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Old 05-24-2014, 09:28 AM
 
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I just booked our ride aboard Fi-Fi (the last flying B-29 SuperFortress) for late July!!!! This is the same type of plane that dropped the A-bombs that ended WW II.

Wife has been dying to do this, and I admit I have too. We got her the Bombardiers' seat (in the nose)and I got the Navigator's seat (because I want to watch the Flight Engineer in action!).

I've watched this video about five times and can hardly wait!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2AIZ80ALww

(the good stuff starts at about the 10:00 mark)
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Old 05-24-2014, 10:11 AM
 
Location: NoVA
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Wow! What an awesome flight that will be . We are doing the usual trip to OBX in August, but this time with our newest little one, so that will be fun! Some weekend trips to harpers ferry and hershey park for good measure. Otherwise, weekends will be spent at the pool!
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Old 05-24-2014, 10:36 AM
 
Location: The South
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Nothing that cool!

But first grandchild's arriving soon so lots of trips south!
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Old 05-24-2014, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Bristow, Virginia
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I just booked our ride aboard Fi-Fi (the last flying B-29 SuperFortress) for late July!!!! This is the same type of plane that dropped the A-bombs that ended WW II.

Wife has been dying to do this, and I admit I have too. We got her the Bombardiers' seat (in the nose)and I got the Navigator's seat (because I want to watch the Flight Engineer in action!).

I've watched this video about five times and can hardly wait!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2AIZ80ALww

(the good stuff starts at about the 10:00 mark)

That's awesome! I don't think I could even pay my wife enough to do this! She is nervous about flying to Europe this summer even though she has flown her whole life. Enjoy it! I will be trying to un-clench my wife's white knuckled grip during our calm, commercial flights this summer :-)
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Old 05-24-2014, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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My son is on swim team and my wife and I do a lot of volunteer work with the swim club. That's where we are now. That's where we'll be. We enjoy it.
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Old 05-24-2014, 01:57 PM
 
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I've always been fascinated by WWII war planes and it's amazing that this thing is still flying. This ride is going to be expensive (around $2500)...but I love that the money is going towards preserving this magnificent airplane.

It's amazing that, during the war, the B-29 crews averaged 18-22 years of age, while the commander (aka "the old man") was maybe 24 or 25. Those "kids" flew these incredibly complicated machines into battle after just a few months of training.

They don't call them the "greatest generation" for nuthin!
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Old 05-24-2014, 03:11 PM
 
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Take the Silver Line into D.C.!!
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Old 05-24-2014, 03:37 PM
 
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My son is on swim team and my wife and I do a lot of volunteer work with the swim club. That's where we are now. That's where we'll be. We enjoy it.
BTDT, totally understand as that was our summers for 13+ years. Loved every minute of it, well... most of them. Now it's lake time for us and an occasional drop in on a home meet. Enjoy!! The time goes fast.
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Old 05-24-2014, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Going back to Kentucky to visit mama. Maybe go to a beach for the first time in errr........forever.
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