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Call_me_Kanno
08-21-2005, 02:14 PM
On friday Fantasy of Flight held a ceremony to honor the Tuskegee airmen. This was conducted in conjuction with the pilots annual reunion in Orlando, Fla. The owner of FF conducted a fly by in his replica of Lee Archer's P-51 Mustang. These are few pics I took today while there.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Kanno/FF8-21004.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Kanno/FF8-21005.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Kanno/FF8-21007.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Kanno/FF8-21010.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Kanno/FF8-21008.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Kanno/FF8-21009.jpg

The Iwo Jima monument is at the front gate.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Kanno/FF8-21001.jpg

And I just thought a pic of a Norden bombsight would be cool.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Kanno/FF8-21011.jpg

Call_me_Kanno
08-21-2005, 02:14 PM
On friday Fantasy of Flight held a ceremony to honor the Tuskegee airmen. This was conducted in conjuction with the pilots annual reunion in Orlando, Fla. The owner of FF conducted a fly by in his replica of Lee Archer's P-51 Mustang. These are few pics I took today while there.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Kanno/FF8-21004.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Kanno/FF8-21005.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Kanno/FF8-21007.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Kanno/FF8-21010.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Kanno/FF8-21008.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Kanno/FF8-21009.jpg

The Iwo Jima monument is at the front gate.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Kanno/FF8-21001.jpg

And I just thought a pic of a Norden bombsight would be cool.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Kanno/FF8-21011.jpg

steve_v
08-21-2005, 02:57 PM
nice post

bump

faustnik
08-21-2005, 03:03 PM
The 99th was a tough bunch. They had to endure racist attitudes from their countrymen as well as bullets from the enemy. I was lucky enough to hear one of them speak in person, it was a very moving story.

WarWolfe_1
08-21-2005, 03:14 PM
My tribute.

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a244/WarWolfe/Image1.jpg
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a244/WarWolfe/Image2.jpg

rockgardenlove
08-21-2005, 03:47 PM
Not to rag on these guys, they were totally extreme. But i think its sad that not all squadrons get this much honor. There should be one of these for everybody that flew in wwii. Make the vets feel loved before they die.

-HH- Beebop
08-21-2005, 04:42 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by rockgardenlove:
Not to rag on these guys, they were totally extreme. But i think its sad that not all squadrons get this much honor. There should be one of these for everybody that flew in wwii. Make the vets feel loved before they die. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

You obviously have NO concept of what these gentlemen went through to become one of the most respected units in WWII history.

NOT ONE BOMBER LOST OVER EUROPE WHEN THEY WERE ESCORTING!
Who elese can say that? Every B-17 group breathed a sigh of relief when they discovered that "The Red Tailed Squadron" was their escort. And they did it while dealing with the racist attitudes of there own government. You have to repect men who give their all for a country that held them as human beings in contempt!

You need to read about these guys before you have the gall to post that they get way to much attention. They deserve it! They earned it, the hard way!

Call_me_Kanno
08-21-2005, 05:04 PM
This is a quote from one the pilots from an interview in a local paper. He was shot down and spent 9 months in a POW camp. "I was treated better by the German's than I was in Mississippi".

rockgardenlove
08-21-2005, 05:13 PM
Aghh I was hoping it wouldnt be taken this way. I agree these pilots went through a bleepload. And they definently deserver what they get. I am not saying that they are overrated at all, Im saying that all ww2 vets are underrated.

-HH- Beebop
08-21-2005, 06:59 PM
OK rockgardenlove;

Sorry if I took you intent wrong but this phrase...
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">But i think its sad that not all squadrons get this much honor. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
got me going.

The Tuskeegee Airmen fought not only the Nazis in the unforgiving skies over europe, but racisim from their own country on the ground as well. Segregated from other US servicemn by their color, treated as second class citizens by the very people they were fighting for, they endured much more than most. Their accomplishments shine brightly against that backdrop.

All members of the armed forces desrve recognition for their sacrifices. Many humbly recede from that spotlight feeling that they were "just doing their duty" which is admirable.

I just keep reminding myself that the "Red Tails" not only gave their best to their countrymen and their country, but that they did it without thanks except from those whose lives they protected over the skies of Europe. For their dedication to the country that discriminated against them in the face of their amazing accomplishments, I salute them.

For anyone who hasn't read up on this absolutely amazing group of individuals I offer some links:

http://tuskegeeairmen.org/MainFrameset.htm

http://history.acusd.edu/gen/WW2Timeline/Tuskegee.html

http://www.josephgomer.com/

http://www.coax.net/people/lwf/tus_air.htm

http://www.acepilots.com/usaaf_tusk.html

They are a perfect example of what one can do when they disregard the obstacles facing them and say "I can do it!"

Again apologies for the misunderstanding.

p1ngu666
08-21-2005, 07:16 PM
tuskegee story is great http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif.
good argument winner against racists http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

WarWolfe_1
08-21-2005, 07:50 PM
I agree that All Vets are underrated, 56thFG was the highest scoring in ETO, they flew 47's so they get over looked more than those that flew 51's.

That being said, The pilots of the 56th didn't have to overcome all lot of things the 332nd did. 332nd planes where kept extremely clean, their uniforms, jeeps, mess halls, you name it.
These men had eyes watching them all the time.
Negitive reports were the norm.

You see they get now what they didn't then.

I'm sure most people around here would have quit in basic boot camp, had they been under the pressure those men had.

Think Navy SEAL, hoq Tuff their service is, and you will see things as they were.

Bearcat99
08-21-2005, 08:11 PM
Week's place is great. If you ever go down there to Kissimmee check it out. That remake of Ina is beatiful. Do they still have that B-17 exhibit down there? I wanted to make that TAI convention this weekend so bad but with my daughter getting maried in 3 months and my wife needing a new car I just couldnt justify the expense. Thanks for posting this.

Chuck_Older
08-21-2005, 09:03 PM
Good enough for thanks but not for contemporary equality- not 100 years short of Emancipation and not a moment too soon~

On behalf of a Thankful but forgetful Nation~

<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Most heartfelt and sincere everlasting thanks, and in heartfelt debt to your courage, tenacity, and Patriotism</span>


Your sacrifice for Freedom is not forgotten even today- May the Spirit of Courage, Equality, and Brotherhood persevere today in our Trying Times

signed on Behalf of a Grateful America
Chris Blair

Slater_51st
08-21-2005, 09:51 PM
The courage these pilots showed by volunteering is nothing short of heroic. Every man and woman who contributed to the war is a hero to me.

These men are more so because the men they fought with were also persecutors sometimes.

On a related note, I've released a skin pack on the 99th Fighter Squadron's P-40s in the Mediterannean. This was the first combat they saw, hope you enjoy it:
http://www.flying-legends.net/php/downloads/listings.php?cat_id=141

S! Slater

Bearcat99
08-21-2005, 10:06 PM
Yeah I got them.. they are very nicely done.