All my visitors today were former enemies...

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    I am a tour guide at a War Bird Museum. All of my tours today were to visitors who were former enemies...East Germany, Russia, Japan, and Czech Republic. Not an American in sight! Very interesting talking about our war birds from WWII and the Cold War, and of course, my activities during those times. (I flew 'spyplanes'). We're still friends.


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    Alright, LC ... which mug are you? Am assuming you're at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum.

    Sounds like a lot of fun, helping folks to understand the history and utility of the great planes. Have been on a few "tours" myself. Haven't been to any of the ones along the Space Coast though.
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    Yup...I'm at the Valiant Air Command. Far left with beard.
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    Ahaa! For whatever reason, I had a niggling suspicion that might be the one. The guy in the photo just had that "knowing" look.

    Looks like a wonderful place. The photo gallery shows a bunch of great birds, from the FA-18 to C-47, FAC's and reconnaissance (OV-10, OV-1), jets and props, MIGs and Messerschmitts. Any "spy" planes in the bunch?
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    Thoughts: Justifiable self defense (A.O.J.).
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    Reason over Force: The Gun is Civilization (Marko Kloos).
    NRA, SAF, GOA, OFF, ACLDN.

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    That outside shot brings back memories, many hours working on Thuds and Phantoms.
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    I got to sit in the cockpit of an active U-2 (yeah still flys often) 3 weeks ago. What a great airplane! Did not put the suit on, just a tourist in the cockpit!

    It always burned my britches in the '90s when the Soviet (oops, former Soviet.... yada, yada) inspectors would come over to make sure we were getting rid of 'our things' that went 'bump' in the night................

    If you do not know where they are..... Yeah, they still fly and in the open...........
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANGLICO View Post
    I got to sit in the cockpit of an active U-2 (yeah still flys often) 3 weeks ago. What a great airplane! Did not put the suit on, just a tourist in the cockpit!

    It always burned my britches in the '90s when the Soviet (oops, former Soviet.... yada, yada) inspectors would come over to make sure we were getting rid of 'our things' that went 'bump' in the night................

    If you do not know where they are..... Yeah, they still fly and in the open...........
    Did not see the Blackbird T/O and land at Okinawa or work in the BatCat hanger at Korat AB either.
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    Walk em in front of some of our birds and see if anybody pees their pants when they have a flashback
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Any "spy" planes in the bunch?
    Only one for now...a recent acquisition. I'm making a presentation today to all the tour guides explaining the significance of this plane...the original high altitude 'spy' plane, before the U-2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ANGLICO View Post
    I got to sit in the cockpit of an active U-2 (yeah still flys often) 3 weeks ago. What a great airplane! Did not put the suit on, just a tourist in the cockpit!

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    Suit... you mean like this? https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

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    I would have been forced to take them out one by one as they slipped out of the latrine.
    Stashed their bodies neatly in the cloak room, and then showed my superior officer my handi-work.
    I know they would have created a new medal JUST for me, called The silver purple bronze red rose star!, ....or something!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lchamp View Post
    I am a tour guide at a War Bird Museum. All of my tours today were to visitors who were former enemies...East Germany, Russia, Japan, and Czech Republic. Not an American in sight! Very interesting talking about our war birds from WWII and the Cold War, and of course, my activities during those times. (I flew 'spyplanes'). We're still friends.
    They just wanted to see first hand what kicked all of their respective asses so royally.

    Hey...did you lend your shaver to all of those other bald faced co-workers of yours?
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post

    Hey...did you lend your shaver to all of those other bald faced co-workers of yours?
    I retired in 1966. On the day I retired, I got rid of my 3-piece suits, my wing-tip shoes, and my razor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Ahaa! For whatever reason, I had a niggling suspicion that might be the one. The guy in the photo just had that "knowing" look.

    Looks like a wonderful place. The photo gallery shows a bunch of great birds, from the FA-18 to C-47, FAC's and reconnaissance (OV-10, OV-1), jets and props, MIGs and Messerschmitts. Any "spy" planes in the bunch?
    The "O" is for observation. An R is for reconassaince LOL...just kidding, I flew RV-1 and OV-1 D's as a crewmember my first 5 years in the army. Great aircraft. Lots of ppower
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    I was stationed at Edwards AFB when the "Blackbird" was testing. an interesting experience that was...

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