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    Posted: June 08 2021 at 8:14am
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The best bomber of WWII. 
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MJ11 there is a Lancaster bomber in the Australian war memorial , look him up his name is G for George . Fantastic history and story . Not to menti9n the aircraft hall there is in believable
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I did not know that, thank you.
In the U.K. G (George) was Guy Gibson's Lanc. during "Operation Chastise" The Dam Busters raid.
But it was a tradition to give the CO's aircraft his initial as its individual identifying letter.
Is there any plan to get it flying again?
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I'm so fortunate..we have a Lanc flies around here - usually right over me house. Hear her comin a long way off. VRA (thay call her VERA). She flew back to Blighty a few years ago to fly w/the RAF Lanc. Doc was made bout it.
NOTHING sounds like a Merlin..let alone 4 of 'em. Our Lanc has Packard Merlins.
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just tot he right of George is a Japanese midget sub that wa sunk in Sydney harbour .and a bit further on is one of the red barons boots after he was shot down he was given a full military funeral by the Aussies who shot him down
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we had air shows here once , would get to see some in flight and on the ground , i wish they would do something like that again , a number of years ago i went to st paul to a "hanger dance" they fired up a few to add to the ambiance , it was fun too 
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Hodie, you like the sound of 4 Merlins. We often get to see, and hear 6 of them when the 'Battle of Britain'  flight passes. 1 Lancaster, 1 Spitfire and a Hurricane.
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A few years back (20 or so) I was out in the carport one summer day fixin to BBQ. I could hear - way off- the sound of a Merlin..but it was reverberating. Took a while to get closer..& sound better. It was VERA with a Spit & a Hurricane flying in a vic..low & slow coming back from the bomber fly-in Stateside. The sound was bouncing twixt the houses & that had me confused for a bit. Sadly, we lost our Hurricane to a hangar fire shortly after.

The good news is that the R.A.F. will have a 2nd Lanc airborne shortly!
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Somebody mention Vera?
Here she is at the NASM for the RAF's 100th anniversary.


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The Rolls-Royce "Merlin" is a great engine! 27 litre V12. Thankfully it was available for the Battle of Britain. 
It was followed by the Rolls-Royce "Griffon" which was 36 litres. this was in the very last of the Spitfires; such as the Mark 19 photo reconisence.
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For twelve years I hosted the VIP flight line tent at a local show.

Fourth year I had a lesson about locking the beer coolers before the show when the Marines and aircrew showed up. They secured the air craft and moved into my tent and cleaned out two stand up cooler of beer.


If the members here would like I will dig out a few thumb drives and share some fun times.
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MJ, those Hawker Harrier's in your photo are great planes. They did a good job in the Falklands conflict.
Are those with the USAF?
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Originally posted by Zed Zed wrote:

MJ, those Hawker Harrier's in your photo are great planes. They did a good job in the Falklands conflict.
Are those with the USAF?


USMC Each bird had a full ground crew. I got them golf starts at Pebble Beach and the Bayonet course at Ft Ord and new Buick cats from the GMC store I worked for.
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2005 Air show, things were slowing down funding from Government dried up
These guys were fun to work with. I provided gas for the haulers and they did a display and parade.


View from inside the tent early first morning.

Our friend Eddie who was about the bast main player for 50 years. We traveled around the country interviewing acts to higher but he was the best. A few years ago Edie road his Super Steerman into the ground inverted from 40 feet off the deck cutting a ribbon. RIP old friend.

Eddie's Yak was a kick ass pretty. don't know what happened to it after he passed but his whole family were team members in his act.

Yours truly delving beer to the outlying refreshment stands on day two.

Five days non stop work. Oh the food was so good.

Delivering ice and being chased by a B17. We had to fly a flag when moving stuff and he just followed me like I was guide truck. LOL

There is no order to the thumb drives I will just post them as I find them. Just yell stop when you have had to much.


Feed the the plane owners a complete separate job from the fairway and food trucks for the masses.

Shuttling the handicapped from Plane to Plane.

2005 this 16 year old girl driver paid for collage and one of those 10 cylinder Dodge Vipers doing this.

Six in the morning till 10 PM at night no rest for the wicked.

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