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Old June 10th, 2016, 07:33 PM   #1
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OK... so one airplane in particular. One of my favorites. Must be good to be a billionaire. Apparently the Flying Heritage Collection (Paul Allen's collection) will be adding a de Havilland Mosquito to the ranks this winter!! This will make THREE flying in the world if my memory is correct, and now one should live about 2 hours from me. THAT is a drive I will happily make to hear those Merlins light off and roar over.

Facebook link (you shouldnt need to login) is a picture of it where its being built in New Zealand. https://www.facebook.com/flyingherit...type=3&theater

The FHC page... so much cool stuff! Yeah, nice to be a billionaire. http://www.flyingheritage.com/

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Old June 10th, 2016, 08:11 PM   #2
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I've been into vintage WWII aircraft since I was a kid. Reading all of the books available related to WWI and up about the planes and aces. Model airplanes hanging from my bedroom ceiling with coaching from my 25 year Air Force career Dad. Dad and I would seek out the local air shows where the performers were flying prop driven WWII and Pipers airplanes. Gone are the days of barnstorming because of legality and liability concerns. I'm lucky to live within several miles of a Commerative Air force location and get to see and feel the Miss Mitchell B-25 and other war birds fly over my house.

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Old June 10th, 2016, 08:18 PM   #3
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I've been into vintage WWII aircraft since I was a kid. Reading all of the books available related to WWI and up about the planes and aces. Model airplanes hanging from my bedroom ceiling with coaching from my 25 year Air Force career Dad. Dad and I would seek out the local air shows where the performers were flying prop driven WWII and Pipers airplanes. Gone are the days of barnstorming because of legality and liability concerns. I'm lucky to live within several miles of a Commerative Air force location and get to see and feel the Miss Mitchell B-25 and other war birds fly over my house.
So you're saying it would be a good work day for you, when you show up to this first thing in the morning? Of course the hangar reeked of beer, there were Solo cups everywhere, and a mostly dry puddle of beer in one of the Blackhawks.... must have been some banquet.

They belong to another museum about 3hrs North of here. The Mustang is the "Impatient Virgin" and the Mitchell (My FAVORITE airplane) is "Grumpy".
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I'd love to see a de Havilland Mosquito flying , we certainly see enough of the other kind 7/8 months out of the year..

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One of my favorite WW II movies is "633 Squadron" due to the De Havilland Mosquitos used in the film. Plot is somewhat weak and the obligatory love interest throws the timing off, but the planes are fantastic!
The "Wooden Wonder" exceeded all parameters the RAF set and went on to be a compete PITA to the Nazis. Georing hated the Mosquito and had Dr Kurt Tank ( the designer of the FW-190) attempt to build an aircraft with similar performance. The Ta-154 was also made of mostly wood, but bombing raids on the factory that made the original glue used in construction resulted in an inferior glue being using that delaminated under G-loads resulting in crashes that set back production until the project was finally cancelled.
If that Mosquito ever makes to my neck of the woods I'll be first in line to touch one of the best aircraft to come out of the war. IMHO, only the P-51 Mustang beats the Mosquito.

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Old June 11th, 2016, 04:13 AM   #6
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I'm not exactly young so when I was a kid of about 7 or 8 my dad used to take Sunday rides to Willow Grove Naval Air Station which was close to where we lived and I used to watch Hellcats and Corsairs in the touch and go pattern all day. As time went on I got to see practically every aircraft the Navy flew at the base. Panthers, Cougars, Phantom 1's, Tomcat's, P2's, RD's, SNJ's and more.

Later when I joined the Navy I got to fly on P3's and the best fun was when I got into the reserves at Willow Grove, I got a couple flights in a P2 Neptune. Very nostalgic.

I did get a private license and in my travels got stick time in a Stearman trainer and a Navy SNJ.

There was something really special about those days.

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Puccini..... That P3 squad was our sister unit up in the Grove... I was In VP 68 out of Pax river MD....1975 to 1980, we had some of the oldest P3A's in the fleet, got rid of 2 due to Spar inter granular corrosion caused by "Chemical Milling" done at the factory in 1963...there were big Gray bubbles under the wing where the spar attach to the lower skin. I was a Flt Engineer...after seeing that I was a little taken back.

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Puccini..... That P3 squad was our sister unit up in the Grove... I was In VP 68 out of Pax river MD....1975 to 1980, we had some of the oldest P3A's in the fleet, got rid of 2 due to Spar inter granular corrosion caused by "Chemical Milling" done at the factory in 1963...there were big Gray bubbles under the wing where the spar attach to the lower skin. I was a Flt Engineer...after seeing that I was a little taken back.
Yep, that sent a LOT of P-3s to the "boneyard'. Lockheed Martin is rebuilding P3 Charlies (and later models) in Greenville, SC with NEW wings and support structures for foreign customers.

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Here's the Mosquito that was at the Fighter Factory in Virginia Beach whenever we visited it a couple of years ago, that's my son standing in front of the Mosquito...





Very cool bird.

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Here's the Mosquito that was at the Fighter Factory in Virginia Beach whenever we visited it a couple of years ago, that's my son standing in front of the Mosquito...

Very cool bird.
Yep, KA114. She's been making the rounds for a few years now. Here's the facebook page (if you're on FB) for that bird. Some great pics. https://www.facebook.com/De-Havillan...0660158677093/ I remember reading some interesting stories about KA114's restoration. The first Mossie to be in the skies for many years, and the support of the worldwide aviation community was amazing. Apparently parts were popping up all over the world, folks wanting to help make it happen. A seat here, a prop there, little bits and pieces.

There is another up North in BC. Its first flight was two years ago next week actually.

Paul Allen's will make #3, this winter apparently, for flying examples. I think there are one or two more in the pipeline to take to the air in the next few years. A few others that will remain as static displays.

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Here's the Mosquito that was at the Fighter Factory in Virginia Beach whenever we visited it a couple of years ago, that's my son standing in front of the Mosquito...




Very cool bird.
Whats that biplane hiding behind the Mosquito? A Tiger Moth?

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Whats that biplane hiding behind the Mosquito? A Tiger Moth?
Most likely, he also has quite a substantial WWI collection as well.

I drive by the museum everyday I go to the range! God bless him!

While She's not a Warbird, my latest "magic carpet" does have a turbocharged round engine and the little wheel on the proper end!
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Most likely, he also has quite a substantial WWI collection as well.

I drive by the museum everyday I go to the range! God bless him!

While She's not a Warbird, my latest "magic carpet" does have a turbocharged round engine and the little wheel on the proper end!
Aaaaah!! A pretty 195! Will you be my best friend?

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Aaaaah!! A pretty 195! Will you be my best friend?
Thanks. Sure, I need all the friends I can get!

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