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David Leiting
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#1 Posted: 8/2/2009 21:19:07

Is there anyone in here that can help me get a ride in a Warbird.  I am a 15 year boy and love these planes to death so any advice would help. Thank you.



Jesse Schoolcraft
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#2 Posted: 8/2/2009 22:30:35

Count me in too, man. I'm 16, and I feel the same way you do. The plane in my picture (P-51D Mustang "Quick Silver") is my dream plane to take a ride in. That is by far the coolest plane I've ever seen.



"Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."--- Leonardo da Vinci
David Leiting
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#3 Posted: 8/3/2009 10:24:19

Man, I just look at some of those airplanes and something comes over me. But I wish i could show you some of the pictures of Quick Silver i got at Oshkosh because some of them are amazing(thanks to my new camera)



Nathan Zucker
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#4 Posted: 8/6/2009 19:45:56

Count me in too.  I am a 37 year old kid, and have been lucky enough to fly a bunch in T-28's and got checked out in an L-4.  But, a P-51 is my dream



Adam Smith
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#5 Posted: 8/6/2009 23:34:37

I'm still dreaming of the P-51 too... I was once offered a free ride in "Detroit Miss" and very graciously gave it to someone else... have been kicking myself ever since!



Buddy Hunter
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#6 Posted: 8/9/2009 22:13:08

Hang in there kid.  I got a ride in P-51, 51KD in  Atlanta back in 1986. I can tell you that it was as awesome as it gets. It  feels like a dragster on takeoff. And the noise is incredible, even with headstes. We did a fly-by at Dobbins AFB at 360 mph and a roll at the end of the pull out. I still get goosebumps just thinking about it.  Keep the Dream alive.



Michael Woods
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#7 Posted: 8/10/2009 11:32:20

David,

If you live anywhere in the south east section of Wisconsin, I would be very happy to give you a ride in our PT-26.  A great plane for your first warbird ride.  It may not have the pizzaz of a P-51, but it was a WWII primary trainer in Canada.  We can open the canopy and have a fun ride.  The plane belongs to the CAF (Commemorative Air Force and is kept at Waukesha, WI (Milwaukee area).  Since you are at least 13 and less than 18 we can sign you up as a cadet and get you a free ride.

Mike Woods

 



Michael Woods
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#8 Posted: 8/10/2009 11:35:32

Jesse,

I belong to the WI wing of the CAF (Commemorative Air Force) and we have a PT-26.  If you live anywhere close to the Milwaukee, WI area, let me know and we can get you a ride.  It's not quite a P-51, but it is a blast to fly and we can even fly it with the canopy open.  Our plane was a primary trainer in WWII in Canada.  Contact me if I can help.

Mike Woods



David Leiting
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#9 Posted: 8/11/2009 21:56:10

Micheal,

WOW!!!! that would be amazing, I mean a warbird is a warbird in my eyes and I am actually from Kenosha WI so its not to far at all.  You have no idea how happy this makes me, and I will take you up on that offer right now!  Just let me know the details, but one thing I am in football so a Saturday afternoon or anytime sunday would work. 

Thank You a ton,

David Leiting



David Leiting
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#10 Posted: 8/11/2009 21:59:32

Man that sounds very amazing, and I get goosebumbs just thinking about watching that.



David Leiting
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#11 Posted: 8/12/2009 08:27:15
Michael Woods wrote:

 

David,

If you live anywhere in the south east section of Wisconsin, I would be very happy to give you a ride in our PT-26.  A great plane for your first warbird ride.  It may not have the pizzaz of a P-51, but it was a WWII primary trainer in Canada.  We can open the canopy and have a fun ride.  The plane belongs to the CAF (Commemorative Air Force and is kept at Waukesha, WI (Milwaukee area).  Since you are at least 13 and less than 18 we can sign you up as a cadet and get you a free ride.

Mike Woods

 

 

 

Micheal,

WOW!!!! that would be amazing, I mean a warbird is a warbird in my eyes and I am actually from Kenosha WI so its not to far at all.  You have no idea how happy this makes me, and I will take you up on that offer right now!  Just let me know the details, but one thing I am in football so a Saturday afternoon or anytime sunday would work. 

Thank You a ton,

David Leiting

 



Rodney Schneider
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#12 Posted: 8/13/2009 21:05:01

I'd like to encourage anyone wanting a ride on a warbird to consider volunteering with a local group.  Whether it's helping to clean, hand out tools, or anything else, it is VERY rewarding to be involved.  Look around and you may be surprised at the opportunities that are out there, whether it is with the EAA, CAF, or a smaller local group.  Ask around at the local airport.



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#13 Posted: 8/18/2009 08:18:59

All you young guns have a chance to get some really good skills by helping out, they will give you a great base to build your future on. It will be you who take over keeping these great aircraft avialable for future generations to experience when the time comes. Make the most of what you have access to, i had to travel half way round the world to fly in the B17g.