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We have Luke Air Force Base about 25 miles away from us. They are heavy into getting the new F35 fighter jets into the base. I think they already have them locked in but not sure if it is a done deal. About 1/2 mile from me is the Thunderbird School of International Management. It is the original site of the first air base in the Phoenix area. They still have the original tower and buildings and use it for administation purposes. A local group started funding a restoration of the tower and buildings and this last Saturday held a giant party on the premises including a humongus fireworks display. But Saturday afternoon Janet and I were watching the TV (college football games) and we heard this thunder coming. We are used to helicopters flying around and pretty noisy but for some reason it sounded like radial engines???? Went out and looked up and a flight formation of 8 bi-wing trainers flew over trailing show smoke. At that point I did not know about the party at the School so I didn't put 2 and 2 together. Then a B-24 Liberator flew over low enough that I could have jumped up and touched it (if I could jump, lol) and then a B-17 flew over. I'm just setting there with my jaw bouncing off the floor when my wife says---why don't you get out you wonderfull expensive phone with the much better than my phone supercamera in it and get some pictures??? (Yup I also felt a little more than a little animosity in that question, heh) but by the time I got it out and ready it was too late. I'm terrible at remembering to take pics. But then I notice that they are turning around and coming back (just the bombers) so I get in a good position and remember to turn the phone/camera sideways and zero in on the planes. So I think everything is going fine, I'm trying to move without shaking the camera, stay zeroed in on the planes and capture all the footage as they fly over again. As the planes fly off into the distance I realized that I have the phone up and going but I never actually hit the video start button, so no video. I think the neighbors just learned a few new swear words since I invented a couple on the spot. But it was great watching them fly over. We lived about 3 miles from a little airport that was part of a resort back in WI. The manager of the airport was a member of the Rebel Airforce and all those War Bird groups etc. Oshkosh Flyins were about 90 miles from us and many times the War birds etc would do a flyover the airport. The flyovers always incorporated a turn around and it almost always brought them right over our house. Usually any planes actually landing followed the landing pattern which was right over our house. Many incredable planes few over our house. One time we had a flight of 4 P-51s and 2 Japanese Zeros flew over and they did a mock air battle that lasted a good 20 minutes. It was fantastic. That is one thing I miss about the old house up in WI.
Anywho thought I'd pass the experience along. Mark L
 

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Took a nice pic of myself when I first got it. It takes pics either way. Sheesh!!!! ( Didn't know I had gotten that damn ugly,HA!) Mark L
 

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Every year there is an Air Show on the same day that there is an "old School Hot Rod Show". During that afternoon we get the opportunity to see many of the planes fly over where the show is held. One being a "Stealth Bomber"!!!!!
 

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How'd ya know the Stealth Bomber was going over???? Nyuck Nyuck Nyuck! Markus O'Stupidous
 

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Isn't it cool to see the old bombers flying? Just read Unbroken, about Louie Zamperini. He flew a B-24, and they have a great nickname - the Flying Coffin! Could you imagine the sky full of those? Or the B-52s.
Must have been truly awesome.

I see old planes flying around here all the time. Most of the time I can't tell what they are (too high and my eyes aren't what they used to be). I did see a P-52 go over and there is no mistaking that sound for a Piper Cub! We did see a Stealth - on a trailer - on the way to a museum somewhere. Those things are small, like a VW with wings.

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...... We did see a Stealth ...... Mike
My wife's son who lives in Palmdale, CA (not far from LA) works for the company that builds the STEALTH bomber, the Global Hawk & Predator (drones). Needless to say we hard proud of him!!!
 

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Both my kids work for Apple, thier perks are new iphones, everytime they come out, so thats cool, my daughter gave me a new ipod that just came out, it takes better pics than my camera, it does things I don`t even know, she`s still trying to teach me how to us it all, I`m supposed to be able to get my e-mails for the pc, ok how do I open them up....LOL, I`m just hitech impaired......
 

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Me too! My old phone wont do anything but make and receive calls. WIfe keeps trying to get me to send or receive text messages, but even that's over my head. If I take a picture with my phone it would be a complete accident, since I know nothing about that.
 
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