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telecast
08-07-2010, 09:37 PM
I took about 165 pics and an hour of video. Here are some of the better ones.

There was a WWII reenactment group there. These guys had a SHITLOAD of gear, including tanks!
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NAZIS!!!!!!

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The good guys!
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Hey Chriss300, ever wonder where the design for your VW Thing came from?
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A P-51 two-seater
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An F-4U Corsair

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The Memphis Belle. This is the plane that was used in the movie. It was painted to match the original. If you look close at the nose art, you can see it says 'The Movie Memphis Belle'.
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Some nose art
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telecast
08-07-2010, 09:48 PM
B-25 Mitchell
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The star of the show, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator

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I could post B-17 pics til you puke. Instead, here's a lineup. Of the 12,000 or so built during the war, this represents about half of those still flying.

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Some more P-51's
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The business end of an A-10 Thunderbolt. Those are 22mm cannon in a gatling gun. Check out the rifling.

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A MIG
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An Air Force Thunderbirds F-16. I'm sure this is a spare used for recruiting.

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telecast
08-07-2010, 10:04 PM
Flight pics

The Horsemen in their P-51's
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I shot this directly into the sun then played with it on the computer. turned out cool.

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An F-16

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'HERITAGE FLIGHT'
In 1997 Congress was approached about letting civilian pilots fly in formation with military pilots. They approved it for one year on a trial basis. Since then they've made it permanent, but the civilian pilots have to be checked out and go to a training camp. The heritage flight is the only time it's allowed. Here's a pair of one of the best fighters from WWII in formation with one of the best current fighters.

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These next pictures are of 9 of the same type of plane. Commonly known as a AT-6 Texan, it's an advanced trainer from WWII. There are several models in the pics. The yellow ones are canadian, the other 4 are part of a US flying group.

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An F-100, first production plane to break the sound barrier.

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An FA-18 Hornet
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A WWII Stearman primary trainer
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A couple of B-17's
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telecast
08-07-2010, 11:12 PM
A B-17 virtual tour.
A couple of the 17's allowed you in for a donation. For $5, this was worth the price and then some.

We went through the Nine-O-Nine because the line was shortest.
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To start, I was surprised at the entry hatch for the guys up front. Once you make it through the hatch you're in what amounts to a crawl space, about 3 feet wide, 4 feet or so long and about 3 feet high. It's hands and knees. If you look to your left you see the bombardier's position in the nose of the plane. In this pic you can see the 2-50 cal guns he could grab. There is also a dual gun turret below the perspex nose cone. The Bomb sight is visible.

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Still on hands and knees, crawl backward. Over your head is the fight deck. You have to crawl out into the space occupied by the top turret gunner, turn around and stand up. Now you're looking into the cockpit.

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Ok. Keep standing up, turn aft and you're in the top turret. Here are a couple of shot looking through the turret, one to aft and one to port

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Work your way around the turret (it's tight) and head aft. You'll pass the radio and navigator's seats, then go through a door into the bombay. Those green things on the right are bombs in the racks. the catwalk is about 6 or 7" wide and it's a squeeze between the racks.

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Go through another door and follow a walkway around the belly (ball) turret and into the main fuselage. The pic is looking forward. You can see the top of turret at the far end on the floor. The yellow tank above the turret is the bellygunner's O2 supply. On the far right you can see one of the 50 cal waist guns.
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A closeup of the port waist gun

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Looking aft from the side entry door. You can see the tail guns and the gunner's seat. He had to crawl to get there, and the fuselage keeps getting narrower. Must've been a lonely spot.

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Bob
08-07-2010, 11:18 PM
Nice pics man. Saw one of those B-17's flying over the Detroit River today.

Chris300s
08-08-2010, 11:03 AM
Great pics Tele, looks like a great time.

Chris

Mudpuppy
08-08-2010, 10:59 PM
great pics i didn't make it out

Thruxtonbill
08-08-2010, 11:38 PM
Awesome pics, thanks for sharing.

RoadZombie
08-10-2010, 03:51 AM
You think the B17 is rediculously "tight"...try crawling around a B52. Spent a lot of my childhood crawling around the one parked @ Willow Run. Parents were members of the Yankee Air Force. For as HUGE as that plane is, there is very little room inside. As for the tail gun...to get to that, there is basically a 3 foot wide tube you have to crawl through from the front of the plane aaaaall the way back. Fun times. ;-)

Seen the B24 fly over when I was at a friend's house. That was pretty awesome...she was "coming home".

telecast
08-10-2010, 08:50 AM
I've been in a 52 and a 24. I don't recall the 24 that much, I remember the catwalk across the bomb bay was about like the 17. The 52 had way more room than the 17 except for that belly crawl to the tailgun.

Gas Man
08-11-2010, 10:25 PM
I wish I could have gone... looks AWESOME!