northstargallery.com/aircraft/indexaircraft.htm

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Hey Aaron, ever try to get your brother-in-law to sneak you onboard? We got to go in one of the hurricane hunters c130's, but I never did convince them to take me for a spin. It was pretty amazing how big they are!
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We have a big open house every year at Pope AFB and get the run of a lot of the aircraft. Last year we got to tour the C-17, C-5 (talk about HUGE!) and the C130's. They wouldn't let us in the B-1 ....gee I wonder why they also have the helicopters there too, last year is was a Black Hawk, Apache and Kiowa , we were allowed to sit in the Blackhawk but the rest were off limits. I have been around the Bragg/Pope area long enough to remember the Vietnam era stuff, like the Chinooks, and Cobras.

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Old 03-21-2006, 03:12 PM   #26
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That site is terrific..thnx for sharing!
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Old 03-21-2006, 05:00 PM   #27
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T-6 Ride is worth it..

Tom O'Reilly was a hero of mine when we visited several years ago.. Jeans and flannel shirt, career is building very cool planes almost from scratch, and business model says "Ask rich guy for next check" when money runs low... He was rebuilding a P-38 and a P-40 when I stopped in... Similar operation in Chico CA runs about the same way...

I took the T-6 Trainer flight over the swamps (MUCH cheaper than the P-51 flight in "Crazy Horse" two seat trainer) and had a blast doing slow and loud flight manuevers... Sorry to see shop headed to Georgia, but hurricanes have trashed a number of planes in Florida in last 2 years...

Did Blue Angles do full show without weather issues? We usually catch them over SFO in October, but fog can add difficulties.

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The weather was beautiful yesterday with only slight wind..the Blues did their formation flying with grace and ease..I had seen them doing practice runs over my house Thursday and Friday..they flew low in some areas around the neighborhood returning to Mather, so was able to get good previews of them..also saw for my first time ,the pyro-tech 'wall of fire and smoke' and fireworks show w/the a-10 ..that was soooo impressive..
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Here's a couple of pics I got at the air show. Forgive the scratches on the pics, someone has scratched my scanner. One is Fat Albert and the other is two of the BA planes.
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That's a great couple of pix!..here's one that I got yesterday at the airshow..A-10
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Fat Albert...

Would the plane with the 4 props B Fat Albert ?, We saw some like those at Bangor ( Maine ) when We made a fuel stop via our way 2 Orlando, in one of the smaller Tourist planes, We flown Virgin the last 6 times, so We do it all in one, The one We saw had platoons of Men & Hummer V's loadin in2 it, it's the biggest plane I ever seen in My life, & the one at Cocoa Beach with the Guys sittin in the door way, shoutin & wavin at as all was jus a Great feelin knowin U Guys R right behind us when it comes 2 borrow a few heavy bits of Metal...LOL...Chris.....
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Yep that be Fat Albert... Chris you ought to see them load a C-5 it is about 7 stories tall, the nose tips up and the tail ramp drops down, Drive thru loading if you will It is big enough you can drive 6 Greyhound buses inside and still have room to move around them

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Yr Kiddin Me...LOL

Wahoonc...Yr Kiddin Me... How on earth does it manage 2 take off ? is it a Gimmee 40 acres plane... I've seen those G/H busses in Boston, quite coool, 2 say the least, but the C-5 I nvr heard of... until now... Say would'nt that make hell of an Airstream... What model U say it was...It's a 20ft, 30ft, 40ft... I gotta C one of those, We're thinkin another Boston trip March '07... I doubt they'll b one lurkin abt in the car park,sigh ! nice thought tho...Chris.....
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The Air Force got its first C-5 in 1970. I saw one in 1971 when it flew over the base I was stationed at. It was going to land at my base, but the runways were not rated for the weight of one of those things. We were a T-37/T-38 base. It was going to land to support a SR-71 Blackbird that had made an emergency landing. Now that's a plane!
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[/QUOTE]That's a great couple of pix!..

Thanks Codybear. I got several good shoots that day. Hope you enjoyed the show. Can't wait till they come back here.
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Actually Early, I took awful pix..ever hear of best laid plans that went awry?..such is the case..I had originally planned to see the static displays and get up close and personal, but as it turned out, my husband and I ended up sitting on lawn chairs outside the airport w/our son and grandson and didn't get to go inside and see the planes as close as I usually like to get..so we sacrificed our tickets this year, but played w/our grandson ..he got bored waiting for the planes..we ended up going back home but still got to see the planes fly over our heads in our front yard
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p.s. we did get to see the 'wall of fire and fireworks' that was spectacular..we all liked that!..as well as Julie Clark's red, white and blue streamers
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