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Old 08-02-2014, 05:45 AM
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One hell of a ride.

Got to ride in a B17 yesterday with my Dad. I have always been afraid of flying so this was an odd choice for a first flight but the experience was awesome.
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Old 08-02-2014, 05:52 AM
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Got to ride in a B17 yesterday with my Dad. I have always been afraid of flying so this was an odd choice for a first flight but the experience was awesome.
Would have been really cool if they let you reenact the firebombing of Dresden.
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Old 08-02-2014, 10:40 AM
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Lemonade.
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Old 08-02-2014, 11:15 AM
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I guess so. In no way did I start this thread to be controversial in any way. I just was showing what a great time I had with my elderly father who is a veteran.
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Old 08-02-2014, 09:27 PM
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I'm SO jealous I'll bet it was great and I'm glad you had a good time with your dad. My dad flew in B-17's and later in B-29's in the Pacific. I wish he was still around so we could do something like that.
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Old 08-03-2014, 03:58 AM
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I'm SO jealous I'll bet it was great and I'm glad you had a good time with your dad. My dad flew in B-17's and later in B-29's in the Pacific. I wish he was still around so we could do something like that.
Thank you for the kind reply. It was definitely something I will always remember. I can't begin to comprehend what those young men went through in those machines under those conditions. They were true heroes.
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Old 08-03-2014, 07:04 AM
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That's awesome jcm! I assisted in Boeing Bee restoration project back 20 years ago or so. At 6'1", I sure had to duck a lot walking around on the catwalk inside.
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:56 AM
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That's awesome jcm! I assisted in Boeing Bee restoration project back 20 years ago or so. At 6'1", I sure had to duck a lot walking around on the catwalk inside.
Cool. I couldn't believe how tight everything was inside. It was bad enough walking through it on the ground, but in the air it was a workout.
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One hell of a ride.

Thanks for sharing.

Sounds like it was one hell of a ride!




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To be able to take a ride in a B-17 is in my bucket list.

I knew a vet who was a tailgunner in one. When I asked him how many fighters he shot down, he replied, "I have no idea. Those things would fly by so fast, it was next to impossible shooting one down".

I think THE worst job to have would be the ball turret gunner. Not only are you cramped in there, but you get a pretty scary view of flying through flak.

It's really amazing the age of some of those WWII pilots and crew. Many of them participated in highly risky and dangerous daylight bombing runs over Germany. If the flak didn't bring them down, those German ME109s and 190s would pounce on them, and without good fighter escorts, they were pretty much sitting ducks.

Considering them "heroes" is a huge understatement, imo.
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Got to ride in a B17 yesterday with my Dad. I have always been afraid of flying so this was an odd choice for a first flight but the experience was awesome.
Thanks for posting pics Bro. Spending time with your Pop is great especially doing something with him where he was a hero.
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Old 08-15-2014, 06:33 AM
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It must be great to be able to share something like this with your father. I miss mine since he passed away two years ago. I'd share some of my war stories with him. How was the old plane fly?
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Old 08-15-2014, 01:15 PM
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Once again thanks to everyone for the kind comments. Now about how the flight was, well, it was very LOUD and sitting on the runway idling I wasn't for sure if the poor thing was going to hold together. In the air it wasn't much smoother to be honest but it sure was a thrill. It was a work out to get one one end to the other but it was one of the best experiences I've ever had.
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Old 08-15-2014, 01:24 PM
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I would like to add that my Dad says it wasn't as rough as I think it was. He said the landing was pretty much as good as it gets in one of those things.
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