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Old 04-09-2021, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by MICC View Post
You can take flights in a B-17 at Yankee Air Museum near between Detroit and Ann Arbor MI. Very distinct sound when it fly's over.
They also tour that plane every year around the country (at least the northeast quarter of the country). They almost always go to the Reading, PA show, so if that's held this year you'd have a good chance to see it there. Not sure how far that is from you, it may be just as easy to drive up to Michigan to see it there.

It is very authentic and won several awards when it was first restored. I helped install a genuine tube-based fire detection system that was from 1944. The guy who headed up the electronics shop was an actual B-17 radio guy based in England during the war and knew those planes literally inside and out. (RIP Dean!)

Most museum planes they only let you see at a distance - at best a bit over arm's length. This one they ENCOURAGE you to get inside. They do take folks on flights too, but the OP said that wasn't his goal. You can also volunteer to spend a few hours polishing it from end to end (with a bunch of other folks) each spring to get that aluminum real shiny and learn a whole lot about the plane at the same time.
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Originally Posted by userid1960 View Post
Mighty 8th air force museum Savannah GA

2nd this. Great museum. My wife’s granddad help get this built. He wrote a book about his time. Believe it’s titled “Chicks Crew”

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Old 04-09-2021, 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by tim kilbride View Post
you really need to make a trip to nola to visit the national wwii museum. And yes they have many planes there that you can tour. They even have an actual pt boat they restored and you can go for rides on it.

https://www.nationalww2museum.org/
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Originally Posted by SeekingStripers View Post
The Mighty 8th Air Force Museum is Savannah is a must visit for every American IMHO! Great visuals and historical artifacts on display with many planes and their memorial garden will bring tears to your eyes, already planning our next visit and all WW2 volunteers working there for you to interact with, just great stuff!!!
As long as I’ve lived here, I’ve never toured the museum, but I’ve been to several formal events there. I need to go check it out. I have taken my daughters to the F4 static display outside because that’s what their grandad flew (in the Marine Corps).
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Not that far from Pittsburgh.

https://yankeeairmuseum.org/aircraft-collection/

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Originally Posted by RipTideBBQ View Post
As long as I’ve lived here, I’ve never toured the museum, but I’ve been to several formal events there. I need to go check it out. I have taken my daughters to the F4 static display outside because that’s what their grandad flew (in the Marine Corps).
Well worth a visit especially for you being relatively close, you truly will enjoy it, there are several interactive exhibits along with everything else. Love that F-4 Phantom on display as well, I am sure it gives you goosebumps and kudos bringing your daughters to see it.
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https://www.evergreenmuseum.org/

McMinnville, OR, home of the Spruce Goose, has a B17, you can go in portions of it, can't go to the cockpit though.
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Originally Posted by Coork View Post
Who was the Pilot? One of my USAF friends flew one for a while.
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Old 04-09-2021, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by userid1960 View Post
Mighty 8th air force museum Savannah GA
From what I saw at the Mighty 8th, you can't actually go inside the B-17, which is OP's goal. You can walk around it on the floor.


Definitely worth a visit and very easy to visit if you are flying in or out of SAV, or headed down 95.
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Alot of great responses. Thank you. I have some homework to do going through all this information. There's probably going to me more than one of these destinations in my future. Seeing a B-17 of course, but the WW II museum as well. Visiting the USS Arizona Memorial was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. That's when it really set in for me the sacrifices and unbelievable accomplishments of "The Greatest Generation".
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One day I was driving on Hwy 90 and as I get just about even with the airstrip at Sugar Land airport, a B-17 crosses the road a few few up in the air just in front of me. Imagine my surprise to see a real WWII B-17 landing! I damn near ran off the road! I watched it touch down, probably wavering from my lane a bit and slowing down, then found the first U-turn I could find. I went to the airport where they were having a fund-raiser for the commemorative air force (I think) and got to go see it. I didn't take a ride though could have, but they let me in the plane. It's not that big inside and you get chills looking at the belly turret and the tail gunner locations, guys flying the plane gave great descriptions of what it was like. Very cool experience and highly recommended.
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We had 1 flying over the house off and on last week for a few days. I think it's here for Sun N Fun.
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Originally Posted by Vitamin_Sea View Post
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Yeah, they built subs there, but I wasn’t aware they built B-17s.

The Museum of the Air Force outside Wright Patterson AF base has probably the best collection of vintage warbirds in the world. Several are available for walkthrough tours of the inside, although I’m not sure if they have a B-17 set up for that. They do let you walk through all the retired Air Force Ones, which is pretty damn cool.
I highly recommend this museum- it is the official USAF museum. I grew up 30 miles from it, visited many times. In addition to the B-17, they also have a well-known B-24D and over 350 other military aircraft.
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Just posting this because it is plane cool! (Pun intended) A THT member posted this up a few weeks ago and I have been sharing it with all of my buds. FYI the builder, Jack Bally, passed away last summer.




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I was able to ride in one from Boca to Marathon....very cool. There isn't enough credit in the world I can give those guys that rode in those things up at altitude (freezing) for X amount of hours to then be shot at. Insane.

This was with the Collins Foundation;







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Originally Posted by gotime242 View Post
I was able to ride in one from Boca to Marathon....very cool. There isn't enough credit in the world I can give those guys that rode in those things up at altitude (freezing) for X amount of hours to then be shot at. Insane.

This was with the Collins Foundation;






Wasn't that the one that crashed a couple years ago?
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Wasn't that the one that crashed a couple years ago?
yes, https://www.planeandpilotmag.com/new...on-b-17-crash/
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That’s the Nine-O-Nine that crashed.
First pic here is me flying the B-24 in formation with the Nine-O-Nine.
Second pic is me flying the B17 in formation with the B24.

That was 20 yr ago.
If you have a chance to get out and support any of these aircraft on tour please do. They are history and won’t be around forever.



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Last year we did a 4wd trip to Kroombit tops and the Beautiful Betsy site.
A B-24 that crashed in 1945 on route from Darwin to Brisbane.
The wreck wasn't found until 1994. Wild country.
Most of the plane is there in scattered pieces.
https://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au...stery/2573556/
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Only once a yr but Sun n Fun in Lakeland Florida ... plus lots of other warbirds.

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