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#1 693FA

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 08:45 AM

The Collings Foundation was in town this weekend on their "Wings of Freedom 2012" tour....here's some pics.......
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 08:52 AM

A few more....
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not WWII related but found out the Skyraider in the foreground of the last pic was recently purchased by the Foundation....

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:20 PM

I would have liked to have seen all of those. Is the Able Dog also in flying condition?

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:26 PM

we you able to talk with any bomber vets ? when these two crates show up there is usually a nice turnout of Gents reliving memories
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:43 AM

I would have liked to have seen all of those. Is the Able Dog also in flying condition?


Why yes it is however didn't see it fly any this weekend.....
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:48 AM

we you able to talk with any bomber vets ? when these two crates show up there is usually a nice turnout of Gents reliving memories


No sad thing was I was catching them at the end of the days activities and all that was around was a few aviation geeks like me, then the last paid patrons for the flight... didn't see any that appeared to be WWII vintage if you will.
They also had a P51C here but didn't see it out...was told they hangared it guess it was because we had some storms around also but not sure....will go back through my pics I may have a shot of it from night before
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:34 AM

Well couldn't find pics of the P51C...think I deleted them based on poor quality
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Wasn't kidding when I said night before hopefully they are not to dark for everyone

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:39 AM

few more.......
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Posted 04 July 2012 - 03:38 AM

Didn't see this thread when it came out, so sorry for posting so late. They were in my town just before going to OKC. Will attempt to add my pics of the P51 to this. Took a lot of video but very few stills. Was severly tempted to take a ride in the B-17, but couldn't bring myself to part with the 400 or so. The 51 cost was about 2k for an hour.

They flew some WWII vets to OKC free of charge in the 17, 24 and 51 if they lived near Oklahoma City, and were willing to drive the 150 miles to where I live and fly back. The one who went in the 51 was a 51 pilot during the war.

Talked to the 51 pilot quite a bit, and he stated something to the effect that they manufactured the 51 (don't remember the specifics) as opposed to being a C model that was restored.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 08:24 PM

Just found this thread...

Very cool stuff! I was lucky enough to snare a free ride in Witchcraft several years ago when the Collings Foundation came through Minnesota--VERY cool. I have a lot of great pics as well.

I'm even wearing my Witchcraft t-shirt as I type this! Serendipity!

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 10:04 PM

Clint, I posted this earlier in a different thread. A friend of a friend got to ride in the Nine O Nine and he posted photos. The first photo caught my eye because I thought it was a Norden bombsight, but the guy posting the photos didn't know. Do you remember seeing this and would you know if this is a Norden bombsight?

They are going to be in two cities very near me in early August so it looks as if I will get to see them! I'm excited.


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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:28 AM

Clementine, not an expert but just what I've seen of them yes it is.....and I wish I would have been able to take a ride its at least on the bucket list!
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adambhoy, add your pics here if you want I'd love to see them!
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 09:28 PM

Thanks so much! I know what you mean. I am just pleased I'll get to see them.

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 05:55 AM

Thanks so much! I know what you mean. I am just pleased I'll get to see them.


Yes they are a treat...if you ever are in Phoenix be sure to check out the CAF museum in Mesa at Falcon Field great place and home to Sentimental Journey(seen her numerous times)!!!
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 06:57 PM

I definitely will.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 02:12 AM

Thought this was an interesting photo. To give credit where it is due, the photo is courtesy of the Collings Foundation. Their Wings of Freedom Tour will be in my area this weekend.

The comment posted with the pic was: "The ultimate in "overhaulin"...Zero timed engine on the forklift about to be installed."

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 11:48 AM

Here's a similar photo of a No. 1 engine change, but from 1944. This aircraft is 41-29279 of the 376th BG. It made an emergency landing on an Adriatic beach and the Air Service Command changed two engines, props and superchargers and built a PSP runway on the beach to fly the aircraft out.
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 04:05 AM

So many of my photos were similar to the photos posted above, so I won't post them, but in light of my question about the Norden bombsight, I am happy to say I got to see it for myself.

Photos of the Nine O Nine.


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Posted 07 August 2012 - 04:30 AM

The B-24 - "Witchcraft." I thought I wouldn't get to see the Mustang because Mitt Romney flew in while I was there and they had to put it away in a hanger and the secret service wouldn't let anyone in the area until his motorcade left. He probably thought I was his greatest fan, but what I was really doing was trying to motion for him to hurry up and go.


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Posted 12 August 2012 - 08:01 AM

nice pics there Clementine!!!!
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Posted 12 August 2012 - 05:23 PM

Glad to see you made it to the air show! Nice pictures Clementine. Amazing how those planes look so big from the outside and how confining they are inside huh?

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:23 AM

Thanks, I was quite excited. I was surprised at how little room there was inside.....

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 10:22 PM

Nice work Clem /agent 99/....You are our Anna Chapman. ...You'll get Romney sooner or later...There will be 72 monkeys waiting in heaven to greet you. Only 1 will be named stinky.

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 02:07 AM

Seventy-two, huh? I sure hope they aren't flying monkeys. They always scared me.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 11:34 PM

Clem, you may inherit Sunny's funny belt. Haven't heard from her in a while...Maybe you two could wrestle for it? lol




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