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Tallyho1961
08-27-2005, 05:08 PM
Thanks to a heads up on these forums, I dropped by the Ottawa Air Show today. On tap from the WWWII era were:

- A pair of P-51's (I think they were D's)
- A Spitfire MkXVI
- A Douglas Dauntless
- A B-17F (The Memphis Belle from the movie)
- A B-25J (Pacific Prowler - also used in many films)

Seeing the warbirds fly was, of course, a treat. The unexpected surprise was that we were permitted into the B-25 - to look at the cockpit and crawl forward into the nose gunner's position.

We were also permitted into the B-17 - up through the forward hatch, and after a chat with the co-pilot, we went aft through the various crew positions and out the rear door just ahead of the tail assembly.

This was a very cool thing. I guess I'll have to re-rent Memphis Belle now that I've seen the real thing up close.

A big thanks to those who gave the heads up on the show - it was not well-advertised.

Tallyho1961
08-27-2005, 05:08 PM
Thanks to a heads up on these forums, I dropped by the Ottawa Air Show today. On tap from the WWWII era were:

- A pair of P-51's (I think they were D's)
- A Spitfire MkXVI
- A Douglas Dauntless
- A B-17F (The Memphis Belle from the movie)
- A B-25J (Pacific Prowler - also used in many films)

Seeing the warbirds fly was, of course, a treat. The unexpected surprise was that we were permitted into the B-25 - to look at the cockpit and crawl forward into the nose gunner's position.

We were also permitted into the B-17 - up through the forward hatch, and after a chat with the co-pilot, we went aft through the various crew positions and out the rear door just ahead of the tail assembly.

This was a very cool thing. I guess I'll have to re-rent Memphis Belle now that I've seen the real thing up close.

A big thanks to those who gave the heads up on the show - it was not well-advertised.

danjama
08-27-2005, 05:12 PM
Lucky Man! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

spitzfiya
08-27-2005, 05:45 PM
I've been inside the Pacific Prowler too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m...511053743#1511053743 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/8861087643/r/1511053743#1511053743)

Tallyho1961
08-27-2005, 06:19 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by spitzfiya:
I've been inside the Pacific Prowler too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m...511053743#1511053743 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/8861087643/r/1511053743#1511053743) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hey - I recognize that .50 cal! And how tight is that crawlway?
In fact, I was surprised at how small both bombers are - inside and outside.

I unexpectedly found myself really enjoying the Dauntless - It's an a/c I've always been neutral about, but seeing one fly and come in to taxi right up next to us I developed a newfound respect for her. I think I'm goin' for a test flight.

icrash
08-27-2005, 06:39 PM
I got to wander thru B-17 Nine-o-Nine and came darn close to not being able to get in it. I never realized how cramped they were. Wish I could get into a '25,lucky you. Did you ask if the 'Stangs were Allison or Merlin powered? Just wondering cause "Gunfighter" is a Merlin powered 'Stang (just had to ask the pilot).

Tallyho1961
08-27-2005, 07:20 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by icrash:
I got to wander thru B-17 Nine-o-Nine and came darn close to not being able to get in it. I never realized how cramped they were. Wish I could get into a '25,lucky you. Did you ask if the 'Stangs were Allison or Merlin powered? Just wondering cause "Gunfighter" is a Merlin powered 'Stang (just had to ask the pilot). </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

One had a Packard-built Merlin, the other I didn't ask. And you're right about the cramped quarters. Other than the middle part of the B-17 - where the navigator and radioman (I believe) would have worked, the rest was far smaller than I expected. I kept thinking of Gregory Peck et al swinging up into their bombers in 12 O'Clock High. At least we had a ladder http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

The B-25 was great - they even had mock bombs in the bomb bay. That nosegunner had a hell of a view.