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Got to see Memphis Belle today.

Rides were only $450. I wanted to ride, but the wife ordered me not too.
 

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Some more.
 

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There was also a FM2 fighter, same thing as a F4F Wildcat.
 

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I have video, but I need to edit it first.
 
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Word of advise, this is NOT for a fatman like me. In the second set of pictures is a V looking thing. That is the walkway between the bomb racks. The catwalk at the bottom is 8" wide. I thought I was going to have to back out. It was all I could do to squeeze between the supports.
 
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Great pictures of some great airplanes!!! Thanks for posting them.
 

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Funny I should read this tonight, I just watched "Command Decision" on DVR tonight. One of the best AAF movies ever.

I missed a ride in "Aluminum Rain" last time she was here, I won't miss a ride in any of them again!
 

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Thanks for sharing these bits of history. Important to remember the roles of these planes. Also the roles of the men that manned the planes like these and all the others.
And thank the tens of thousands that died in them. In WWII over 50,000 AAF flight officers were killed and probably twice as many enlisted crew members.
 

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Wow. What a great reminder of the sacrifices of the past that gave us our freedom today. Those sure were bristling with machine guns! There doesn't look to be much protection for the crew. I guess that's to be expected as the weight had to be kept down.
 

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What impresses me is the heroism of the guys who flew these planes. Look at the cockpit: there is no electrical automatic anything. Its 1000 levers, 100 gauges, and your training.

Now fly over a Japanese island being straffed by more steel than you care to know about, carring a couple tons of high explosives in your tail, and knowing that if you go down you're done.

Those guys were the greatest.

Ben W.
 

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This plane didn't have a pressurized cabin, and notice no doors on waist gunner positions. At 20,000 the temp can hit -60.
 

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What impresses me is the heroism of the guys who flew these planes. Look at the cockpit: there is no electrical automatic anything. Its 1000 levers, 100 gauges, and your training.

Now fly over a Japanese island being straffed by more steel than you care to know about, carring a couple tons of high explosives in your tail, and knowing that if you go down you're done.

Those guys were the greatest.

Ben W.
My Dad was a pilot in the Air Force in the late 50's and flew a cargo plane, a C-47 I think. He told me once that part of the final test for a pilot was to be blindfolded and still be able to reach the correct switches. They are awesome machines.
 
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