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DerangedDingo

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#1 10 years ago

I was riding my bicycle home from a friend's house after his 17th birthday party, and, uhh, I heard a really low flying propeller plane, so I looked up, and it was a B-24 Liberator flying at about 500 feet and about 200 MPH I'd say.

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I was surprised, it wasn't that loud and it wasn't very large either.

I was also really surprised by the fact that I was seeing one! Aren't there only like 3 operational ones in the world, as there are B-17's and ME-109's and such?

Plus there isn't a very large airport near my town for at least 50-100 miles so...

Yeah. I thought someone on here might find that interesting.

The designs on the rear rudders looked like this: _________ | / | | / | | / | | / | | / | |/________| And I think the colors were red-white on said design.

Can _maybe_ anyone identify the division/regiment? I mean, not that it matters, but, if they wanted to.




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#2 10 years ago

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Wings of Freedom Schedule - The Collings Foundation

Looks like it might be part of this airshow.




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#3 10 years ago

What!? theres only 3 operational ME109?




DerangedDingo

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#4 10 years ago
"torenico"What!? theres only 3 operational ME109?

I'd assume so... I don't know.

I always thought it was something like that. I never really cared how many there were, but I figured there was a couple of each WWII plane that traveled the world lending themselves to airshows and documentaries, ya know?

Oh, and thanks lightning. That's just what it looked like. Erm.. well, if anyone reading this really, really wants to see some old B-24...




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#5 10 years ago

Maybe theres only 3 Originals ME109... or 3 Survivors.. or, sadly, 3 on the entire globe.




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#6 10 years ago
torenico;4366522Maybe theres only 3 Originals ME109... or 3 Survivors.. or, sadly, 3 on the entire globe.

There's at least 3 Avia S-199s (a Czech-made copy, used by Israel in 1948), and ME-109s were in service into the 1960s, but yeah, there's only 3 "originals" operational.

And of those three, only one is actually an original (1940 vintage), the others are Spanish Hispano HA-1112s (one built for Spanish service in 1959 from an original German airframe).




DerangedDingo

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#7 10 years ago

so I was right when I threw out the number 3 and the plane ME-109?

It was an, uh, approximation... I didn't mean for anyone to actually start wondering how many operational ME-109's there are in the world... I just figured there's (around) 3 of each WWII plane that still flies in the world. Cool though.

You guys are smart.




Flyboy1942

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#8 10 years ago

This forum can almost rival Google for retrieving random tidbits of info about WWII.




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#9 10 years ago

I saw 4 Blackhawks in formation yesterday. :-)




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#10 10 years ago

I have something to add to this as well; I was in Boulogne-sur-mer a few days ago where we were exploring the Atlantik wall bunkers and while I was on top of a bunker in Fort de la Creche, a P-47 and P-51 fly overhead. I yelled to my dad, who had the camera, to look up but he says in a boring-castrated-sixty-one-year-old voice "not now". I yell in exasperation "look up at the planes", it wasn't the best thing to say but it's what I said. All I get is another "not now" in the same tone. After I finally connect my tongue to my brain and say "look up at the world war two planes", they're too far away and heading into the dark clouds. Then I let loose with the expletives...well a few.