Thought for Today

I remember as a young teen, just getting interested in World War II and aircraft, the CAF B-17 “Texas Raiders” was the first warbird I ever saw. And the first I ever toured. Spent a lot of time one Saturday on board the plane talking with the crew. No doubt, all these years later it was another generation of personnel on the plane, but still CAF and still bringing the sights and sounds of another time to the air show crowds…

About atcDave

I'm 5o-something years old and live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I'm happily married to Jodie. I was an air traffic controller for 33 years and recently retired; grew up in the Chicago area, and am still a fanatic for pizza and the Chicago Bears. My main interest is military history, and my related hobbies include scale model building and strategy games.
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2 Responses to Thought for Today

  1. Thanks for your charming thought for today, however, on a sorrowful note to learn of the tragedy of the mid-air collision between a B-17 and a P-63 King Cobra with the loss of life of all aboard in Dallas, Texas.

    • atcDave says:

      I’m pretty sure that’s the same Kingcobra (assuming there hasn’t been more than one flying in recent years!) we had at Thunder Over Michigan a few years back too.
      The whole airshow circuit is a very small community. Given how much I enjoy the activity, every tragic accident seems to touch pretty close to home. They always seem to be planes I know, acts I know. Fortress 909 crashed a few years back, killing passengers on board. That was the one I rode in.

      Seriously, 33 years as an air traffic controller and I saw less tragedy than has touched me through air shows.

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