Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Northwest Indiana
Collings Foundation - P40 Warhawk
Just sharing a little about my oldest son who has a keen interest in WW2 and specifically ships and aviation.
The Collings Foundation comes around every couple of years or so and brings in several WW2 planes. The last time they were here they had a B17, B24, B25 and a P51 Mustang. We arrived at the Purdue air port opening morning of the show and watched them fly in. Pretty darn cool. My son was having a blast. We got to tour all the bombers and actually walk through the B17 and B24. I served on a destroyer in the Navy and thought I had tight quarters to work in. Man that was nothing compared to walking through those bombers. Squeezing through an open bomb bay on a very narrow cat walk at altitude while taking flak, I can't even begin to imagine. Anyway my son signed up for a 30 minute ride in the B17. He really loved that.
As a bonus at that showing they had several WW2 veterans in attendance. It was a very emotional experience. They were allowed to have private viewings of the aircraft before the general public was allowed to tour. One of the old fellows as he approached the drop ladder on the B17 just stopped, and was holding onto the ladder looking up. He then burst into tears and could not continue. Another former B17 young man of 90 something was from Terra Haute and was a ball gunner. They set him up in chair next to the ball turret and he would tell us what it was like flying the bombing missions over Germany and France. He was quite spry for his age.
This year the Foundation is back at Purdue starting on July 29th and they have added a P40 Warhawk painted up to resemble on of the P40s from the famous "Flying Tigers". This just happens to be my sons absolute favorite airplane from WW2. It is a trainer as is the P51 Mustang. So you can actually sign up to have an instructor assisted flight. They actually let you take the controls. My hats off to the actual pilot! My son signed up to take up the P40. He has not stopped talking about it for weeks now. I sure hope they have a go pro camera inside the cockpit. I would pay dearly for that footage just to see the look on his face when he gets to take the stick. I will have plenty of pictures from ground, but to see the ride from beginning to end from the cockpit point of view would be very cool.
Cartridges for My Entertainment: 22lr, .223 Rem, 30-06, 380 ACP, 38 spcl, 357 mag/max, , 35 Remington, 35 Whelen, 358 Norma Mag, 10mm Auto, 45 ACP. Mmmmkay what project can I do next... oh, I can't right now I am going hunting!
Last edited by 8uck5nort; 07-19-2019 at 10:44 AM.
Reason: corrected some spelling.