Just to clarify and set the record straight... Since 1997 BRS (AKA Tripoli Western New York/NAR WNY) has co-hosted with the Rochester club MARS, NYPOWER in Geneseo. Last year the powers to be in MARS excluded BRS from NYPOWER... so to make a LOOOOONG story short. BRS hosted LDRS this year.
Other than one year in which we co-hosted the NYPOWER/NSL on Memorial Day Weeken, and last year when we were not involved... we have held a
Anybody that thought last weekend in Geneseo was hot & muggy is nutz. If the temp topped 80 deg I'd be amazed. Humidity... where? Come on... I wore jeans all week(end). I know how Geneseo can be in mid summer... it was mild last weekend.
I saw one take off and land about that close in the tiny town of Halls, TN. Halls had a WWII B-17 training base, so it has a big runway... They had some nice air shows before 9/11. The shows were canceled after that, though I didn't check this year to see if they started back. (Personal opinion...We lose if we cancel events like that.)
If you had the $$$, they gave you rides in the B-17, a Stearman, and a two seater P-51. I didn't have that kind of scratch, so my boy and me rode in a tiny little combustion engine helicopter...basically the equivalent of a fiberglass Bell 47, but I never asked what model it was. IIRC, the only person that had enough cash to ride in the P-51 was a single Japanese tourist (IIRC, it was a $1,000 flight going to keeping old warbirds in the air). From what I saw when he got out, he had one heck of a fun time! A couple of people rode in the Stearman, and one group of four WWII vets rode in the B-17. Takeoff with all four of the big radials at full throttle is felt in your chest as much or more so than heard. I'd love to be up close and personal for a B-29 liftoff!
I don't think the Memphis Belle has been restored to flight status. The last time I saw her, she was in extremely poor condition. As far as I know, she is still being restored at the Millington Naval base near Memphis and is still in need of parts. Anyone that can help, please contact them.
Yeah. Just like the old steam locos that once crisscrossed the nation by the thousands, and were quickly scrapped in the post-WWII era. It's only when most of them are gone that folks look around and start to realize what's been lost and that, hey, maybe we should save a few of these things.
They chop them into big hunks & sell them for scrap. LAtely, I've seen C141's chipped into ~10 pieces, stripped of their engines & electronics on auctions. I think it was on Discovery Channel that I saw this being done to B52's.
Yes. Two reasons. Foreign governments destroyed some because of Lend-Lease. Under that program, you paid for them when you turned them back in, but you didn't have to pay if they had been destroyed. Go figure the logic in that one. I've seen video of navy fighters getting pushed off the decks of Lend-Lease Royal Navy escort carriers.
The second reason had to do with protecting the aircraft industry. Very early on, probably before Pearl Harbor, the government had already agreed that after the war, surplus birds would be destroyed to protect the post-war industry. While that seems back-room and underhanded, not to mention wasteful, it was actually necessary and useful.
Memphis may be one of the top 50 most populated cities in the country, but it is still run like the smallest. The Bureau might get around to changing their info if/when it gets restored and given a more "permanent" place to be displayed.
The Memphis Belle which was seen at LDRS23 (and it was awesome doing low passes of the field) was the one used in the movie. The 'real' Memphis Belle is down south.
I have to say that the vintage warbirds buzzing the field every now and then certainly added to the LDRS experience this year. I, for one, really enjoyed the 'private' airshow.
This weekend there will be thousands paying for the privilege of seeing these magnificent warplanes fly.
Next weekend, the Rochester Airshow. And BTW, some of the gang from BRS that ran LDRS23 are involved in the Rochester Airshow as well. We are going to be taking the Toronto - Rochester ferry across for the day to take in the airshow and to help out if we can.
Yes, the Memphis Belle has been relocated from her pavilion on Mud Island River Park in downtown Memphis, TN to hangar N7 at Millington Airport. The "Belle's" restoration facility is open Tuesday-Friday 10-3; Monday & Saturday by appointment. Come and pay your respects to this grand airplane, her crew and through them to everyone who sacrificed for our freedom and democracy in WWII. For more information, please contact us at snipped-for-privacy@Memphisbelle.com