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One of my favorite airplanes

Discussion in 'Members Lounge' started by MikeMl, Sep 11, 2016.

  1. MikeMl

    MikeMl Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    link (besides the one I flew today):cool:
     
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    Mikebits Well-Known Member

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    I thought you would have been a Mustang kinda guy :)
     
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    MikeMl Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Oh, I like the P51, but the Spit is special. Wife's dad (deceased) flew >450 combat missions in Spits between June '44 and the end of WW2.
     
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    hi M,
    I was 'lucky' enough to see both of these operational in WW2.

    Was 'Wifes Dad' in the renowned R.A.F's Eagle Squadron.?

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    BTW: I served on RAF ground Radar from 1950 to 55.

     
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    They have a pretty cool WWII airplane museum a couple hours North of San Diego, (March AFB) I think. I made a visit once when I was attending some training at CALFire, those old planes are works of art. :)
     
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    That's an amazing number. A true hero.
     
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    Reloadron Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    MikeMI, many thanks for sharing that link and some incredibly sharp pictures of the Spitfire. I have always had a fondness for the old war birds and make it a point every year to attend the Cleveland Air Show. Some of the legacy fly byes are just plain great to watch. I have always been a supporter of the Commemorative Air Force, formerly the Confederate Air Force. A few years back I was fortunate enough to get to a Gathering of Mustangs air show down in Columbus, Ohio's Rickenbacker Field. Again, thanks for sharing.

    Ron
     
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    I've been up close and personal a couple of times with MH434 - we took my stepsons grandfathers ashes for a last visit before scattering them at Duxford where it lives.
     
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    Hi Eric,

    The WW2 aircrew had guts.:arghh:

    My dad worked on Spits, Hurricanes, Mosquitoes etc during and, after WW2, and I used to see them in the air from time to time as a nipper, and occasionally up close. Mosquitoes were the plane for me, but I also liked the P41 Mustang, Catalina, Typhoon, Sea Fury, Lancaster (but not to fly in), B17 flying fortress, B24 Liberator, B29 Super-fortress, Dakota...

    Then there is the Spitfire - in a league of its own:)

    I worked on RAF ground radar too: CPN4/NPN11 ground control approach (GCA) radar in 1965/66, which was dead handy because I was air RADAR by trade.:banghead:

    Our RAF Entry had a reunion in 2012 at a local country hotel. The organisers laid on a Spit flyby, but unfortunately the Spit was US so a Hurracain stood in- just as good and it was nice to hear a Merlin engine once again.- it was a magic day.:happy:

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