B-17 Bomber Fantasy Camp Training May 29th 30th

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  1. vikingBerserker

    vikingBerserker Well-Known Member

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    Would this not be awesome?!

    Cost and contact information on the link below.

    from: B-17 Bomber Crew Camp - The Collings Foundation

    Do you remember watching Twelve O'Clock High or Memphis Belle? Have your ever imagined what it would be like to train for - and fly - your own mission in the legendary B-17 Flying Fortress "Nine 0 Nine?" The Collings Foundation will be offering a very unique two-day program in which you do just that! No doubt, this is one of the most amazing living history programs you will ever experience! Space is limited. We are now accepting reservations.

    Base Location:
    Stockton Municipal Airport / Stockton Field Aviation Museum Hangar,Stockton California.
    Target:
    Top Secret Classified Information. Crew will be issued mission and target objectives on completion of crew training.


    Day One: Pre-Mission Training
    * Basic outline of course and goals.
    * WWII Heavy Bomber history, theatres of operation and primary missions.
    * Identification of crew positions and duties.
    * Crewmember orientation to essential equipment.
    * Bombardier and turret training.
    * Gunnery orientation.
    * Target practice.

    Day Two: Briefing and Mission Orders are Issued
    * Refresher course / Q A.
    * Commanding Officer will brief the crew on the day's mission.
    * Suit up and drive to the aircraft in bomb crew truck.
    * Pre flight and further briefing on flight, mission and crew position.
    * Load aircraft ordinance and prepare equipment.
    * Fly the mission. - Hit the target and get back to base alive!
    * Mission de-briefing.

    Some details:
    The crew will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express, Manteca. Crew must be checked in the night of May 28th. The program starts early AM on May 29th. Each crewmember will receive training materials, flight suit, eye and ear protection etc. Live rounds will be used at gunnery range and blanks will be used during the mission. Each crewmember will be issued: 50 rounds / 50 cal. blank, 10 rounds / 50 cal. live, 15 shot gun rounds, shotgun and targets. Additional ammo will be available for purchase at location. Mission flight time will be approximately 1 hour. 250 lb. dummy bombs will be dropped on a target from the B-17 Flying Fortress "Nine 0 Nine" (manufactured to original specifications). Crew member performs a task in each position on an approximate 5-10 minute rotation.
     
  2. evangilder

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    I have watched them develop that program and I think it would be an awesome experience.
     
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    meatloaf109 Well-Known Member

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    I think it is nuts!
    And I wish I had the money to do it!
     
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    Knock a zero off the price and I'd do it in a heartbeat.
     
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    Give me hands and legs which work and I'll be there - after I've visited Fort Knox - at night!
     
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    That's a pretty amazing opportunity and am glad it's at least an option, even if with a huge price tag.
     
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