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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:25 am 
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Sunday 03/31/19, CT-133 Silver Star NX165KK Dennie's Dream had its check flight following winter maintenance and annual inspection. Gen. Tommy Williams did the flying, with crew chief Bill Gorin monitoring things from the back seat. We worked hard to "git 'er done" and ready for air show season, and it was great to see her take to the air for the first time since October, 2018. While they were airborne, Tommy and Bill joined up with Ross Perot Jr.'s T-38 Talon for some pre-arranged formation flying! Way cool!

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Wifey and I were on our way to a local restaurant Sunday evening for dinner, and heading southbound on IH-35E was one of those ridiculously fancy, polished stainless, pusher diesel motorhomes towing a flatbed trailer with a Bell JetRanger-type helicopter on it! This was no "fixer-upper" project. The helo was all black with silver paint accents and looked absolutely pristine. Some folks tow a car behind their motorhome. These folks really now how to travel. Dang. . .

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:33 am 
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Saw a B-32 Dominator coming in for a landing at Dallas Executive this morning. Guess the CAF kept that one under the wraps pretty well.



















































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The Collings Tour is in town this week. Been raining most days until today and the B-24 has been over a couple times. 8)

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A four ship T-6 formation, closely followed by a BT-13 and two T-34s.

Elevenish today over the Fry Rd and I-10 area, Katy, TX

Very likely out of West Houston airport, CAF.


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Looking at the poor quality photo that I shot with my cell phone, there were 3 T-6s and one T-34 on the first group.


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Finally saw the bahf C-54 in flight. It flew over my house, on the way to Reading PA I assume. I've seen it dozens of times on static, but hearing those big engines was really awesome.

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Older than many aircraft in museums...
a RC-135 on final to Fairchild...it's been a long time since I've seen one.

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About 6:30 this morning, while I was in Plano, TX, a Sikorsky S-58T helicopter flew directly overhead, westbound at low altitude. I couldn't get any ID on it because it was literally directly overhead. It may have been painted OD green, but hard to tell for sure from that angle in the early morning light. Cool to see, though!

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Not vintage but yesterday I saw an all black US Customs Blackhawk go right overhead. Very unusual as I live almost 950 miles from the Canadian border and over 600 miles from the Mexican. Raced right home within 5 minutes and found no US Customs helicopters showed up anywhere near me on either Flightaware or Flightradar24. Just a couple of Bell 407's and none in the direction the Blackhawk was going. Stealthy or was it running around without a transponder activated?


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Texas Raiders has been at the local airport this week. Went over to check her out on my lunch break yesterday and I've seen her flying around a couple times. Always good to have a B-17 around!

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I was able to stop two nights after work this week, I saw her take off on Tuesday and land last night. I think they left for the next stop about 20 minutes ago, the kids and I watched from upstairs as they turned away from the airport.

I was a bit surprised at their pricing? $475 to fly in the waist, $875 to fly at the bombardier position and somewhere in the middle for navigator. Do they not let you move around in flight on TR? I've flown on two 17's, the B-24 and a 25, and on all my flights we started moving around as soon as the gear came up.

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Last Saturday, the Everett-based Historic Flight Foundation was in town supporting the "Neighbor Day" at historic Felts Field.
They brought their RAF-marked B-25 and gray/white TBM.
Also, the P-40 came up from Lewiston, ID. I got to thinking, I don't recall seeing a P-40 fly before...

Local planes included the local Stearman formation group with three flying...plus two more on static, Addison Pemberton's and Randy Ingrham's matching pair of Stearmans turned into 30s Navy fighters (450 engine and cowl, four-ailerion mod, and raised aft fuselage with a canopy).
I spent the day giving tours of Pemberton's Grumman Goose in 1943 USN colors.

A nice free event.

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I was able to stop two nights after work this week, I saw her take off on Tuesday and land last night. I think they left for the next stop about 20 minutes ago, the kids and I watched from upstairs as they turned away from the airport.

I was a bit surprised at their pricing? $475 to fly in the waist, $875 to fly at the bombardier position and somewhere in the middle for navigator. Do they not let you move around in flight on TR? I've flown on two 17's, the B-24 and a 25, and on all my flights we started moving around as soon as the gear came up.


I noticed that too. I didn't know any B-17s offered a higher-priced option to be in the nose for the whole flight. I would actually feel disappointed if I bought a flight in a B-17 and that wasn't included. I flew on Nine-O-Nine on a media flight about 10 years ago and we had free reign of most of the airplane other than the tail turret. Being in the nose was easily the most memorable part of the flight.

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Thunderbirds …live in the flight path for Dayton Int'l and they were practicing for the show tomorrow and Sunday.

Beautiful day and made a number of passes right over the house ..

Weekend weather … questionable

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Thunderbirds …live in the flight path for Dayton Int'l and they were practicing for the show tomorrow and Sunday.

Beautiful day and made a number of passes right over the house ..

Weekend weather … questionable

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Went to the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome yesterday for the second time to see the WWI show. Introduced my girlfriend to the place and she loved it. Truly a remarkable place and if you've never been, do yourself a favor and get out there! Saw the following fly. Some multiple times.

Fokker Dr.1
Fokker D.VII
Fokker D.VIII
Spad VII
Curtiss JN.4 Jenny
Curtiss Robin
PT-17
DH.82 Tiger Moth
Great Lakes 2T-1MS
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