|Sitting on the ramp at Reno.|
|Tom and Betty Jane doing their thing.|
As the day played out I couldn’t help but notice the wide range of folks involved. Some were quiet, others not-so much, a few were from the South, others from
and the Midwest, and the rest arrived from places far
and wide. They spoke with different
accents, held different points of view, ranged from 19 to (?), and seemed to
have no connection other than the planes.
Ah yes, the planes, there’s the connection. On the surface the people represented a
cross-section of America. Underneath they were all pretty much the
|Railroad Mike never stops moving.|
Thanks again to everyone at The Collings Foundation for inviting me into the family. I had a great time, was made to feel at home, and will most certainly be back to help out. My experience left me energized and reminded me of a once beloved part of aviation I had written off to time.
|Nectar of the Gods|
Random notes from the trip:
1. I went on the trip planning to fly the
and fell in love with the B-25. So natural and intuitive (once you get the
brakes), I couldn’t help but want more.
As for the B-24, although I ended up not flying
it that much, I found it to be less of an animal than
everyone makes it out to be. I’ll
discuss the planes more in the future.
|Jimmy's reaction to my flying. Couldn't quite tell if it was|
terror or amazement. Judging by the screams though, I'm going
The last thing I would like to share about my experience is something I noticed during the week. There is a large generation of “descendants of WWII” who view these planes as a connection to long lost family members. The Greatest Generation may be almost gone but those they’re leaving behind want to be good sheperds of history. They may not be pilots, mechanics, or even enthusiasts but they certainly understand the importance of these machines and find great peace is supporting and being around them. In fact, I was describing this to Ginger the other night at dinner. Then, today I see someone posted this link online. It is exactly what I was thinking after my time with the foundation. Click here to read it.