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- Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
This hastily constructed plant produced 6,608 bombers during World War II
|Lockheed WP-3D Orion|
Maximum fuel weight
|28,350 kg 62,501lbs|
There is only two Orion flying for Hurricane research but maybe 60 airworthy ships still fly around the world.Only (2) P-3 Orions still flying?!
You get old, but never notice it until the surprises like this jolt you into the reality. Yikes!!
Time to pack for the trip out...
Phew! Thanks, Frank8003, that's a relief.
Yeah, I wasn't going to be far behind you Another Ahab . I started looking to see if the old E2C Hawkeye was on that list Seems that all is well and they are still in need of both planes. Not like they would let a 60 year old, even one with experience ride in one ever again...Phew! Thanks, Frank8003, that's a relief.
I was just about to drop into a wheelchair and just STAY there...
As with any real estate..... LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION ! ! !ColdWarrior and I share the same curiosity, so another thanks here to you, Frank8003.
I read somewhere once that the manufacturing plants in Witchita (almost dead-center in the state of Kansas), were considered ideal (if not actually developed there purposefully).
Being almost exactly in the dead-center of the continent (equal distance from each ocean shore) the plants were considered safe from any kind of high-altitude bombing that either Axis power might possibly come up with. Makes sense, you know?
talk about low flying...........
I helped in the beginning to make parts for these in 1966 1967
At the time is was explained to me that this "gun" was built and they gonnah build an aircraft to move it
Absolutely! Sounds like a really good card shark shuffling the deck... Davis Monthan here in the states houses and trains on/with the Hog. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to be on the receiving end of the HE## it would rain on your parade!When ever I am in Graf, You know when the Hogs are in town. That sound you hear when the gun fires is a one of a kind.
If I remember correctly, that flying sequence is from a Steve McQueen movie called The Warlover, from the early 1960s (when B-17s were still plentiful, and not considered valuable!).
I get it.It was on German TV, this spring. A rarity. War movies are not, nor were they ever, popular here. I thought it was a good flick.
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