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Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/18/2011 11:15:07 PM   
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Went to the US for 3 weeks with work and one of my weekend targets was to visit Austin and get a flight in the Collings Foundations WWII B-17 bomber "Nine O Nine".

This was a great experience for only 425$
Also had a ride in a Vietnam vintage Huey helicopter for a mere 100$
- The biggest attraction, a flight and a hold on the stick in the only WWII twin seat P-51 Mustang "Betty Jane" got a bit too expensive at 2200$...still on the Bucket List!

Will share some photos with you!

PS! If you'd like a flight, check out the Collings Foundations web site and you'll be airborne in no time!
It's a non-profit organization which only aim is to keep the warbirds flying.

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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/18/2011 11:15:35 PM   
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B-17 Nine O Nine History




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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/18/2011 11:16:16 PM   
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Nine O Nine in Flight




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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/18/2011 11:17:17 PM   
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B-17 Nine O Nine and B-24 Witchcraft in flight

The only flying B-24 is also something you can get a ride in!




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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/18/2011 11:17:53 PM   
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Nine O Nine up close on ground




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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/18/2011 11:18:28 PM   
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Nine O Nine up close front




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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/18/2011 11:19:02 PM   
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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/18/2011 11:19:33 PM   
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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/18/2011 11:20:10 PM   
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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/18/2011 11:21:26 PM   
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B-17 in flight

This is my favorite picture snapped in flight, had to support the camera with both hands to keep it steady!




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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/18/2011 11:22:02 PM   
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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/18/2011 11:25:33 PM   
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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/18/2011 11:27:23 PM   
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B-17 in flight

The steady drum of the 4 Cyclone engines is like music!




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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/18/2011 11:28:14 PM   
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Helping to turn the props to the 12 o'clock position before start!




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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/18/2011 11:29:10 PM   
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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/18/2011 11:29:36 PM   
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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/18/2011 11:30:10 PM   
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In love with Betty Jane....




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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/18/2011 11:30:39 PM   
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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/18/2011 11:42:12 PM   
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Nice pictures! I live right up the road 100 miles and didn't know they were there. Looks like a great time.

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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/18/2011 11:47:34 PM   
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Very Nice! A dream for us IRL, a nightmare for us virtual JFBs!

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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/19/2011 12:25:04 AM   
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I rode in the B-24 (which was The Dragon and His Tail then) about 8 years ago.  It was great.  Walking through the bomb bay in flight was a bit nerve wracking, I could see the world going by through the cracks between the doors.  I wore my father's WW II flight jacket and it was very handy for crawling around in the plane.  The interior pockets are horizontal, so I could slide the camera into one of those and move about with no worries of my camera bashing into anything.

I recommend it to anyone who can afford it.  It was well worth the money.

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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/19/2011 2:01:50 AM   
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Always wanted to ride in a 17. Must a been a whole stack of fun.

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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/19/2011 3:25:37 AM   
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I've so far managed rides in B-17, P-51, and P-38.  Really want one in an F4U yet.  Maybe it'll happen ...

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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/19/2011 3:39:21 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: PaxMondo

I've so far managed rides in B-17, P-51, and P-38.  Really want one in an F4U yet.  Maybe it'll happen ...


Wow, I think that's the trifecta of rides I'd love to take in WWII birds!

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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/19/2011 5:31:20 AM   
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thanks for the pics, PzB - you're lookin' good there w/ Betty Jane!

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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/19/2011 6:36:06 AM   
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PzB, wow!

All I can say is that I am green with envy...

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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/19/2011 6:50:05 AM   
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quote:

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quote:

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I've so far managed rides in B-17, P-51, and P-38.  Really want one in an F4U yet.  Maybe it'll happen ...


Wow, I think that's the trifecta of rides I'd love to take in WWII birds!

Spread out across a number of years, mind you. The last two, those were special and multiple times. Family friend lived with us when I was in high school. Guy dating her had just sold out his string of hamburger joints* to Pillsbury. He had been a fighter pilot back in the day, so he took some of his earnings and bought a few birds. When he came to visit her, he frequently flew up in one. I got rides ... the P-38 was WAY more cool than the Mustang. And a LOT bigger. He passed long time back. No idea what happened to his birds.

*little thing called "Burger King".

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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/19/2011 8:12:54 AM   
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Hi all,

Very nice John!

Oh how I am envious...


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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/19/2011 10:18:10 AM   
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Awesome pictures! Thanks for sharing, and great to see you back on deck.  The B17 high up my list too, though I probably would have gone for the Mustang... 2200 is a hurt, though.

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RE: Fly the dream: a flight in a WWII B-17! - 4/19/2011 3:23:00 PM   
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With my luck I'd get a ride in an Ohka.

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