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Final Cut-The Post War B-17 Flying Fortress and Survivors - 5th Edition


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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 11:37 am 
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I found this online, a local Denver report on the Liberty Foundation's Madras Maiden tour and the fact that WWII vets are getting rare.
The pilot says "it used to be we'd get 3-4 WWII vets at a stop, today we're lucky to get one."
http://video.foxnews.com/v/577900815000 ... show-clips

And yes, the reporter gets the numbers wrong...saying there are on 12 B-12s left in the US and just five fly.
But nice video. And errors aside, any publicity for the various tours is a good thing.

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 9:04 am 
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Honestly, it's more likely that the reporter got the wrong numbers from the pilot. Those same numbers have appeared in the reporting on a couple of Liberty Foundation stops.

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Why would the Liberty group knowingly give out bad numbers?

Heck, even without looking at my copy of Final Cut, I can name almost a dozen survivors owned by the NMUSAF alone.
And any active B-17 pilot should know about more than five flyers since he's likely to run into them at various shows.

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JohnB wrote:
Why would the Liberty group knowingly give out bad numbers?



To quote Art Linkletter: "Pilots say the darndest things"

Honestly, I've stood behind the cameraman holding up the correct number of fingers, and they still get it wrong.

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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 10:49 am 
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JohnB wrote:
Why would the Liberty group knowingly give out bad numbers?

Heck, even without looking at my copy of Final Cut, I can name almost a dozen survivors owned by the NMUSAF alone.
And any active B-17 pilot should know about more than five flyers since he's likely to run into them at various shows.


There is a well known war bird pilot i came across who admittedly didn't know squat about the airplanes or their history. He frequently gave "alternative facts" about the aircraft and if ever corrected, his go to response was "oh well, what do I know. I only fly 'em". I was confused by the behavior, as I to thought that a war bird pilot would at least hold some working knowledge about the aircraft, but that simply just doesn't apply across the board.


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