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Posted: 4/18/2017 2:21:10 PM EDT
75th anniversary of Doolittle Raiders celebration out at Wright Patt. Sorry for crappy pic they are hard to see but I could hear the roar of engines at about my 2 o'clock off in distance
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Link Posted: 4/18/2017 2:30:33 PM EDT
Awesome.
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 2:36:54 PM EDT
DAT SOUND.


Man that must have sounded awesome!!!
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 2:37:45 PM EDT
Saw video on youtube of them landing one by one yesterday there
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 2:39:15 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 2:40:07 PM EDT
That is awesome, only Doolittle's Copilot is left I believe.  We missed seeing it on our road trip by 5 days, almost delayed for it but had already kept the kids out of school too long.
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 2:43:38 PM EDT
A B-29 and sometimes a P-51 used to fly over San Francisco.  I loved it when they did that.  We used to have a zeppelin too, but the Zeppelin Company took it back (techie who bought it didn't keep up payments).  

I wish a flight of B-25, or B-17s or any other WW II prop job would buzz my area.  Biggest thing I've seen here was a C-130. That was awesome, but it's not WW II vintage.
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 2:53:04 PM EDT
I remember reading 30 seconds over Tokyo when I was a young kid

Borrowed it from my dad's library

(Like 50 years ago)

Great read.   Especially for a 11 year old
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 2:56:41 PM EDT
Wow I didnt know there were still that many flying. Theres a couple great scenes of B25s in the movie "Catch 22" including one actual bombing scene. But my favorite is in the beginning with all of them taking off. B25s I think they were all B25-Bs, which was the level bomber version. The "G" and "H" versions were for strafing and had a 75mm cannon in the nose along with a bunch of 0.50 MGs and were capable of dive bombing and skip bombing as well. The Ultimate version, the "J" could do it all and while it had the cannon removed it had 14 0.50 MGs able to shoot forward as well as two 2 gun turret stations able to protect the rear and top with dual 0.50s. As well as able to fire 8 HVAR 5" rockets and a 3,000 lb bombload, usually 6 500lb bombs.

Man thats a lot of pain and they played hell with Jap shipping and were a big reason many Jap garrisons on Islands simply starved or ended up eating each other. Those B25s and PBYs would just eat up the Jap transports and their crummy little destroyer escorts. And once the ships were down, especially the troops transports, it wasnt over with. Those B25s came back around with all those 0.50s and blew the Japs who went over board into shark chum. And they would keep circling and strafing until the either ran out of ammo or ran out of Japs to murder.

Show no mercy expect no mercy. Thats how we used to roll. The Battle of the Bismark Sea
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 2:56:55 PM EDT
Awesome, quite a sight.

Vince
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 3:00:20 PM EDT
Didn't know there were that many in flying condition. Very cool.
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 3:02:34 PM EDT
That's awesome! Nothing beats the sound of those old war birds. I'm glad there are people with enough money and time to keep history alive.
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 3:15:28 PM EDT
Tokyo bound...
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 3:26:57 PM EDT
The Battle of the Bismark Sea , of which the B25s played an important part, was a pivotal moment in the war because up until then the Japs had no idea how utterly ruthless the Allies could be. Their orders were to leave nothing floating and nothing living and thats just what we did. This was a very important convoy and air power simply slaughtered it.

The B25 was just a great airplane that was there at the right time.
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 3:39:16 PM EDT
Those things are awesome and the sound they make is incredible.  I grew up not too far from a naval air station and once a pair of b-25s flew almost directly over my house just above treetop level going to an air show.  I could see through the fuselage through the waist gunner ports.  It sounded like four locomotives driving down the street.  I can't imagine what 12 of them sounded like.
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 4:06:18 PM EDT
We were honored to have David Thatcher, the second to last survivor living in Missoula until he passed not long ago. This final cup ceremony is very moving. Great people representing that generation that had balls of steel. The stories of the fates of the Raiders that survived the mission is an interesting read as well, many went back to war and perished before it was over.
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 4:17:36 PM EDT
Several just flew over Mt vernon about 15 minutes ago.  Figured they were heading home from the Doolittle thing.
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 4:34:07 PM EDT
I'm not ashamed to admit that seeing these giant, beautiful old warbirds fly overhead is one of the few things that bring a tear to my eye.  They are truly awesome.  I saw a B17 fly overhead the other day at a stoplight, and I rolled my window down to hear it, my heart swelled up real big, and I fist-pumped out a big "FUCK YEAH".
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 4:40:21 PM EDT
I was South of Xenia when they flew over, incredible sight, but really incredible sound.
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 4:41:56 PM EDT
B-25 is my favorite medium bomber.

US made the most interesting bombers in ww2.
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 4:51:37 PM EDT
Very cool! And sort of a coincidence too. Yesterday afternoon, I had this flying over my house...


CAFs Sentimental Journey. Seemed like it had taken off from Sky Harbor in Phoenix and turned east just above my house at around 2pm or so. I wonder if maybe they all might be heading to the same venue? I know that Planes of Fame in Chino, Ca is having their annual air show in a few weeks (and I'm planning on going), but I'm wondering if there's another appearance elsewhere between then and now. 
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 5:16:26 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 5:22:25 PM EDT
We were lucky enough to have the last raider here recently.
Building Dedication
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 5:27:56 PM EDT
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Wow I didnt know there were still that many flying. Theres a couple great scenes of B25s in the movie "Catch 22" including one actual bombing scene. But my favorite is in the beginning with all of them taking off. B25s I think they were all B25-Bs, which was the level bomber version. The "G" and "H" versions were for strafing and had a 75mm cannon in the nose along with a bunch of 0.50 MGs and were capable of dive bombing and skip bombing as well. The Ultimate version, the "J" could do it all and while it had the cannon removed it had 14 0.50 MGs able to shoot forward as well as two 2 gun turret stations able to protect the rear and top with dual 0.50s. As well as able to fire 8 HVAR 5" rockets and a 3,000 lb bombload, usually 6 500lb bombs.

Man thats a lot of pain and they played hell with Jap shipping and were a big reason many Jap garrisons on Islands simply starved or ended up eating each other. Those B25s and PBYs would just eat up the Jap transports and their crummy little destroyer escorts. And once the ships were down, especially the troops transports, it wasnt over with. Those B25s came back around with all those 0.50s and blew the Japs who went over board into shark chum. And they would keep circling and strafing until the either ran out of ammo or ran out of Japs to murder.

Show no mercy expect no mercy. Thats how we used to roll. The Battle of the Bismark Sea
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I remember reading they searched all over the world to come up with those bombers for the mass take off scenes.  It was either 16 or 20 of them, don't remember which.  They had to work on one or two of them to get them in flying condition.
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 5:32:15 PM EDT
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DAT SOUND.


Man that must have sounded awesome!!!
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This.

NOTHING else in the world sounds like a warbird, let alone an entire flight of them.
God bless the Doolittle Raiders, and all who've worn the uniform
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 5:41:59 PM EDT
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75th anniversary of Doolittle Raiders celebration out at Wright Patt. Sorry for crappy pic they are hard to see but I could hear the roar of engines at about my 2 o'clock off in distance
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4 of them did a wide circle around my house @ 2:15, very cool.  Heard the Bones but didn't see them (they're invisible, right)
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 5:46:56 PM EDT
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Very cool! And sort of a coincidence too. Yesterday afternoon, I had this flying over my house...
https://farm9.static.flickr.com/8186/29324855332_8d6cab9027_b.jpg

CAFs Sentimental Journey. Seemed like it had taken off from Sky Harbor in Phoenix and turned east just above my house at around 2pm or so. I wonder if maybe they all might be heading to the same venue? I know that Planes of Fame in Chino, Ca is having their annual air show in a few weeks (and I'm planning on going), but I'm wondering if there's another appearance elsewhere between then and now. 
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We are spoiled rotten to have such a beautiful aircraft right here in our hometown.
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 5:51:27 PM EDT
I had the pleasure of meeting Col Cole (Doolittle's copilot and the only surviving Raider) in 2012 at the reunion at Wright-Patt.  It was an honor to shake the hand of a man who (literally) helped change the course of the war in the Pacific.  

During the ceremony in 2012, there was a formation of 20 B25s that overflew the Museum.  That much noise was truly awe-inspiring.  Jets are sexy, but 40 radial engines beating the air into submission is a gut-shaking event that, rightly so, should send fear into the hearts of our enemies.  

Brave, selfless, ordinary men who did extraordinary things.  

Funny moment, there was a WWII vet behind us as the B25s approached....and I figured that out when I heard an old-guy, "my hearing is bad and that means I have no volume control" voice behind me say "THAT'S a piss-poor formation!"  You could actually hear the in his voice.  

God bless our vets who have no ability for internal dialogue.  
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 11:30:50 AM EDT
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Wow I didnt know there were still that many flying. Theres a couple great scenes of B25s in the movie "Catch 22" including one actual bombing scene. But my favorite is in the beginning with all of them taking off. B25s I think they were all B25-Bs, which was the level bomber version. The "G" and "H" versions were for strafing and had a 75mm cannon in the nose along with a bunch of 0.50 MGs and were capable of dive bombing and skip bombing as well. The Ultimate version, the "J" could do it all and while it had the cannon removed it had 14 0.50 MGs able to shoot forward as well as two 2 gun turret stations able to protect the rear and top with dual 0.50s. As well as able to fire 8 HVAR 5" rockets and a 3,000 lb bombload, usually 6 500lb bombs.

Man thats a lot of pain and they played hell with Jap shipping and were a big reason many Jap garrisons on Islands simply starved or ended up eating each other. Those B25s and PBYs would just eat up the Jap transports and their crummy little destroyer escorts. And once the ships were down, especially the troops transports, it wasnt over with. Those B25s came back around with all those 0.50s and blew the Japs who went over board into shark chum. And they would keep circling and strafing until the either ran out of ammo or ran out of Japs to murder.

Show no mercy expect no mercy. Thats how we used to roll. The Battle of the Bismark Sea
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Actually all the Catch-22 planes were J models that Tallmantz Aviation got into flying condition for the movie, because of that movie is why there are so many still flying. The J was the best version by far, the H and the J are the same with the exception of the 105, the 105 didn't work out all that well and most were converted to gun nose. The standard gun nose on a  J carried 8 forward, with the top turret allowing 2 more but they were often scanning other areas as to not get jumped, they also had blister mounts that would add between 2 and 4 50's, and the norm was 4, on the lower front ide of the fuselage. Allot of 25's were destroyed or written off from attacking low level Japanese shits, not so much transports but the escorting ships. One has to remember the B-25 was loud and not real fast so when they were on their bomb runs they were particularly vulnerable.  The rockets were not used so much as they limited the planes abilty to maneuver much on their runs, they had far better luck skip bombing. My late uncle was a pilot in the Pacific and the stuff he told us made our jaws drop, like almost cutting the wing in two from hitting a mast, than limping home, hoping everything stays put, tossing everything you can out to be able to fly on the lowest power settings you could.
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