Because Sunday is always sort of a slow day, I am going to clear a few pictures off my camera. These pictures are from a few months ago when we went to an air museum out in the desert. They had a Blackbird, one of the old spy planes that is still one of the fastest planes ever made.
They also had some World War Two aircraft like this B-17.
My favorite part was meeting one of the old guys who volunteered there. He was a bomber pilot in World War Two, and he was British. He was a member of the Silkworm club. Because silkworms hang in a cocoon made of silk, this was the name picked for crewmen who bailed out of at least five planes during the war.
I could have talked to him all day. I sort of study military history as a hobby, and have been working on a book of weird war facts for about 15 years now.
Jessica’s boyfriend Jason likes planes, so they met us at the museum. It was a fun day.
Mollie isn’t particularly thrilled with planes, but she got into the spirit of things.
And you can always count on her to mug for the camera.
Man, I can’t believe she is 14 years old now. Pretty soon she will be driving a vehicle…
Wait till Erickson sees this post! He’ll be commenting all over your blog! Now you asked for it . . .
I will prepare myself.
Oh I’m an an airplane nut, so I’m just loving these pics. You lucky soul, you got to see a Val dive bomber. They’re pretty rare.
They had a lot of more modern aircraft, but the older ones were my favorites.
Yeah, I like the ww2 planes the most. Much harder to find, but a treasure when I get to see them. The airshow in Odessa, TX in October is fantastic.
I have Pappy Boyington’s autograph, signed on a rising sun decal that I bought from the Japanese pilot that shot him down.
Oh, I am SO jealous! Lucky you. 😉
That was a cool day. I met them both at an airshow. Thjey had booths right next to each other. They are friends now.
I had heard that. It’s awesome that the erstwhile foes are now friends. I met Boyington once. I was young and awestruck. I just shook his hand.
He was a nice guy.
Ooo I like this game; I spent a good few hours with Don Blakeslee at his house in Miami…..before he died…he was really nice, considering how ill he was at the time.
He started out in Spifires, right?
During the war, yes; he was one of the first Americans to join the RCAF in order to go fight because the US weren’t in it yet; they became the Eagle Squadrons.
I met a few of them; one guy who lives in London was one of the inspirations behind the Steve McQueen character in The Great Escape – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Ash_(writer) – and a very smart man.
Thanks. I knew most of that, but thanks.
I kinda thought you would have done.
You shoulda kinda thought I woulda done so.
Shoulda kinda woulda are the last words of a fool.
I shoulda known you are the kinda person who woulda said something like that.
Great photos, especially to another military history buff!
He he… you said buff…
I don’t think he was referring to the B-52…;)
I do so enjoy…..you….!….and your written words.
You are making me blush.