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Old 06-14-2022, 07:13 AM   #1
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Default For the P-51 fans. Turn it up!!

Its better than coffee...

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Old 06-14-2022, 07:33 AM   #2
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Can you imagine that bad boy back in 1944 buzzing over a field of artillery and tanks dropping a few bombs and then swinging back around and dog fighting with about 5 or 6 messerschmitts and focke-wulfs.

I'd love to know what all they did to that engine, I'd imagine it has to be a turbine conversion. My favorite plane of all time.
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Old 06-14-2022, 07:35 AM   #3
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Would love to ride in one. WW II era planes are my favorite
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Old 06-14-2022, 07:48 AM   #4
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There is a family by us that has 3 WW2 planes and they fly over the house a couple times a week in the spring. They have one mustang and a T6 their grandfather actually flew in the war.

A granddaughter was on one of the teams my son shot on and they would fly over one of the shoots during lunch. Pretty freaking cool
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Old 06-14-2022, 07:51 AM   #5
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Can't leave out the Louisiana Kid
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Old 06-14-2022, 08:37 AM   #6
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Family member on wife’s side has one that he restored and flies. Think they are from the San Antonio area.

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Old 06-14-2022, 08:58 AM   #7
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I bet that sound was entrenched in a lot of soldiers minds on both sides of the battles.

Thanks for sharing!
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Old 06-14-2022, 09:15 AM   #8
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I met an older gentleman that was a pilot in the Red Tail Squadron. He had a P-51 cap on so I struck up a conversation with him. He was amazed that I knew about the Red Tail Squadron in WW II that was made up of all black pilots. This was long before the Tuskegee movie made them famous for their accomplishments. Super nice and stately older gentleman.
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Old 06-14-2022, 09:31 AM   #9
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For a couple of years before I went to A&M I worked for a vet in Big Spring. The vet I worked for would talk about a rancher that was a stunt pilot for the movie "battle of Britain". I heard that in lieu of pay he took some of the planes back to his ranch. He converted one to hold a water tank to help fight brush fires. The story was that after fighting a fire and all the folks on the ground would be gathered around a truck bed talking about it he would sneak off for another load of water and would come back and drop it on the guys standing around.
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Old 06-14-2022, 09:38 AM   #10
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Old 06-14-2022, 09:51 AM   #11
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There's a guy down around encinal that flies a p38 lightning around the area. Haven't seen him in a couple of years though.
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Old 06-14-2022, 10:03 AM   #12
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A Great video and a super fine plane... Nothing sounds like a Merlin...

https://youtu.be/V0MAv1CHDy8

https://youtu.be/vP8DKIEtmDg

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Old 06-14-2022, 10:04 AM   #13
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I have also been a big fan of WWII aircraft. When I was a kid, I met a lot of former pilots who had flown in the war and even met a Luftwaffe pilot who had immigrated to the U.S. after the war. His best friend here was a Mustang pilot. They surmised they had flown against each other during the war. A few years ago, my wife got me a ticket to ride on a B-17. That was an awesome ride. As you probably know, a lot of these old war birds are flown by and maintained by the Commemorative Air Force, formerly the Confederate Air Force. It takes a ton of money to keep these birds in the air and to restore newly added aircraft. I believe they have an SB2C Helldiver which you can ride in as well. Would love to fly in that one as well before I kick the bucket.
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Old 06-14-2022, 10:10 AM   #14
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Love WW II planes, both granddad’s and my great uncle flew in the war. One granddad flew P 38’s, the other was a test pilot in Australia. He died in a plane crash during the war. My great uncle flew B24 bombers in the Pacific.
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Old 06-14-2022, 11:00 AM   #15
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There used to be a P38 at the 433rd hangar at Kelly AFB where the 921st and 922nd Air Force Reserve group was stationed. I climbed all over that plane in amazement. I wonder what happened to it? I hope it was refurbished instead of being scrapped. (50 years ago)
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Old 06-14-2022, 03:27 PM   #16
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For a couple of years before I went to A&M I worked for a vet in Big Spring. The vet I worked for would talk about a rancher that was a stunt pilot for the movie "battle of Britain". I heard that in lieu of pay he took some of the planes back to his ranch. He converted one to hold a water tank to help fight brush fires. The story was that after fighting a fire and all the folks on the ground would be gathered around a truck bed talking about it he would sneak off for another load of water and would come back and drop it on the guys standing around.
I was born and raised in Big Spring. Not sure which Vet you are talking about, but the pilot you are talking about is Connie Edwards.

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Old 06-14-2022, 03:37 PM   #17
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I met an older gentleman that was a pilot in the Red Tail Squadron. He had a P-51 cap on so I struck up a conversation with him. He was amazed that I knew about the Red Tail Squadron in WW II that was made up of all black pilots. This was long before the Tuskegee movie made them famous for their accomplishments. Super nice and stately older gentleman.
Yep, those boys did not play around!!! Heard one speak when I was a college student and met one at an event for veterans many years ago. I think 1 or 2 are still living.
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Would love to ride in one. WW II era planes are my favorite
There is a place in the Houston area that you can ride in a P-51 Mustang.....i told my wife I need to deaux that someday!!!
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Old 06-14-2022, 03:39 PM   #18
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Would love to ride in one. WW II era planes are my favorite
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Old 06-14-2022, 03:50 PM   #19
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Gotta love those old taildraggers and Merlins.
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Old 06-14-2022, 03:53 PM   #20
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I have also been a big fan of WWII aircraft. When I was a kid, I met a lot of former pilots who had flown in the war and even met a Luftwaffe pilot who had immigrated to the U.S. after the war. His best friend here was a Mustang pilot. They surmised they had flown against each other during the war. A few years ago, my wife got me a ticket to ride on a B-17. That was an awesome ride. As you probably know, a lot of these old war birds are flown by and maintained by the Commemorative Air Force, formerly the Confederate Air Force. It takes a ton of money to keep these birds in the air and to restore newly added aircraft. I believe they have an SB2C Helldiver which you can ride in as well. Would love to fly in that one as well before I kick the bucket.
I did the B-17 flight when they where based in Harlingen Tx ,
Cool old bomber, the guy giving me the tour said “ cost $500 just to start her up” that was in the 1980’s

My favorites are the P-47 ( jug) and the P-38 lightning
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Old 06-14-2022, 04:08 PM   #21
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Gotta love those old taildraggers and Merlins.
If I was financially RICH I would own at least 1 or 2.... The last one I found for sale the asking price was just a measly 2 million..
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Old 06-14-2022, 05:11 PM   #22
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If I was financially RICH I would own at least 1 or 2.... The last one I found for sale the asking price was just a measly 2 million..
I read a story about a guy in California who bought 12 or 14 in surplus back in the 40’s . He only has a few left and all with out rebuild were sold for about that.
I think he did pretty good on his investment.
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Old 06-14-2022, 06:20 PM   #23
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I dont think you can hear that enough. BAD ARSE
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Old 06-14-2022, 06:38 PM   #24
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Guy at the conroe airport has one, yet he says his maule with the stol kit is his baby.

On another note, if you catch the right weekend, all the tora tora tora guys converge on conroe to practice each spring. It's quite the sight to watch from the roof top restaurant there

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Old 06-14-2022, 06:48 PM   #25
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I used to attend the Reno Air Races every year. There were 3 race-prepped (WAY more power than WWII 'stock' Mustangs): Voodoo, Strega (my fave), and Dago Red. Unfortunately, one or the other was usually broken, so they never had a head-to-head race. That changed in 2017, when I finally (FINALLY) got to see the Mustang race that I always dreamed about.
Strega vs Voodoo.
Wow, if you missed it, you likely missed it forever. There were 2 or 3 fabulous days of racing between those 2 and the sound......... you can only (ONLY) hear that in Reno.
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Old 06-14-2022, 07:14 PM   #26
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We had my daughters wedding at the Cavanaugh flight museum last month and they parked their P51 right behind them for the wedding. It made an awesome background. They took wedding pictures sitting on the wing.
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Old 06-14-2022, 07:45 PM   #27
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P51 Mustang and the A-10 Warthog are the 2 most bad *** fighting planes out there.
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Old 06-14-2022, 08:58 PM   #28
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Pretty darn cool!! I loved watching Baa Baa Black Sheep when I was a kid. Although they flew Corsairs but super cool.

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Old 06-14-2022, 09:41 PM   #29
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That gave me goosebumps
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Old 06-14-2022, 10:43 PM   #30
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I’m in too! Love the WWII era stuff as well. My uncle was a pilot in that timeframe and he was in a P38 Lightning. Just love those old planes! Other uncle was a pilot in Korea, and my dad was a pilot as well. But he was the youngest of 4 boys, and wasn’t old enough, so he just stayed in the farm (panhandle). So when he got older he got saved up and bought his own plane, and would just fly it for the fun/pleasure of it. He still just farmed, but would always fly that old Cessna to unwind, and go see the sights. Soft spot for any old prop planes for sure! And these new fangled prop planes as well! Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 06-15-2022, 12:50 PM   #31
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Man I love that sound. Grandpa Lefty had two of the greatest aircraft of all time. They look a little different these days!

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Old 06-15-2022, 01:31 PM   #32
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We had my daughters wedding at the Cavanaugh flight museum last month and they parked their P51 right behind them for the wedding. It made an awesome background. They took wedding pictures sitting on the wing.
oh wow!!!!!!
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Old 06-15-2022, 04:03 PM   #33
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I was watching videos of the P-51 "Quick Silver" and the pilot said the whistling noise we hear is coming from the wing mounted gun barrels... Pretty cool sound..
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Old 06-15-2022, 07:30 PM   #34
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The owner if the company that tore down the old power plant units 1,2 and 3in Rockdale had one, and keep it at the local airport. That thing was a beast, would rattle your body while standing next to it. He would buzz the town, and golf course regularly about 100 ft high the turn it straight up doing barrel rows. He had a few old WW aircraft. Never got to ride in but did get to set in the back, very neat and tight.

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Old 06-15-2022, 07:43 PM   #35
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I was watching videos of the P-51 "Quick Silver" and the pilot said the whistling noise we hear is coming from the wing mounted gun barrels... Pretty cool sound..
Das true, the F4U Corsair is also a whistler

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Old 06-16-2022, 12:44 PM   #36
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Das true, the F4U Corsair is also a whistler

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Japs called the Corsair ,Whistling Death!! Beautiful War plane too!
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Japs called the Corsair ,Whistling Death!! Beautiful War plane too!
I was watchin YouTube today and discovered another whistler, the Spitfire

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