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Discussion in 'Gearheads' started by adamsredlines, Jan 18, 2018.
1947 Ercoupe - brought home in pieces and brought back to life by my son and I.
According to this website there are only 4 B-36’s on display -- Saw 3 of them -- Past by the Castle Air Museum in California, should have stopped.
According to this website:
The B-36 at Chanute AFB was moved and now is on display at the Castle Air Museum in California -- it also reads that the aircraft was taken apart and moved by rail !!!!!!
I got to see one of those up close. Years ago, a buddy who works in composites heard there was one at Max Westheimer in Norman, and he dragged me out there to see it. Way cool bird.
B 70 Valkyrie is my favorite. I worked for North American Aviation in Tulsa on the Apollo program in the 60’s and some of the engineers there had worked on the B 70. Their story was it had the nick name The Savior because every one who saw it for the first time said “OH MY GOD”
That's a great story!!
My top 3 since there are so many cool ones.
I was a passenger in one of those at one time. Very fun. Yours looks about 1000 times better than the one I was in.
It's got a 50 ft paint job on it but all the good mods are done. Lots of fun and soon to be for sale!
Boeing 707 has been mentioned a couple of times, but nothing has been said about its most important flight(s). There were many of them, but they were all called the same thing: Freedom Bird!!! They were taking GI's back to the world. Mine was a Pan Am 707, and it was the most beautiful airplane I have ever seen.
The venerable Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. Just think, the BUFF has been in service since 1955! They stopped production in 1963 and only built 744 of them. 58 are still in active service with 30 in reserve and storage. I saw one go over the house today! I heard the unmistakable rumble of a for sure big ole military aircraft, looked up and knew I would see the B-52. Just like you can tell a Huey from all other helicopters by their wop wop wop sound beating the air into submission. There are stories of grandfather, father and son flying the B-52 in combat.
BUFFs even carried the X-15 as a testbed launching platform.
The B-52 is capable of carrying 70,000 pounds of death almost 9,000 miles without refueling. The air force has projected a life expectancy into the 2050's!
In 1964, severe turbulence sheared off a B-52 rear stabilizer and the plane landed safely even after many hours in the air having to fly back and forth to different airfields.