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I uploaded 22 pictures I took at the local air show Saturday. They are 640X480 and the page takes about 15 minutes to fully load on my 28K 3Kb/second dial up connection so be for warned. :D


Air Show Pictures

Here's a little teaser.

Mark

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Cool old planes looks like you had fun.:warplanes
 

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I like this one better!!!! Hmmmm P-51!

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Those are some real cool planes, they don't make em like that anymore!!!! Thanks for sharing, not to mention they are some great quality pictures!!:D
 

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SWEET :halo: For someone who has work on Aircraft for the last 25 years it is nice to see the old stuff in primo condition:crazy: :money:
 

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The last air show I went to in Scranton Pa, had 2 flying B-17s in formation with a german bomber flying along, with 2 P-51 Mustangs flying "cover". The sounds were awe inspiring far beyond anything Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven ever wrote. The show announcer was even silent for several minutes as they repeatedly flew by untill his comment that he was silent so we could all hear what airplanes were SUPPOSED to sound like. A P-51 at close to 400 MPH at about 200 feet of altitude does make a special noise. Thanks a LOT for the great pics, Mark!
 

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this the one l may be wrong yes l'm l was thinking of the B 17 bomber menphis bell was one but the bell has 4 engines the one in the pic has 2 my bad sorry

the B2 is a stealth bomber
 

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B 17 Flying Fortress

On July 14th, a trip was made to a visiting Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Sentimental Journey, now part of the Confederate Air Force.

Sentimental Journey came off the Douglas assembly line in late 1944 and served in the Pacific. After the war, it was transferred to Elgin Field Florida for service as an air-sea rescue craft and in 1959 went into military storage at Davis-Monthan Air Base in Tucson Arizona. It was then sold to a California corporation for service as a borate bomber, flying thousands of sorties against forest fires throughout the country.

In January 1978 at the formation of the Arizona Wing of the Confederate Air Force, the announcement was made of the donation of B-17G #N9323Z to the Confederate Air Force for assignment to the Arizona Wing. It was then disassembled, and painstakingly restored to its original World War II configuration.

Wing Span: 103 ft. 9 3/8 in.
Length: 74 ft. 3.9 in.
Height: 19 ft. 2.44 in.
Powerplant: Wright R-1820-97 Cyclone X 4 *
Empty Weight: 36,134 lbs.
Gross Weight: 65,000 lbs.
Cruising Speed: 160 mph
Top Speed: 302 mph
Ceiling: 36,400 ft.
Range: 3750 miles
Fuel Capacity: 2,780 gallons carried in wing
Consumption: 200 gallons per hour
Oil Capacity: 37 gallons per wing
Crew: 10
Bomb Load: 8000 lbs
Armament: 13 X .50 caliber machine guns

* Two of which were manufactured at the Studebaker plant.
 

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Michael, ditto on that. I work on new stuff but love the old.

jbetts, B25 is the bird in your pic:):warplanes
 

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Joe, I love the howl the P-51's make when going fast. What a unique sound!!
 

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I'm glad you all enjoyed the pictures. :)

I try to get to the show early and watch the planes as they land and get up close to them while they are running. I especially like the sound of the old radial engines. They started five of them up at the same time and all took off to fly in patterns over the runway. It was funny, one was having some trouble getting his started. You could see the pilot in the cockpit getting a little frustrated that his was the last one to start. He appeared to be hand pumping the fuel trying to prime the engine. On the third attempt and after a long spell of pumping he cranked it again. First one cylinder hit than a miss, another miss, than BANG! One good backfire, big cloud of blue and black smoke out the exhaust and the engine roared to life. They cough and sputter while on the ground till they warm up but run smooth by the time they hit the runway. Like old tractors and cars, they to each have their own personalities. Seeing them in a museum is nice but cannot compare to seeing them alive and working as they were made to do.:thumbsup:

Mark
 
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