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I can't get no satisfaction

PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:26 pm
by FlyingTiger
My wife and I didn't have a lot on our schedule today and knowing that a couple of vintage warbirds were visiting the local airport, she said let's go. As we're driving and getting closer, I think to myself that my 65th birthday is next week, so cost be darned, I would take a ride in the very rare 2-seat Curtis P-40 Warhawk, my favorite plane of all time. We get there just as the B-17, Liberty Belle, is landing. I go around talking to the members of the Liberty Foundation, the restorers of these great planes and I ask when the P-40 is returning. Oh, woe is me, the pilot is active duty air force and couldn't get the weekend off so the P-40 is home in the hangar. Well, maybe for my next 65th birthday.

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Re: I can't get no satisfaction

PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:13 am
by zann68
Happy Birthday!! to you. Sorry to hear you missed out on a ride a P-40. That would be a great gift!

Re: I can't get no satisfaction

PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:32 pm
by quarry44
Happy Birthday,FT.The nz airforce had a bunch of Kittyhawks,and the story goes round that those kitty's killed more pilots than the enemy.
It appears they needed a good bit of speed for take-off,which is where many inexperienced pilots came to grief.

Re: I can't get no satisfaction

PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:29 pm
by FlyingTiger
quarry44 wrote:Happy Birthday,FT.The nz airforce had a bunch of Kittyhawks,and the story goes round that those kitty's killed more pilots than the enemy.
It appears they needed a good bit of speed for take-off,which is where many inexperienced pilots came to grief.


Thanks for the birthday wishes.
As with any piloting, RC or full scale, experience is key.