|B-17 - four engine - tail dragger landing gear|
|Lulu in the bombardier plexiglass bubble|
|The top was painted green - the bottom gray|
On Sunday at noon - Florida State women's basketball team played Virginia. The game ended at 2 PM - so we had some time to kill before our 5 PM supper at Ted's Montana Grill with Joan. First we stopped buy the Proof Brewery. It is close to our home - in the old Coca Cola Bottling Factory. After a fruity beer - we headed to the airport. I read that some World War II aircraft would be there giving rides.
One of the nice things about having a wide open regional airport - is that it is a perfect venue for visiting aircraft. We have two very long wide open runways. At one time the airport was home to the Strategic Air Command. So every now and then - these old warbirds pay a visit.
This time - a B-17 Bomber and a P-51 Mustang Fighter came calling. These two planes teamed up to win World War II.
One of my many favorite movies is Memphis Belle. It is the story of a B-17 that made 25 bombing missions over Germany and lived to tell about it. The crew and plane became famous and toured around American selling war bonds.
They built a little under 13,000 B-17 Flying Fortresses - a nickname the bomber earned from having 13 machine guns sticking out all over it. It was also heavily armored to protect the crew. Many of the planes returned with holes in the wings and part of the tail blown off. It was the bomber that leveled Berlin and brought the Nazi's to their knees. There are only 9 flying B-17's left.