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squirl033 Oct 27, 2005 9:00 PM

Taz, i know the stuff your dad worked with... it was called Marsden matting, and they laid it down over soft or wet, mushy ground to give planes something to land on. used it a lot in the Aleutians, up on Kiska and Attu and Adak, as well as in the south Pacific... kind of an "instant airfield"...

i'm a '50 boomer, but i started later, and my oldest is 23, and has no kids... actually, he hasn't even a prospect for someone to have kids WITH! which may or may not be a bad thing... i'm not QUITE ready to be called 'gramps' just yet! LOL!

tiger98 Oct 27, 2005 9:19 PM

I'll have to look that movie up, sounds interesting. Any movie with that era of planes! Jim

squirl033 Oct 27, 2005 9:27 PM

the problem with mostmovies is they use bogus airplanes a lot of times, especially for the Luftwaffe. there aren't many Bf-109s or Fw-190s left, so they wind up using all sorts of oddball stuff. i've even seen 'em use P-51s with German markings. :shock: and, of course, flying B-17's, B-24's, etc, are exceedingly rare, so they spliced in a lot of wartime aerial footage... but there were some decent ones, mostly from the 50's and 60's, before the warbirds all rusted away or were parked in museums...

tiger98 Oct 27, 2005 11:50 PM

That's what I like about this museum, most of the planes are flyable. This 17 gets a lot of hours in the air. Jim

tcook Oct 28, 2005 12:07 AM

Nice shots, it reminds us of what many of that generation had to endure for our freedom. Thanks.

tiger98 Oct 28, 2005 11:24 AM

You got that right Ted ! The museum has old WW II vets who flew these planes as guides. They have some pretty remarkable stories to tell ! The younger generation who take our freedoms for granted should have to talk to some of these Veterans. Jim

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