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Subject: Actual B-17 flying over Champaign-Urbana, IL over the weekend rss

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I was there for my daughter's graduation and heard a prop plane in the sky (surprisingly quiet though.)

I looked up and almost soiled myself when I saw that it was a B-17. I only caught a fleeting glimpse before it was out of sight and almost thought I was imagining things.

However, it came around about five more times, one of which where I got a perfect view. I live by O'Hare airport so I see jumbo jets every day but this was even more impressive despite being smaller than those planes.

A little Google-fu shows:

http://www.news-gazette.com/event/special-events/b-17-flying...

Had I known ahead of time, I might have convinced my wife to let me fly on Saturday.
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Pictures, pictures!
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Pictures, pictures!


I'll have to look at the camera. I took some but I think they may have not come out too well in all the excitement.
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http://www.wicd15.com/news/top-stories/stories/b17-bomber-lo...

but then…


http://www.wicd15.com/news/top-stories/stories/historic-b17-...

Damage not as severe as originally thought so she'll be back on the tour soon!
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This bomber came to my hometown last year. My family bought me a ticket and I took the 30 minute flight. It was great. Moved all around the inside during the flight and, as luck would have it, was in the bombardiers seat when I flew over my house!

It shook pretty good when it started up, but was smooth as could be once it left the ground. Good stuff.

This weekend, a B-17F model will be here. It was used in the filming of the 1990 "Memphis Belle" movie. I will try and get some pics and post them here.
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That company flew their B-17 over my house a few years ago. I ran outside with my camera just as it made its last pass.

Here's the clip:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=488181946969&l=46797231...
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