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Took a ride! "A FLIGHT!" B-17 WWII bomber 14 Aug 2017 12:01 #769007

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I was on the "MADRAS MAIDEN" The Liberty Foundation WWII B-17 flying fortress! COOLEST thing ever! Nitro burnout on a Top Fuel Motorcyle is only thing to top it, on my bucket list! Started up the 4 radial, 9 cylinder prop engines 1200 HP each. Running aviation 100 octane. Original vertex magneto's. Coughing, spitting, chugging the oil out of the loose built tolerences cylinders. Like 18 harleys running next to you! 2 pilots were shaking and vibrating as they throttled up, bringing pressure's and temp up. I was sitting right there in the cockpit behind them. Did a 30 minute ride, along the Niagara river, Niagara Falls and Lake Erie. Stuck my head out the upper turret as we were flyin along at 170 mph. had my face in thebomb turret sites, all original as it was built!
Awesome. Ever get a chance to do it? DO IT! was pricey! $450 bucks. Well worth it!
Livin in "CheektaVegas, NY
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Went thru 25 of these in 40 yrs.

And The Old Girl, Harley 75 FLH Electra Glide,
Old faithful! Points ign. Bendix Orig. carb.
Starts everytime!

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Took a ride! "A FLIGHT!" B-17 WWII bomber 14 Aug 2017 12:08 #769009

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Livin in "CheektaVegas, NY
Still have a Kaw! 76 KZ900 Pro-Street.
Went thru 25 of these in 40 yrs.

And The Old Girl, Harley 75 FLH Electra Glide,
Old faithful! Points ign. Bendix Orig. carb.
Starts everytime!

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Took a ride! "A FLIGHT!" B-17 WWII bomber 14 Aug 2017 13:14 #769011

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Very , Very COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I may get a chance soon with Yankee Air Force here at Willow Run . They also have a B 17 G. Among other toys.
I have a corporate hospitality Tent at Labor Days Air Show with the Blue Angels Thru friends and neighbors . Lots of war birds and new stuff too. Bringing out a group of Veterans to enjoy the weekend as part of what I do with Camp Liberty.
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Took a ride! "A FLIGHT!" B-17 WWII bomber 14 Aug 2017 13:29 #769012

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Wow!

How many riders on board? 1200hp x 4 = $$$ (fuel cost)

Super cool!

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Took a ride! "A FLIGHT!" B-17 WWII bomber 14 Aug 2017 13:48 #769013

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Very cool!
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Took a ride! "A FLIGHT!" B-17 WWII bomber 14 Aug 2017 14:35 #769014

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z1kzonly wrote: Started up the 4 radial, 9 cylinder prop engines 1200 HP each. Running aviation 100 octane. Original vertex magneto's. Coughing, spitting, chugging the oil out of the loose built tolerences cylinders.



A radial engine on startup is one of the best sounds in the world. B) :woohoo:
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Took a ride! "A FLIGHT!" B-17 WWII bomber 14 Aug 2017 14:38 #769015

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The Liberty Foundation put a cost of $5,100 per operating hour for the plane.
They took 10 passengers, plus the 2 pilots.
It was Crude! Unsafe! Wide Open! Tiny! I had to get on hands and knees to go down into bomb site turret.
I was shaking with adrenaline, choking up with emotion, feeling patriotic, respecting the "Greatest Generation"!!!
All the while wanting to say F U to the pajama wearing, headphone wearing, young piss pots that don't have a clue about America!!
Livin in "CheektaVegas, NY
Still have a Kaw! 76 KZ900 Pro-Street.
Went thru 25 of these in 40 yrs.

And The Old Girl, Harley 75 FLH Electra Glide,
Old faithful! Points ign. Bendix Orig. carb.
Starts everytime!

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Took a ride! "A FLIGHT!" B-17 WWII bomber 14 Aug 2017 16:28 #769020

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z1kzonly wrote: FB post??
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Cool FB post. B)
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Took a ride! "A FLIGHT!" B-17 WWII bomber 14 Aug 2017 18:02 #769030

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Fantastically cool. A month ago I was at an Auto/Air show and they had a B-25. It was such a thunderous sound. As a kid I spent a lot of time at Buckley Air National Guard. So many great planes came in and out of there. At the time my favorite was the Super Constellation. They had a much more refined sound, turbocharged I believe. Thanks for sharing Steve. I truly understand the emotions you describe.
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Took a ride! "A FLIGHT!" B-17 WWII bomber 14 Aug 2017 18:10 #769031

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It's Marty's post. Grandpa Bob was a navigator on the 17's in WWII. I brought the Memphis Bell for him to watch but he left the room and wouldn't talk about it. It was a bloodbath early on. Still my favorite plane.
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Took a ride! "A FLIGHT!" B-17 WWII bomber 14 Aug 2017 18:28 #769035

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Thanks for sharing Steve! Lots of History. The "Memphis Belle" That was in the movie years ago is being restored currently, they said 2 more years! Can't imagine the pain stakingly work involved. You can't buy B-17 parts on eBay from oinkjohnson! (LOL).
Great History lesson! My 3 Uncles were WWII, my Dad was Korea, he was the youngest. He passed in 1972 from an industrial accident. I was 13. I never got to talk adult to him about things. Still tough!
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Still have a Kaw! 76 KZ900 Pro-Street.
Went thru 25 of these in 40 yrs.

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Old faithful! Points ign. Bendix Orig. carb.
Starts everytime!

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Took a ride! "A FLIGHT!" B-17 WWII bomber 14 Aug 2017 19:35 #769049

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Never saw him cry before. We must keep their memories alive. Truly the Greatest Generation. He liked the 29 but to me the 17 was the best.
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