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#121274 Sun Jan 06 2008 03:06 PM
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Cool story and cool plane! I admire guys who can do something like take a wrecked plane, redesign and reconfigure it. Dont know why anyone would object to that. Would it be better off in the scrap yard? Its not like it some rare, classic. My 2 cents.


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Unlike chopping a car, a plane that has been modified, has to be throughly certified by a licensed aviation mechanic Before it can be flown. After X amount of engine running time, the engine has to be torn down for a complete inspection.

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DICK,, HOW DO YOU KNOW?? YOUR JUST A GAS PUMP MAN?? L.O.L.::: BUT YES,,,,,,,,,,, IT HAS TO BE INSPECTED..

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#121277 Sun Jan 06 2008 08:39 PM
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I spend ALOT of time @ Santa Paula Airport.
Years ago, a friend salvaged a piece of a frame. It was a Fixed landing gear, split rudder Stagger Wing [was owned & crashed by ETHYL CORP.], & restored it to fly. He died of cancer before it flew. It has been loaned to the Stagger Wing Museum [in Tn. or Ky.].
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A few years ago I had the honor and privilege to assist in re-assembling this National treasure.




Since then we have worked on several others, here is the latest.



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Nice Connie, was it one of the Air Force Ones?

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15 miles SE of here @ Camarillo [ex Oxnard Air Force Base] they have 2 Connie's & a DC-3, they have been working on. When it was USAF base, it rumored they kept a Black Bird hangared.

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Hats in the ring to you two!
What a great page to come back home to see from vacation. Being a WWI & II aviation researcher I love to see people enjoying flight & PICS. OF AREOPLANES! Great pics w/a happy looking grand baby (make sure you take notes for the little ones memories w/grandpa).
***DARE TO DO WHAT OTHERS ONLY DREAM OF; H WEIR COOK- WWI&II INDIANA'S ACE

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#121282 Mon Jan 07 2008 08:00 PM
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The guy that named the Enola Gay lived just about 1 block from me here in Topeka, Kansas.

I grew up "back in the 1980's" spending all my summers at Forbes Field airbase flying around with my sister in 2 airline seats that were put in the tail of a Douglas A-26 Invader that belonged to Ed Counselman who was a good friend of my fathers. My father and Ed would load the plane with fuel at the air shows and off load them into a tanker truck so we did not have to buy the fuel to fly the plane. At that time the air shows did not keep track of how much fuel the antique bombers were using so they got away with it until the rules changed and records started being kept and fuel was limited to light loads only. My father co-piloted the plane too at the shows until they made rules requiring co-pilots to be licensed when flying at the air shows. The plane crashed on a trip back to AZ after leaving an air show in Topeka on June 26, 1988. Itís a wonder I am still alive today and they did not crash that plane sooner with all the crazy things they would do. I still remember today being in the back with Edís son when Ed and my dad decided to dip the wing tips into the water at Lake Perry and then buzz by some sail boats trying to tip them over for fun. It seems if they were not doing crazy things like that then the engines were blowing oil lines of catching on fire.

The week before Ed crashed the plane he flew into Topeka from Phoenix for the air show with a young newly wed attorney and his wife. As they were landing at Forbes the right engine blew an oil line and caught fire. The attorneyís wife was so shook up she flew commercial home and tried to talk her husband into doing the same. He probably should have gone with her as Ed and this attorney both got killed in the crash.

Here is a pic from the crash site in the mountains of French Henry thatís in the Carson National Forest.



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i won a ride in this plane in a golf tournament last year...we were suppose to do some formation flying however it was canceled & the pilot owner said he would take me up by myself & let me fly....i was flying within 10 minutes & doing 360's within 30 minutes.....it was absolutely great however i did need the "bag" after awhile



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The Connie was Air Force then Mississippi Air Guard then West Virginia Air Guard then Pa Air Guard. I met some of the WV AG pilots and they used to fly round trip from Martinsburg WV to Viet Nam and it took 88 hours. Those guys were tickled with the way it turned out. Also met Paut Tibbets, Dutch Van Kirk (navigator), And Morris Jeppeson (weapon test officer). That was also a real privilege to hear the stories they had.


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I like the B-29 and the Connie pictures. I have a few pictures from my days with Uncle Sam. Sometimes I think I have a little 7808 in my veins.

Getting an F-15E ride at Nellis, way cool, we went low level (Below the canyon walls) at Powell Canyon, then straight up!



Production Superintendent at Seymour Johnson AFB NC with some of my customers.



In Turkey with the Laker Ladies and a live AGM 130



At Whiteman AFB MO where I retired.



Fly AF!



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THANKS FOR ALL THE POSTS EVERYONE!!!!!! MY DAD SAYS THANK YOU,, HE'S NOT SO GOOD AT POSTING THINGS.. HE TOLD ME TO SAY THANKS,, YOUR ALL GREAT!!! FER'' FATHERS DAY A FEW YEARS AGO,, WE GAVE HIM A RIDE IN A SEA HAWK FURY,, A CANADIAN PROP , TRAINING PLANE. UP SIDE DOWN AT 300 MPH OVER A LAKE??? HE WAS A HAPPY GUY.. THAT WAS A GOOD DAY,, PIOLTS HAVE A STRONG BOND,, KEEP THE STORIES COMING.. GOOD NIGHT!!!!

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I've been around a few planes in my day too. Just a few can be seen here http://www.wmof.com/ I was on the restoration teams on the X-4 YF-17, and I was the plane captain on the A-4 recovery & restoration. But my favorite, is the one behind Wes Maxwell, in his last pic. I spent a few years with the B-2 both at Pico Rivera, and at Palmdale. Did I do good Wes?


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WES MAXWELL,, VERY,-- --VERY ,, NICE PHOTOS!!!!!! THANKS FOR SHARING,, WHAT A GOOOOODDDDD!! STORY.. COOL FIGTHER JETS...... I LIKE THE LAKER GIRLS ALSO..!! CAN I GIVE THEM MY NUMBER ??? I LIVE IN IDAHO.. L.O.L.~~~~~~~~~~~~

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