Tuesday, July 17, 2012

WW II Bombers Over Arizona

For a brief interlude to our reunion photos, thanks to Bill Neely for the following link to a spectacular video! Any of you who have worked on a restoration will really appreciate these beauties!

*The photography is in HD, the planes are gorgeous, and, most notably, it is shot as the B-17 takes off from Falcon Field in Mesa, AZ and then flies over the Superstition Mountains, then on to the east of Apache Junction and then on to Roosevelt and Canyon lakes on the east edge of the Phoenix valley.* 

These 70 year old gunships, after thousands of hours and many dollars have been fully restored to factory specs and piloted by their private owners .

*The backdrops are stunning.  Music is from the mini-series John Adams.

Click on the link below, then click on the white "full-screen" icon at the lower right corner after the blue HD, and give the video time to load: 


And Bill Neely adds these comments:

"I just looked at the photos from the mini-reunion.

Really great photos. I'll always cherish my memories of the reunion I was able to attend. Dover AFB was the early days of a really great aviation career for me.

I love the shots of the guys at the navigator's station. It amazes me that we found our way around the world with that old, heavy equipment. My, how times change!"

Bill Neely 

And then Rick Spencer said:
Bill was a 1955 high school class mate who went on to a sterling FAA career. He was a member of several crash investigstion boards and followed the history of the C-133 thoughout his civilian work life before returning to our reunion a few years ago. I hope he can make the next mini-reunion in 2014. Thanks Bill.

July 22, 2012 4:15 PM

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