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Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by jaydee1445, May 19, 2009.
Replacement tag for Isle of Pine Preserve.
Just sent this weeks update to jaydee......he's probably still sleeping.
Another busy weekend!!! And no red on page one!
Zrexrob's putting a kink in my attempt at TOR domination.......
Either that or I'm putting the skids to his attempt!
I'll have to start putting them a little further 'off road'.
I can't believe you didn't go snag the Volusia Bar tag!
Got up at 6 with the wife and then I did lay back-down for a few winks until the urgent care opened................ Just woke up a few minutes ago to a phone call.
Good thing most everything is caught up at work because I'm not doing much for a while. Ribs hurt pretty bad probably broke one of them also.
Not the best week-end for me, not only did I confirm my status as a certified old fart by trading the Berg back to John cause I can't kick it to life due to the knees, looks like possibly multiple fractures on top of it.
Going for xrays soon.
Crap I rode within a few miles of Volusia Bar...I gotta pay attention
I rode past your Volusia Speedway tag too but I was home when you posted it.
Tag for the Tampa Skyline from the Causeway....
Swampy's back in the game!
Replacement for the Tampa Skyline...
Think: Hernando County....
Steve/Jaydee.... ya got the plane wrong.... It's a B-25, and I included the history of this exact plane after the picture.... sometimes we forget about the lives they lived...
pulled this info off of this website: http://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/b-25/43-4380.html
Built by North American. Assigned to the 1st Air Commando Group, Headquarters Squadron, to pilot Lt. Col. R. T. Smith who nicknamed the aircraft "Barbie III" after his wife, replacing his prior aircraft, B-25H "Barbie II".
Painted light olive drab over neutral gray lower surfaces. The fuselage had five diagonal white stripes (1st Air Commando Group markings) and an additional piece of armor plate was added to the left side of the cockpit.
Tape was required over the edges of the plate because of an aerodynamic anomaly that caused a whistling sound inside the cockpit, and tape fixed the problem. This tape was white in color initially, then over painted with olive drab by Weber.
At one time, bomb markings indicating combat missions were painted onto this armor plate, but later they were over painted or removed. Regular crew members included pilot Lt. Col. R. T. Smith, navigator Lt. Wes Weber, crew chief and top turret Chuck Baisden.
Based at Hailakandi Airfield in India and flew mission into Japanese occupied Burma during early 1944.
According to B-25 crew chief and top turret Gunner, Chuck Baisden on one mission:
"As soon as the fighters finished and got altitude above us, R. T. Smith ordered two flights into our gunnery pattern, and we commenced strafing the village. Our 75mm shells tore into the thatched buildings and literally exploded them into a thousand pieces. I would hear the heavy rattle of our six. 50 machine guns and the dull thud and jolt of our cannon, and a thousand yards away a hut (basha) would explode in a red flash and black smoke. I could see our tracers hitting the ground and ricocheting into the air. They appeared to eat their way into a basha. We averaged three bursts of machine gun fire and three cannon shells per run."
Combat Mission 48: on April 23, 1944 took off from Hailakandi Airfield on a mission against Indaw Airfield in Burma, where they bombed Japanese troop concentration and strafed a village.
Later, this B-25 continued to fly from Asansol Airfield, in India against targets in Japanese occupied Burma.
Thanks to Jim Lansdale for additional information
"Big Bang In Burma" by Roy Grinnell depicts April 23, 1944 mission
B-25H 43-4106 is painted in the markings of "Barbie III"
Flying Tiger To Air Commando page 103-112
When I was a kid I used to play in a bunker/hanger just like this at the Zephyrhills airport (WWII training field). It got razed at some point and is now gone
...if I didn't have to work i'd be on the way to Hernando Thats a good one Swapmy
That B-25 pic is cool. When I was growing up in Macon in the 50s-60s and fireants were becoming a serious problem across GA, USDA, or GADNR, or whomever obtained a small fleet of them surplus. Fitted with pesticide spreading equipment they were given regular and good workouts. Imagine the equivalent of a crop duster but with bomber payload capacity. :eek1
Was used for target practice
Thinking it would stop 50 cal bullets fired into it
Of course there was nothing but woods behind it back then too
I stand corrected, it's not a hanger.... but a
The structure at Z-Hills (looked exactly the same) was used to sight the machine guns on aircraft. There were very large "U" bolts that held the front landing gear in place and a small platform elevated the tail (most WWII planes were tail-draggers) on the apron at different locations in front of the structure. After the war the local police sometimes used the location as a shooting range. As kids we would dig up the spent lead, melt it down and sell it as scrap. I only wish I had saved a few of the .50 cal bullets I dug up.
Who said you can't learn a thing or two in the TOR! There are many WWII era places in Central Florida... hummmmmmm.......
The old Coulter Homestead in Coulter Hammock....
Found in beautiful Lachooee on Coulter Hammock Park Rd.
Found at the Hernando County Airport.
Look close and you can see the bullet holes.
THAT didn't take long!:huh