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Posted: 4/23/2016 6:30:20 PM EDT
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WOW. I never thought in my life time one of Fifi's brothers would fly again!
Link Posted: 4/23/2016 6:55:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/23/2016 6:56:31 PM EDT by FlyingGorilla]
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Originally Posted By Howie_Phelterbush:
WOW. I never thought in my life time one of Fifi's brothers would fly again!  
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I'm still bummed about the other two B-29s saved from the bombing range at china Lake that were destroyed when they hangar they were stored in a the Barstow-Daggett airport burned back in July 1987.  Without that fire we could be looking at three B-29s rescued from China Lake having restorations completed instead of just Doc.  As it is we are lucky that Doc was pulled out to be used as a movie prop and wasn't at the airport when the fire took place.
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I'm still bummed about the other two B-29s saved from the bombing range at china Lake that were destroyed when they hangar they were stored in a the Barstow-Daggett airport burned back in July 1987.  Without that fire we could be looking at three B-29s rescued from China Lake having restorations completed instead of just Doc.  As it is we are lucky that Doc was pulled out to be used as a movie prop and wasn't at the airport when the fire took place.
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Originally Posted By FlyingGorilla:
Originally Posted By Howie_Phelterbush:
WOW. I never thought in my life time one of Fifi's brothers would fly again!  


I'm still bummed about the other two B-29s saved from the bombing range at china Lake that were destroyed when they hangar they were stored in a the Barstow-Daggett airport burned back in July 1987.  Without that fire we could be looking at three B-29s rescued from China Lake having restorations completed instead of just Doc.  As it is we are lucky that Doc was pulled out to be used as a movie prop and wasn't at the airport when the fire took place.


Plus the one that burned up in Greenland.  All that work, and it was a simple gas hose that got it destroyed.  
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 8:09:10 PM EDT
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Plus the one that burned up in Greenland.  All that work, and it was a simple gas hose that got it destroyed.    
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Originally Posted By Merlin:
Originally Posted By FlyingGorilla:
Originally Posted By Howie_Phelterbush:
WOW. I never thought in my life time one of Fifi's brothers would fly again!  


I'm still bummed about the other two B-29s saved from the bombing range at china Lake that were destroyed when they hangar they were stored in a the Barstow-Daggett airport burned back in July 1987.  Without that fire we could be looking at three B-29s rescued from China Lake having restorations completed instead of just Doc.  As it is we are lucky that Doc was pulled out to be used as a movie prop and wasn't at the airport when the fire took place.  


Plus the one that burned up in Greenland.  All that work, and it was a simple gas hose that got it destroyed.    


KEE BIRD is a very sad story, too.  Especially the mechanic who literally worked himself to death to get her into shape to be ready for the ferry hop to Thule.
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