Sunday, May 13, 2012

Hayward Airport Open House

Saturday was an open house at the Hayward Airport.  There were some great planes on display and some Tuskegee Airmen were there!  I would have loved to have taken a photo of them but did not get the chance.  It was a nice event and free to get in.  The highlight was of course the B-17 that was there.  As we were driving to the show it actually flew over us in Oakland.  Amazing to see it in flight.  No wonder it was nicknamed the Flying Fortress.  We got to go inside it in Hayward for a small fee.  Very cool.  This particular B-17 was named Aluminum Overcast and had adorable pinup art of a girl riding a lighting bolt.  My grandmother worked on B-17s at McDonnell Douglas in Southern California during the war.  DC-3s were made there as well.  That's always been one of my favorite planes.  Wonder if she had anything to do with either the B-17 or DC-3 that we saw on Saturday.  Fun to think about.





Diagram of how the soldier was positioned in the lower ball turret under the B-17.  
Looks like an awful job to have had.


Ben in his original WWII aviators


Not sure the type of plane but I loved it!  So shiny!

One of my favorites, the DC3.

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