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post #1 of 20 Old 09-18-2007, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone interested in attending this airshow. This is a golden opportunity to come face to face with some real aviation history. When I was a little fellow my passion was military aviation and many of the gentlemen attending this airshow were fliers that I read about. This is an opportunity to meet some real heroes from WW2. I hope to go on Sunday and if the weather is good I'm taking Scarlett.

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post #2 of 20 Old 09-19-2007, 09:14 AM
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That will be awesome. I used to work out at Rickenbacker, very nice, but under-utilized airport. I wish I could make it down there for this, that many P51's in one place isn't something you'll see every day.

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I came within a whisker of getting a ride in a tandem P51 about ten years ago. The deal fell through at the last minute. I have been to several shows where Mr Hoover puts one through some fantastic manuvers. Love the sound of that Merlin Engine.

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My Dad (RIP) flew P51s during WWII and a tour in Korea during the early years of that war. His WWII stories were great. Hie was stationed in Burma with the Flying Tigers.

One of his best stories was he was given a weeks leave to fly a damaged Mustang to another base for repair. On his way he saw four fighters going his direction and decided an escort would be a good idea. As he pulled up along side he was surprised to see the rising sun on the side of the planes. He gave the commander a quick wave and dove away. He figured they must have been going somewhere important since they didn't go after him.
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My Dad (RIP) flew P51s during WWII and a tour in Korea during the early years of that war. His WWII stories were great. Hie was stationed in Burma with the Flying Tigers.
I wish that I could have met your father. I enjoy talking to combat pilots. I had the great honor to have one of the original Flying Tigers as a patient last year. Poor gentleman was quite ill and unable to remember many details but each word was golden. Several years ago I had the opportunity to sit and talk with a German Ace who flew 190's.

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Im a HUGE WWII aircraft fan. I do 3D models for flight sims and also build 3D models. I hope you guys enjoy the airshow! Seeing these birds fly, and speaking with the men who risked there life for the worlds freedom is always a great honor, and sadly an honor getting more and more rare as we loose both the warbirds and the men who flew them to time. I hope you post some pics! I would love to park my Wee next to a P-51 and take some snaps

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Oh, if only I still lived in Western PA ... I'd be there in a heartbeat. Enjoy the show, and please post some pics.

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I'm going to try & be there! Thanks for the info!!!

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I grew up an aviation enthusiast. I took lessons as a kid, soloed 3 days after my 16th bday. Couldn't afford to keep active and let it go. My dad had a model airplane hobby shop during my teen years and I was an active RC modeler for years. I've seen folks like Bob Hoover, Art Scholl, et.al. This event is a must see, if only for the 51 P-51 formation ending the day.

Good timing if you watch Ken Burns' WWII documentary this week.
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I grew up an aviation enthusiast. I took lessons as a kid, soloed 3 days after my 16th bday. Couldn't afford to keep active and let it go. My dad had a model airplane hobby shop during my teen years and I was an active RC modeler for years. I've seen folks like Bob Hoover, Art Scholl, et.al. This event is a must see, if only for the 51 P-51 formation ending the day.

Good timing if you watch Ken Burns' WWII documentary this week.
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