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History Followed a B-17 today! FLIGHT PICS ADDED!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Toast, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. oldsjoe
    Joined: May 2, 2011
    Posts: 2,516


    I believe what you fellas are seeing is a mannequin I've seen that at the airport.
  2. HuskyV8
    Joined: Apr 30, 2010
    Posts: 534


    YES! I see him. He's in the middle window and has a mic on too.
  3. tjelwood
    Joined: Jun 27, 2006
    Posts: 164

    from oklahoma

    There was a mannequin in the tail gunners seat Saturday.

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  4. Torkwrench
    Joined: Jan 28, 2005
    Posts: 2,448


    Hmmm....That's the same weekend as The Meltdown Drags in Byron ILL. Rockford is only about 20 miles from the dragstrip. :D:D:D

    A ride in Aluminum Overcast is well worth the cost. She was in Peoria about 15 years ago and the flight in this B-17 is a lifetime memory of mine. :cool::cool::cool:
  5. flathead okie
    Joined: May 22, 2005
    Posts: 1,480

    flathead okie

    Yeah, I did 2 years ago. I stayed there for 1/2 the flight. Cool beyond words. Also looking out the bombadier's nose piece was cool too.
  6. Oh, that's probably what it is then. False alarm.
  7. chigger
    Joined: Jan 30, 2009
    Posts: 169


    They were in kc 2 weeks ago. Lees summit airport. Watched them flying over work for a couple days. Awesome sound and sight as it seemed to buzz the hospital.
  8. Da Tinman
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 4,226

    Da Tinman

    must be something they all have, less creepy with the goggles up.

  9. flathead okie
    Joined: May 22, 2005
    Posts: 1,480

    flathead okie

    From what I remember The Aluminum Overcast never seen combat as it was built late in the war. So no it ain't no ghost. Still a cool ride.
  10. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 4,924

    Deuce Daddy Don

    I'm looking forward to a ride in a P-51 Mustang next year while also attending LAR show, (2 place cockpit,tandem).
    It might have been the one you spotted.
    The owner has 2 Mustangs, 1 for Reno racing, 1 for pleasure.----Don

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  11. ZAPPER68
    Joined: Jun 13, 2010
    Posts: 203

    from BC

    'Spectacular'.....go for a ride, you'll never regret it.
  12. Kustomkarma
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
    Posts: 898


    Cool! Would love to fly in one of those vintage birds!
  13. Thats guy porn hard core
  14. fanspete
    Joined: Oct 22, 2006
    Posts: 686


    Hey Jay, Dad and I were over at Bobg's shop that day, why didn't you wave!?! Haha. I was dying for them to make one more flight but we just missed the last one.
    I think of the pressure those guys were under and the frigid cold on the way to and from targets, those guys were the real American Bad-Asses and our country today is an embaressment to their sacrifice.
  15. B-17 is my favorite bomber. There is one in a museum in McMinnville, OR. I got to crawl around inside of it, too cool! Thanks for sharing.
  16. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok guys are no fun...I wanted to milk the Ghost Tailgunner for awhile...
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  17. ibflyin
    Joined: Feb 23, 2009
    Posts: 204

    from Tulsa, OK

    If you get a chance to ride on this B-17, GO! Yeah, it's $400 or so bucks, but think of it this way: 1) you will get to experience a little of what our veterans felt when sent in harms way to protect our freedom, 2) it's a "bucket list" thing that if it's not on your list, it will be after your ride, and 3) you help fund keeping this old bird flying for more people to experience it.

    A very good friend of mine will be one of the pilots flying the hops while in Tulsa. Note: none of these folks helping with the tour (pilots, tour guides, etc) get paid for what they're doing - all volunteer.
  18. Hay Automotive
    Joined: Aug 23, 2010
    Posts: 12

    Hay Automotive

    Cool pics. Don't miss the chance to go for a ride. They had one here and my uncle and I went for a ride. At that time they were trying to ban them from flying from city to city and giving rides. Could be your last chance.
  19. barett
    Joined: Jul 1, 2012
    Posts: 461

    from Taylor TX

    Awhile back here in Texas we got to see the rare formation of a 17, pair of mustangs and the only flying ME 262... I'm young but love thse WWII aircraft. Especially the almighty B17
  20. Grumbler
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
    Posts: 358


    Look at the oil stains on the ground under each engine. Thats a radial for ya!! Don't stand behind them when they're firing up or you'll be a walking oil slick!!!
  21. Abomination
    Joined: Oct 5, 2006
    Posts: 6,701


    God damn it... :(

    There's a B-29, a B-24, and a B-25 (most of the latter were built here) coming the last week of August/first couple of weeks in September.


  22. Toast
    Joined: Jan 6, 2007
    Posts: 3,885

    from Jenks, OK

    I would love to get some pics of my 40 in front of it. That would be almost as cool as a flight!
  23. Da Tinman
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 4,226

    Da Tinman

    There was a guy showed up here on Thursday with a 37 Studebaker, when the folks with the plane found out what he was driving they had him drive it out on the flight line for some pics. I missed it though.
  24. stimpy
    Joined: Apr 16, 2006
    Posts: 3,547


    they could of , Studebaker and Dodge built a lot of Radial engines for Pratt Whitney during the war , Dodge built them in whats now called Ford city ( 74th and Cicero in Chicago ) which was also the tucker car works after the war , then Ford built jet aircraft engines there after they got it now its part shopping mall and the tootsie roll candy company ... ( the old engine test cells are still standing )
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2013
  25. Following a B-17G around town? That's a traffic jam I wouldn't complain about!!

  26. Model A John
    Joined: Apr 24, 2008
    Posts: 1,765

    Model A John
    from wichita ks

    When you buy a ride on a B-17, do you get to choose were you'll sit, such as the tail gunner seat or the very front nose seat?
  27. FlatheadFanFromMI
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 65


    I had an exciting experience Tuesday. the WWII era B-17, "Sentimental Journey" made a promotional stop here in Muskegon, MI.
    This is a fully functioning aircraft based out of Mesa, AZ.
    I had the extreme fortune to have my 40 coupe photographed with this piece of history. Here is a link to the story too;

    Thank-You to all the veterans also;

    They are headed to Hamilton, ONT Canada (YHM) next. Be sure to check it out, if you are anywhere near by.

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  28. aldixie
    Joined: May 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,634


    My dad was sent to guard one that had crash landed in France during WWII, he was with the Royal Engineers, the radio operator tuned the radio to some big band music so that they wouldn't get bored. The following day a crew arrived and stripped out anything that was salvageable and they then destroyed the plane.
  29. aldixie
    Joined: May 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,634


    There are a B17, B24,B25 and B29 bombers coming to Ellington Field for the Wings over Houston event in October. All of them are available for rides among others. Here's the link.

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