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    Oldtime Photos of Aviation from Yesteryear

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    Re: Oldtime Photos of Aviation from Yesteryear

    Very Cool pics of some of the great Aircraft of a great Era. My Dad flew a C-47 in WWII.
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    Excellent pics, thanks!
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    Thanks for the reminder, RT. My dad was a salvage crew chief who had to hustle to pick up wrecked P-47s and other planes out in the European boonies. It was definitely "finders keepers, losers weepers."
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    Thanks for sharing.
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    Thanks for posting. Love seeing the old birds!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mustang652 View Post
    Thanks for posting. Love seeing the old birds!
    I like watching birds too Like the one flying the PT-19
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    Re: Oldtime Photos of Aviation from Yesteryear

    How come there were no pics of RC in his Whirlybird in those vintage shots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mason View Post
    How come there were no pics of RC in his Whirlybird in those vintage shots?
    I burned everything I had from Vietnam within a week of arriving back in the US, uniforms, medals, photos etc.

    I did catch a film clip of me flying my Huey on the History channel about two years ago, I think I remember it was filmed in super 8 video by a Stars and Stripes combat reporter. It was about the Troopers and the pilots of the 2nd of the 7th Cav. about a 10 minute segment of an hour show of the 1st. Cav. Division in the early days of Vietnam. It was shot just two weeks before my sister unit the 1st. of the 7th. Cav. got overrun in the Ia Drang valley in November 1965. The book "We were soldiers once and young" was 90% fact the movie made from it about 40% fact.

    Honestly I show my avatar patch here as a memorial to the troopers who didn't make the final roll call. In real life I don't talk about Vietnam except help with memorials from time to time. I have had to opportunity to be flown to the wall for a ceremony a few years back and turned it down, I still can't face that one, not even now.

    My feelings today are that Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan were just a waist of human lives and have caused more harm the the United States than good.
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    I don't disagree with you..

    Was just a little "geezer Jab" was my only intent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reginald Carstairs View Post
    I burned everything I had from Vietnam within a week of arriving back in the US, uniforms, medals, photos etc.

    I did catch a film clip of me flying my Huey on the History channel about two years ago, I think I remember it was filmed in super 8 video by a Stars and Stripes combat reporter. It was about the Troopers and the pilots of the 2nd of the 7th Cav. about a 10 minute segment of an hour show of the 1st. Cav. Division in the early days of Vietnam. It was shot just two weeks before my sister unit the 1st. of the 7th. Cav. got overrun in the Ia Drang valley in November 1965. The book "We were soldiers once and young" was 90% fact the movie made from it about 40% fact.

    Honestly I show my avatar patch here as a memorial to the troopers who didn't make the final roll call. In real life I don't talk about Vietnam except help with memorials from time to time. I have had to opportunity to be flown to the wall for a ceremony a few years back and turned it down, I still can't face that one, not even now.

    My feelings today are that Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan were just a waist of human lives and have caused more harm the the United States than good.
    Your very eloquently stated position on Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan is reflective of the thoughts many of my combat veteran relatives have expressed. Most of my Vietnam-era relatives who served in combat rarely speak of the experience, even amongst themselves, unless drawn together by inevitable circumstance for a funeral at Arlington or similar venue. Thank you for your moving words, sir.
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    Most of the vets who survived World War II came home proud of what they had done, although they didn't want to talk much about their individual experiences. There were no parades to welcome us home after Vietnam, only our families were glad to see us. It was a costly, terrible waste of human lives. I'm not for getting ourselves into every fight that comes along--only those which directly endangers our security--but once we're in, it should be fought with an eye towards total victory. You don't go to war to end it, but to win it.
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    ^I couldn't agree more, sir.^
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    Re: Oldtime Photos of Aviation from Yesteryear

    Well worth the time!

    Thanks for the link, R.T.!

    The pilot of the Memphis Bell was from Asheville, NC. He died a few years ago. Interesting story about his home coming:

    Although General Henry H. Hap Arnold had given Morgan permission to fly the B-17 as low as he pleased during their tour, it's almost certain that the general hadn't meant for the bomber to buzz rooftops as she made her way across the nation. Nonetheless, when Morgan piloted Belle to an event in his hometown of Asheville, N.C., he brought the big bomber in low, barely skimming the roofs of downtown buildings and seemingly aiming for the city hall and courthouse. There was some space between the two buildings, but not enough to accommodate the 103-foot wingspan of the B-17. Just moments before Belle would have crashed, Morgan flipped her on her side and blasted through the gap — vertically. Some startled observers on the ground muttered that whoever was piloting the plane should be court-martialed. Source: http://www.historynet.com/memphis-be...-17-bomber.htm

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    Re: Oldtime Photos of Aviation from Yesteryear

    Pretty cool, thanks!
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