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happy 4th everyone!!

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Happy Independence Day, (and trust that it doesn't resemble the movie of that name) and a belated happy Canada Day too.
 

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I hear good reports coming from the colonies these days. You chaps are making a decent go of it, it seems. Good luck to you all!

Seriously, hope you have a fun day. July 4th may not mean much over here, but the thought of roast turkey most certainly does!
 

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Happy July 4, everyone!

Phil and Greg, I was fortunate enough to see the WWII aircraft flyovers yesterday afternoon, just sitting on our deck - the best was the B-29 with a large fighter escort. They flew very low right over our house and the sound was like nothing else.

Lazy summer days, hot, blue skies with little puffy clouds - perfect July 4. Now add some BBQ and potato salad....and fireworks tonight.

Our neigborhood association puts out a little American flag next to every mailbox (our mailboxes are next to the sidewalk) so we look quite dressed up. Larger neighborhoods have their own July 4 parades.

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Nancy said:
Phil and Greg, I was fortunate enough to see the WWII aircraft flyovers yesterday afternoon, just sitting on our deck - the best was the B-29 with a large fighter escort. They flew very low right over our house and the sound was like nothing else.
I'm terribly jealous: Fifi (the B-29) was going to be at the Oshkosh fly-in last year but canceled. I still haven't seen it in person!

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Ah, the neighborhood parades! Where I grew up that meant the whole town. Did I mention it was a very small town? Kids with red, white, and blue streamers wound thourgh their bike (and even trike) spokes, the town band, the American Legion and Vets of foreign wars, all trying with varying degrees of success to get into their old uniforms, The Boy Scouts carrying the flag.......and at the end of the 5 or 6 blocks that comprised Main Street, the park for the town picnic. Right out of Norman Rockwell.:usa:
 

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Well, that's interesting. I didn't know that there were any B-29s flying, but that's probably because there aren't any over here as far as I know. I once was lucky to catch sight of two B-17s in formation with a Lancaster at an airshow and that was an awe-inspiring sight. One can only but imagine what it must have been like to watch a squadron of these things 60 years ago.

Looks like my BBQ went the same way as Gregs.
 

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I'm terribly jealous: Fifi (the B-29) was going to be at the Oshkosh fly-in last year but canceled. I still haven't seen it in person!

Don't feel bad... i missed it when it's tour came by last year....

just about to log off and start the grill....
 

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Nancy said:
Phil and Greg, I was fortunate enough to see the WWII aircraft flyovers yesterday afternoon, just sitting on our deck - the best was the B-29 with a large fighter escort. They flew very low right over our house and the sound was like nothing else.
Were B-29s before they figured out how to synchronize the props? When they retired the GALCIT wind tunnel, they flew over all the planes they could find that were designed in it, which included most of the WW2 bombers, and I was told that the sounds were very distinctive between "before" and "after" synchronization. I think they had both for that flyover, though, and with multiple planes it's hard to tell.

I haven't seen any WW2 planes recently, though; for a few years I was lucky enough to spot them at random without going to airshows, but my luck seems to have run out... in 2002 I was driving down the freeway and saw something that looked like a Mustang or a Spitfire doing some stunts, just "out of the blue."

Anyway, happy 4th, everyone! :usa:
 

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I haven't seen any WW2 planes recently, though; for a few years I was lucky enough to spot them at random without going to airshows, but my luck seems to have run out... in 2002 I was driving down the freeway and saw something that looked like a Mustang or a Spitfire doing some stunts, just "out of the blue."
About an hour after I posted this, a C-5 made low 4 rather low passes over my house... we're guessing as part of the Rose Bowl show... not the right vintage, but maybe my luck is still intact with respect to exotic aircraft. On New Years, they actually flew a B2 over the Rose Bowl, which was a bit more nifty, but I'm not complaining...
 

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Happy 5th of July! (The day the rest of the world celebrates America putting down things that go boom, and takes a symbolic sigh of relief.)

:twisted:

(Hey, I missed out on the :canada: Day incendiaries, so I figured I light a little one here.)
 

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um... said:
Happy 5th of July! (The day the rest of the world celebrates America putting down things that go boom, and takes a symbolic sigh of relief.)

:twisted:

(Hey, I missed out on the :canada: Day incendiaries, so I figured I light a little one here.)
:roflmao:
 

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Here's my niece with some of the cherries we picked (40 pounds!). I helped my mom pit all of them and she made cherry pie for the 4th, there is nothing better than homemade cherry pie and vanilla ice cream for a summer dessert!
 

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