B-17 Flights

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  1. CarRamRod

    CarRamRod Liter of Cola

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    Anybody here ever fly on a B-17 or B-24 recently? I just recieved an email from the Collings Foundation and it seems interesting but expensive for the amount of time spent in the air. It $425 for 30 minutes but it is a ride in a piece of history. I see they offer UH-1E Huey rides too.
     
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    Id love to, but never have. I would understand it could be expensive considering that there only about 8 or 9 flying examples left in the world. Pretty amazing considering how many they built.
     

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    It was $400/flight when the C.A.F. was in Billings, MT a few years ago. HH
     
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    I can understand why the price is so high. Those four engines burn so much fuel per hour, and the cost of maintenance is out of sight. I too wish I could afford to take a ride on one.
     
  5. Jack23

    Jack23 I. B. Glockin'

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    My late father was a Major in the Army Air Corps and a B-29 pilot. There is a Confederate Air Force group in Galveston Texas and I called them to see if a flight could be aranged. There is only one B-29 still flying and it was in Dallas at the time so I didn't get to set it up for Dad after all. The expence would have been worth it to secure him a ride in one after all these years. It would have meant the world to him.

    After he passed away I regretted not trying harder to make it happen. If you are in that postion please don't hesitate to go all out to make it happen. I didn't do it and it is a thing that will always haunt me.
     
  6. scratchy wilson

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    Maintenance, fuel, insurance..........think it's $1000/hr.


    Got a ride on a P51 late last summer. One hell of a machine.






    I didn't do so well....:puking:
     
  7. That's all Brother

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    My wife and I flew in the Aluminum Overcast several years ago. It was pricey, but worth every penny. My wifes father was a top turrent gunner/engineer on a B-17. She got to ride in his battle station. She does not shed tears very often, but she sure did that day. It was a very moving experience for the both of us. He did not talk of his time at Polebrook very often. He flew on 22 different B-17's. His crew stayed about the same until about the last 8 or so missions, when Pilot and Co-pilot and several other crew members where changed. Sorry I got off subject, I tend to rant on when I think about him.
    That was one heck of a ride, and one that I will never forget.
    My 2nd favorite aircraft is the P-51 Mustang. Saw one of the 2 that Jack Rousch has restored, What a beautiful aircraft!!:wow:
     
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    Wow, I would love to hitch a ride in a P-51. :puking:would be worth it.
     
  9. robin303

    robin303 Helicopter Nut

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    Heck just a Bell 206B is like $700 an hr. I be honest but I would give my left nut to fly in the nose of a B-17 for a day. The most famous bomber of WWII.
     
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    I am sorry that it could not be worked out. I'm sure that he would have enjoyed that. The Confederate Air Force has quite a fleet now. If you ever get the chance I would encourage you to not pass it up.
     
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    CarRamRod Liter of Cola

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    I just saw they offer P-51 flight training for $2200-$3200 for up to an hour. I realize why it's expensive it's just a shock to the wallet.
     
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    delete, double post
     
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    Would you believe 3 days ago I was walking down my drive way to get my mail when I hear this odd , powerful sound. I look up and for the love of god a B-17 is flying right over my house and banking hard to the south to run along the beach.:wow::wow: I am a huge WW2 buff (hence I cc everyday my SA Gov't GI 1911 in OD) so I immed recognized it. What a sight.
     
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    Brian Lee Drop those nuts

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    Wow, the price has gone up!! Twenty years ago (if you already had a pilots license) for only about 5 grand you could get enough flight instruction to get a legal check-out in the P-51 with a sign off in your log book, and they even finished up the deal with one 30 minute solo flight in the thing.
     
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    Tom Cruise has two of them.
     
  16. scratchy wilson

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    If I remember right that ride is on LadyJo, a dual control P-51c(think it's YP-51c?)
     
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    Annoyedgrunt Not chillin’

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    I had the chance to go up in a P51-B at the last airshow I went to, but got skeered off by the price- $800, I think it was. But now, I wish I'd done it. Sure, it's $800, but how often do you get to do something like that? I used to be the biggest WWII aviation buff- I used to know the specs and stats of all of the greats- B17, P47, P51, ME262, FW190, all of them.

    Maybe at the next airshow!
     
  18. J.R. Bob Dobbs

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    Every once in a while the CAF comes to the Atlanta area offering the bomber rides, and I'm SO tempted each time. I'm an old airplane buff and it would be an experience of a lifetime, for me at least.

    I used to work behind McCollum field, and walked across my parking lot and right up onto a taxiway when they arrived back once in the early 90's, they did low approaches and flyovers before landing. Sent chills up my spine, I just love the sound of radial engines.
     
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    I used to help maintain a B-17 for Evergreen Int. aviation and took a few rides on test flights. The tail gunner position was my favorite place to ride.
     
  20. CarRamRod

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    It says TP-51c, "BettyJane"