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Old 12-06-2017, 10:42 AM
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Last weekend I was able to take an old F6F pilot up. Actually had to completely pick him up to get him in a 182 - said he didn't mind. He can't see well but I watched him feeling the controls. We had a great time.

I dragged and dropped in for the "carrier" landing and braked hard. He laughed and said it would do. These guys are treasures and we are losing them fast. Wish I had the $$ to get him into a Hellcat. I'm still thinking about how to get him into the RV.

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Old 12-06-2017, 11:12 AM
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Good on ya, man. MANY kudos for taking him up. And as you say, pretty soon they will all be gone.
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Old 12-06-2017, 09:47 PM
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My Dad is a career Naval Aviator. Flew Skyraiders in The forgotten war. We put him in my Cub like he is a torpedo. He is 92. Give him an altitude and heading to hold and the needles do not move. One of the greatest generation.

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Old 12-06-2017, 10:51 PM
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That's great. Im glad you got the chance to make that guys day. I wish I could see the picture!
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Old 12-07-2017, 06:47 AM
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Here's my Dad (on the left in the photo) in front of a Hellcat. Probably taken on the Bennington in 1945, but I'll never know for sure. I fly with his wings attached to my glareshield.

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Old 12-07-2017, 08:11 AM
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That's great. Im glad you got the chance to make that guys day. I wish I could see the picture!
Not sure why the pic sometimes won't show in Edge but does for me in Chrome. Using Google Photos.. all sharing settings seem OK. The look on John's face is amazing. A local blogger turned it into a "story" that has all the pics as well: http://aeroexperience.blogspot.com/2...es-to-air.html. BTW am asking around in other circles if there is anybody else left from VF-80 at that time, Ticonderoga/Hancock.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:20 AM
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That is just awesome!!! Any chance to spend time with these guys is a treasure. At Oshkosh I try to get to as many of the forums with these WWII heroes as I can. Their stories are incredible.
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