Post Number: 6250
|Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 5:23 am: || |
Here is today's P.D.J., by request from The Rock
Post Number: 1731
|Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 6:00 am: || |
AIW--It is not even 6AM and you have already made my day. Thank you for capturing the moment and showing us your wonderful photos of this beautiful warbird ( along with its history ).
With a length of 70 feet, a wingspan of 110 feet and a loaded weight of some 65,000 pounds, the Avro Lancaster became the most successful night heavy night bomber for the RAF. The Lanc, and her "bouncing bombs", was also the plane used in the well-publisized Ruhr dam raids in May of 1943.
Post Number: 180
|Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 6:42 am: || |
Spiffy-I sailed with a Dutchman on the Lakes, who recalls cutting the dropped belly tanks of the Allied fighters in half to use as rafts on the canals.
Post Number: 827
|Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 10:27 am: || |
Windsor Star's coverage of the Lancaster's move to the mall:
http://www.canada.com/windsors tar/news/story.html?id=66c136d c-926f-48eb-b2ff-0d43f2d74030& k=69531
Post Number: 9376
|Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 6:00 pm: || |
Great PDJ AIW. It is incredible to see the inside of that plane. There was scarce room in the fuselage for anything let alone a 12 hour trip to bomb the Nazi regime. To get to the tail gunner, you have to crawl over the center box of the fuselage with only a few feet of clearance.
It sure wasn't comfy like the B24.
If anyone hasn't had a chance to tour it (not sure if it is gone from the mall or not)I would recommend it. What these veterans did was just an incredible feat.
Post Number: 5292
|Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 6:59 pm: || |
AIW, great history and current info. on the Lancaster you took jjaba to see in Jackson Park.
Hopefully, AIW and his PDJ are back. Merci!
The reason The Rock was up so early on The Forum was the noise of five crews of lawnboys on his one street in Grosse Pointe. Fully awake, he grabbed the espresso machine, brewed up a cup, and turned on the Today Show to watch Matt Lauer at the Boeing plant in Everett, WA and read The Forum.
jjaba thought he should explain.
Post Number: 1732
|Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 7:26 pm: || |
Yes sir, the trip we took to see the Lanc on her pedestal in Jackson Park is a fond memory.
All was going well as AIW put his camera on a tripod for a time-exposure, then hurried back to join the two of us, and then at that magic moment, just before the shutter clicked, a drip of oil from the left inner Merlin engine came down upon jjaba's salt and pepper beard. Direct hit, a true Kodak moment.
And, by the way, I was up and about well before Matt Lauer's limo had even arrived at Radio City.