Fifi - the last flying B-29 in the world.
|I can't explain my fascination with radial engines.|
|A sight few have ever seen...|
Sentimental Journey - a flying B-17.
|Yes, those engines are humming!|
There are a couple B-17's that still fly. Collings Foundation has one, Ol' 909. Sentimental Journey is another, operated by CAF.
|For a price, you can take a ride in a B-17.|
|Classic B-17 nose art|
|Curtiss Helldiver - the last flying Helldiver in the world.|
|An even more rare sight, as the Curtiss does not come out as often to play.|
Gunfighter - a P51D Mustang.
|Not rare perhaps, but way cool!|
Then there is Diamond Lil, the B-24 Liberator. I always get the B-24 mixed up with the B-25 Mitchell. Both types fly around here on a semi-regular basis, as CAF bases one of their B-24's at Addison. But eventually I picked a mnemonic for it, 4 engines = B-24. You get to go inside the B-24 tail section, and they also put up stairs to see into the cockpit. Not a lot of room up there.
There were a bunch of other aircraft there too, including a C-47 in D-Day paint, an Expediter, a Texan, and a couple of Stearman-like Navy biplane trainers.
|A Stearman designed Travel Air 2000/3000/4000 I think.|
|I have a huge soft spot for the C-47/DC-3.|
|This one is a Stearman Speedmail.|
Below is a Stinson ST-10J.
|I see this one and think of Alaska for some reason.|
If you ever have the opportunity to go to a show where the old Warbirds are on display, I highly recommend you do it. There are very few of them left in operating condition--it's not like they make spare parts for these planes any more! They often have to make their own replacement parts. Even tires are hard to source. But please, check out the Commemorative Air Force tour schedule, or the Collings Foundation schedule. Both organizations fly these types of planes all over the country. It is well worth the chance to see them and hear the sounds of freedom.