Sunday, July 17, 2016

Collins Foundation B-17

July 16, 2016 at the Longmont, CO airport. In addition to the B-17, they had a B-25, a B-24, and a two seat P-51. They were selling rides at $400+ and had so many takers only the B-17 became available before my knees and the heat sent me on my way.
Didn't go inside the B-17. I don't do lines, and this 72 year old body doesn't fold into spaces designed to accommodate fit young men.

I'm just putting up the pictures without comments. Enjoy or skip at your pleasure.

Not my first choice for footwear on concrete.

There were some interesting vendors.

This author, Kenny Kemp, moderates a Facebook Page about the WWII Pacific Theater.

 The foundation makes the bulk of their income from selling rides so being able to see the other aircraft can be hit or miss. Admission is reasonable.

 Many Civil Air Patrol cadets were present passing out water and helping in any way they could. Fine organization. One grandson joined but dropped out when he hit 6'11" and realized he couldn't be an Air Force pilot. The brat now plans to become a Marine Corps officer.

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My first time using dropbox - hope it works.


Old NFO said...

Nice pics, and sadly, they no longer use the turbochargers. They are irreplaceable, and can't be rebuilt, so the ducting is plugged that goes to them.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Didn't know that.

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drjim said...

Thanks for the pix.

Perhaps I'll be there next year after we move out of Kommiefornia!

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Everything this year is East of here, at least until October.

Coffeypot said...

Come on, WSF. Tell me at least you climbed into the ball-turret. I do love those old planes, though. Made many of them as models as a kid.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Think the crowd might have rioted when the jaws of life was used to extract me.

OldAFSarge said...

Nice pics WSF! Thanks!

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Thank you.