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DrEntropy
02-05-2008, 10:07 AM
Sittin' here inna garage I heard an "unusual" aircraft aloft. BIG sounds, like radials... multiple radials. NAAAH!

Ran outside and looked skyward to see the underbelly of a shiny (HUH?!?!)B-17!!! Just at the 500 ft. limit, I could see the tail art. THAT don't happen every day. Gonna hunt it down in a bit. At a small airport a couple miles down th' road, it's the tour that beast is making. S'posed to be here for two days. Can't justify the fee for a ride but I can get some photos, certes.

aeronca65t
02-05-2008, 11:52 AM
Must be the WoF birds:

https://www.collingsfoundation.org/cf_schedule-wof.htm

The EAA has one too, but it's schedule starts later.

I had the Airknocker flying within about 1000 ft of a DC-3 onetime (at an airshow).....exciting! Gotta love round engines.

sideache
02-05-2008, 12:33 PM
That's cool!

PAUL161
02-05-2008, 02:10 PM
Never been in a 17, but flew right seat in a 25. Great aircraft! Had a couple of rides in a 24. To visualize what it's like riding in a 24, put your head in a 55 gallon barrel and rattle a hand full of marbles in the bottom and if it's winter, dress for the antarctic. Evidently, heat was an unnecessary option! I guess they figured it would get hot enough in there with out it.

Steve
02-05-2008, 02:16 PM
I have seen the EAA's B-17 just after taking off from the airport in Oshkosh.....holy cow, talk about spine-tingling moments!

DrEntropy
02-05-2008, 03:28 PM
Indeed. Yep, it's the Collings guys. They allow you to "walk" thru the 17. Took a bunch of photos. Not enuff room in there t' swing a dead cat. Can't imagine bein' aircrew in one... Those guys had stones.

This same bird was at an air show at the AF base a few years ago but it was roped off there.

One of the crew of techs today knew where the P-38 wot used to be here in the area has gone. It's up your way, Steve. going thru the last stages of a total reconstruction. I may go back later or tomorrow and natter some more.

Steve
02-05-2008, 03:42 PM
The P-38 is up here in Oshkosh? I'd like to see that.

The EAA had a Mosquito as well, but reputed to be not air-worthy and used as a static display. Not sure what its current status is. Now that was one heck of a war bird, the RAF flyers got up to some pretty hair-raising stuff in those.

DNK
02-05-2008, 11:07 PM
I would love a 38. heard they were tough to handle.

Banjo
02-05-2008, 11:15 PM
The EAAs B-17 was here last summer. I went over at lunch time and took a tour inside it. The Wings Of Eagles/ National Warplane Museum here in Big Flats used to have the Fuddy-Duddy B-17 but wound up selling it off a few years ago. Now they want to sell thier PBY, and just concentrate on smaller aircraft. That's fine, but I miss the B-17 flying over every now and then.

DNK
02-05-2008, 11:20 PM
They are rebuilding 1 of the first German jets in Everett by the big Boeing Plant,dang I can't remember what it is called. I think something happened the first test flight and they are rebuilding it. Would love to be part of that.

PAUL161
02-06-2008, 04:43 AM
They are rebuilding 1 of the first German jets in Everett by the big Boeing Plant,dang I can't remember what it is called. I think something happened the first test flight and they are rebuilding it. Would love to be part of that.

Wasn't that the FW 208?

I'm wrong, if it's a fighter their rebuilding. Could possibly be a twin engine Messerschmitt ME-262 "Schwalbe"! or "Swallow" in English. A very few were captured during the war. ???

aeronca65t
02-06-2008, 06:02 AM
That Washinton replica is an ME-262.
There is a real 262 on display not far from me.
Link:
https://www.dvhaa.org/aircraft/me262.htm

That Washington ME-262 replica project was flying in '07. There are now 5 built.
I guess all the bugs have been worked out with whatever problems they had.
The builders have several for sale ($2 mil USD with no avionics).
Here's a video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZDZZ7qzN30

More info:
https://www.stormbirds.com/index.html


https://www.stormbirds.com/project/images/update_4_28_06b.jpg

Tinster
02-06-2008, 06:27 AM
My favorite: the German ME 163 Komet, rocket engine fighter
from WWII.

https://www.pilotfriend.com/photo_albums/timeline/ww2/Messerschmitt%20Komet.htm

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anthony7777
02-06-2008, 07:51 AM
doc, week befor last i spent some time in west palm beach i had the same thing happen to me when i looked up it was a p-51 about 600 feet buzzing the place i was staying at, what a great sound that engine makes

Bret
02-06-2008, 08:14 AM
I love the sound of BIG Radials!

While out house hunting this weekend I was snapping some pictures of some of the places I'm considering - when this little cream puff flew over head.

https://forums.rennlist.com/upload/f4fwildcat.jpg

F4F Wildcat!

https://forums.rennlist.com/upload/f4fwildcat_2.jpg

What a great sound!

DrEntropy
02-06-2008, 08:32 AM
Thrills me down to me toes.

The Collings fellas have a TA-4 and an F-4 too. Pony up $7K, get yer butt to Houston, go thru their egress and flight training course, then get to fly one!

....wonder if they'd accept OLD "certs" for a discount... /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smirk.gif

naahhh. I'll have to settle fer rememberin'.

But I still have a couple old Nomex flight suits wot I can chicken-dance me paunchy self into. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

PAUL161
02-06-2008, 08:54 AM
I love the sound of BIG Radials!

While out house hunting this weekend I was snapping some pictures of some of the places I'm considering - when this little cream puff flew over head.

https://forums.rennlist.com/upload/f4fwildcat.jpg

F4F Wildcat!

https://forums.rennlist.com/upload/f4fwildcat_2.jpg

What a great sound!

I remember when I was stationed in Gitmo. in the 50s, we fitted these with radio control gear and used them for target drones. What a waist, what a sin. There's a bunch of them in the ocean at Gitmo. A bunch of hellcats also. Back then they were considered junk! Thinking about it today, kinda gives me a sick feeling.

Bret
02-06-2008, 08:56 AM
naahhh. I'll have to settle fer rememberin'.

But I still have a couple old Nomex flight suits wot I can chicken-dance me paunchy self into. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif
Haven't had flight skins in a few decades - not sure what I did with my old flight suits but I gave my old issue leather G1 to my daughter a few years ago.

DrEntropy
02-06-2008, 09:03 AM
I'd offer one of these but ya'd look like Li'l Abner in a 36-R, methinks. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smirk.gif

PAUL161
02-06-2008, 09:17 AM
I gave all of mine away when they started to, ah, shrink?

DrEntropy
02-06-2008, 09:24 AM
We were invited to a "Come as you were (dressed) in the '70's" party a year or two ago. All the rest were leisure suited, I show'd up in Nomex, combat boots 'n dogtags... Got a shock at one of the female's comment: "Well, *I'm* impressed!"

Flattery of a high order in my book.

...'course she may have meant something COMPLETELY different than the way I chose to take it. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smirk.gif

bugimike
02-06-2008, 10:03 AM
doc, week befor last i spent some time in west palm beach i had the same thing happen to me when i looked up it was a p-51 about 600 feet buzzing the place i was staying at, what a great sound that engine makes

Yeah, we get quite a bit of that up in the north-county area with Pratt Whitney and Grumman being so close by. Before they "closed" Pratt I went to their open house where we got to clamber through a bunch of neat stuff (incl. a B17!!) every so often we are treated to and aerial dogfight over the 'hood between a couple of biplanes. That's always fun to stop what's going on and go out and watch!!