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    2017 Joint Base Andrews Air Show, September

    For those in the MD/VA area there is an Air Show at Andrews AFB on 15,16,17 Sept. I have posted the link for anyone interested.

    http://andrewsairshow.org/

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    The actual show is on 16 and 17 Sept. The 15th is if you have a DoD ID, which I do, so I will be there on Friday and hope to get some good pictures.

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    Well 2 weeks until the show. I will have my camera so hope to get some good photos.

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    Heading down on Friday. I thought just a static display but see that there will some flying done that day. Thunderbirds flying for over an hour and the WWII planes up also.

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    Sounds like a great air show Bob, I look forward to seeing you photos.

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    Holy crud, I missed the original post last month. Last I had heard, Andrews stopped doing any public events, due to security freak-outs.

    I guess I'm changing my weekend plans. Thanks for posting, Bob.

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    Sam I get to go tomorrow because I am retired and can get on base. They updated the events list so looks like it will be good. I was watching the news this morning and they showed AF1 rolling for takeoff. As the camera panned there was DOC (B-29) sitting there so I will get to see it tomorrow.

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    Yeah, I'm planning on Saturday, only day public transportation can get me back and forth. It will be a long day (3 hours one-way), but I think it will be worth it.

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    Sam it will be well worth the time. I took over 1,100 pictures. Since this is WWII site I figured I would start with a few of them. Here is the first installment. The one I wanted to see.

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    I asked if DOC would be with FIFI sometime and the answer was they are working on such a get together. Would love to see that happen.

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    Here are the TORA TORA TORA planes taxing for takeoff. ZERO"S and KATES. These are the planes that were used in the movie TORA TORA TORA and Pearl Harbor.

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    These are just a few of the WWII planes I took photos of. I still have the Thunderbirds and other photos to post.

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    Great photos Bob, she is an impressive machine. I look forward to more reports from Andrews.

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    Didn't know about this but here is the MEMPHIS BELLE.

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    Different generations. A T-50 on the ground and a Zero in the air. The KATE was a mistake but still a good photo.

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    4 HUEYS. The sound of 4 of them together is something I haven't heard in 45 years but still impressive and a sound you will not forget.

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    This one is for all the Corsair lovers. It is Korean war vet that has been restored.

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    Great shots here, Bob! In addition to the classic Huey sound, did you happen to hear any 'Ride of the Valkyries' being played?

    Great to see Doc in action, too. Keep those pics coming - it will be lovely to see what you choose to share

    All the best,
    Matt

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    No Ride of the Valkyrie's but what would you all want to see next ?

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    Thunderbirds ?

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    Matt next weekend is the tank farm I go to. Any requests ?

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    Here is a Thunderbird shot.

    Matt the site said there was going to be a LEFT BANK Huey but I didn't see it. Would loved to see the radios it had on it. Don't think they were R390's unless it was a museum piece.

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    Thanks for the ride Bob. Some great planes!

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    Here is something else that was there. Not a plane but something to see.

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    They said the truck hit 375 MPH.

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    Yes it was. The sound was something to hear when it fired up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    Here is something else that was there. Not a plane but something to see.

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    They said the truck hit 375 MPH.
    I don't know...this looks like a typical day on any New Jersey highway....

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    Bill I am from Jersey but only went back to visit my folks. I bet you have never driven on the DC or Baltimore beltway. Then there is NYC.

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    This is the P-51, QUICK SILVER, that was at the show. I haven't seen this one before but even taking off on the runway at Andrews you can still hear the Merlin engine sound and it is always sweet.

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    Since this B-25, PANCHITO, shows up here is a picture of it.

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    These are 2 F-16's just taking off for a regular flight. Nothing to do with the show.

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    And here is a B-1 that was right at the gate when you got off the bus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    Bill I am from Jersey but only went back to visit my folks. I bet you have never driven on the DC or Baltimore beltway. Then there is NYC.
    Hi BobP, I am from Jersey too! Grew up driving in the NYC area (driving in NYC never has bothered me). My oldest daughter teaches in Baltimore and lives in DC -- I am NOT a fan of driving in the area. Of course, then there's Boston driving. When I moved up there I got two tips for driving in Boston: 1) When driving on a one way street bear right for oncoming traffic, and 2) Stop signs and red lights are considered merely suggestions up there...
    Last edited by NewFlyBoy; 09-16-2017 at 16:58. Reason: Thumbs, I'm all thumbs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    Sam it will be well worth the time. I took over 1,100 pictures.

    It was indeed, although my back told me I was done before the Thunderbirds finished out the day. Tookl enough pictures/video that I ran my cell phone completely out of charge. Will be posting pics when I can get them downloaded and edited.

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    Bill I was stationed in Mass for 5 years. I retired from the Army there so I know what you mean about driving there. I thought DC was something until I drove in Boston. that's why I usually took the T into town.

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    Sam get your pictures posted as I am sure you have some different ones then I took. My back and knees did me in later in the day but I did have a very good nights sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    Bill I was stationed in Mass for 5 years. I retired from the Army there so I know what you mean about driving there. I thought DC was something until I drove in Boston. that's why I usually took the T into town.
    I drove in England, Wales, and Ireland -- nothing compares with Boston -- except for that one ride in Rio (terrifying) and my experience driving on the German freeways (I may have aged 10 years on that one! I think someone passed me doing about 140 MPH).

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    I drove on the other side when stationed on Okinawa. After getting back to the states I had two times I went on the wrong side of the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    I drove on the other side when stationed on Okinawa. After getting back to the states I had two times I went on the wrong side of the road.
    The only time I really had trouble in many weeks of driving in the UK or Ireland was coming out of a roundabout -- naturally wanted to go to the right, but course corrected quickly !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    Bill I was stationed in Mass for 5 years. I retired from the Army there so I know what you mean about driving there. I thought DC was something until I drove in Boston. that's why I usually took the T into town.
    You missed a real challenge of driving around Boston during the Big Dig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewFlyBoy View Post
    The only time I really had trouble in many weeks of driving in the UK or Ireland was coming out of a roundabout -- naturally wanted to go to the right, but course corrected quickly !!
    After driving for a week in Australia my hangover was using the wipers for turn signals and vice versa.

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    Glad I wasn't there for the BIG DIG. I liked the T as I do the Metro here in DC. Much easier way to get around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    Glad I wasn't there for the BIG DIG. I liked the T as I do the Metro here in DC. Much easier way to get around.
    Lucky me -- I was up there for the Big Dig.....another interesting aspect of being a transplanted New Yorker in Boston was that people in downtown Boston tended to object when I wore my Yankees cap...go figure....

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    Thanks for the laugh Bill. A Yankee hat in Boston nothing strange about that. When we went to a Yankee Sox game one friend wore everything that had a Yankee symbol on it. But we never had a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP
    Sam get your pictures posted as I am sure you have some different ones then I took.
    I did get some interior pics of Memphis Belle's waist & tail gun positions.

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    My back and knees did me in later in the day but I did have a very good nights sleep.
    We're not really getting older; we're just getting more senile.

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    The wife went into DOC to see what it was like. Easy for her to do such things.

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    From the Memphis Belle:
    A close-up of the Ball Gunner's position:
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    And interior shot, looking aft toward the tail gunner's position:
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    And looking forward, the left waist gunner's position:
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    Sorry about the wash-out, couldn't exactly adjust on the fly.

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    And a few of the C-47, "Whiskey Seven" that was actually involved in the Normandy Landings. Tremendous piece of history here.
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    Two views from the jump seats. Looking port oblique:
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    And out over the left wing:
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    I'll get more edited and uploaded later. Not sure if any of the video I shot came out, but I hope so.

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    Oh! One I almost forgot! The paratrooper's best friend. The static line cable on the roof of the cabin of the C-47:
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    Great photos Sam. It is fantastic people are able to climb into these historic aircraft.

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