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Old 09-21-2020, 06:15 PM   #16
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Old 09-21-2020, 07:45 PM   #17
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My sisters ex father in law used to restore old WWII Airplanes. Most impressive to me was a Messerschmitt Me 163. Although I don't recall if it was airworthy. He worked for a museum who financed the restoration.
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My sisters ex father in law used to restore old WWII Airplanes. Most impressive to me was a Messerschmitt Me 163. Although I don't recall if it was airworthy. He worked for a museum who financed the restoration.
Was the ME-163 really ever truly airworthy? Even new they must’ve been incredibly sketchy to “fly”, if one truly flies something like that. More like hope it’s pointed in the right direction when it lights off. Desperate times called for desperate measures...🤷🏻‍♂️
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Was the ME-163 really ever truly airworthy? Even new they must’ve been incredibly sketchy to “fly”, if one truly flies something like that. More like hope it’s pointed in the right direction when it lights off. Desperate times called for desperate measures...🤷🏻‍♂️
I haven't seen that plane in over 20 years. Its coming back to me now what a death trap it was, yeah no way in the world anyone today would be allowed to try flying one of those.
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It was an absolute death trap. Stories about simply killing the pilot on take off. Should rebuild something safe, like a Gee Bee...
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The B-25 pretty much solely flew in the Pacific Theater.
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It was an absolute death trap. Stories about simply killing the pilot on take off. Should rebuild something safe, like a Gee Bee...
From one death trap to another. I do love the Gee Bee though.
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The B-25 pretty much solely flew in the Pacific Theater.
They were used in North Africa and Italy quite extensively.
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From one death trap to another. I do love the Gee Bee though.
I love the movie "The Rocketeer" for, among other reasons, they fly a Gee Bee replica in the movie.

I was fortunate to go to an air show that also had a flying replica (probably the same plane as the movie, honestly).

The original was 800HP, the replica was much less. Still fun to see it fly.
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I love the movie "The Rocketeer" for, among other reasons, they fly a Gee Bee replica in the movie.

I was fortunate to go to an air show that also had a flying replica (probably the same plane as the movie, honestly).

The original was 800HP, the replica was much less. Still fun to see it fly.
They have one (replica I assume) at the San Diego Air and Space museum. Pretty cool to see one up close. Gotta imagine you had to have balls of steel to fly that thing.
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They have one (replica I assume) at the San Diego Air and Space museum. Pretty cool to see one up close. Gotta imagine you had to have balls of steel to fly that thing.
From what I've heard, it actually fly's pretty good. The crashes they had were when they were pushing the envelope with speed.

I'd love to get my hands on one. It's gotta be like flying a missile.
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It was an absolute death trap. Stories about simply killing the pilot on take off. Should rebuild something safe, like a Gee Bee...
I was lucky enough to meet Jimmy Doolittle a couple of times when he was in his late 80's, even at that age he had Popeye-like forearms and a crushing grip when he'd shake hands. He was also incredibly humble and friendly.

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The B-25 pretty much solely flew in the Pacific Theater.
They were used a lot in the North African and Italian campaigns as well.
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They have one (replica I assume) at the San Diego Air and Space museum. Pretty cool to see one up close. Gotta imagine you had to have balls of steel to fly that thing.
They made a few, so it may not be a replica. The one Doolittle flew is at the Crawford Museum in Cleveland.
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