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    #1 comiso90, Jun 13, 2009
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    I've been to tons of museums in several countries but this weekend was special. I went to the "Fantasy of Flight" between Tampa and Orlando, Florida. Honestly, I expected no more than an opportunity to put a few more notches in my list of tangible close encounters.

    My primary goal was to see a B26 (only one in flying condition) and their Sunderland (even though it's a civilian version).

    Ha! It's not often that I have an experience that not just exceeds my expectations but rips them to shreds and leaves me with goose bumps and a honest grin on my mug.

    Meet your new best friend, Kermit Weeks. He's a champion aerobatic pilot, aeronautical engineer, imagineer, businessman, and all around great guy with the enthusiasm of a 10 year old with the aviation bug.

    Fantasy of Flight, World's Greatest Aircraft Collection

    Kermit's Blog

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    #2 comiso90, Jun 13, 2009
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    Some of the nuggets:


    There is a complete Lancaster in a series of crates waiting to be assembled.
    There is a B-24 in flying condition
    The sweetest P-51 I've seen... razorback -- rare!
    Two seat P-40
    Only B26 ready to fly
    JU-52 waiting to be assembled
    Gloster Meteor Waiting to be assembled
    Over 2 dozen Pratt and Whitney 2800 engines - NEW
    Dozens of Allison engines
    Lots of new vintage props in crates... for P-38, etc
     

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    #3 comiso90, Jun 13, 2009
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    Cool beyond words... why did the rockets cantilever inward? seems like they should be fixed for a straight back blast?
     

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    Is this what James Garner "stole" in the Great Escape?
     

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    One of the coolest parts about the day is that Kermit flew a Strorch!
    He gave an explanation of the aircraft before he jumped in to fly..

    I didnt realize that the Storch a movable leading edge on the wing that focused and accelerated the airflow to achieve astoundingly low flight speeds.

    Massively cool!

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    #10 comiso90, Jun 13, 2009
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    Ramjet helicopter!

    sounded good on paper!
     

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    Holy sh!t, man!

    You hit the mother-lode of coolness!

    I can't beleive the diversity of machines (and parts) there...that's gonna have to go on the list of "places I must see"!

    Thanks for posting the photos!
     
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    The truly astounding thing is the Sea-Land containers with warbirds waiting to be built in the back lot!

    We all need to be thankful for the dude in charge... I know if I had the resources... i'd do the same!

    It's 1.5 hours from my home... come visit bro.

    Museums, fishing...:)

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    God I would have died and gone to heaven! They really have a Lancaster awaiting assembly???
     
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    Wouldn't that be a dream job, working for that museum?

    When I get a chance to get out to Florida, I'll definately hit ya' up on the offer! :thumbleft:
     
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    Awsome shots there many thanks!!!!
     
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    Great shots mate, is that "Apache Princess" talking on her cell phone :) I have to get to Florida. You must have to make several trips to get all the pictures you want.
     
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    Lovely stuff comiso. That is a beautiful P-51. Thanks for sharing those.
     
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    Nice pics comiso. Got there myself a few years ago. Going to FL next week on Vacation. Just might have to get back to the FOF again.

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    Thanks... according to the museum.. that is one of four P-51Cs on the planet and the only one flying..

    super clean...

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    Damn TO... if knew you were coming, i would have went week later...
    I was impressed that they fly one warbird almost every day. They flew an original Storch when i was there..

    I think next weekend is free admission and "Open Cockpit Days".

    bring lots of sunscreen... it was nasty hot!

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