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09-22-2018 01:25 AM

Topic tags/keywords: aircraft resource

This is one of those Once In A Lifetime Experiences.

I get all “Happied Up” again, just thinking about it.

This is one Beautiful Aircraft and easy to fly ….. well, for my short time it was. Apparently the Pilots that flew them during WW2 Loved this airplane!

Any Retired Bomber Pilots, Fighter Pilots Or Crew that had anything to do with something like this, amongst Our Membership?

Rick S.

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)


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#1 posted 09-22-2018 01:30 AM

What an experience that must have been. I remember my days in the C-130 … (1970-1974).

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 09-22-2018 02:14 AM



What an experience that must have been. I remember my days in the C-130 … (1970-1974).

- tyvekboy

Thanks for your Reply tyvekboy!

Another beautiful Aircraft! I understand Taking Off & Landing in Rough Terrain was NO Problem for “Hercules”.

Regards: Rick S. (Thank You for Your Service.)

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 09-22-2018 02:35 AM

40 yrs. in experimental flight test with the Cessna Citatians.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#4 posted 09-22-2018 02:39 AM



40 yrs. in experimental flight test with the Cessna Citatians.

- ksSlim

“Experimental Flight Test.” That must have been interesting Slim.

Thanks for your Response.

Rick S.

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 09-22-2018 04:12 AM

Used to live just off the flight path of Dayton Airport. On a normal day we would see planes, and never hear them. Once a year the Dayton Air Fair would come for a weekend, and we were assaulted with all manner of aircraft, mostly military, usually WWII era. It’s had to have been about 20 years ago now, but they had a HUGE WWII year with planes from US, Canadia, Japan, Britain, France, and German. There were over 500 planes in the air at once, effecting a WWII event that never really happened, but just seeing it overhead, almost within a stones throw was thrilling. Each quadrant had it’s share of the planes for the most part. We were North and West of the airport, and most all of the little guys, Jap Zero’s Spitfires, Mustangs, Thunderbolts Lightning’s, Cobra’s Wildcat’s Hellcat’s, Some Fokkers, Messerschmitt’s, flew our way, and when they weren’t in the active show over the airport, played like they were having a BIG time of it.

We had an almost intimate experience with them. My BIL was still active guard and he was Air Guard MP’s, they had the flight line, and they got to talk to all of the pilots. Jeff gave them our co-ordinates, and they all reported having given us a real good show. They had a sign to fly to, see pic below, look for the Peace sign, it wasn’t nearly as overgrown back then. It was the neighbor across, and just down the street from us. Our side was all large long lots, and the woods behind us was 2700 feet back, and the bowl from trreeline to treeline was around 1 mile. They played for us, like it was our $$$$ that brought them up.

One of the biggest displayers was “the Confederate Air Force” and they had almost all of the remaining American planes that flew, and also Japanese, German, and British. Those guys had a romance going with the time, and air planes were their collectible. Gracious bunch of guys.

My greatest joy was that Dad and my FIL were both sitting in the front yard under a mature tree enjoying it like they were both back there. A lot of tearful remembrances of that day. My eyes are real wet right now,

Glad you got a chance to fly one of that kind of a beast. It will be a memory to pass along.

I'm not sure if this will link, or if it will be part of the page=1e31m71s0×883f78a3c0c70dbb:0×5b1375ded30a93a53b13d39.9385883m48m24d-84.263524

Before I posted I tried the link, and it took me to a blank page, but at the bottom it has a plaque for the aerial view, click that , and I got the peace sign right off. Possibly just because it’s in my cache.

The address of the old place is

3425 Neal Pearson road
Tipp City, Ohio 45371

You can go to Google maps, and the view on magnification is from looking down at the road right in front. Dave’s house with the Peace sign is across the road, and track just a bit right. It’s back a ways on the property, but the current view on Google maps looks like the new owners have trimmed the bushes, pretty clear look at it. Back then the pilots didn’t have any trouble finding it.

Thanks for the post, Dad and Gene were both Army, but they both loved all the branches the same, and both of them loved the planes. This made me remember a very good day in my life, so thanks for that. Sounds like it was a very good day in your life as well.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 09-22-2018 04:37 AM

”therealSteveN”

WOW! I LOVE Your Story and I’m pleased that it got your eyes a little Wet. Mine did also just reading your story.

What a thrill that must have been for all of your Family AND All others. I can’t even imagine 500 Planes in one place at one time also considering the different Nationalities!

”This made me remember a very good day in my life, so thanks for that. Sounds like it was a very good day in your life as well.” YES! It’s been a GOOD DAY for both of us!

I tried the link but couldn’t get the Peace Sign. I did however get a “Street View” of your above address.
I was going to Copy it and Post it on here, then I thought that would NOT be the thing to Post on the WWW and an Unsecure Site, as Lumberjocks is.

Thank You so VERY MUCH for Your Incredible Reply. That also means a LOT to ME!

I added You to my Buddies List with great Pleasure. If that’s something that you would Prefer NOT to do, just let me know and I’ll remove it.

My Best Regards: Rick S.

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#7 posted 09-22-2018 08:59 AM

Hey Rick S. you said he let you take control… of the tail gun???

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 09-22-2018 06:04 PM

Go for it Rick, we haven’t lived there for almost 10 years. I was afraid the map was just going where my cache had Google maps at that moment. The peace sign is formed by some type of really Large growing Taxus type shrub, made into a perfect peace sign. It had gotten ragged with growth over the years, but appears the owners have pruned, because it clearly is a huge peace sign on the last edition of Google maps for that area.

If I had to guess I would say it’s almost 100’ diameter, not a tiny planting. The guy who did it worked at Wright Patterson for life, he was retired Air Force, and was in planning. He planned the peace sign just for the fly over traffic during the Air Fair.

Glad it was a good story for you to hear, it was a great day for all of us, and is in the top 3 of the 2 Fathers in my Life.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 09-22-2018 07:02 PM

Rick. It’s hard to see the peace sign in the bushes and it’s across the street from where Google Earth takes you. I’ve outlined it to give you a clue as to where to look for it.

If you zoom in and rotate the view to see it from different angles, you might be able to make out the peace sign better.

Hope this helps you. It would be fun to contact the owners and get permission to get a group to go and trim the bushes so the peace sign can be revealed.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#10 posted 09-22-2018 10:13 PM



Hey Rick S. you said he let you take control… of the tail gun???

- LittleBlackDuck

LBD: Yea. For sure! ...LOL… When I was first in that seat I had a hard time keeping My Eyes Open, but got used to it after a while.

In Real Combat YEOW You must have been like a sitting Little Black Duck ..lol..

Thanks for your Reply.

Rick S.

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#11 posted 09-22-2018 10:23 PM

Real Steve & Tyvekboy:

Thanks for clearing up the Peace Sign. That is a Very Important Part of that area.

It was nice for that Family to clean it up! Yes! I agree! It SHOULD be preserved as a Monument type of thing.

Thanks for your Replies. Much Appreciated.!

Regards: Rick S.

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#12 posted 09-23-2018 02:15 AM

Another of my Favourite WW2 Aircraft, The P38 Lightning! I was into Model Aircraft Building, Big Time in my Early Teens. Radio Control was out of the question due to the Expense

I built 2 of these. Of course they were Both U-Control. One was “Scale” and the other one was ”Stunt” They flew with the aid of 2 McCoy Redhead Engines .29 cu in Displacement, Pistons the size of your Thumb, A 6 inch Tri Prop and turned 30,000 RPM’s. Show me an Engine of any type that can easily turn 30,000 RPM’s!

AND … You started them with a dry cell battery hook up for the initial Power to the Glo-Plug. & Used 2 Fingers to kick it over. A Few OUCHES! but that was part of the FUN! They BOTH ended up in Pieces on the Asphalt.

My Dad said I was NUTS! Spent 2 or 3 weeks building them and then CRASH! Gone in a few minutes. Also part of the FUN!

Now you can buy the in “RTF”, Ready To Fly Form. Where’s the FUN in that?

Hope You Enjoy!

Regards: Rick S.

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#13 posted 09-23-2018 02:59 AM

Laughing at you and your Mom flying a couple of lightnings. You must have had a great childhood. What’r we gonna fly today Mom??

Lemme see if I have saved the peace sign, she’s a bit shaggy, but clear enough to tell what it is.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 09-23-2018 03:17 AM


Laughing at you and your Mom flying a couple of lightnings. You must have had a great childhood. What r we gonna fly today Mom??

Lemme see if I have saved the peace sign, she s a bit shaggy, but clear enough to tell what it is.

- therealSteveN

WOW! That’s a Great Monument Steve! Yes it would be nice if a couple of guys could get in there and Really Sharpen It Up!

I’d gladly Volunteer for the Job and Feel DAMN GOOD about doing it for the sake of all the History & Memories that’s Involved!

Knowing How Important this is, I took a shot at Cleaning It Up a Bit, Not the greatest BUT?

Rick S.

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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