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jensenpark
08-04-2004, 01:20 PM
I'm walking through Omaha airport an hour ago (here on a two day business trip) and run into people arriving for a Tuskagee reunion.

Of course went up and said hello to one of them (Ira O'Neal - US Air Ret) who has offered to take me around and introduce me to a bunch of them - and have got promises of lots of stories!!!

Can you believe my luck?!

Told the gents I met I was very honoured to meet them...they seemed surprised a Canuck would know who they were.

Will try to do a follow up post on who I meet.

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Buzz Beurling flying his last sortie over Malta, Oct.24, 1942

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jensenpark
08-04-2004, 01:20 PM
I'm walking through Omaha airport an hour ago (here on a two day business trip) and run into people arriving for a Tuskagee reunion.

Of course went up and said hello to one of them (Ira O'Neal - US Air Ret) who has offered to take me around and introduce me to a bunch of them - and have got promises of lots of stories!!!

Can you believe my luck?!

Told the gents I met I was very honoured to meet them...they seemed surprised a Canuck would know who they were.

Will try to do a follow up post on who I meet.

http://www.corsair-web.com/thistler/rtfoxint.jpg
Buzz Beurling flying his last sortie over Malta, Oct.24, 1942

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LEXX_Luthor
08-04-2004, 02:32 PM
Now you slipped up... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/icon_twisted.gif

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>promises of lots of stories!!!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
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blairgowrie
08-04-2004, 05:22 PM
You are very fortunate to meet these fine gentleman. I will be most interested to hear more when you get a chance to sit down with them and reminisce.

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El Turo
08-04-2004, 05:55 PM
I had the wonderful honor of sharing a lunch with several members of the Tuskegee Airmen including Mr. Lee Archer at the museum of flight in Seattle. It was... INCREDIBLE. After lunch, he gave a nice long talk in the auditorium and they all stuck around afterwards to sign memorabilia and answer questions. Absolutely one of my biggest heroes. Unfortunately, a bit standoffish to non-black folks in attendance, but I guess that's understandable given his life's experiences.

I found a wonderful black and white photo of Mr. Archer posing in front of his P-51 just after his 100th mission that I had him sign and I had all of the guys in attendance sign my "Black Knights" book.. another guy in line with me had them all sign the inside of the cover of his flight log-book, which I thought was a really neat idea and I was a bit pissed/upset/jealous that I hadn't thought of it myself to be honest.

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GT182
08-04-2004, 06:23 PM
When I met them at Mid Atlantic Air Museum's WWII Weekend this past June, it was a real treat. They are one heck of a bunch of great guys and it brought tears to my eyes to finally meet a few of them in person.

BTW, I met Mrs. Ann Powell and Edward Powell out side the show. She is one sweet lady(I even got a kiss and a big hug from her) and he is the finest of gentlemen. The one question I did ask Mr. Powell was about the movie with Lawrence Fishburn and how true-to-life it really was. His answer, "As close to being there as you can get without real bullets. The film makers had poetic license on a very small scale, including Eleanor Roosevelt's ride in the Steerman, it was as it happened."

My biggest surprise was Mrs. Powell handing me and autographed copy of "The Image of America - The Tuskegee Airmen" signed by her and Mr. Powell, plus all the Tuskegee Airmen there that weekend, as they were leaving Sunday.

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Bearcat99
08-04-2004, 06:52 PM
I am GREEEEEN. Is that Omaha Nebraska?

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Kasdeya
08-04-2004, 07:04 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Bearcat99:
I am GREEEEEN. Is that Omaha Nebraska?

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I have a vision of you getting in your car and driving over there. Am I good or what?

I have to admit, I am jealous also. Hope to see an update real soon. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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LEXX_Luthor
08-04-2004, 07:42 PM
what Happened here...?

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T_O_A_D
08-04-2004, 07:44 PM
No No I'm Green ribbit ribbit! If you go Bear swing by and pick me up.

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arcadeace
08-04-2004, 08:00 PM
Yes follow up if you can and if you have a recorder, bring it with their consent of course. Some photos would be great too. Its a wonderful opportunity. Just knowing their willingness I'm proud as an American.

XyZspineZyX
08-04-2004, 08:07 PM
I saw one of the Tuskegee Airmen speak at an aviation museum south of San Francisco a few years back, and man, was it a treat.

Favorite moment: after he described being shot down over Berlin by AAA and being taken in by the Russians, and waxed lovingly about the Stang, somebody asked him which plane he preferred, as he had flown the P-51 and the P-47.

He said, grudgingly, he had to go with the -47. Naturally, the next question was, why?

He pointed as his backside and said, "Because of all that armor plating they had right back here!"

That got a laugh.

jensenpark
08-04-2004, 09:31 PM
I wish I had such good timing in everything in life...

Had an hour to kill in Omaha so sped off to the Strategic Air Command museum...and there was a section of the museum honouring the Tuskegee Airmen...and 3 busloads of them there for a tour!

Was honoured to meet about 15 of them. I was amazed at how youthful they all appeared. I was even more amazed just how humble they were. When I expressed my admiration for all they accomplished, the general comment was "we were just doing our job, and serving our country". The world really needs more men like this.

One of the museum volunteers had a 1/32 scale model of Tuskegee P51 with about 40 autographs on the model. I wanted to mug him in the parking lot for it.

What was really great to see was that there was a large amount of relatively younger people (15 to 20 year old) who were the ones (besides me) hovering the most around these great men. Nice to see a 'younger' generation so interested.

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UCLANUPE
08-04-2004, 10:01 PM
This is great.

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The_Wind_Dancer
08-04-2004, 10:32 PM
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