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Old 11-16-2017, 09:51 PM   #1
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I know a lot of you guys are interested in old aircraft. I started volunteering today at the museum in Colorado Springs. A former boss has been trying to get me there since I retired 2+ years ago and I finally relented and started today. I'm looking forward to helping them restore and maintain their aircraft. Its a great museum and if you are in town, I highly recommend visiting. They are right next door to WESTPAC, which is a for-profit aircraft restoration facility and is part of the museum tour.
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Nice pics. Love to see more. Thanks
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A lot of love for the war birds on this forum. Thanks for sharing!
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Very cool! Good luck n thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for sharing. Looks like some great pieces of history. I know you will enjoy your participation in restoring one of these old warbirds. I was involved with the P-38 Glacier Girl some 25 years ago. It was the experience of a lifetime.

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Great pics. Good luck with the new position.
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That's a great opportunity to be part of some historic aircraft preservation efforts etc. I have a desire to help work on a steam locomotive. Dennis
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Good for you. Hope you enjoy the work as much as I enjoy looking at the 'old tin'.
If I'm going down that way I will try to let you know.
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Any SBDs there? My Dad flew them for the Marines in the Philippines (mostly), but they’re very rare today. Lots on the bottom of the Pacific.
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Very cool! Next time I'm in the area, I'll stop in, thanks for posting pics!
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Thanks everyone. That fully flyable P-38 in the photos was in the same condition as the P-47 shell also in one of the photos. They were both pulled out of a hole in New Guinea where they were buried after WW II because it was too expensive to ship equipment back to the US. Here is a video of it's first flight in Oct 2016. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...0250&FORM=VIRE
Also a great story of one of this aircrafts pilots who saw this plane fly again at age 101.
http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-...rticle/1557425
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Thanks everyone. That fully flyable P-38 in the photos was in the same condition as the P-47 shell also in one of the photos. They were both pulled out of a hole in New Guinea where they were buried after WW II because it was too expensive to ship equipment back to the US. Here is a video of it's first flight in Oct 2016. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...0250&FORM=VIRE
Also a great story of one of this aircrafts pilots who saw this plane fly again at age 101.
http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-...rticle/1557425
WOW !!! That's cool. Nothing like the sound of a P-38 on a low fly by. Who was the pilot? Steve Hinton maybe? He's one of a handful that is qualified to fly these things.
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Any SBDs there? My Dad flew them for the Marines in the Philippines (mostly), but they’re very rare today. Lots on the bottom of the Pacific.
I think the restored plane in the last photo is an SBD, but I'll check to be sure. I believe it was recovered from lake Michigan.
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I think the restored plane in the last photo is an SBD, but I'll check to be sure. I believe it was recovered from lake Michigan.
Oh yeah, I see that now. I couldn't see it very well, but it looks like it could be one.

My Dad, Captain Gordon S. Haugen, USMC, front row far right.


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What a great read - incredible happenstance reunion between a P-38 and the WWII pilot that once flew her. Thanks for sharing story and pics.
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You now have the clest job ever. I would love to work on some of those old acft. It certainly would be challenge.
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Love warbirds and round engines. There can’t be more than 1 or 2 Tigercats flying. Is that fuselage a Hellcat? Thanks for sharing and I’ll definitely drop in to that museum.
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Cool story. My Uncle was a B-24 squadron leader stationed in Seething, England in WWII. My Dad was a 30yr mechanic in the USAF - and he was also a member of the CAF - so I was lucky enough to be around some of these historic airplanes.

My flight in a B25 was the maybe the loudest thing I ever heard ... but I loved it

I wish I had saved all of the WWII model airplanes that I built as a kid
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Love warbirds and round engines. There can’t be more than 1 or 2 Tigercats flying. Is that fuselage a Hellcat? Thanks for sharing and I’ll definitely drop in to that museum.
The shell is a P-47 Thunderbolt and believe it or not, it will be restored to flying condition.
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I think the restored plane in the last photo is an SBD, but I'll check to be sure. I believe it was recovered from lake Michigan.
My FIL was a rear gunner in a SBD. I'm pretty sure he was in the battle of Santa Cruz and know for sure he was part of Kwajalein, Truk, Makin Island. Shot down a lot of Zeros with his machine gun technique. Later went to train in Hell Divers and was set for pilot training when the war ended.
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