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Flew on the Memphis Belle B-17 Bomber today. Pics & Vid

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by TapRackNGo, May 4, 2013.

  1. TapRackNGo

    TapRackNGo PNW Well-Known Member

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    Headed out today to fly on the Memphis Belle "the movie" B-17 Bomber at the Hillsboro airport this morning. Brought along my new Samsung Galaxy S4 and took lots of pictures and in flight videos. In was loud, bumpy at times, smelled of airplane fuel and windy, it was quite the experience. After the B-17 took off we were free to roam around the plane. One of the great areas was of course the bomb navigator bubble. Also, there was a 5ft hole in the middle of the air craft that you could stick your head and shoulders out of. That was a spectacular view and I have it on camera a few times. Very windy and loud. My new phone almost flew out of my hands more than once. If you are wondering how to do something like this. Libertyfoundation.org

    Also, interesting this plane is in Tom Hanks / Steven Spielberg's WWII project, an HBO mini series Mighty Eighth Air Force


    This Gentleman and his crew jumped out over Germany when their B-17 caught fire, and were captured, held for a year. Some 30 years later he found out the B-17, on auto pilot, stayed in the sky for 3-4 more hours and flew over safe territory before running out of fuel. Imagine finding out 30 years later that they could have made it home that day. That generation was cut from a different cloth.


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  2. JV100

    JV100 portland/wilsonville Active Member

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    Very cool man! I think I would have been to scared to poke my head tho hahaha!
  3. outontherange

    outontherange Vancouver Active Member

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    Thanks for sharing! That is something, can't believe that the plane lasted 4 more hours! Looking back, I wonder how many thoughts went through his mind. Anyone hear about the fighter plane found in the African desert in almost flyable shape? I think it was a Curtis Warhawk... They said a Royal Pilot had flown it? He strayed from the squadran and there was no way to get him to come back. A year ago, a oil driller found it and they had plans on bringing it back to Britain...
  4. TapRackNGo

    TapRackNGo PNW Well-Known Member

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    Check out more videos in my Signature. Here's one more for now.

  5. speeddemon94

    speeddemon94 The Rogue Well-Known Member

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    That is very cool. My granddad, who we lost a year ago, was the armament officer on the Flame Mcgoon. Not a B-17. But part of the squadron that chased Rommel across North Africa. Man he had some neat stories.
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  6. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    I remember reading a story about one of the ideas before Normandy was to fly explosive filled B17s into the forts along the beaches. I guess the one flew in and landed itself and didin't go off till much later, killing all the Germans who came out to look at it. It goes to show you how stable those things were.
  7. 206thsense

    206thsense Seattle, WA, USA Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Very cool. Great pics!
  8. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Shoot any hogs...? :)

    Very cool.
  9. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Very cool

    The real Memphis Bell is currently at Wright Patterson Air Force Museum in Ohio being restored to display condition. You can go on line and check out the progress made.

    National Museum of the USAF - Restoration

    Original part from B-17F Memphis Belle® returns home

    Restoration: The Memphis Belle | Military Aviation | Air & Space Magazine

    I have been on FiFi (the only B29 still flying) I was able to be in the aircraft alone while it was parked at Hillsboro Airport. I was able to get some amazing photos of the cockpit and crew areas.
  10. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    Cool another reason to go to Wright-Pat the next time I am home.
  11. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    Its a blast going up in those old birds - went up in a B-24 a few years back. Just remember to watch out for dripping oil under those motors when she's on the ground
  12. vertical ascent

    vertical ascent Vancouver Active Member

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    I saw this plane on its approach to the Hillsboro Airport's Tarmac, I had to slow down and watch it touch down, she is a very beautiful plane.
  13. josmi

    josmi Hillsboro Oregon New Member

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    I live in Hillsboro and was mowing my lawn when I looked up and saw you flying around. Did you see me wave? :) Very cool, I hope to get the chance someday...
  14. 1BigGuy

    1BigGuy Eastern Washington New Member

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    Thank you for sharing those videos clips with us here.
    I flew in the B-17 "Aluminum Overcast" last summer and it was anunforgettablee experience.
  15. tacticalgunner

    tacticalgunner Wilsonville The Man, The Myth, The Legend Bronze Supporter

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    I was in Hillsboro yesterday and seen her flying in over cornell. at first she startled me being so low but she needed all the runway to stop her so it was really cool. thanks for the pics!
  16. 44s rock

    44s rock Belfair New Member

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    Thanks for sharing! Got to get down there, like to see the Spruce Goose again as well.
  17. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Awesome.... BTW, what do the red and/or yellow stars mean over each bombing mission "bomb" mark?
  18. gunfreak

    gunfreak Boise Well-Known Member

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    My Grandfather is 93 years old. He's a WW2 and Korean Vet, served as a waist gunner on B17's. He would also man the bomb sight signalling bombs away. Then go to the tail and confirm hits. Growing up I loved his stories and now my son gets to enjoy them too. Awesome experience you had.
  19. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    Very cool - I got to fly on the Aluminum Overcast last year and took a "B-17 ground school" class at Museum of Flight. They are truly amazing planes.
  20. SKN

    SKN Keizer, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    My wife gifted me a flight on a B-17 out of Salem last year for our anniversary enabling me to check it off my bucket list. It was a great flight during which we got to wander thru the aircraft from nose to tail and I too got some great vids and pics. My favorite views were from the bombadier's position in the nose, the flight engineer's top turret, and the radio operator's top side hatch. Unfortunately, the underside ball turret and tail gunner positions were inaccessible and it struck me that one had to be pretty small in stature to man either. It added to my perspective of this part of our country's history as my late Dad was a WWII vet who was in the 442nd and many years back we got a chance to travel to Italy and southern France where he fought.