Chico Air Show 2009 picture thread

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Quietdood

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Man, air shows are such fun. I really am having a difficult time digesting a huge Jelly Belly advertisement on a P-51... it just seems sacrilegious.

Maybe the Zero should have a big Sony on it (actually Mitsubishi would be more accurate)
Capitalism > Nostalgia
Good pictures, anyways.
 

yankee7809

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Love those pictures! I have never seen a Zero in the flesh. I love those B-17s. Truely a classic plane and one of the most important in history.
I really love air shows!
 

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I'll see your B-17 (one of nine still flying) and raise you a B-24 (one of two flying). Saw this one a couple weeks ago.

B-2401.jpg
 

Snake45

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CDFingers":1d23kic4 said:
The Zero is one of three. :)

CDFingers
Yes, but that one has an American engine in it (a P&W R1830, IIRC), so it's non-stock. :wink:
 

RT55

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Great pix and narration, CD. I have always loved the airshows, too. As the years have passed, you see fewer and fewer of the old warbirds, especially here in the midwest. I can remember shows years ago that featured Mustangs, Corsairs, Lightings, Hellcats, and more, all flying on the same day. Not anymore. I miss those shows.

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Moore-D

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Great Pictures CD!
Seeing those warbirds always gives me the chills (in a good way). My Papa flew over 25 missions in varoius planes for the RAF in WW2. He has many great stories.

We have our own local air show coming up in Brantford, Ontario. They put on a pretty darn good show for such a "smaller" city. The crown jewel of our airshow is the Avro Lancaster Bomber. It is one of only 2 left flying as well.
Here is a pic:

http://www.warplane.com/pics/l_Lancaster13.jpg

And here is an old video of when it was first restored 20 years ago:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHt5D0CQGnE

I am not by any means a "plane buff" but how can you not admire a machine of this caliber (no pun intended)?

Moore-D
 

yankee7809

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A fellow rebuilt a P-38 in a hanger a few miles north of where I live. He found the old warbird frozen in ice somewhere up in the Artic.
He really did a first class restoration on it and made a lot of news programs around our area. I was able to see the plane in various stages of the process up until she flew again. A great airplane. I took my uncle to see it before he passed away. He nearly cried when saw the Lightning. He had fought at the Battle of the Bulge. He said the Germans had his battalion surrounded and things were really bleak. Then the skys cleared after a prolonged cloudy period allowing the P-38s to attack them. He credited the P-38 pilots with saving them from a bad fate. As far as he was concerned the P-38 Lightning was the greatest plane of them all!
 

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CDFingers":33dvrthc said:
I'd certainly love to pay bucks to see a P-38 Lightning fly. I don't even know if any are still flying. Anyone know?

CDFingers
There's a few. Dunno how many are actually flying today but there are at least a half dozen that either are flying or could feasibly fly again.
 
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