MAAM WWII Weekend

Discussion in 'Non Disney Photos / Mobile Phone Photos' started by jbwolffiv, Aug 20, 2018.

  1. jbwolffiv

    jbwolffiv Member

    My father and I were able to get into the show early to check in for our P-51 flights. We started to walk around and they were doing some staged shots at Doc. So I acted like I belonged in the group and took some shots. Wish I had spent more time and got some better shots, oh well. Here is the best of the group.

    [​IMG]Doc by John Wolff, on Flickr
     
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  2. Craig

    Craig Member Staff Member

    thats cool!
     
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  3. ddindy

    ddindy Member Staff Member

    Arrive early, stay late. It pays off!
     
  4. jbwolffiv

    jbwolffiv Member

    Here is one of Fifi doing a photo flyby.

    [​IMG]Fifi by John Wolff, on Flickr
     
  5. jbwolffiv

    jbwolffiv Member

    Yankee Lady makes a pass. I wish that both B-29's and both B-17's flew in the show, would like to get them both in a frame.

    [​IMG]B-17 Flying Fortress by John Wolff, on Flickr
     
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  6. jbwolffiv

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    Here we have my father, I suppose Papa John since my mom is Momma Sue, just after take off on his ride.

    [​IMG]P-51 Red Nose by John Wolff, on Flickr
     
  7. mSummers

    mSummers Member

    After following the restoration of Doc over the last several years, as soon as I heard Doc was going to be at Reading, I made travel arrangements. There was no way I was going to miss a chance to see it up close. As John mentioned in his other thread, a little birdie told me that Doc would be flying early Sunday morning, so I was at in the parking lot with the best vantage point to see it fly, or so I thought. My friend Mark and I were both there listening for the rumble of those big Wright R-3350 radials. We expected to hear them in the distance, getting softer as they ran to the other end of the runway. However, to our surprise they kept getting louder. At that point, it dawned on both of us that the storm front that blew in the night before had changed the wind direction and we needed to be at the other end of the runway, so we jumped in our cars and headed to the airport terminal at the other end of the field where we caught Doc just above the fenceline:

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    After chimping for a moment, we ran back to the other end of the field and caught a flyover:

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    And Landing:

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    I later learned that the flight was an honor flight for two individuals. The gentleman in the bomber jacket served on a B-29 crew I think in Korea. The gentleman in the wheelchair is Owen Hughes, a WWII vet who painted a lot of nose art in the European Theater during WWII and painted the nose art for Doc during the restoration.

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    A closeup of Mr. Hughes' handiwork:

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    I also got to do a photo shoot with Doc Saturday evening, but that's a story for another day.
     
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  8. mSummers

    mSummers Member

    A teaser from the photo shoot:

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  9. ddindy

    ddindy Member Staff Member

    Can't wait for more!
     
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  10. jbwolffiv

    jbwolffiv Member

    I cant wait to see Doc in the air, hopefully next year!!!

    Here is another of Fifi

    [​IMG]Fifi by John Wolff, on Flickr
     
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  11. jbwolffiv

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    Here is shot of the "Memphis Belle" I took before the showgates opened.

    [​IMG]Memphis Belle by John Wolff, on Flickr
     
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