Phishphan70 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 265 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4329 times:
I was driving home from work today (5/16) at 5:30 in Palo Alto, California and happened to see a brown B-17 with a red tail flying south at about 4000 feet or so. i saw it later again while driving to my buddy's house at about 6, but this time it was flying north. looked as though it was taking off from Moffet Field, but i did not see it take off or land, so i can't say for certain. i was wondering if anyone knew why a B-17 would be in the bay area right now, and why it looked as though it was only stopping by for a 1/2 hour or so. great to see such an American Icon flying over regardless of why it was here.
They changed their name a few years ago to "Commemorative Air Force".
Tis a great site and sound for sure......they fly the B17 from The Lone Star Flight Museum at GLS to events around the country quite often, love to watch and hear her go, and if anyone ever gets a chance to hop a ride, DO IT!
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I was chatting with an old Army Air Force Captain at the WWII museum inside the Pima Air Museum, they have a B-17 there on static display. When I mentioned seeing a B-17 flying around he told me he was friends with the crew of that aircraft, etc. And he was to fly that B-17in a few days on a leg it was flying out to California. He had last piloted a B-17 during WWII.
He was just totally excited. Little did I know I would witness his perfect take-off as I was waiting for my flight home a few days later. God- Bless that old-timer------I know he just had a wonderful time.
He may have mentioned the "correct" name and I just was more interested in other aspects of the conversation to pick up on the change. Thanks for the heads-up. I like the sound of "Commemorative".
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IAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4183 times:
Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 4): He was just totally excited. Little did I know I would witness his perfect take-off as I was waiting for my flight home a few days later. God- Bless that old-timer------I know he just had a wonderful time.
Sounds exactly like my Uncle who flew a P-51 over Germany escorting bunches of B17's, he too got to return to a Mustang a year ago and was out of control excited for weeks before he climbed into the flight suit....got about 2 hrs of stick time and finished up with a perfectly beautiful overhead pattern and landing.
Ah the glory of those birds and aviation!
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GRIVely From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3920 times:
Two years ago I was flying out of KHEF (Manassas, VA) on a day when there was a visit from several vintage aircraft. Among them was a B-17G. KHEF has parallel runways and I was cleared to take off on the west side at the same time the B-17 was rolling on the right. That was one of the most poignant moments of my flying experience to be taking off in my C172SP on runway 34L as a B-17 was lifting off from 34R. I was surprised at how well matched we were in airspeed and climb rate as we both climbed out together so I was "flying formation" with a B-17. I turned out left and he turned out right and we parted ways. Way cool.
In the early 1950's my father was in the American Air Force and we were stationed at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, NM. In those days SAC was operating B-36s and those bad boys taking off over your head was really a spectacular experience. I mean not only was the noise incredible, the vibrations propagated through the air thumped your body and the ground shook the whole time. It was glorious, I thought. Hmm, my mother and sisters weren't so pleased as the pictures fell of the walls and you couldn't talk on the phone until all the aircraft were off. In a squadron scramble it would be 30 minutes or more.
One of my father's friends was the maintenance officer for the B-36 squadron and invited me to accompany him on many trips to the aerodrome and on board the planes. As a boy I thought it was great to haul myself on the trolley through the tube connecting the forward compartment to the aft. During maintenance tests I even got to use the remote control sights to operate the pop-up gun turrets and the tail mounted cannons. Guess that kind of access is probably not in the cards these days.
All of this led to a life long love affair with all aspects of flight.
Iwok From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 1108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3715 times:
Quoting Phishphan70 (Thread starter): I was driving home from work today (5/16) at 5:30 in Palo Alto, California and happened to see a brown B-17 with a red tail flying south at about 4000 feet or so. i saw it later again while driving to my buddy's house at about 6, but this time it was flying north. looked as though it was taking off from Moffet Field, but i did not see it take off or land, so i can't say for certain. i was wondering if anyone knew why a B-17 would be in the bay area right now, and why it looked as though it was only stopping by for a 1/2 hour or so. great to see such an American Icon flying over regardless of why it was here.
They'll be here in Livermore (LVK) for memorial weekend and you can take flights on either a B17 or B27 for about $400. Even if you don't go up, you can take a tour for about $10. Definitely a lot of fun. Once the bomb bays were full, there was not a lot of room in the old birds. You have to walk through the bomb bay to get to the cockpit.
Planespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3547 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3693 times:
I saw something similar a few weeks ago in Des Moines.
My girlfriend and I were playing catch at a park near her apartment in West Des Moines, and I was facing west. I looked up and saw a big, low and dark green-slow moving aircraft off to the southwest, heading north. It was low enough that it looked like it had just taken off from DSM and was making a right turn. The bass-y, low (yet still loud!) rumble confirmed my brains first instinct. Sure enough, it was a B-17 Flying Fortress. I put my hand up at my girlfriend, indicating for her to not throw the ball, and I just stared at it incredulously for a few minutes as it slowly gained altitude and headed north.
I watched it all the way until it was out of sight, scratched my head with a perplexed look on my face and we commenced with more catch playing.
Thebry From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 375 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3279 times:
I saw it today!!! I was driving home from work (a bit early) and heading North on highway 280 towards San Francisco. The plane crossed over highway 280 near highway 92 and was flying VERY low and slow... it disappeared behind the hills and I never got another glimpse. I did notice the brown fuselage and the red tail though. How cool was that?!!
I was thinking maybe they're filming a movie or something, until I read Laremiller's post.
Curmudgeon From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 695 posts, RR: 22
Reply 20, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3177 times:
I flew 231909 in '85 for a few airshows. It was, an you would expect, a high point of my flying experience. We did the whole weekend at shows, met a lot of veterans and heard lots of stories. Witnessed lots of tears. Friday nights there was usually a big BBQ in one of the hangars...we'd be like kids gawking at Bob Hoover and the other better known performers.
Sunday afternoons we'd do rides, and often as not have a gaggle of P-51's and T-6's for company. Our crew chief used to ride the turret, and swing those twin .50's over at guys who got too close. It worked a charm.
The guy who taught me all about the -17 was an old Grumman test pilot ... retired from Pan Am in the 707 days. He had lots of stories too, as you can imagine.
I hope these things are still flying when my kids are old.
Very likely, because I saw one pass overhead (17may) of MFR going north, about 4000ft up, heard those engines a coming from a ways off, and i knew before she was overhead. Thats how you start a live-crash exercise! We were having a table top drill like right after she passed overhead!!!
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