Todays Rose Parade - P51's and PT-17's

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  1. syscom3

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    Three cool floats this year.

    The City of West Covina had a float honoring the Tuskeegee airmen and their P51's. The City of Burbank had one honoring the "barnstormers" And I included one of the JPL float.
     

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    Cool floats, and I see the pilots seated on the front of the Tuskagee float...awesome!

    I guess I should have watched the parade this morning :lol:
     
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    Cool! 8)
     
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    The news cast people that we were watching said the reason the tails were painted red was cause it scared the germans away and they didnt want to attack. I about laughed my tail off.
     
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    :lol: Yeah....frikkin news, always screwing up the facts! Wonder how long it'll be before that comment is regarded as "fact"?

    Great floats, though! Especially love how they got (I'm assuming here) Tuskeegee pilots to ride the float! :salute:
     
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    Very cool!

    Don't think I've ever seen anything like that in any Rose parade.

    TO
     
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    Funny about that red...did the news people realize that one of Germany's greatest aces had an entirely red aircraft at one time or another?

    :lol:
     
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    Hopefully the broadcasters didn't advance the discredited myth that as escorts, the Red Tails never lost a bomber to enemy fighters.

    TO
     
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    Dont rain on the parade and nit pick.

    I'm glad that warbirds have finally been represented in the parade, given that many P51's were built not to far from Pasadena.

    Maybe next year a P38? SBD? A20?
     
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    Wow those floats are great! Thanks for posting them!:D
     
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    When I heard them say that, I yelled BS and the wify said what was that all about. and I told her what they said, and she told me I was silly.
     
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    Spectacular those floats ! And thats a cool tribute as well.

    Wouldnt worry too much about what the Numpties with the microphones say either....At Oshkosh in 2005, during 6 days at that fantastic event, I heard the following from the commentators :-

    The Harrier hovers like a Helicopter !

    The Japs bombed London !

    The Hunter took the World Speed Record from the F86 in '43 !

    That Mustangs a spitfire !

    And heres Rare Bear ....pointing out Robert Odegards Super Corsair !

    Fortunately, I think that most people tend to 'switch off' when some-one gets up and starts to commentate, prefering instead to concentrate on the procedings going on in front of them.

    So what happens I wonder, to the floats when they're finished with. Are they kept in a museum...much like what happens with prize winning floats after the 'Battle of Flowers' at Jesey in the Channel Islands ?...or are they destroyed. ?
     
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    That Tuskeegee one needs to go to....Tuskeegee.
     
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    Once the flowers wilt, that's the end of them. Each float has a chassis that is reused for next year.
     
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    Shouldn't be too hard to replace the real flowers with silk.
     
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    The criteria for a float to be in the Rose parade, is that everything (with the exception of the frames float chassis) has to be flowers or plant material, like bark, palm fronds, etc.
     
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    Thanks guys.
     
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