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    I have the opportunity to fly on the above mentioned plane Saturday morning at 11:00 in Chesapeake/Suffolk, VA. My seating assignment for takeoff & landing will be in the cockpit(Really Great) During the flight, we will be able to move about to the different stations on the airplane.

    I will try & take some photos and also look at the radial engines to see if there is a Studebaker logo on any of them

    Take Care

    george o

  • #2
    You should be exited. I am so looking forward to when I can do the same. I have two B-17 sites bookmarked and keep track of the schedules so I can plan a flight when they come close to Springfield, MO.
    Looking forward to seeing the pictures.


    Gary Sanders
    Nixa, MO
    President Toy Studebaker Collectors Club. Have an interest in Toy Studebakers? Contact me for details.
    Gary Sanders
    Nixa, MO

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    • #3
      The Liberty Belle was here in the spring..IIRC at that time it had one (or two) Studebaker-built Wrights...
      Enjoy your flight.

      BTW: My dad was a B-17 pilot in the war...it's a great plane.

      63 Avanti R1 2788
      1914 Stutz Bearcat
      (George Barris replica)

      Washington State
      63 Avanti R1 2788
      1914 Stutz Bearcat
      (George Barris replica)

      Washington State

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      • #4
        Are you rated multi engine recip?
        That is a primo, high dollar seat...
        Last I heard, guest rides on the flight deck were only 'in flight'...
        Way cool!
        Jeff[8D]


        quote:Originally posted by george o

        I have the opportunity to fly on the above mentioned plane Saturday morning at 11:00 in Chesapeake/Suffolk, VA. My seating assignment for takeoff & landing will be in the cockpit(Really Great) During the flight, we will be able to move about to the different stations on the airplane.

        I will try & take some photos and also look at the radial engines to see if there is a Studebaker logo on any of them

        Take Care

        george o
        HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

        Jeff


        Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



        Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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        • #5
          The Studebaker logo will be on the front case, below the propellor hub. I have looked at many B-17s at airshows and museums over the years and they all had at least one Studebaker-built Wright R-1820 engine, sometimes as many as three - but I have yet to have seen all four. Russ Farris
          1963 GT Hawk R-2 4-speed
          1964 Avanti R-1 Auto

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          • #6
            Enjoy your flight!!! Somehow, someway, one day- it'll be me!!!

            I hope she still looks as good as she did when I last saw her...


            (Gillespie Field- El Cajon, CA March 2008)


            For those interested~ her website is here~
            http://www.libertyfoundation.org/news.html




            StudeDave '57 [8D]
            Ferndale, WA


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            StudeDave '57
            US Navy (retired)

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            • #7
              Have a great adventure! I had the privilege of displaying back in the '90's. Below is a small pic.

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              John Clary
              Greer, SC

              Life... is what happens as you are making plans.
              SDC member since 1975
              John Clary
              Greer, SC

              SDC member since 1975

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              • #8
                Wow! I am green with envy. Enjoy. I am looking forward to pictures.

                Joe Roberts
                '61 R1 Champ
                '65 Cruiser
                Editor of "The Down Easterner"
                Eastern North Carolina Chapter
                Joe Roberts
                '61 R1 Champ
                '65 Cruiser
                Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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                • #9
                  I took a flight on "Nine-O-Nine" about ten years ago and it was a fantastic ride. I got about fifteen minutes behind the co-pilot's stick and was allowed to fly it for that time. It was really a highlight of my life to be able to do that. It did have at least a couple of Studebaker built Wright Cyclones on it.

                  Here's a few pics I took that day...




                  Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, cocky and in general a malcontent.
                  Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, cocky and in general a malcontent.

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                  • #10
                    My ride was in the B24 looking the B17. Great ride!



                    Mike Jones
                    Pembroke Pines, FL

                    Mike
                    Fort Worth, TX


                    1964 Avanti R2 #R-4986

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                    • #11
                      The closest I saw one is it flew over my house a few years ago on the way to a show near NYC . I was working on my Avanti and was amazed at the sight of it. Take plenty of photos. Enjoy the ride..



                      New Jersey & Studes Perfect Together

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                      • #12
                        Have a great ride. FANTASTIC!
                        I'm not a betting man, but I'd bed that one or more of those engines was built by Studebaker. If they have a step ladder near the plane, ask if you can climb up to see the engines up close. You'll see the mfg tag right there.
                        Rog

                        '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
                        Smithtown,NY
                        '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
                        Smithtown,NY
                        Recording Secretary, Long Island Studebaker Club

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                        • #13
                          I flew on the B-17 "Fuddy Duddy" a few years ago. The left inboard engine was Studebaker built.





                          BTW, the Aluminum Overcast will be in Harrisburg, PA 8/10-8/12.
                          http://www.eaa122.org/info/August_2007.pdf

                          Jim Bradley
                          Lewistown PA
                          '78 Avanti II
                          Jim Bradley
                          Lake Monticello, VA
                          '78 Avanti II
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                          • #14
                            I took pics of the three Studebaker engines on the Nine Oh Nine a couple of years ago, but can't find them. Guess they were on my hard drive when it hiccupped. Darn.

                            '50 Champion, 1 family owner

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                            • #15
                              I would love to post the pictures of me and one grandson visiting the "Sentimental Journey" in Joplin, MO last year but I haven't mastered the technique to post pictures. I'm sure most of you read my article in TW last year.

                              Jim Caldwell
                              "The view don't change if you ain't the lead dog"

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