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    Woot Cool Field Trip

    This weekend I'm headed to Madras Oregon....the well known center of the Aviation universe (not) to view one of the best privately owned collections of fully operational WWII aircraft. Jack Erickson is a wealthy eastern Oregon businessman in logging and wilderness fire-fighting including ventures into a heavy lift helicopter operations. As an Aviation history buff he has accumulated the following very impressive private collection of operational WWII aircraft. Pretty cool personal collection of planes..........

    http://www.ericksoncollection.com
    Plane Date of Manufacture Flight Capable Notes
    P-38L Lightning March-44 Yes
    B-17G October-44 Yes
    P-51D Mustang June-44 Yes Served in Australian Air Force
    J2F-6 Duck May-45 No Restored
    F4U-7 Corsair Mid 1952 Yes Delivered to French Navy
    P-47D Thunderbolt Mid 1944 Yes
    T-6 Texan May-49 Yes Evolution of the AT series of Advanced trainers
    Douglas DC-3 (Originally delivered as C-47B) February-45 Yes Served in Britain, then West German Air Force
    Nakajima Ki-43 Unknown, believed to be mid 1943 Yes
    PT-17 Stearman mid 1936 Yes
    Bellanca Air Cruiser April-1945 Yes One off custom
    B-25J mid 1943 Yes
    PBY 5A Catalina March-44 No Restored
    P2V-7 Neptune October-61 Yes Anti-submarine aircraft
    Focke-Wulf 190 A8 Yes replica built by FlugWerk of Germany
    Aero L-29 Delphin Unknown Yes Russian Jet trainer
    FM-2 Wildcat July-45 Yes
    TBM Avenger June-45 Yes
    A-26 Invader August-45 Yes
    PV-2D Harpoon Unknown, believed to be 1944 Yes
    AD-4W Skyraider October-52 Yes
    SBD Dauntless January-43 Yes
    P-39 Airacobra Unknown, believed to be 1942 Yes
    Messerschmitt Me-109/HA-1112 mid 1944 Yes Spanish built by Hispano Aviation

    Will post some pics when I get back... Can't wait!!!!!!

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    Spent 4 hours here today.... Too freaking cool.... Will post pictures after I get back. When they say there all operational they mean it... All the planes had oil drip pans under the engines. Talked to a local and they have a 2 day air show every august where they fly all of the planes..... I'll be back..... Pics soon

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    man id love to be able to go visit there..... it sounds like your in aircraft heaven..... cant wait to see some pics.

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    After watching these pictures, now I tempted to try the Japanese aircraft...
    With so many distractions I will never get my Panther D

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    Man that's rad; I have been meaning to go visit the Planes of fame museum in Chino Ca.
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    Some closeup pics of what we're flying

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    WOW .... just WOW

    Very nice Pnut I just spend 30 min just staring at these pics I just wish i could visit that place .




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    I know, I was drooling the whole time I was there. The biggest WOW factor is this is not your typical "aviation museum" this is actually an aircraft hanger with all fully operational planes. Can't wait for the airshow in late August where they fly all of the planes over a 2 day show.


 
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