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Choctaw111
03-01-2008, 08:28 AM
**Please keep in GD**
My wife surprised me on Christmas with a B-17 ride for me this coming WW2 weekend, June 6-8.
I thought that I would do something equally as nice for someone on these forums who loves WW2 aircraft as much as I do.
It has been done in the past where someone has done something good for another in these forums and it was left up to the forum members to decide who the recipient should be.
I am now asking this forum to decide who shall be the person who goes up with me in the B-17 in June.
For starters, who comes to the WW2 weekend? A few people come to mind. Well, I will give this forum members a few days to decide who will get to take this flight with me.

I have reserved 2 seats on the B-17 for Sunday June 8th at 9 AM. You must be there at 8:30 with photo ID.

When the person is chosen, we will be in touch through PM and perhaps other means for more details. I am really looking forward to sharing this momentous occasion with another Il2 forum member. I am really excited about this.

I love Il2, WW2 aircraft and this forum, and this is a great opportunity for me to give something back, and to share something with the people that love the same things that I do.

Choctaw111
03-01-2008, 08:28 AM
**Please keep in GD**
My wife surprised me on Christmas with a B-17 ride for me this coming WW2 weekend, June 6-8.
I thought that I would do something equally as nice for someone on these forums who loves WW2 aircraft as much as I do.
It has been done in the past where someone has done something good for another in these forums and it was left up to the forum members to decide who the recipient should be.
I am now asking this forum to decide who shall be the person who goes up with me in the B-17 in June.
For starters, who comes to the WW2 weekend? A few people come to mind. Well, I will give this forum members a few days to decide who will get to take this flight with me.

I have reserved 2 seats on the B-17 for Sunday June 8th at 9 AM. You must be there at 8:30 with photo ID.

When the person is chosen, we will be in touch through PM and perhaps other means for more details. I am really looking forward to sharing this momentous occasion with another Il2 forum member. I am really excited about this.

I love Il2, WW2 aircraft and this forum, and this is a great opportunity for me to give something back, and to share something with the people that love the same things that I do.

slipBall
03-01-2008, 08:34 AM
I suggest that it be "Raaaid" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif



edit: so as to limit his thread starting in the new pilots lounge http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif...just kiding, I think that he would really enjoy the flight

buzzsaw1939
03-01-2008, 08:53 AM
That is a wonderful gesture Choctaw, I am extremely impressed with you! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Although he probably couldn't get away, I would love to see Crash_moses on that list!

dieg777
03-01-2008, 08:54 AM
Quazi

all round great guy and goes out of his way to help

Billy_BigBoy
03-01-2008, 08:57 AM
This is really a very, very nice gesture!

If I had to vote I'd go for BearCat. In my view he has kept de forum alive and together so many times.

JG52Uther
03-01-2008, 08:57 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by dieg777:
Quazi

all round great guy and goes out of his way to help </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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MEGILE
03-01-2008, 09:02 AM
Billy the Kid.

ploughman
03-01-2008, 09:03 AM
If Billy the Kid could make it, he'd be the one.

Tator_Totts
03-01-2008, 09:09 AM
Crash Moses. He loves the bombers.

Iron-Works
03-01-2008, 09:13 AM
Helllloooooo, ME or I'll kick your arse....

blairgowrie
03-01-2008, 09:17 AM
I'd vote for the Quazi man as well. A more helpful guy would be hard to find.

Capt.LoneRanger
03-01-2008, 09:37 AM
Where are you located anyway? I guess that would limit the options quite a bit for some people.

My vote is for Bearcat, too. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Taylortony
03-01-2008, 09:41 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Ploughman:
If Billy the Kid could make it, he'd be the one. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


What a cool gesture, I would also second Billy the Kid as the one............

HayateAce
03-01-2008, 10:12 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Taylortony:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Ploughman:
If Billy the Kid could make it, he'd be the one. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


What a cool gesture, I would also second Billy the Kid as the one............ </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

You guys are awesome and right on target with this pic. Talk about a guy that will go 10 miles out of his way to help, it's Billy. I took him to last year's local air show and he had a blast. He's not rolling in money, but he works really hard.

Tater-SW-
03-01-2008, 10:20 AM
One of the great skinners or campaign builders, IMO. Those guys have been a huge force multiplier for il-2.

Jaws2002
03-01-2008, 10:25 AM
I'd say take Bearcat http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif.

It has to be someone that loves this things, can make it there and did a lot for this community.
He loves airshows and helped every single one of us multiple times. He also tries really hard to keep this community together.
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Choctaw111
03-01-2008, 10:31 AM
***For those of you that have not, please edit your posts and include the REASON for your nomination*** and PLEASE keep in mind that this is not solely about who is the greatest person who has helped out the most on these forums. It is nice to give the proper recognition to those that deserve and earned it but it is also about who can realistically make it for the flight, so please no nominations for those that you are pretty sure cannot make it to WW2 weekend (I know it's hard http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif )
I know this is a tough one being that this is a gift that cannot be sent to someone. They must come TO THE GIFT.

There have a few nominations so far for Billy the Kid, Crash Moses, Bearcat and Quazi. The only one that I know of that has been to WW2 Weekend is Bearcat and the only one I would feel comfortable with in counting on to be there for that seat, even though the others are good people also.
I am leaving this mostly up to the community, so PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE with the nominations.

As far as my location, I live about 15 minutes from Reading, PA, where the WW2 Weekend is held.

PS Anyone that votes for himself IS an arse...not mentioning any names http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

buzzsaw1939
03-01-2008, 10:53 AM
That pretty well narrows it down Choctaw, maybe it would be better to ask if anybody is interested and can be there, first!

Choctaw111
03-01-2008, 11:00 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by buzzsaw1939:
That pretty well narrows it down Choctaw, maybe it would be better to ask if anybody is interested and can be there, first! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I suppose you're right. Now I've gone and made a mess. All I wanted was to do something nice. I guess I should have started a thread to ask who was going to be at the WW2 weekend this year, and then go from there. Now what should I do?

Mercwolf2
03-01-2008, 11:12 PM
Hi

My vote would go to Quazi. He goes above the call of duty to help many people with technical issues and also logs in time with an on-line flight school. I feel he is deserving due to his dedication to the game, these forums and the player population that he assists.

Regards,
Merc2WolfXo

SeaFireLIV
03-02-2008, 06:11 AM
Why would you do this?

My experience in life is that people just aren`t that nice.

Well, all I can say is that it is an incredibly good gesture if true.

Capt.LoneRanger
03-02-2008, 06:29 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by pehi001:
Hi

My vote would go to Quazi. He goes above the call of duty to help many people with technical issues and also logs in time with an on-line flight school. I feel he is deserving due to his dedication to the game, these forums and the player population that he assists.

Regards,
Merc2WolfXo </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

True. Quazi and FoolTrottel are good guys and always there to help newcomers and pro's with technical issues beyond IL2.

Choctaw111
03-02-2008, 06:35 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by SeaFireLIV:
Why would you do this?

My experience in life is that people just aren`t that nice.

Well, all I can say is that it is an incredibly good gesture if true. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

You are right. People in life generally are NOT that nice, but this IS TRUE.
I am an honorable man, and if I tell you all something, then it is so. When have you known me to be dishonest?
SOMEONE will be going up in the B-17 with me for a flight, at MY expense. We as a community just need to decide who that one person should be.

buzzsaw1939
03-02-2008, 06:36 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Choctaw111:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by buzzsaw1939:
That pretty well narrows it down Choctaw, maybe it would be better to ask if anybody is interested and can be there, first! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I suppose you're right. Now I've gone and made a mess. All I wanted was to do something nice. I guess I should have started a thread to ask who was going to be at the WW2 weekend this year, and then go from there. Now what should I do? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

You didn't make a mess Choctaw.....your heart was in a good place, I would think that anybody reading this thread, should let you know, or pm you, if thier interested, if you get a lot of responses, post them for a vote, or draw straws or something, and hope nobody gets thier feathers bent! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Choctaw111
03-02-2008, 06:38 AM
Now some of your are voting twice, for three different people in total. This is going to make it very difficult for me to sort it all out.

Pirschjaeger
03-02-2008, 06:49 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Taylortony:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Ploughman:
If Billy the Kid could make it, he'd be the one. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


What a cool gesture, I would also second Billy the Kid as the one............ </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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and don't forget to bring a camera. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif

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Capt.LoneRanger
03-02-2008, 07:42 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Choctaw111:
Now some of your are voting twice, for three different people in total. This is going to make it very difficult for me to sort it all out. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Well, my vote still goes for Bearcat, but the other two I mentioned would deserve a few votes, too IMHO, so they are merely suggestions.

Chris0382
03-02-2008, 08:22 AM
Rumor has it there is going to be a test of Iranian airspace in early June using old B-17'S. Did you read the fine print?

Taylortony
03-02-2008, 08:58 AM
I voted for Billy because I have always found him on here to be kind, polite and soooo keen, he seems to exuded his excitment and love of all things flying and would I think be a worthwhile recipient, one that would remember it for the rest of his life and something he may never be able to do on his own resources. That was my reasoning behind putting him forward for it.....


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I in my own way take pleasure in getting people around warbirds that they possibly would never get close too, but to which I do have access off and on.
Giving is rewarding, but to see those recieving and fulfilling a lifetimes dreams to sit in the likes of Spitfire is priceless and even more rewarding than the giving........... Hats off to you and megga Kudos for doing this for one member of this forum.

dtk419
03-02-2008, 09:07 AM
I'd nominate Quazi, he was very helpful when I first started in IL2 and continues today when called upon. He has always taken the time to help and I know he has the talent to come back after the flight and describe it to us all, as if we were along too.

Pooka

VMF-214_HaVoK
03-02-2008, 09:38 AM
And I thought I was kind by giving some used PC hardware to community. But this is one of the kindest gestures Ive seen in a long time. Ill be there again this year and most likely on Sunday. I nominate Bearcat for the flight of a lifetime. He is a long time member of the community, class act, respectful even when its obvious he is annoyed by an obnoxious individual, very helpful and offers guidance to the community especially with new pilots, and he is always at WW2 Weekend in Reading.

S!

gurypuddle
03-02-2008, 09:51 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif

What Havoc said.

Another vote for Bearcat from me. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

sgt.dumpster
03-02-2008, 10:36 AM
I'd say cawimmer for his contributions and inspiring; professional high class pictures.i was going to say kurfurst but then he would find us bf109 pilots an easier way to shot these big tough birds down...LOL,no,just kidding he deserves to go up with you just as well-astrogoth

SeaFireLIV
03-02-2008, 11:38 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Choctaw111:

You are right. People in life generally are NOT that nice, but this IS TRUE.
I am an honorable man, and if I tell you all something, then it is so. When have you known me to be dishonest?
SOMEONE will be going up in the B-17 with me for a flight, at MY expense. We as a community just need to decide who that one person should be. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


I have done some things free for people myself, but usually others take without any give or thanks.

Well, I salute your kindness then.

Pirschjaeger
03-02-2008, 11:44 AM
Here's an idea.

Give the ticket to Oleg. Maybe he'd be inspired to give us a flyable B17 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Pirschjaeger
03-02-2008, 11:47 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Taylortony:
I voted for Billy because I have always found him on here to be kind, polite and soooo keen, he seems to exuded his excitment and love of all things flying and would I think be a worthwhile recipient, one that would remember it for the rest of his life and something he may never be able to do on his own resources. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I voted for him for the exact same reasons.

I'd also like to nominate him for our community mascot,....if he's willing to wear a silly costume. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Capt.LoneRanger
03-02-2008, 12:30 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Pirschjaeger:
Here's an idea.

Give the ticket to Oleg. Maybe he'd be inspired to give us a flyable B17 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

LOL - I just wanted to post the very same. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Give the ticket to Oleg for a B17 in IL2 and at least 1st Addon of BoB - no matter what addon that will be. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/metal.gif

Choctaw111
03-02-2008, 01:09 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Capt.LoneRanger:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Pirschjaeger:
Here's an idea.

Give the ticket to Oleg. Maybe he'd be inspired to give us a flyable B17 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

LOL - I just wanted to post the very same. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif


Give the ticket to Oleg for a B17 in IL2 and at least 1st Addon of BoB - no matter what addon that will be. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/metal.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I have no doubt that we'll have an addon for BoB, BUT... we need to get BoB first.
Anyway, back on topic

Low_Flyer_MkIX
03-02-2008, 01:39 PM
The trouble is there are so many deserving people within this community. How about presenting the ride to a local good cause, say a children's home or a vet's association on behalf of the community? Just a thought.

Whatever your decision, great gesture.

Choctaw111
03-02-2008, 01:55 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkIX:
The trouble is there are so many deserving people within this community. How about presenting the ride to a local good cause, say a children's home or a vet's association on behalf of the community? Just a thought.

Whatever your decision, great gesture. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Well, I am a full member of the VFW and the American Legion. I am a former Junior and Senior Vice Commander of my American Legion Post here in Pottsgrove, PA and am a current Sergeant at Arms there. At least one of my American Legion members is an active member of the Mid Atlantic Air Museum, and does much work to support them and the WW2 weekend, not to mention the work being done to the P-61 Black Widow. We as a veterans organization already do so many things (too many to list) to help and support our local veterans.
I (and my wife) have really given this much thought, and would truly like to extend this invitation to someone who's dream and passion would be to experience the exhilaration and thrill of an actual warbird flight. Who better to choose than a member of this community. I am greatly looking forward to that time where I will be able to share what I consider to be the pinnacle of my hobby with. Someone who shares some of the same passions that I do. This will be something that will be remembered for a lifetime and those memories passed down to our grand children.

BillyTheKid_22
03-02-2008, 02:09 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by HayateAce:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Taylortony:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Ploughman:
If Billy the Kid could make it, he'd be the one. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


What a cool gesture, I would also second Billy the Kid as the one............ </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

You guys are awesome and right on target with this pic. Talk about a guy that will go 10 miles out of his way to help, it's Billy. I took him to last year's local air show and he had a blast. He's not rolling in money, but he works really hard. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>



I am Deaf and HARD TIME! I love <span class="ev_code_RED">very rough work</span> AND VERY hard work !! I don't like RICH! What about Blast?? tell me.

DuxCorvan
03-02-2008, 02:13 PM
1) Choctaw is generous. Pause. He is generous and he likes to be generous, and I like him to be generous. You guys, I don't understand you, why you are always charging against heartfelt gestures and the things one want to do with his own money. I understand the man, and I know why he does what he does: he ENJOYS having one of us, WW2 nerdos, around to share this WW2 nerdo experience. Paying for shared enjoyment, is that so terrible?

2) Choctaw, take Quazi. He helps. Many ppl help, but he does once and again. Billy is also a good candidate. Nice chap.

3) Don't take me. I can't travel to the US, and I'm dangerous aboard a bomber. I'll HAVE to drop something from that bay. Besides, many cornuti husbands and boyfriends may try to shot down the plane. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

leitmotiv
03-02-2008, 03:42 PM
I had the opportunity to clamber around a B-17. I am 6'4" and I was bent over like codger. I took the first pilot seat and I had to sit hunched over with my face nearly against the windscreen. When I saw the thin strip of safety glass---not armor glass---in front of me, I wondered how those flyers kept their nerve when German fighters attacked them head-on. I would have wilted. Jimmy Stewart must have had a fun time flying the B-24 if the cockpit was as cramped as the 17's.

T_O_A_D
03-02-2008, 04:09 PM
I'd choose Quazi, but if the floor is still open. I suggest Brando once well, if he is able to get back here, and even there, after his surgery.

It would make a wonderful mile stone for him after going through so much. It could prove to make the effort and pain all worth while.

Although I do know something about the Quazi too. He deserves a special gift aswell, for his efforts and his personal pains of life too.

Choctaw111
03-02-2008, 04:28 PM
Now I feel as though I should have reserved 2 or more extra seats. It is true that there is more than one good person who deserves this ride, but I have only one extra seat. This is going to be a tough one, but it is in the hands of the community, as the community knows more about the people that should take this flight more than I do. I will wait a few more days and see what it looks like in here, and see what decision should be made.

FoolTrottel
03-02-2008, 04:35 PM
Quazi...

Reasons?
Already stated by others... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

VMF-214_HaVoK
03-02-2008, 05:09 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Choctaw111:
Now I feel as though I should have reserved 2 or more extra seats. It is true that there is more than one good person who deserves this ride, but I have only one extra seat. This is going to be a tough one, but it is in the hands of the community, as the community knows more about the people that should take this flight more than I do. I will wait a few more days and see what it looks like in here, and see what decision should be made. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Choctaw just pick one from you heart dood. You dont need us to tell you who is worthy and who is not because Im quite certain you know. Nobody here is going to think less of you if you dont take their pick. First of all find out who will be able to make it. Pretty sure we are coming on Sunday this year as well I just hope we are not running late again this year and miss half the show. I looking forward to watching you all taxi and roar down the runway no matter if its the man I recommended or another.

---------
Some of you people here need to check their not so optimistic outlooks at the door. And recognize that this man has a heart of gold...be sure.

S!

M_Gunz
03-02-2008, 05:41 PM
One of my brothers used to live in Reading, I used to ride up there over over 20 year period.
Interesting area with loads to do and some decent vertical to the scenery. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif
I know approaches from east, south and also west as I moved around a bit. Used to like 422
for the fast traffic and the south approach to to Morgantown for the long back roads.
Only don't-likes are getting stuck behind buggys!

Hey think about the moderators that have put in and suffered through loads of time reading here!
I know that Ivan and Bearcat have both attended the Reading show before, they invited me to come
beat up, errrr, well I won't say but it was just for laffs anyway.

96th_Nightshifter
03-02-2008, 05:57 PM
My vote would go to "Bearcat", was of the nicest and most helpfull people in the whole community (not just these forums).

Choctaw111
03-02-2008, 07:12 PM
I guess I should add that I originally wanted to take a flight earlier in the week. They start the flights on Wednesday. The good thing about that is that you get to spend a LOT of time with the crew of the B-17, your able to take the time to talk with them, ask as many questions as you want and you don't have all the commotion of the WW2 weekend going on.
The only downside to this after I decided to take a fellow forum member with me is that I don't know of anyone that would be able to make it during the week, only for the weekend. That is why I decided to make it a Sunday flight instead. It will STILL be a great flight, and we will still be able to talk to the crew, but I don't think it will be as personal as during the week.

Von_Rat
03-02-2008, 08:03 PM
i was going to nominate a few of the better known hotheads as a joke. but i will forgo that.


i say bearcat. he's obviously a nice guy, and one who spending some time with wouldnt be a strain.

VMF-214_HaVoK
03-02-2008, 08:15 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by M_Gunz:
One of my brothers used to live in Reading, I used to ride up there over over 20 year period.
Interesting area with loads to do and some decent vertical to the scenery. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif
I know approaches from east, south and also west as I moved around a bit. Used to like 422
for the fast traffic and the south approach to to Morgantown for the long back roads.
Only don't-likes are getting stuck behind buggys!

Hey think about the moderators that have put in and suffered through loads of time reading here!
I know that Ivan and Bearcat have both attended the Reading show before, they invited me to come
beat up, errrr, well I won't say but it was just for laffs anyway. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Im from Mt Union, PA and have made it there 3 years working on my 4th. So why dont ya stop in for a visit? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

VMF-214_HaVoK
03-02-2008, 08:16 PM
You just know Bearcat is too humble to come in here and post. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

S!

buzzsaw1939
03-02-2008, 08:26 PM
I think Havok's idea of fallowing your heart, may be the best way to go.

I think this thread may be running the risk of becomeing a popularity contest, I don't think anyone would fault you for makeing your own choice! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

VMF-214_HaVoK
03-02-2008, 08:56 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by buzzsaw1939:
I think Havok's idea of fallowing your heart, may be the best way to go.

I think this thread may be running the risk of becomeing a popularity contest, I don't think anyone would fault you for makeing your own choice! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

+10000

S!

Tater-SW-
03-02-2008, 09:36 PM
Pick from your heart, or take the leading candidates and write them on scraps of paper and pull it out of a jar. Don't tell us which technique you used http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I took a hop on Aluminum Overcast, and wow, what a thrill. Next time a different bomber is here I'll have to try another ride. Worth it for the noise alone. Music, pure music.

&lt;S&gt; on your gesture, it's such a nice thing to see.

tater

M_Gunz
03-03-2008, 02:58 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by VMF-214_HaVoK:
Im from Mt Union, PA and have made it there 3 years working on my 4th. So why dont ya stop in for a visit? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'm a bit more west in Steel Town now, the Black and Gold City, etc. Back then I'd drive up
to Reading from Newark or Wilmington, De up through 10 and connecting truckers shortcuts. Fun
driving and hour and maybe some driving one way.
Other times I lived in the K of P - Valley Forge area, go up 422 to 22. Nearly got killed on
that Pottstown stretch of hills once.
I went to school in K of P so long ago my diploma is signed by Jay C. Smith, LOL! Check HIM out!

This was our school superintendant! (http://www.crimelibrary.com/notorious_murders/classics/mainline_murders/2.html)
I hardly knew him, only the rest of his and Bradfields' cult knew. Bradfield was the english
teacher that tried to collect the insurance money of $750,000. They were all creepy sort of
and everybody said Smith had shifty eyes like Nixon.

Do you even know what's on the other side of the tunnels? I am like a 7 hour drive from Reading
at keep your license speeds, longer if there's construction, a given every summer.

Capt.LoneRanger
03-03-2008, 03:25 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by VMF-214_HaVoK:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by buzzsaw1939:
I think Havok's idea of fallowing your heart, may be the best way to go.

I think this thread may be running the risk of becomeing a popularity contest, I don't think anyone would fault you for makeing your own choice! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

+10000

S! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Agreed.

There are simply too many people here, who would deserve a "Thank you!" beyond just these words.

Whoever you choose, just be sure to post as many high-res-photos as possible! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif



On a sidenote, maybe you should take raaaid with you. He could test his theorie about anti-gravity from free energy and also different Bernoulli effects after leaving the plane through the lower doors. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

I'm sorry, just couldn't resist. Well, good thing I can't ruin my good reputation. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Bsnakeman
03-03-2008, 03:36 AM
S!

Well, you´ll need a pair of B 17´s to take all these nice guys in this forum for a ride but my vote goes to this fine gentleman, member of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Best,

Monty_Thrud
03-03-2008, 03:55 AM
Choctaw111 , a splendid gesture old chap, very generous and decent of you, nice to see kind at heart folk still exist. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

May i suggest assembling a list of the people going to the event and then running a poll/vote on the forum...just a thought.

hotspace
03-03-2008, 05:49 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by 96th_Nightshifter:
My vote would go to "Bearcat", was of the nicest and most helpfull people in the whole community (not just these forums). </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif

I also vote for Bearcat as he's done a hell of a lot of work of late to keep this community together.......plus he's a nice guy http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Monterey13
03-03-2008, 06:52 AM
Great thing you're doing Choc. I'd say either Quazi or Bearcat, both are deserving. Both are great guys, and I doubt either one of them would have any animosity toward you for picking the other. That's the type of guys they are.

Good luck on choosing.

Choctaw111
03-03-2008, 07:52 AM
Just checking up on this thread real quick before I take my son down to Washington DC for one of his People to People trips. This will be a hard decision, and I hope it's true what some of you have said, that whomever gets chosen, the others will not feel any resentment.
I may post a poll for the ones who were nominated the most. I have never done a poll before...not quite sure how to do it. I guess there are other ways to choose. In any event the decision will be made FAIRLY I assure you all.

TgD Thunderbolt56
03-03-2008, 07:52 AM
Very cool gesture Choctaw. I'd really suggest starting a new thread asking who WILL be there or is planning to go or is close enough that they would make the effort if such an opportunity were made available...then make a choice.

You've been around here long enough to know who's sincere, deserving and would appreciate such a thing. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


TB

Choctaw111
03-03-2008, 07:54 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by TgD Thunderbolt56:
Very cool gesture Choctaw. I'd really suggest starting a new thread asking who WILL be there or is planning to go or is close enough that they would make the effort if such an opportunity were made available...then make a choice.

You've been around here long enough to know who's sincere, deserving and would appreciate such a thing. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


TB </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I was giving that some serious thought...but the cat is out of the bag now http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Jediteo
03-03-2008, 10:49 AM
An incredibly admirable act, sir. I have not seen such an display of generosity in a long time.

knightflyte
03-03-2008, 11:11 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Choctaw111:
Just checking up on this thread real quick before I take my son down to Washington DC for one of his People to People trips. This will be a hard decision, and I hope it's true what some of you have said, that whomever gets chosen, the others will not feel any resentment.
I may post a poll for the ones who were nominated the most. I have never done a poll before...not quite sure how to do it. I guess there are other ways to choose. In any event the decision will be made FAIRLY I assure you all. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I don't think any one would be offended by not being chosen. This is a situation where coming in second DOESN'T make you a loser.

So far none of the nominations seem to be coming from any sort of favoritism, but instead through an actual appreciation of work, dedication, commaraderie, and overall enjoyment of the same thing we all enjoy; flight and WW2 history.

So far the top three seem to be Quazi, Bearcat, and Billy the Kid. And dammit, I can't think of which over the three I'd pick, but they are the same three I had in mind too. Proving this isn't a favoritism thing but recognition of very fine individuals who have given and sacrifice for the good of this community. I think for the most part these three represent the greatness of this community, and many of us recognise that.

Very nice, magnanimus offer, Choctaw. Anyone who gets to ride with you will be extatic. Anyone nominated I'm sure feels pretty good too.

Now..... about that Sunday thing. I can surely make a weekday excursion. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Good luck with the choice, Choctaw.

Choctaw111
03-03-2008, 03:07 PM
Well, I just got back as it turns out, from Fairfax, VA, where I had to drop my son off at the Hyatt Hotel for his week in DC. That was a nice 6 1/2 hour round trip. During the drive I was giving more thought as to how I would choose between the top candidates. For starters, I imagine I can PM those people and see which ones are not able to make it here for the WW2 Weekend. Whoever is left will be the ones who are "eligible" for the flight. That's the best way I can think of for now.

Edit

I will give it a couple more days, I suppose, and see if we get any more responses from any other forum members.
It seems to me that other forum members who regularly post here, and have been around a while, are conspicuously absent from this thread. "COME ON DOWN!" as it has been said before, and please post here.

Choctaw111
03-04-2008, 08:33 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by TgD Thunderbolt56:
Very cool gesture Choctaw. I'd really suggest starting a new thread asking who WILL be there or is planning to go or is close enough that they would make the effort if such an opportunity were made available...then make a choice.

You've been around here long enough to know who's sincere, deserving and would appreciate such a thing. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


TB </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

You know...it's kind of funny in a way. Those that were nominated, save for BillyTheKid, have all been dreadfully silent. It's either modesty or they're just too embarrassed http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif There's nothing to be ashamed of, guys. You've all done a HE!! of a job around here and that's why you have been mentioned so many times in this thread http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Sergio_101
03-05-2008, 06:43 PM
Not me for sure.
I have flown in the Collings foundation B-17
several times, also in their B-24 and B-25.
Also been up in a P-51 and a T-6.

The P-51 was an expensive ride.
It cost me a full load of fuel when
the 100LL (110LL maybe, not sure) was about $2.30 per gallon.
It belonged to a friend of a friend.

Bet it's over $5.00 per gallon now.

Sergio

Owlsphone
03-06-2008, 06:30 PM
It's been a long, long time since I've been on these boards or even flown PF. I came back though...Don't they always?

The WWII weekend was something I did every year and met some great people here at those shows. Someone who has always been more than willing to help out a fellow simmer would be Bearcat. He's a kind and extremely genuine person who has given much to the community. My vote goes to him.

-HH-Quazi
03-06-2008, 09:15 PM
I appreciate all the kind words guys. Personally I can think of many m8s for nomination for this great offer\gift from Choctaw. Seeing as that weekend of June 6th to June 8th is the very same dates of the CMA Music Festival here in Nashville, TN., and seeing as I promised my wife that I would spend that weekend with her here at home and in downtown Nashville (she has already got tickets coming), I am going to have to gracefully (as possible) bow out of the running for this wonderful opportunity.

So my vote will be for BC. He is so very dedicated to our little community here, going on & above the call of duty & friendship to anyone in need of help or advice.

Thank you Choctaw for the opportunity m8. I think your actions are representative of how many of us really are.

blairgowrie
03-08-2008, 06:35 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Owlsphone:
It's been a long, long time since I've been on these boards or even flown PF. I came back though...Don't they always?

The WWII weekend was something I did every year and met some great people here at those shows. Someone who has always been more than willing to help out a fellow simmer would be Bearcat. He's a kind and extremely genuine person who has given much to the community. My vote goes to him. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Welcome back m8. I remember your name and sig.

Owlsphone
03-08-2008, 11:23 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by blairgowrie:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Owlsphone:
It's been a long, long time since I've been on these boards or even flown PF. I came back though...Don't they always?

The WWII weekend was something I did every year and met some great people here at those shows. Someone who has always been more than willing to help out a fellow simmer would be Bearcat. He's a kind and extremely genuine person who has given much to the community. My vote goes to him. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Welcome back m8. I remember your name and sig. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks! Last time I was here I don't think you were a mod, so congrats. Didn't you have a brother that flew?

blairgowrie
03-08-2008, 12:07 PM
[/QUOTE]

Welcome back m8. I remember your name and sig.[/QUOTE]

Thanks! Last time I was here I don't think you were a mod, so congrats. Didn't you have a brother that flew?[/QUOTE]

Correct on both counts. I was just appointed Mod about a month ago. And the pilot in my signature is my brother Tony who was killed in a flying accident in 1942, converting from Hurricanes to Spit VB's.

Owlsphone
03-08-2008, 12:11 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by blairgowrie:
</div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Welcome back m8. I remember your name and sig.[/QUOTE]

Thanks! Last time I was here I don't think you were a mod, so congrats. Didn't you have a brother that flew?[/QUOTE]

Correct on both counts. I was just appointed Mod about a month ago. And the pilot in my signature is my brother Tony who was killed in a flying accident in 1942, converting from Hurricanes to Spit VB's.[/QUOTE]

rgr that. It's like I never left. I can't wait to get back into the game. See you in the skies.