On the Wings of Freedom Tour

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  1. Geedee

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    Yup !....its that time again :)

    Flew out this morning, across the Pond on my own personal jet liner....well, actually it wasn't mine, but it felt like it cos there were only 47 passengers on it.....yup, you heard me right...47 FFS.

    Anyroadup, joining the madness tomorrow shortly after Sparrow F*rt.

    I'll try and do updates daily but that depends on lots of things :)
     

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    I missed catching up with the tour in Kalamazoo by one day:mad:
     
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    What a waste - all that fuel, crew and ground crew salaries etc etc, just to send 47 pax across the pond with all those empty seats !
    But at least you had plenty of room Gary, and better cabin service I would think!
    Looking forward to the first of the tour pics.
     
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    Lucky you Gary! Enjoy the trip.
     
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    You had a perfectly good B-24 and you are flying in that thing????????????
     
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    First day on the Tour with great weather, met a few Vets and got their details for my Short Snorter. :).

    First one was Bill Kramer, a 93 YO who was a pilot of the B -25's out in the Pacific. His plane had the 8 gun solid nose , with two side mounted .50' and his tales of flying at 250 MPH at 50 feet with the top turret also facing forward and 12 .50's blazing away, were very interesting.

    Next was Joe Cicci, a Radio Op in the 384th BG out of Grafton Under Wood. Joe did 35 missions over Germany and France. He brought along an almist life size photo of him from 75 years ago. Joe is the guy on the right of the picture...

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    Betty Jane went up twice and then around 4'ish we cleared the ramp and the 25 went up. I did the Flight engineer on this flight. We went out to coast and then around NY harbour. Got a birds eye view of the Lady, then it was back to the ramp.

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    A few minutes later the '24 was prepped and launched and I went up on another flight in this unique bird. Not as FE this time as the other Gary was FE on this trip, but staill a crew member and was looking after the back of the '24. It was out to the coast and then a another lowish level turn around the Lady and then back to shut down and out for food and a few beers. The evening sun made for some awesome photo opportunities.

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    A good days start to the Tour ! :)
     

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    Not a bad start Gary !
     
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    That is a small plane for a flight across the Atlantic...
     
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    I am officially jealous...
     
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    Excellent shots Gary! Can't complain with that start.
     
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    Great stuff Gary. I can only think that your pleasure at meeting the vets was only equaled by their pleasure in meeting their old 'mounts' again.
     
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    I can't wait until next Sunday!! Get to take a few pics of the planes and actually meet the elusive GD! Maybe he'll give me an autograph!!!
     
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    Great stuff Gary. It'll take years to remove that grin from your face.




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    Buy him a beer or two, and he'll sign the whole book !
     
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    I'll be there dude !
     
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    If Gary doesn't mind, I wanted to post the pics I took at Cape May.

    These are the B-24 "Witchcraft" which is the bird that Gary is assigned to - at least the day I was there.

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    and the B-25 "Tondelayo"

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    and the P-51C. I didn't get many pics as the camera battery died after 3 pics so I used my phone. Didn't come out too bad.
    Gary let me sit in the cockpit.....and then we went for ice cream later. Wait..... no that was a brew. :)

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