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CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 B-29 P-51 B-17 - 7/5/2013 7:45:25 PM   
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Please be patient, there are almost 60 images to load here. Lets get started:

Also, be patient and wait for the surprise at the end!



Overall view of FiFi

Some other outside pictures, btw, that is my daughter in some standing in for scale.


































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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 7/5/2013 8:00:41 PM   
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Some pictures of the inside in both the forward cockpit, where you could get up in and some in the tail section where i could just poke the camera in and take pictures.


























































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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 7/5/2013 8:20:30 PM   
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Some other aircraft there at the exhibit:













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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 7/5/2013 8:24:33 PM   
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This gentleman was in line with us for the cockpit tour. He worked on B-29s right after WWII at what would become Ellsworth AFB near Rapid City, SD. He also worked on B-36s and B-52s and when he was assigned to Dover AFB he worked on C-5s. Very nice fellow and had some cool stories about climbing into areas of the aircraft you wouldn't think would be accessible.



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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 7/5/2013 8:26:50 PM   
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Great pics, Mike!

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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 7/5/2013 8:28:59 PM   
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And, the bonus aircraft! There was a B-17 at this airport a couple of weeks ago. I got a tip from someone I know in the airport safety deparment that she had some maintenance difficulties and was at a remote location on the airport! I was not able to get near her but took these pictures from where I could.









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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 7/5/2013 8:54:06 PM   
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Interesesting! I never, ever even suspected the '29 had 4-50's in its top forward turret!

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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 7/5/2013 8:57:38 PM   
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Thanks! Great shots. Covered ALL angles.... Hal

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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 7/5/2013 10:07:25 PM   
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excellent pics, thanks for sharing

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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 7/5/2013 10:08:42 PM   
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Just noticed the USB port and the iPhone plug on the co-pilot panel.

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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 7/6/2013 2:50:01 AM   
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Wow love the pictures! Thanks
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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 7/6/2013 4:37:37 AM   
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great post, great pics, thanks Nashvillen!

props also to Nashvillen's daughter for providing scale.

had to laugh, when I saw the pic of the older woman in the B-29 ball-cap, she's comfy in the pilot's seat, surrounded by top-level 1944 technology, chatting on her cell, a tech-level unimaginable to the guys that flew combat in the 29s.

your pic of the navigator's chart-table reminded me, these guys were taking sun/star-shots w/ a sextant, then doing manual math to figure what their position was awhile back when they took the shot, hopefully the errors were small.

now here we are, 69 years gone, & she can get a precise lat/long instantly from her cell.

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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 7/6/2013 3:00:28 PM   
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One thing that always amazes me is how SMALL a B17 looks when sitting next to a B29!

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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 7/6/2013 4:29:20 PM   
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Very cool pictures!
Thank you for sharing.

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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 7/6/2013 5:03:12 PM   
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One thing that always amazes me is how SMALL a B17 looks when sitting next to a B29!


Take a look at the B-29 sitting next to a B-36.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:B-36aarrivalcarswell1948.jpg

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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 7/6/2013 6:22:35 PM   
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Great pic's , thanks for sharing.

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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 7/7/2013 1:17:19 AM   
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Nice pics, especially of the interior. Thanks

Navigation by sextant and discovery of the jet stream. Now, that was a mission to scare them when they realized they weren't anywhere near where they were supposed to be. That was something my father mentioned that amazed because I never even thought of the time's technology.

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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 7/7/2013 3:49:42 AM   
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One thing that always amazes me is how SMALL a B17 looks when sitting next to a B29!


Take a look at the B-29 sitting next to a B-36.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:B-36aarrivalcarswell1948.jpg

Understood, but you always think of a B17 as BIG ... and it was ... until the B29 came along.

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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 B-29 P-51 B-17 - 7/7/2013 4:43:58 PM   
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Hi all,

Thanks Mike!


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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 7/7/2013 5:20:32 PM   
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One thing that always amazes me is how SMALL a B17 looks when sitting next to a B29!


It is a very cramped aircraft. I walked through one in Loveland last year and was amazed at how SMALL the interior of the -17 was.


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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 8/27/2013 11:35:34 PM   
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FiFi is from here. Midland, Tx is here home field. So we get to see her fly around a lot.

It's tough being that close to her all the time.

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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 8/27/2013 11:56:11 PM   
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One thing that always amazes me is how SMALL a B17 looks when sitting next to a B29!


Take a look at the B-29 sitting next to a B-36.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:B-36aarrivalcarswell1948.jpg

Understood, but you always think of a B17 as BIG ... and it was ... until the B29 came along.

Would have been cool to get a B-17, B-29, and B-36 next to each other like that. Did a google search and found this:

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.planesofthepast.com/images/airforce-archives/carswell-afb-b17-b29-b36.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.planesofthepast.com/b36-at-carswell-afb.htm&h=413&w=640&sz=67&tbnid=Dig7Wj6HuJKyZM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=139&zoom=1&usg=__pJnDjfvCEuxXEHN_NYsxl4in5PE=&docid=PNrj41tFkLgVxM&sa=X&ei=Wy4dUvmVJ9agsQSf3YHgAw&ved=0CC4Q9QEwAA&dur=3067

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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 8/28/2013 3:51:38 AM   
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I used to fly from Opalocka and for some reason often saw a B-17 and a B-24 of the CAF (It was called the Confederate Air Force then)flying from there. There was also a DC-3.
Nothing sounds like those old radials.

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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 - 8/28/2013 4:54:43 AM   
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My father's job was to keep these instruments working while on Tinian.

He had many good stories about the war; I wish I could remember them all.




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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 B-29 P-51 B-17 - 8/28/2013 12:20:34 PM   
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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 B-29 P-51 B-17 - 8/28/2013 2:28:14 PM   
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You are one funny Gorn! That is hilarious!

Actually, she was enjoying about as much as I. I just think she was getting tired of posing in front of them. She loves planes and the WWII ones fascinate her.

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RE: CAF visit to Smyrna TN in July 2013 B-29 P-51 B-17 - 8/28/2013 9:43:41 PM   
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You are one funny Gorn! That is hilarious!




Yes, you can see, even the B-29 engine is laughing!

Reminds me of old cartoons, like Mr. Railroad engine or Mr. Tugboat.

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