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The Bomber made it back to base from Austin

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by carlisle1926, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. carlisle1926
    Joined: May 19, 2010
    Posts: 536


    We made it home from Austin to Houston, TX safely transporting the Lockheed Lodestar (a.k.a. the Beat Up Bastard). We managed to make it back in without getting any more tickets from the police. I would like to thank all of you that put in $2 in the bomb to help us pay off the tickets that we got on the trip out there. We had a great time and I hope you enjoyed your chance to sit in the cockpit of this piece of WWII history. I really appreciate ya'll.
    Jason Barnett

    On the way home we stopped in Brenham to eat lunch. When we came out of the restaurant there was an old man silently looking at the plane. When we walked up, he told us that he had fought in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 and that he was captured by the Germans and held prisoner for 6 months. It was hair raising to hear his emotional story. The plane stirred up a lot of forgotten memories from the 86 year old man. Hearing his stories and seeing all of the people having a good time in the plane at the Round Up made up for any trouble the cops gave us along the way. Man what a good time I had![​IMG][​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2012
  2. sodbuster
    Joined: Oct 15, 2001
    Posts: 4,951

    from Kansas

    Wow! Did you get tickets for it being to long?
  3. Mopar Jack
    Joined: Jan 24, 2010
    Posts: 1,363

    Mopar Jack

    Thats awsome...
  4. jms
    Joined: Aug 13, 2006
    Posts: 87

    from Chicago IL

    Looks like your Artoo unit survived the trip nicely!

  5. Would make a cool camper:eek:
  6. Hot Rod Bob
    Joined: Mar 21, 2007
    Posts: 1,146

    Hot Rod Bob
    from T-ville Ky

  7. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,398


    He's got a truck/motorhome chassis to go under it.

    Glad to see that you and the plane made it there and back home with little mishap outside of the ticket.
  8. Was neat to see it in person. Your artwork was awesome!
    The coolest thing though was the fact that you were letting kids go inside the plane!
    I saw one kid sticking his head out the pilots window, he looked like he was having the time of his life.

    Sent from my iPhone using TJJ
  9. carlisle1926
    Joined: May 19, 2010
    Posts: 536


    I pretty much was asking for a ticket because we were too long and according to the cop, we didn't have enough red on the tail end. I had a friend of mine following me with his hazard lights on too.
  10. 29ToyA
    Joined: Oct 29, 2010
    Posts: 413


    looks like R2D2 made the trip too.

    I've never seen one with a "glass nose" before.

    Nice to see it being saved.
  11. carlisle1926
    Joined: May 19, 2010
    Posts: 536


    I think people took more pictures with R2D2 than they did with the plane!
  12. Was good seeing it in person, your artwork is amazing
  13. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,426

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    Cop must have been bored...
    If anyone would have run into that, they should have been arrested for driving while blind!
  14. daddio211
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
    Posts: 5,998


    Did you write the cop a ticket? You know, for being a communist?
  15. carlisle1926
    Joined: May 19, 2010
    Posts: 536


    I'm going to court over it. We stopped about every ten miles along the route to check the straps on the load, for fuel and because people kept wanting to take pictures with it. Multiple times when we stopped the local cops would come over and take pictures and they were all great! The jerk that wrote the tickets(officer Lennox of the Harris County Sheriff's Department- B Male- app 40 years old) listed 11 violations that he had on me. He tried to say that my load was over weight( over 26,0000 gvw) The plane only weighs 2500lbs and the trailer 4500lbs. He said that I needed a commercial license to haul the plane and that he was giving me a ticket for not having a commercial license as well.He tried to actually right that ticket! I told him since we were at a truck stop, why don't we just go across the scales. He declined. He eventually settled for over length vehicle, no red flag- even though we had a ton of red on the plane, and having a farm tag on the trailer, for tickets.
    I'll be bringing photos to court of the red tape that we had all over the plane. I hope the judge is a veteran.

    The friend of mine that was following me with his hazards on, has a brother that is a Harris County Sheriff as well. Mike called his brother and his brother knew the jerk. His brother talked to officer Lennox on his cell phone and Lennox's response was- AND? Officer Lennox is a poo poo head.
  16. carlisle1926
    Joined: May 19, 2010
    Posts: 536


    Thank you!
  17. Beau
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,883


    9 times out of 10, the officer won't show up for the hearing.

    Looks like it was fun!
  18. It was a great surprise to see the bomber at the show, after following the story here on the HAMB. Thanks for sharing it with everyone. I really dig your artwork too! I so wanted that yellow bubble.
  19. gnarlytyler
    Joined: Feb 2, 2007
    Posts: 1,004


  20. amen brother.
  21. striper
    Joined: Mar 22, 2005
    Posts: 4,498


    Maybe you meant fascist? There's a small difference. :confused:

    Cool old plane.
  22. What a beauty ! Are you going to restore? or Convert?... what's it's future?

    Toooo coooool.
  23. Ebbsspeed
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,416


    But if by chance Officer Lennox does show up, for your sake I hope nobody shows him this:

  24. carlisle1926
    Joined: May 19, 2010
    Posts: 536


    Look up " Lockheed Lodestar" on the Hamb. There is a whole thread devoted to the disaster.
  25. That thing was amazing in person!! Sorry for all your troubles and F officer Lennox!!
    Glad ya made it back safely too
  26. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792


    That used to be the case. Ask me how I know.
  27. Great story.
    Very cool of you to share your toys with the crowd!
    My money says you will get the tickets torn up.
  28. Man it kinda screwed with me for a minute, seeing a B-25 style nose on a Lodestar! Different, but for what your building what a place for passengers to sit! Fantastic!

    I think I have shown you this before, an Aussy had the same idea. All I know about it is, it was built shortly after the War ended, toured the country then sat for a long time. Not sure of the drive line, though someone once told me it was a Flathead Ford but that doesn't seem to fit in with the build time-line?


  29. bonez
    Joined: Jul 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,492

    from Slow lane

    Youre a ruler man. You should have had R2s head stickin out of the roof of the fusolage...
  30. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,426

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    I'd take it to court anyhow..just in case you win ,you can nanner nanner in the cops face!:eek::D

    its always good to hear of someone winning one against the estabishment. Its getting to the point where there is a law against every dam thing, soon you wont be able to get off your chair to do anything.

    wait until you get it on the road..

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