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Old 09-29-2007, 11:01 PM   #1
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100+ P-51 Mustangs Plus a pair of P-40 Warhawks, a pair of P-47 Thunderbolts, two B-17 Flying Fortresses including "Memphis belle", two B-25 Mitchells, a P-63 King Cobra, a C-47 Skytrain, and the Avro Lancaster. Modern USAF stuff included a B-52, C-5 Galaxy, C-17 Globemaster II, A-10 Warthog, KC-135, and flying demos by the F-16 Viper, F-15 Eagle, and the new F-22 Raptor. Plus the Thunderbirds....
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B-52
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C-5B Galaxy
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Thunderbirds are.....um, sitting there waiting.

Raptor with a trio of P-51s, two Ds and a B.
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Paint detail of the Tiger
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P-63 King Cobra
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P-38, "Glacier Girl". She was enroute to Europe, but had to crashland in Greenland due to weather. She spent the next 55 years being buried by snow, until she was covered by 100 feet of solid ice. They found her, melted a hole down to her, then pulled her up and COMPLETELY rebuilt her. Just an amazing job...
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The Avro Lancaster, the only flyable one in the world.

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P-40A, Flying Tiger paint scheme
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Old 09-29-2007, 11:11 PM   #2
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"Yankee Girl", a B-17G
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"Memphis Belle", the first B-17 to come home....

The Belle'* top turret
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Tail turret
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Wright Cyclone motor, 9 cylinder radial making 1200 horses...
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Thanks to this little turbo. Yeah, that turbine is a foot across.
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C-47, A.K.A. the DC-3, A.K.A. the Gooney bird, A.K.A. "The engine fell off in flames? No problem!"
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Waco model B. Not a warbird, but a damn nice looking little plane
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Old 09-29-2007, 11:16 PM   #3
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And now some P-51s....
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Old 09-29-2007, 11:22 PM   #4
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Bud Anderson'* "Old Crow"
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Chuck Yeager'* "Glamorous Glen III"
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Wanna have a bad day? **** off a P-51. A sextet of .50s mean business.
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Or annoy a P-38. Four .50s, plus a 20mm cannon.
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If they don't get you, the AA guys will! Maxson quad .50s mounted on a half-track.
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Old 09-29-2007, 11:31 PM   #5
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Some pics I like:
Four Pitts specials flying rings around a parachuter, opening ceremonies.
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Engine cowling of the Lancaster. Rolls-Royce Merlin IV motor, V-12, 1650 cu. in., about 1300hp.
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Anyone looking for some SERIOUS brake calipers? C-47 units might fit (inside your wheelwell, but not your wheel!)
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Topping up the oil. He had 18 quarts up there on the wing. And 4 cases on the ground. Plus a bunch more in the van on the way. It pays to buy in bulk.
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And my best picture (IMHO): Four Pitts doing loops with the smoke on, viewed over the wing and fuselage of the C-47.
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very cool. i used to live near a old airfield looked just like that. it was in atwater cali
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wow that a lot a cubics inches and muchos horsepower in one place around here we see allison v 12 more in tractor pulling
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I think the P-51 D'* are one of the most amazing machines every built. I think I sat in Ole Yeller one time, he'* based out of Rexburg, ID and he was one of my friends' uncle, so she took us over to see his collection, very impressive stuff. Where was this at?
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OMFG, I love all the pics you got. I am a big time aviation nut I am lovin the Memphis Belle pics and I heard from a ww2 pilot that those B-25'* loved to burn oil. what sqadron was that one from?
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The event was at Rickenbacker Airport here in Columbus, formerly Rickenbacker Air Force Base. Most of the planes were privately owned, except for a few of Kermit Weeks planes, and I think one of the B-25s was from the Commemorative Air Force.

The Thunderbirds are awesome. They are very good at making you watch the main formation while the opposing solo sneaks off to do a fast pass from behind the crowd at low altitude. The Viper and Eagle demos were impressive too, but the F-22 Raptor....yeah He started by leaving the runway at 250 in full burner, then went vertical INSTANTLY and accelerated straight up. With the thrust vectoring exhaust, that thing can turn inside ANYTHING. He did a flip at one point, the nose stayed put while he rotated the plane around it. For the finale, he came in low and slow, basically just balanced on the thrust from the engines, at about a 45 degree angle of attack. He pointed the nose vertical, came to a dead STOP, just the engine thrust holding him in place, and then kicked the burners on and just punched a hole straight up. From a dead stop, he was at 450mph and 20,000 feet in about 25 seconds, still accelerating. Absolutely amazing....

I managed to be standing right under the Lancasters wingtip while they were starting the engines...That was beyond cool, there is a barely audible pop from the Coffman starter, the prop starts turning, there is a couple of backfires from the exhausts, and then she just starts running. It has none of the drama of starting the big radials, no pause while everything looks like it'* going to stop before it catches. It'* just like starting a car engine.

I can't describe just what it sounded like when they brought 20 P-51s over in formation. Just incredible.....and moving beyond words, I was grinning like a freak the whole day. There were maybe 20 minutes total during the day that there weren't planes in the air, or taking off, or landing. The only real gaps were just before and after the USAF demos, the Thunderbirds, and while Fed-Ex ran a few planes through their freight terminal. Most of the rest of the day, if there wasn't a P-51 beating up the runway, it was because he made his pass over the crowd instead. And some of those guys had no problem with making their passes as fast and as low as possible. 350 knots doesn't look fast until it happens only 250 feet over your head.
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