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Aviators and or history buffs #13703621 09/17/20 10:48 PM
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What is your favorite WW2 war bird? My fav is the P51 Mustang.

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Re: Aviators and or history buffs [Re: Curt0407] #13703640 09/17/20 11:16 PM
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you had to have your cahones hung right to fly any of the planes in wwII.

p38 night lightning is one of my favorites, b/a fighter and had radar.

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mustangs were awesome for what they could do for the bombers.

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Re: Aviators and or history buffs [Re: Curt0407] #13703644 09/17/20 11:31 PM
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P38 was also among my favs. My dad was getting qualified on them during the middle of the war and fortunately or unfortunately washed out on gunnery. He ended up flying transports in the Pacific theater.

Re: Aviators and or history buffs [Re: Curt0407] #13703648 09/17/20 11:40 PM
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Re: Aviators and or history buffs [Re: Curt0407] #13703649 09/17/20 11:41 PM
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Personal favorite or most productive? It depends on the theater (Europe or Pacific) and mission. The British Spitfires really gave the Luftwaffe hell in Europe. The B29 ended the war in the Pacific by dropping the big ones on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I personally like the P51 as well. I'm not a flyer though.


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Re: Aviators and or history buffs [Re: Curt0407] #13703654 09/17/20 11:55 PM
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A really great read about WWII strategic bomber aviation in the Pacific theater, and an even more amazing story of perseverance, is "Unbroken: Path to Redemption".


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Re: Aviators and or history buffs [Re: Curt0407] #13703657 09/17/20 11:58 PM
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Re: Aviators and or history buffs [Re: Curt0407] #13703661 09/18/20 12:02 AM
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Re: Aviators and or history buffs [Re: Curt0407] #13703669 09/18/20 12:13 AM
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It isn't sexy, but one of the best fighters made...

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My FIL flew P51's during WWII. He wanted to stay in aviation after the war but knew with so many pilots coming out of the war job opportunities would be competitive and few. Decided to take a leap and went to work for a small company at that time called Petroleum Bell flying something called a Helicopter. Had to train and qualify of course but was so good at what he did he became a test pilot for Bell. He was always a man with a vision of the future.

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Re: Aviators and or history buffs [Re: Curt0407] #13703721 09/18/20 01:17 AM
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Dad flew the first tanker. Its a KB-29.

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Dad flew the first tanker. Its a KB-29.

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B-17 for me, love those planes.

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