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Posted by PittSpecial | Apr 11, 2016 @ 01:18 PM | 7,963 Views
Yes, this is a prime example of true modeling skills from Tony Lombardo and Mark Shimei (Marked) from Titusville, Florida!

For now, all I have are these two Videos that I uploaded in raw form yesterday. I will try to post the High Res Pictures.

40-inch Scratch Built Tug Boat first run (AL KHADRA) at Titusville, Florida (Video1) 04-10-2016 (2 min 28 sec)

40-inch Scratch Built Tug Boat first run (AL KHADRA) at Titusville, Florida (Video2) 04-10-2016 (2 min 14 sec)
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Posted by PittSpecial | Mar 31, 2016 @ 08:50 PM | 6,530 Views
Hello, like to share a few pictures from a visiting B-17 Flying Fortress and this 71-year old World War 2 bomber is no where tired yet. According to the crew who I had the luck and pleasure to interview, the plane was built in 1944 by Douglas Aircraft Corporation at the Long Beach, California plant under license from Boeing. On July 12, 1945, she was delivered to the U.S. Army Air Corps as B-17G-95-DL 44-83872. Number 44-83872 was one of the last 20 B-17s built by Douglas.

The Commemorative Air Force’s Gulf Coast Wing "Texas Raiders" group maintains and flies the aircraft. She is hangared at Tomball Jet Center, which is located at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport in Spring, Texas. The crew told me that it was moved to Dallas, TX. as its new hangar home.

Needless to say, it came in for an early morning landing a few minutes before 0900 hours Eastern at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida and I was lucky to be at the right place and the right time! Believe me that the interior of this aircraft (Bomber) is pretty tight and my large over-weight physical condition didn't allow for me to complete my journey all the way to the open crew area where pilot, co-pilot and bombardier sits because of these large vertical plates right at the Bombay area crossing. At this point, it was walking on a large I-beam! I just carefully turned around. Nevertheless, it was an experience that I will never forget and just to know that this bomber...Continue Reading