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Sunday's out of woodworking experience: A ride in the last flying B-24 "Liberator"

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Forum topic by Eric M. Saperstein posted 08-17-2009 02:26 PM 964 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Eric M. Saperstein

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08-17-2009 02:26 PM

Greetings,

Since this is the area to post out of woodworking experiences I figured I would post mine from Sunday. Getting a good reminder of the experience now as I’m hearing the B-17 and B-24 planes about a mile or two north of my house take another morning flight as I’m attempting to get motivated for the day. Pretty distinctive sound – can’t even imagine what a squadron of those things would sound like overhead.

http://www.artisansofthevalley.com/blog/index.php/2009/08/eric_saperstein_b-24-liberator-flight/

If you like military equipment, history, reenacting, etc … keep an eye out for the Collings Foundation as they travel the country with historic planes offering the opportunity to explore them and take a flight if you are so inclined. Definitely worth the flight experience!

They even have an operational P-51C Mustang – but the ticket $ was just out of my personal range of expenses for the day.

Anyway – check out the link above for more info, links to the Collings Foundation with scheduled stops, etc.

Enjoy!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com


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Roz

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#1 posted 08-17-2009 04:35 PM

Eric, This is a great posting and tip. I love these old planes. My father-in-law flew A-20’s and S-26’s. I lived in Wales in the 1990’s and erected (with help from friends) a memorial at a B-24 crash site. (BAT OUTA HELL).
I located and met the last survivor and learned he was shot down over Italy on the second Plosesti Raid. Though badly burned Robert Reasoner survived the war. Those men risk all they had for the free world and this Nation. This reminds us of that supreme effort.

I thought the last flying B-24 had crashed a few years ago. Seeing this one is great. It looks like a B-24j, a late war version.
Thanks again. Terry

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#2 posted 08-17-2009 04:46 PM

Greetings,

Definitely gives you a new perspective being in one – oxygen tank in my crotch sitting on a section of metal that just randomly happened to be flat enough to put a green well – not really a cushion in my definition, and a strap. Then imagine 10 guns going off just in your plane alone, trying to hold position and drop bombs, being shot at … drafty cold, hot, open to the weather.

I think one of these did crash a few years back and they resurrected it – may have been this plane not 100% sure on that.

Meeting the people that were on these is interesting, there was one guy that was a belly gunner there telling all kinds of stories. Getting frost bite on his feet when he lost power, stuck in the thing and getting hoisted up manually, all kinds of crazy stuff.

http://www.collingsfoundation.org/menu.htm – More info about the foundation.

Thanks for the feedback!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 08-22-2009 09:53 PM

Interesting

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