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partsguy

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Aug 13, 2008
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The Land of Oz
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mickeyc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 21, 2013
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Rochester Hills, MI
#3
There was a recreated Memphis Belle B-17 on the circuit the last few years. Real B-17, just not the real Belle. Me and my Grandson took a tour of the whole ship. Amazing how small it was inside. Nice to see the real deal is restored now.

Mike
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
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#4
A lot of great aircraft and memorabilia in that museum. I like the collection of bomber jackets. While the people of Nagasaki, Japan probably don't care for it I like Bock's Car. V/r Shawn
 

Hammer

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 1, 2015
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I love the Kill Count and Bomb Count on the sides of it, and the fact that they were called the B-17 Flying Fortress, the name just demands respect, my dad served 3 tours and spent 2 years in Vietnam in the Army, so I have a tremendous amount of respect for all branches of the military, I live seeing the old planes get a new lease on life, I had been reading about a Boeing B-29 Superfortress called "Kee Bird" that had to make an emergency landing in Greenland, a group of guys started restoring it on the spot in the ice and snow, replaced the engines got it flight ready and it caught on fire and ruined it a few years back so they left it to the ice and snow once again, so its nice to see these planes and the brave men who operated them, get the respect and treatment they deserve

Aaron

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morton

I live for the CABE
Nov 9, 2007
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Little know fact about the B-17 name. While legend has it the name came about from a reporter's comments, it was initially called the Flying Fortress to placate lawmakers into voting funds for it's construction. US was still in a depression and the last thing they wanted to spend money on was defence because they felt that we were insultated from foreign wars by two oceans. The Army Air Corps told the lawmakers it would act like a fortress (and cost a lot less) by bombing any naval force that came near our shores, thus a fortress in the air. Unfortuneatley I am unable to recall the source of this info.

Ironically the B-24 came slightly later and had longer range which made it more applicable for such a purpose and indeed it was used by the British to protect convoys as they came within range of England. The 24 also saw a lot of action in the Pacific where range was an important factor.

Both planes carried 10 50's for self protection.
 
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Andrew Gorman

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 15, 2008
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A lot of great aircraft and memorabilia in that museum. I like the collection of bomber jackets. While the people of Nagasaki, Japan probably don't care for it I like Bock's Car. V/r Shawn
While the people of Kokura breathe a collective sigh of relief. It was the primary target on the 9th, but "obscured by fog".
 
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OhioJones

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 1, 2015
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I can remember when the old girl almost got scrapped some 15 years back. I was surprised to have read that. Would have been one more piece of history that should never be taken for granted. Very happy when I heard she was being completely restored. She deserves it. And we cannot let our past be forgotten. 3 great uncles and both of my grandfathers enlisted. 4 came home. 1 is buried in Belgium. Their photo's adorn my walls. Very proud.
 
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Whitey1736

Look Ma, No Hands!
Nov 19, 2015
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Connecticut, United States
#16
I believe there's a couple B-29's flying. If you look at the roster for the WWII airshow in Reading, PA coming up there is Doc and FiFi. Doc being the one recently completed. I believe parts from the B29 housed at the New England Air Museum were used to make Doc flyable again.

https://www.maam.org/wwii/ww2_acft.htm


I watched the maiden voyage of the B29 last year in Wichita... can’t remember the name... only airworthy one left ...


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PCHiggin

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 22, 2008
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#17
LET US NOT FORGET THE B 25! JIMMY DOOLITTLE'S PLANES,
THAT FIRST BOMBED JAPAN AND LAUNCHED FROM A CARRIER!
Ditto,Those guys knew they werent returning to their carrier.They must have thought they wouldnt live through the mission and they went anyway. You guys (and gals) in our countrys uniforms have always been the bravest and best. Thank You Very Much for your service
 
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Whitey1736

Look Ma, No Hands!
Nov 19, 2015
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Connecticut, United States
#18
If you haven’t already and ever make it to Belgium, I highly recommend doing a full day private tour in Bastogne.

I can remember when the old girl almost got scrapped some 15 years back. I was surprised to have read that. Would have been one more piece of history that should never be taken for granted. Very happy when I heard she was being completely restored. She deserves it. And we cannot let our past be forgotten. 3 great uncles and both of my grandfathers enlisted. 4 came home. 1 is buried in Belgium. Their photo's adorn my walls. Very proud.
 
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kreika

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 7, 2016
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B-26 Maruder was quality also. The B-24 was disliked by a lot of crews because most the fuselage was below the engines and wings and would take serious damage if landing gear couldn’t be deployed.
 

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