Used to live just off the flight path of Dayton Airport. On a normal day we would see planes, and never hear them. Once a year the Dayton Air Fair would come for a weekend, and we were assaulted with all manner of aircraft, mostly military, usually WWII era. It's had to have been about 20 years ago now, but they had a HUGE WWII year with planes from US, Canadia, Japan, Britain, France, and German. There were over 500 planes in the air at once, effecting a WWII event that never really happened, but just seeing it overhead, almost within a stones throw was thrilling. Each quadrant had it's share of the planes for the most part. We were North and West of the airport, and most all of the little guys, Jap Zero's Spitfires, Mustangs, Thunderbolts Lightning's, Cobra's Wildcat's Hellcat's, Some Fokkers, Messerschmitt's, flew our way, and when they weren't in the active show over the airport, played like they were having a BIG time of it.
We had an almost intimate experience with them. My BIL was still active guard and he was Air Guard MP's, they had the flight line, and they got to talk to all of the pilots. Jeff gave them our co-ordinates, and they all reported having given us a real good show. They had a sign to fly to, see pic below, look for the Peace sign, it wasn't nearly as overgrown back then. It was the neighbor across, and just down the street from us. Our side was all large long lots, and the woods behind us was 2700 feet back, and the bowl from trreeline to treeline was around 1 mile. They played for us, like it was our $$$$ that brought them up.
One of the biggest displayers was "the Confederate Air Force" and they had almost all of the remaining American planes that flew, and also Japanese, German, and British. Those guys had a romance going with the time, and air planes were their collectible. Gracious bunch of guys.
My greatest joy was that Dad and my FIL were both sitting in the front yard under a mature tree enjoying it like they were both back there. A lot of tearful remembrances of that day. My eyes are real wet right now,
Glad you got a chance to fly one of that kind of a beast. It will be a memory to pass along.
I'm not sure if this will link, or if it will be part of the page
Before I posted I tried the link, and it took me to a blank page, but at the bottom it has a plaque for the aerial view, click that , and I got the peace sign right off. Possibly just because it's in my cache.
The address of the old place is
3425 Neal Pearson road
Tipp City, Ohio 45371
You can go to Google maps, and the view on magnification is from looking down at the road right in front. Dave's house with the Peace sign is across the road, and track just a bit right. It's back a ways on the property, but the current view on Google maps looks like the new owners have trimmed the bushes, pretty clear look at it. Back then the pilots didn't have any trouble finding it.
Thanks for the post, Dad and Gene were both Army, but they both loved all the branches the same, and both of them loved the planes. This made me remember a very good day in my life, so thanks for that. Sounds like it was a very good day in your life as well.