: Greetings From Whiteman AFB in Missouri



dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-06-09, 01:08 AM
For vacation this year we drove down to Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri to visit family. We took the Brougham as my Dad's van doesn't have A/C. Needless to say the car performed flawlessly. We took a longer, more scenic way here so we drove like 600 miles. The only issues the car had was driving in the hills in Northern Missouri. It didn't like the twisty roads or the hills too much, but I sure did!

I have lots of pictures from today alone but I will continue to post updates through the week. Unfortunately I can only post 15 pictures at a time so I will have to make a few posts. Here goes...




This is heading west on I-80. We live in a beautiful country.


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A cool building I saw in a small town on the river.

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Hello Iowa! The Mississippi river is a lot larger down here than it is up near the Quad Cities.

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We stopped in the town of Fort Madison. The original fort is still there, pretty cool. Its a very rustic little town.

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The first picture is one of the interstates in Missouri (we were only in Iowa for like 10 miles). Right after that we got on some back roads that were a blast to drive on. Of course it would have been better if I had been driving a sportier car but it was still enjoyable.

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We passed several interesting things on the way. One was a town called Dallas City, which was located in IL. We also passed several interesting creeks/rivers. We crossed the the North Fabius River and the Middle Fabius River, but we never found the South branch. We also crossed a creek called Troublesome Creek, no lies.

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CadillacGurl
06-06-09, 01:13 AM
Nice pictures JD! Fabius haha. Good to here your fleet can do roadtrips :thumbsup:

Jesda
06-06-09, 01:16 AM
My roommate goes there once a month for air guard stuff.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-06-09, 01:17 AM
Shortly after our nauseating trip through the back country we stopped for gas. Casey's around here has no Premium, only 87 octane, which had no ethanol, and 89 octane, which had 10% ethanol. The car got 20.9 mpg, but that was with the A/C on, a little bit of city driving and me having to brake a lot for curves on the back roads. All things considered that is pretty good mileage for such a heavy and boxy car.

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Casualties of war. I was the victor.

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These were sitting just across the street from the gas station. I couldn't help but take a few pictures.

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Ever wondered what happened to Sputnik? Here it is.

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We also saw this, a HUGE tractor driving down the interstate. It took up the entire shoulder and the entire right lane at once.

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About 7:30 we finally arrived.

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This was parked at the first house you drive by as you enter the base.

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dkozloski
06-06-09, 01:24 AM
Any B-2 pics?

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-06-09, 01:27 AM
Now we get to the fun stuff. My uncle is a Lt. Col. in the Air Force. Whiteman is home of the B2 bomber (the flying wing). Each B2 has its own hangar with its name painted on the outside, its pretty cool. There are only 20 left in active service, only 21 were ever made. There is going to be an air show here tomorrow, open to the public, and the B2 will be making a few appearances. However, there was a special twilight show tonight that was not open to the general public. None of the planes sitting on the tarmac were roped off and there were no crowds to fight though. I do have a few candid shots of a B2 in a hangar but those are for my eyes only. :D



Everything here is either painted olive drab or Camo.

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Planes, lots of them. The first shot is of the military's latest and greatest, the F-22 Raptor. In the background you can see the hangars the B2 bombers are in. I didn't get up close to many of them because there were spread out and it was getting dark.

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B-25 with a little Mig in the background.

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Jet engine anyone?

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dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-06-09, 01:31 AM
And here we have a B-52. In the second picture I am standing by the engine. It is massive.

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B1-B bomber and a Hercules in the background.

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dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-06-09, 01:37 AM
Okay, last post for the night, I promise!

Probably the coolest thing I saw today was the little show they put on. It is rare to see an air show at dusk and have the planes flying with their lights on. It was quite cool and from a distance they looked like a big UFO when they were coming right at you. Here are some videos of them. It is also impossible to describe how loud these planes were. You could barely shout over them as they went flying by.


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And a few last pictures. A picture of the display hangar with some Army A-10 Warthogs inside and an old WWII glider.

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And just to show that the Air Force knows how to throw a party, they had a keg (its near the front of the truck) and soda for the youngin's (me :().

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Night Wolf
06-06-09, 02:11 AM
Cool roadtrip, the FWB must be a nice ride!

Heh..... as for the AFB..... looks like a regular day at work for me!.... I was waiting for the 130 - I'm kinda partial to them now after turning wrenches on em' nearly everyday for the last year! A very old, but rather easy airframe to work with.

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Except I'm part of the team that puts them back together after the center wing box gets replaced. Nearly any other aircraft would be scrapped before they replace a center wing.... the Gov't is really going to fly these things until there is no more air left for them to fly in.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-06-09, 02:36 AM
In the last three days, I've ridden on three Boeing 717s, and on my flight back from Atlanta tonight, I rode in a 737-700. So yeah, I've got my fair share of airports and airplanes this week. Give me my Mercedes! Oh, and I met Rick too, at the ATL airport for a quick chat and some Chick-Fil-A.

Jesda
06-06-09, 02:40 AM
Missouri is such a varied state. I don't know why I haven't seen much of it. I always explore places I don't live in.

Night Wolf
06-06-09, 03:34 AM
In the last three days, I've ridden on three Boeing 717s, and on my flight back from Atlanta tonight, I rode in a 737-700. So yeah, I've got my fair share of airports and airplanes this week. Give me my Mercedes! Oh, and I met Rick too, at the ATL airport for a quick chat and some Chick-Fil-A.

On the way back, I passed by the ASA hanger in Atlanta and saw some of the jets I used to work on.... made me miss being in the swing of things with the airlines, engine changes, running planes up, riding along for the taxi etc.... On base, it's months since these planes last ran, sometimes it dosen't even feel like working on an airplane.... just a building structure. Ah well, I still enjoy being around aviation, even with all it's problems.

I could be mistaken, but IIRC, Airtran is the only folks flying the 717's, I know they are not that common.

I enjoy flying, but I don't enjoy all the BS that goes along with it... the security stuff, the hassle of major airports etc..... I've been thinking about taking flying lessons again lately

orconn
06-06-09, 02:03 PM
Talk about getting your moneys worth from an airframe .... the B-52 gotta set some kind of record! I was in grade school when they came on the scene, a good friend of mine in graduate school had been a navigator one before he came back to school, I targeted them for "Arc Light" missions in 1968-69 and they were still the backbone of the nuclear bomber fleet into the late 1980's. Are they still on active duty?

gdwriter
06-06-09, 04:47 PM
Talk about getting your moneys worth from an airframe .... the B-52 gotta set some kind of record! I was in grade school when they came on the scene, a good friend of mine in graduate school had been a navigator one before he came back to school, I targeted them for "Arc Light" missions in 1968-69 and they were still the backbone of the nuclear bomber fleet into the late 1980's. Are they still on active duty?Yes, the B-52H (newest models, last one build in 1962) are still stationed at Minot AFB, ND and Barksdale AFB, LA.

As many people here know, I'm a huge fan of the BUFF. My Dad spent most of his USAF career as a B-52 crew chief, and he was involved in both Arc Light and Linebacker II. My sister's step-father-in-law was a B-52 tailgunner; he had a personalized license plate: B52 GNR

I always find it ironic that I have such great affection for something that was designed to kill people, but like the '64 Impala, the B-52 Stratofortress is part of my history.

John, thanks for posting all the pictures, especially the BUFF. Although not in the military myself, I have family connections to the Air Force and enjoy getting to go on a base and see all the planes.

Surprisingly, as big as the B-52 is, I saw one parked on the tarmac while on the Boeing plant tour north of Seattle. A 777 was parked nearby and it made the BUFF look like a Cessna.

ewill3rd
06-06-09, 05:52 PM
Wow, I am totally jealous too, my dad is retired USAF and I fight to get to the airshow here every year at Andrews.
I have been to Whiteman but not out on the field there.
Thanks for sharing the pics and vids.

iowasevillests
06-06-09, 07:44 PM
Nice pics and video shots, Whiteman puts on an awesome show, I was there a couple years ago. And nice road trip shots...I think I recognized some of the shots as you were about an hour from my place and I travel that part of MO fairly regularly. If you're ever westbound on I-80 in Nebraska and have some time to kill stop at the SAC(Strategic Air Command) museum on the west side of Omaha, some amazing planes there on display or check out the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton Ohio, 4 massive hangers with everything from WW I fighters to an F-117, SR-71, a B2 and ICBM's!

gdwriter
06-06-09, 08:37 PM
I could be mistaken, but IIRC, Airtran is the only folks flying the 717's, I know they are not that common.I believe Midwest uses them, and I know Hawaiian does. I'm flying one from Honolulu to the big island in December.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-06-09, 09:08 PM
Thanks guys. I just got back from the airshow (it was a whopping 2 minute drive to my uncle's house on base) and am currently feeling the wrath of the sun. Why don't airports ever have shade trees? :)

I have LOTS of pictures and videos from today. The show was pretty awesome, B-52 flybys, B2 flybys, a P-51, an A-10 and even a mock fight between a Jap Zero and a Douglas Wildcat. I will get the pics and videos up sometime tonight, but now its time for some foods.

gdwriter
06-06-09, 09:52 PM
I have LOTS of pictures and videos from today. The show was pretty awesome, B-52 flybys, B2 flybys, a P-51, an A-10 and even a mock fight between a Jap Zero and a Douglas Wildcat. I will get the pics and videos up sometime tonight, but now its time for some foods.Love to see flybys by the big boys. Look forward to seeing what you got.

Sunscreen FTW.

93DevilleUSMC
06-07-09, 12:25 PM
IIRC, the B-52 is slated to remain in service until 2048. Great pics, dirt_cheap. As soon as you got to the aircraft, I pulled Scorponok's theme up on youtube.
YouTube - Transformers Score-Scorponok

Chad, you should have let me know you were in Atlanta. I only work 20 minutes from the airport.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-07-09, 01:05 PM
Yesterday we started off by visiting the Oscar missile launch control center on base. It was part of SAC's Minuteman missile system. There were no missiles at this site, it was only one of the five control bunkers for the missile range in the area.

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It was located 60 ft. underground.

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Protected by an 11 ton blast door.

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And then another 8 ton blast door.

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And then the control facility was encased in 8 ft. of concrete.

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And THEN, the actual control facility was hanging within this concrete tube to dampen the vibrations of being hit by a nuclear weapon from above.

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The seats had straps to hold you in place because if you were getting hit by a nuclear attack the whole capsule would be swinging around and banging into the walls of the concrete tube in which it was hanging. It was a cool tour.

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This is a map of the missile bases in the area. 50 Minuteman missiles located in a 490 sq. mile area (70x70 miles).

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Missile truck.

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dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-07-09, 01:15 PM
Then came the air show. The B-2 bombers had all been pulled out for inspection by the Russians via satellite (part of some treaty, they get to know how many we have and they can set the date and time for the check in, we can do likewise to them) and were sitting in nice rows on the tarmac.

This one is for you Koz.

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This is the closest I could get to one today (LOTS of security). The bomb on the right side is the new solution to the war on terror. It is a 30,000 lb bomb that is 10 tons of steel and 5 tons of high explosive. Bye bye bunkers.

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Stealth Bike built by Orange County Choppers for Northrop Grumman.

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They also had a car show on base. It was mostly Corvettes but there were a few older ones around. We see plenty of cars on here so only 2 pictures, then back to the planes. Its pretty cool, there are lots of classic cars driving around here and none of them have rust.

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I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-07-09, 01:17 PM
I'm so envious. You got to actually see a B2 bomber up close, in person. The coolest plane I ever saw was an SR-71 Blackbird when I was at an aircraft museum (forgot the name) outside of Tucson, AZ. Motham-Davis maybe?

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-07-09, 01:23 PM
Action shot of the day. Some trainers that had just come in after a few flybys.

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Some more planes during the day. First is a B-1. The second is the Aeroshell team, flying AC-6 Texans, and some of the other older planes lined up. Then B-25, F-22 and Mig 17.

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And then there was this little puppy. It was a stunt plane that had been custom built with a turbo prop engine. The plane only weighed 2000 lbs while it had 3200 lbs of thrust. Vertical flight, check. I have a video of it later on. It is capable of taking off with only 80 ft. of runway.

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dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-07-09, 01:32 PM
Some Yak 52s, an old Soviet plane. Old prop planes sound bad ass.

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A Jap Zero.

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The B-25. The best part about going to an air show on a base is that the planes are taking off right in front of you. This is the same plane that kids were climbing in just 15 minutes before.

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The Aeroshell team flying the AC-6 Texans. This is the same routine I took videos of the other night but I still got some cool pictures in the daylight.

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P-51 Mustang taxiing by to the runway and then one of its flybys. The other cool thing about air shows on base is the planes can fly super low to the ground.

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dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-07-09, 01:44 PM
F-15 Eagle.

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A-10 Warthog.

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And this was the Tribute Flight. It is done at most air shows on bases to represent aviation progression. When I was at the air show in Minot a few years back they also had an F-86 Sabre in the tribute flight.

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The F-15 and the A-10 taxiing back in after the tribute flight.

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And the main attraction, the B-2 Spirit Bomber. My uncle was making fun of it. He said "There are 50,000 people here just to see what I get to do every day."

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Mmm... sunburn. My arms are on fire this morning. I usually don't burn but this time I did. I spent a week in Florida a few years back and never had to use a drop of sunscreen.

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CadillacGurl
06-07-09, 01:48 PM
Awesome pictures JD! :thumbsup:

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-07-09, 01:54 PM
And the videos. B-52 Stratofortress.

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F-15 Eagle flybys and power climb. On the last flyby the pilot was doing 600mph. The then went straight up to 15,000 feet and straight back down in about a minute and half.

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A-10 Warthog flyby and simulated attack.

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P-51 flyby.

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This pilot flew his Piper Cub to 6000 feet and cut the engine. The then glided back down, doing stunts of course, and landed without the engine.

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This is the Turbo Shark stunt plane, the one from earlier. It is light and has more thrust than weight so it can take off in only 80 ft. and climb straight up.

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The Tribute Flyby. The P-51 was at full throttle and the F-15 was barely idling and trying not to stall.

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B-2 Spirit Bomber.

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dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-07-09, 01:58 PM
Chad, you would have loved it. It was right up your alley. You are gonna be really pissed when I tell you that my uncle has set up for me to sit in the cockpit of a B-2 if nothing comes up this week.

orconn
06-07-09, 03:48 PM
Great pictures of the aircraft and show. I worked on the Minuteman Missile Project as a high school Summer student job back in 1961. My Dad was the Chief Engineer of RCA's portion of the Minuteman Missile Project. It was the first CPFF (Cost Plus Fixed Fee) government contract and was the largest (most costly) government defense contract at the time being over $1 billion. I worked in the Production Control office running blue prints used in ordering parts. The Project was one of the first to utilize "White Rooms" (sealed contaminant free rooms for assembly of components with all assembly personnel wearing special clothing and shoes). Today this type of electronics manufacturing is quite common but it was an innovation at the time. Thank God we never had to use the Minuteman missiles for their purpose but they were an important part of our strategic defense program in their day.

gdwriter
06-07-09, 07:25 PM
Those are some great pictures and videos, John. I didn't realize how small the WWII fighters were compared to modern warplanes until I saw the P-51 flying with the F-15 and the A-10.

gdwriter
06-07-09, 07:30 PM
I'm so envious. You got to actually see a B2 bomber up close, in person. The coolest plane I ever saw was an SR-71 Blackbird when I was at an aircraft museum (forgot the name) outside of Tucson, AZ. Motham-Davis maybe?It's the Pima Air & Space Museum, right next to Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson. Down I-19 is the Titan Missile Museum, which is also very cool. Both of my brothers-in-law were missilers at Grand Forks AFB in North Dakota.

The B-1 is from Dyess AFB, where my Dad spent much of his USAF career.

The Pima museum is also home to one of the earliest B-52s, which was used as the mothership for the X-15. It's very appropriately named:

http://cchu.org/Roadtrip03/IMGP0128.jpg

http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/web/061219-F-1234S-002.jpg

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-08-09, 12:07 AM
Most any B-1 you see will be from Dyess. My uncle was stationed there many years back. They have three squadrons on the base.

Night Wolf
06-08-09, 09:53 AM
It's the Pima Air & Space Museum, right next to Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson. Down I-19 is the Titan Missile Museum, which is also very cool. Both of my brothers-in-law were missilers at Grand Forks AFB in North Dakota.

The B-1 is from Dyess AFB, where my Dad spent much of his USAF career.

The Pima museum is also home to one of the earliest B-52s, which was used as the mothership for the X-15. It's very appropriately named:

http://cchu.org/Roadtrip03/IMGP0128.jpg

http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/web/061219-F-1234S-002.jpg

Dyess eh? I've been working on their C-130's for a few months now, they are here at Robins for center wing box replacement.

Besides the active planes here, there is the huge museum of aviation that is free and open to the public everyday. Working around this stuff as a career sorta makes it just become the norm - I guess that's the same with any job tho.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-09-09, 01:02 AM
Chad, I found a new dealership for you as we were driving through Kansas City today. Its called Aristrocrat motors and all they sell is high end cars. http://www.aristocratmotors.com/

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-10-09, 09:26 PM
Time to play catch up for the past few days. Two days ago we drove to Kansas City. First we stopped at the Harley Davidson plant. However, we did not get to take a tour because they were retooling the plant for the 2010 model year. Boooooo!

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Driving into Kansas City.

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The first place we stopped was the Kansas City branch of the Federal Reserve Bank. They had a nice museum there that had a collection of every coin ever made by the US Mint, sorted by the president at the time. They also had some viewing windows that allowed you to see into the vault and watch the people sorting out the bad bills and possible counterfeits. They also had these really cool robots that moved the hoppers of money around from the vault to the various sorting stations but you couldn't take pictures of that area.

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We then went to a mall for lunch. We ate at this really cool place called Fritz's. They had this train thing that ran above every table in the place (there are lots of train themed things in KC because it is a huge rail hub) to deliver your food. The train carried your food in a white, plastic container that was hanging from the train on a metal carrier. As the train went by the correct table there was a metal arm that moved the white container to the metal shelves mounted on the wall. The shelf the lowered your food to a level where you could reach it. Very cool and unique thing to see.

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dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-10-09, 09:38 PM
The mall we ate lunch in also had a very cool Lego art exhibit. The pencil was a good 7.5 feet tall. Everything else was either life sized or bigger (except for the tree).

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There was also a Crayola store in the mall that had a color wheel with every color crayon ever made. Its hard to see the colors because the wrappers were all the same color, but they are all there.

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Union train station with a nice DeVille going though the intersection. Kansas city is one of the best cities, traffic wise, I have ever been in. There is little to no public transit because everyone drives themselves so the roads are nice and wide. The city is also very extremely clean and new looking.

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And here is the part where I make Chad angry. Today my uncle took us on a tour of the base. I got a close up tour of a B2 bomber. I got to go on the inside and go above it on a special stand/ramp thing. I got to see some pretty cool things that you will never see a picture of. Before even going in the hangar we had to empty our pockets of everything and only my uncle was allowed to bring a camera. All we could get was what they call the "glory shots." Basically they are shots that reveal no secrets of the plane. Here is me on the ladder into the cockpit.

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From left to right: my Dad, my Sister, Me, and my Uncle.

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dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-10-09, 09:47 PM
And the last post of the day. On the way to Kansas City we drove through the worst rain storm I have ever been in. We were doing 35-45 on the highway because anything faster would have been insane. Most people were driving with their hazard flashers on because you could not see the running lights if you were more than 50 feet behind them. The highway was constantly covered in at least a half inch of water because there was so much falling from the sky it could not get off the road fast enough.

In the last video (when we were actually in Kansas City) you can see a river of mud flowing across the street from a nearby construction site. Near the end of that same video you can see me drive through a flooded intersection even though the sewers were working fine, they were just overwhelmed. Mind you all of this was in the middle of the day, it was just so cloudy it looked like late evening.



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I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-10-09, 11:12 PM
I'm jealous. Severe storms AND B2 bombers!

gdwriter
06-11-09, 01:47 AM
That is some serious rain, John. Love the effect when you go under the overpass and it's like the rain is switched off and back on. The rooster tails from the right front wheel when you go through the flooded intersection in KC are cool, too. Doesn't look like the storm fazed the Brougham one bit.

Do you have a Magellan GPS? The chime and voice sound just like mine.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-11-09, 02:20 AM
Do you have a Magellan GPS? The chime and voice sound just like mine.

Yeah, its actually my grandparent's, we just borrowed it. The damn thing has been pissing me off the whole trip because it is several years old and doesn't have the latest maps. Every time we go though an area where they redid the road and may have moved it a little bit it keep nagging to turn around or proceed to the correct route. I swear if I hear "Please make a legal U-turn" one more time its goin out the window. :bighead:

gdwriter
06-11-09, 01:03 PM
Yeah, its actually my grandparent's, we just borrowed it. The damn thing has been pissing me off the whole trip because it is several years old and doesn't have the latest maps. Every time we go though an area where they redid the road and may have moved it a little bit it keep nagging to turn around or proceed to the correct route. I swear if I hear "Please make a legal U-turn" one more time its goin out the window. :bighead:Yeah, I get that too sometimes. On mine at least, you can turn off the voice.

Although mine knows the names of the back roads I often take, it doesn't route me on them until I've gotten so close on my current heading that there's no other alternative. It's kind of funny to see the convoluted rerouting it does when the direct route seems pretty obvious to me.

I certainly don't need the GPS my daily driving, but it's already proven its worth on my road trip last week, and I'm sure it'll come in handy when I go up to near Seattle next month and Chicago in August.

I'll likely check for an update on maps before heading out, but since I just got mine in April, I'm not sure if there will be anything newer. And even though my neighborhood is 6-7 years old, it still doesn't recognize my street address.

dkozloski
06-13-09, 03:44 PM
The Air Force equivalent of the Navy's "Top Gun" school is located near Fairbanks at Eielson AFB. There is a huge exercise involving dozens of aircraft and thousands of persennel currently taking place and it's like a continuous air show in the area. F22s, F-16s, B-52s, Kc-135s and various foreign aircraft as well.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-14-09, 02:17 AM
The Air Force equivalent of the Navy's "Top Gun" school is located near Fairbanks at Eielson AFB. There is a huge exercise involving dozens of aircraft and thousands of persennel currently taking place and it's like a continuous air show in the area. F22s, F-16s, B-52s, Kc-135s and various foreign aircraft as well.

My uncle sent two of his B-2s up there the day we left (we are in St. Louis now). He said they had to hide their stealthiness so they wound up putting reflective tape on the wings so they would be mildly visible on the radar. The B-2 pilots have to show at least a little mercy in a world they dominate. :)