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Reply #8 - Mar 23rd, 2015 at 2:09am
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FIFi came to Springfield once. I got a vid but the sound just doesn't work like being there. That thing shakes the ground!!!!!
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Reply #7 - Mar 22nd, 2015 at 4:23pm
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Kittyfritters, thanks for the photo of a beautiful airplane. I had the chance to be up close to FIFI for a week while she and many other war birds were at the hanger that I was working on at ADDISON airport back in the late 80's or early 90's my memory escapes me but WOW what a sight.

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Reply #6 - Mar 22nd, 2015 at 3:16pm
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I took this photo of Fifi yesterday.  I have a video of the entire starting process on my cellphone, but it is too long to email it to myself.  I'll have to edit it.

When the first engine started, with the typical cloud of oil smoke from a cold radial, someone behind me said, "I guess they didn't have to smog that!"

The takeoff was very gentle since they had an 8000 foot runway and it is, after all, an old airplane.  I wish I could post some inflights, but I didn't have the $595 to $1695 to take a flight (depending on where in the plane you sit).   They did three flights a day for the four days it was here and they were all sold out before the plane got here!
  

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Reply #5 - Aug 29th, 2014 at 10:35pm
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Sky9pilot wrote on Aug 29th, 2014 at 2:44pm:
Out here in rural So. WA I was in the Burger King drive thru when I heard the sound of multi radial engines...I looked up and to my surprise I saw a B-29 going overhead at about 5000 ft.  Might have been "Fifi" on tour, probably on way to Seattle.  We're directly north of Portland PDX which shares the airport with an interceptor squadron of F-15's may have been an airshow down there. 

What a treat that was!

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I am one of the Black Sheep Squadron volunteers that work with the Yellow Jackets model club at the Luther Middle School in Burbank.  Fifi had made a tour stop at  the Bob Hope Airport the previous weekend and as the lunch time model club meeting was breaking up it took off for its next stop.  The school is only a short distance from the end of the runway and the B-29 could not make the fighter like, noise abatement climb outs that the jet airliners make on departure so it rumbled low over the school causing every one on the school grounds to stop and stare.  A twenty-something teacher turned to me and asked what it was.  I gave her a Tweet length explanation of the B-29 and she was very surprised that something from WW2 was still flying.  I'll tell you, it's quite impressive when it is that close.
  

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Reply #4 - Aug 29th, 2014 at 3:10pm
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There are only a couple handfuls of airworthy Fortresses left. This one caught me off guard earlier this year. It's a sight and sound to behold.

Can you imagine a sortie of fifty B-17's with 1800 cylinders of screaming Cyclone engine  descending over you with 200 tons of high explosives? By the middle of '45 I doubt there were more than a dozen clean pairs of underwear in Europe.
  

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Out here in rural So. WA I was in the Burger King drive thru when I heard the sound of multi radial engines...I looked up and to my surprise I saw a B-29 going overhead at about 5000 ft.  Might have been "Fifi" on tour, probably on way to Seattle.  We're directly north of Portland PDX which shares the airport with an interceptor squadron of F-15's may have been an airshow down there. 

What a treat that was!

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Reply #2 - Aug 29th, 2014 at 1:45pm
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Back in May of 2013 a neighbor of mine was walking about the neighborhood taking pictures of birds.  He heard something strange, looked up, and snapped a picture of this.
  

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Reply #1 - Jan 23rd, 2014 at 2:13pm
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Kittyfritters wrote on Jan 23rd, 2014 at 12:06pm:
the  I'm just like a little kid with a Pavlovian reaction to airplane sounds.  Guilty!   Cheesy
Howard 


I thought my wife was the only one with that feeling!!! Smiley
In my rural area here I only get an occasional sight of a Blackhawk Heli every so often. Embarrassed Undecided Cry
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Jan 23rd, 2014 at 12:06pm
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On Monday I was hauling the trash cans to the curb for pickup day when I heard an aircraft overhead.  This is not unusual since I am a quarter mile off the center line of the runway at Bob Hope Airport (Lockheed) in Burbank, but this was one damn funny sounding airplane.  Looking up I saw a V-22, Osprey, for the first time in actual flight.  Now that I know what they sound like I will look up sooner when one comes over. 

I always know when there is an historic aircraft on tour visiting Burbank because I remember the sounds of airplanes they way my wife remembers the scent of perfumes.  I'm close enough to the airport that I can hear something with multiple, round engines taxiing for take off or the piercing whine of the turbos of a P-38 as it's take off run starts...sounds that never fail to get me to dash out of the house to watch them fly by.  My wife says that I'm just like a little kid with a Pavlovian reaction to airplane sounds.  Guilty!   Cheesy

Seen anything a wee bit different fly by lately?

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