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Monday, January 4, 2010

Photos I've missed

Ace Clark in the cockpit of a P-51 D Mustang a few years and fewer pounds ago. My favorite plane. My dad helped draw plans for this WWII fighter. I've posted earlier about him and it, but didn't have this shot.  My goal this year, unfulfilled for several years, is a ride in an open-cockpit bi-plane, a la WWI. Maybe they'll let me strafe GOP headquarters. When I was a little boy, I drew pictures of the P-51 in combat with the Germans. When my Dad was a little boy, he drew pictures of English bi-planes in dogfights with the Germans.

 My second favorite plane, the legendary B-17 Memphis Belle, a few years ago when it was still in Memphis. It was the first bomber to complete 25 missions over Nazi Germany.

The cost in American lives, in the air, on the ground, and at sea was terrible in WWII. This is the American  Cemetery at Maddingly, Cambridgeshire, taken by my Air Force son Vance when he was stationed nearby.

1 comment:

  1. Hope your dream comes true for you in 2010! Just hold on tight in that open cockpit!!!