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I Have a Fascination for World War II Planes

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Hostile, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    It started with the old TV Show "Baa Baa Black Sheep" starring Robert Conrad as Greg "Pappy" Boyington and the fact that my Dad was a pilot. I loved the look of the F4U Corsair with the swoop of the wings. For a long time I thought this plane was the be all end all.

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    Then I really fell in love with the P51 Mustang.

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    Respect for other fighter planes followed. Including the fierce look of the P40 Flying Tiger.

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    I even grew to respect the amazing Japanese Zero.

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    And the German Messerschmitt.

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    I started building models of WWII airplanes as a hobby. It was a great way to spend some quiet time. My favorite model I had displayed in my bedroom was the P38 Lightning.

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    Eventually I had to find my way to bombers. My neighbor growing up was a WWII Bomber Pilot. He flew a B26, the kind used in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo. The B26 was called "The Widowmaker."

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    The B26 was an upgrade of the B25 which to me just has a classic bomber look.

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    Of course the B17 which may be the most famous bomber planes in Europe.

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  2. Aikmaniac

    Aikmaniac Well-Known Member

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    A thread right down my alley!

    I fly R/C planes and most of them are warbirds.

    I have a (2) P-51D's, P-47D, Ryan STA-M, A6M5 Zero, F7F Tigercat

    Below are some links to some of our club's past warbird events if you're interested in checking them out:

    http://trac_tampa.homestead.com/warbird405/wb2005_1.html - That's the Zero you see pictured within the album.

    http://trac_tampa.homestead.com/Warbird304/WB04ALB_2.html - You'll see our "Big Beautiful Doll" Mustang pictured.

    There's nothing like warbirds. Don't get me wrong, the jets are on a level by themselves. Always will love the F-14 Tomcat.

    But the sound of a Mustang screaming by...that V-12 Merlin crackling and creating the best melody you ever heard...there's nothing like it, and there never will be.
  3. xWraithx

    xWraithx Benched

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    I shot down numerous Japanese Zeroes from various gunner positions of a PBY Catalina (in my new xbox360 game, Call of Duty: World at War) :)
  4. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    Davis Monthan AFB has a great airshow here very Spring. About 6 years ago they did a flyby with a P51 Mustang, an F-15, and a Stealth Fighter. I thought it was absolutely amazing.

    I have to agree on the sound of the P51's engine. I love the jets too, but the fighter planes of WWII are so amazing to me. When looking for pictures I found this picture of some kids playing on a shot down Zero.

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    I envy those kids. What a great playground.
  5. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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  6. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    We have a nice one here in Tucson too.

    http://www.pimaair.org/

    You even get to tour the famous airplane graveyard, which is considered the 4th largest air force in the world since the planes can all be made flight ready within 48 hours time each.

    I spend hours at the Smithsonian every time I go to DC. Most of it at the air and space museum there. I want to see the Enola Gay.
  7. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    I would love to go to the smithsonian. Probably could spend days in there.
  8. ROMOSAPIEN9

    ROMOSAPIEN9 Proud Grandpa

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    As a kid, Baa Baa Blacksheep was my favorite show. Pappy Boington was my hero and the F4u Corsair was the most beautiful bird in the sky IMO.

    Great thread Hos.
  9. Joe Rod

    Joe Rod When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong

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    I took my son there before we moved from DC to Texas and he loved it. Never a big plane buff myself, but the time was well spent considering how wide-eyed he was the entire time.
  10. Route 66

    Route 66 Active Member

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    Unless said kids slip on a jagged piece of metal and bleed to death all over what's left of the fuselage crying out in anguish that Daddy Hos let them prance around the Zero's demise like dancers in the Nut Cracker.
  11. Route 66

    Route 66 Active Member

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    But seriously-those old bombers are awesome. Just imagine back then seeing this as your view during war...

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  12. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    Nice pic.

    That's quite a view.

    I don't think I'd like that view though when a enemy plane was shooting at me.

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  13. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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    I love anything that has to do with aviation but the WWII planes definitely have a special place in my heart. It's just the golden age of flight. I take it you've seen the show "Dogfights" before Hos?
  14. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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  15. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    Loved Baa Baa Black Sheep.

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  16. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    F4U Corsair Flight Demonstration

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  17. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    No sir. Have not even heard of it.
  18. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    P-51 Mustang Low Pass

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  19. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    My favorite WWII movies about flyers. A lot are John Wayne of course.


    The Tuskegee Airmen. If you haven't seen this movie you really should. It is one that far too few people know about.

    The Wings of Eagles. John Wayne portrays real life hero Spig Wead.

    Tora! Tora! Tora! The words that launched the attack on Pearl.

    1941. Okay so it's slapstick, but I still love it.

    Flying Tigers. John Wayne and Company fighting the Japanese in China 2 years before Pearl Harbor is attacked.

    Flying Misfits. The movie that launched Baa Baa Black Sheep.

    Flying Leathernecks. John Wayne and the Marines at Guadacanal.

    Pearl Harbor. If for no other reason to see Kate Beckinsale in that red dress.

    Memphis Belle. Based on a true story of a real plane.

    The W. B. Yeats poem quoted in that movie is quite chilling.

    An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

    I know that I shall meet my fate
    Somewhere among the clouds above
    Those I fight I do not hate
    Those I guard I do not love
    My country is Kiltartan's Cross
    My countrymen Kiltartan's poor
    No likely end could bring them loss
    Or leave them happier than before
    No law, nor duty bade me fight
    No public man, nor cheering crowds
    A lonely impulse of delight
    Led to this tumult in the clouds
    I balanced all, brought all to mind
    The years to come seemed waste of breath
    A waste of breath, the years behind
    In balance with this life, this death.




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  20. ROMOSAPIEN9

    ROMOSAPIEN9 Proud Grandpa

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    (expletive deleted)AWESOME!!!


    Post of the year!!!!

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