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Classic Wings Magazine Luftwaffe Resource Center WWII Naval Aviation Research Pacific
Final Cut-The Post War B-17 Flying Fortress and Survivors - 5th Edition


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 10:30 pm 
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Quite a bit of fun.
Sessions is a local guy who made good in Seattle, so he brings something fun every year. Last year he brought his B-25 and Mustang, the year before that, he brought his beautiful Spitfire. Best of all, they're not roped off, you can go up and...heaven forbid...touch the thing.

I had a brief conversation with Sessions about his latest announced acquired, a d.h. Rapide bi-plane twin. He told me about two other aircraft in the pipeline, plus one he wanted to keep to himself until a deal is done.

I also spoke with the Bearcat pilot, as you might guess he loves the thing.

Also displayed and flown, but no aerobatics, was the recently restored ex-Mira Slovic, ex-Ernie Gann, Bucker Jungmann. It's owned by Mark Schauffhausen, whose dad John, had a F4U-7 which he flew in Black Sheep Squadron.

Other statics included a visiting WACO YMF, Addison Pemberton's Custom Cabin WACO and his rare Senior Speedmail "square tail" Stearman, plus another that recently came to Felts for a local owner. There is also one in Lewiston, ID and counting the pair in Reno, most of the flying survivors are within an easy flight. The local Howard DGA was out, as was Larry Howard's Laird and Sopwith Pup replica.
A pair of guys also arrived in what must be the world's finest Cessna 140. Polished aluminum with red factory trim, a beautiful stock interior and panel (albeit with modern radios, but they kept the old ARC/Cessna units, and it even has its original 1949 headliner.

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Saw a very fast single (radial) engined fighter flying due east over Madison WI this afternoon around 17:00 CDT. Appeared to be dark blue overall with some white trim; similar colors to Bob Odegaard's Race #74. Straight wing, too fast to be a Wildcat; smaller than a Spad. Bearcat, maybe? Too dark a blue (I think) to be John O'Connor's Blue Angels example. Any ideas?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:33 pm 
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Hellcat?
T-28?
Yak/Chinese Yak?

You obviously know what might be in your neighborhood, but there are more T-28s out there than Bearcats.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:01 pm 
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Thought of those - definitely not a Yak-52 or CJ-6A; sounded very R-2800-ish, not at all like a T-28. I'd still bet money on Bearcat; I'm just not aware of any in this area since O'Connor's left Tab-air. Definitely saw a BT-13/15 make a pass over Prescott, WI today at 19:15 CDT, though.

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Well, it wasn't exactly flying but I saw a KC-97 fuselage heading eastbound on I-10, east of Tucson on Monday, 6/19. Two wide loads with front and back halves. It looked a bit rough, but someone cared enough about it to pay for two big trucks. Kept looking for more trucks with wings on them. No joy.

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N13FY North American AT-6A Texan (1941) flying a couple of circles at aprox. 2500 feet right in front of my house in Zeist (The Netherlands). And then she flew straight over it, probably on her way to Loosdrecht airfield on a sunny Sunday afternoon at 17.10 CET.

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June 3 -- I got to see a C-5 Galaxy taking off from Dover AFB, Delaware. As I watched the great ship climbing away from the base, it occurred to me that I've never before seen one take off! Cool! (no, I didn't get pics or video as I was in the car passing by the base on Highway 1)

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One thing more fun than seeing a C-5 take off is hearing a C-5 take off!

(I still want to hear a B-36 make a low pass with all ten turnin' and burnin'. May be waiting a while for that one, though.)

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Just returned from Lewiston, ID where the Collings Foundation was flying their B-17, B-24 and "D" Mustang. They did a good business with Mustang flights with about 8 on July 4th and a couple this morning.

Nothing says July 4th like watching warbirds fly!

The Radials N' Rivers fly in had a bunch of PT-Stearmans, 3 Ryans (PT-22, STA, STW), and a highlight was 4 of the 5-6 Stearman Speedmails that regularly fly....in addition to the sole flying Boeing 40 and other "Golden age" classics.

Also, the recently restored Pemberton JRF Goose in USN colors.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:40 pm 
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I saw a Grumman TBM flying just north of Wellington Ohio this evening. Thanks to photo bucket I guess I'll just have to post a link to my photo until I find another photo hosting web site that I want to use.

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B-17 'Madras Maiden' (formerly Chuckie) is on display at the Dayton Airport for both viewing and selling rides.

She is here for all day today and tomorrow for a while.

Carries the colors and Triangle L of the 381st BG (H) of which I am a member of their Memorial Association.

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K5DH wrote:
June 3 -- I got to see a C-5 Galaxy taking off from Dover AFB, Delaware. As I watched the great ship climbing away from the base, it occurred to me that I've never before seen one take off! Cool! (no, I didn't get pics or video as I was in the car passing by the base on Highway 1)


Funny. I was standing at the end of the runway when the first one made its first flight. I was 4 at the time.


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Collings Foundation B-25 "Tondelayo" and TF-51D "Toulouse Nuts" just flew over Westfield, IN. Were supposed to be in Dayton, OH 10 minutes ago.

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Spotted a couple A-10s over Pleasant Lake this evening, presumably headed for Fort Wayne.

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A Champ, but judging by its silver color, it could have been an L-16.

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