Wednesday, July 30, 2008

WIW and B-17 ride

What I wore Sunday, nothing too special but still rather nice:

And on to the main event.
July 18th and 19th we saw this little guy buzzing around the neighborhood. It was over at the Ames airport for several days, giving rides and tours. Needless to say, my sister Jess and I were very excited to see it and wanted desperately to ride on it.

We got our chance on July 20th.

Click on photos to enlarge.

This World War Two B-17 bomber is named "Sentimental Journey" and is the property of the Commemorative Air Force, formerly known as the Confederate Air Force. The CAF is a non-profit organization that restores and flies vintage military aircraft around the country.
How about some more pictures?

Why, who are these two lucky people who got a 20 minute ride? Though, it cost $425 per person, but well worth it.
Jess at the navigator's position in the nose.

Getting buckled in.

We got to sit in the nose for takeoff!

.50 goodness.

From the left waist gunner postion.

That's us flying over.
Also, here's a video of takeoff from the bombardier's position in the nose. It was loud and bumpy!
If you ever get a chance to ride in a B-17 or any vintage aircraft for that matter, do not hesitate. They are great fun and the memories will last a lifetime.

1 comment:

Stephen said...

I'm jealous. Reminds me of my younger days. I had an uncle who used to take me to air shows and military parades around Atlanta in the early '90s. Ew, saying that makes me feel old.


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