Heading for Dearborn "Ginger's great advanture"

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Re: Heading for Dearborn "Ginger's great advanture"

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Post by badcatt » 12 Jun 2017, 22:46

Today I started heading for home. But I had a planned stop in Goshen Indiana to see a friend form work who retired a year before me. He and his wife are from Wisconsin. But through a daughter found this nice little city in northern Indiana. We had lunch at a nice little hole in the wall stake house called Tony’s Famous Grill. We managed to get caught up on life in general.
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On my way to Indiana I stopped at a rest area and somehow locked my keys in the car. I had another traveler and the rest area attendant helping me find a tool that we could use. Turned out someone had a olde boom box in the attendants office that had a coat hanger for an antenna. It only slowed me down about 10 minutes. Note to self. Don’t make phone call before getting out of car with out taking the keys out and putting them in your pocket.
As I wanted to skirt south of Chicago I headed south on state 15 only to find it was closed just south of Warsaw IN. So as my planes included a stop in another town I lived in as a kid I found another routhe to Rantoul Illinois. I took State 25 south west through the Indiana country side. In to Logansport and on to Lafayette, Home of Purdue University. From Lafayette I went south on US-231 to State 28 and then west to the Illinois border and to Rantoul.
As the evening moved in I found a couple places with great sun set views. These pictures will liik even better with a little Photo shop color enhancement.
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I made it in to Illinois about 8:30 PM. I couldn’t stop to get a picture of Ginger and the sign as there was no shoulder space. So I just slowed down and got this through the windshield.
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I finally make Rantoul about 9:00. I find a hotel near Interstate 57. I get a room and poll around to back side where my room is and get parked. There were several guys hanging around a Simi tractor, two came over to talk about the car, one notices the Washington state plate and asked how clost to Everett I live. This group takes apart airplanes and transports them. Thay are going to move a B-52 from Everett’s Paine Field to Seattle’s Museum of Flight next spring. Now they are moving a C-45 I think they said. So tomorrow morning I get to go out to the site thay are working at and see the airplane and take pictures. This also happens to also be a site of a Minute Man missile silo that is being used as a Museum as well. For the first time I’ll get to see a place my father worked at on the program.
I promise good pictures and information with tomorrows post.
Neal Jacobson.
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1970 Standard 428CJ Competition Yellow The New Money Pit.
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Re: Heading for Dearborn "Ginger's great advanture"

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Post by ccarney69 » 13 Jun 2017, 10:07

That's very cool Neal and I'm glad it's going well for you. I cant wait to see the plane and silo pics. My dad was also in the missile program in the 50s and 60s with the USAF. God Speed and Safe Travels!!
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Post by Blitz » 13 Jun 2017, 11:29

Thanks Neal for taking the time to take and post all those pictures! It's a lot of work, I know. Great cross-section of the event itself and your journey. Good to see you in Dearborn! Safe travels back to the NW!
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Post by Jan-O » 13 Jun 2017, 14:49

A big applaus to you Neal, for taking the time to write this diary and post photos along the way, not everybody would have taken the time to do so during a trip and a show like this.
Very much appreciated, i wish i could have been there, and trough your continously updated tread it almost felt like i was in the car for the trip :)
I recon there will be a story from this trip in The Prowler too ?

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Post by guitar74 » 13 Jun 2017, 17:53

Rantoul, huh. You're about 60 miles from where I grew up. If you happen to see random thick white lines painted across the roads around that area, they're marked 1/4 miles. The last visit I went down Mill St. in my old hometown and there it was in all of its glory the same starting line that had been there since my Dad was young (of course repainted time and again).

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Post by badcatt » 13 Jun 2017, 23:47

This morning started early as I met up with the folks form Worldwide Aircraft Recovery INC and headed out to the defunct Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum. It was a beautiful sun filled morning. Upon arriving I found the apron in front of the hanger where the museum was filled with the remains of 8 or 9 War birds.
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Many of the remaining aircraft are going for scrap due to the condition of most and the size of a few. The Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star (constellation) And the Convair B-58A Hustler bomber are being moved to a Museum in Michigan. This same company moved the Boeing B-47 last year.
I feel a little sad at the loss of the static display birds. Like the Douglas C-47 Skytrain / Dakota, Grumman HU-16 Albatross, F-105B, Douglas C-133 Cargomaster and more.
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The B-58A that is being moved.
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Note, the Nose art is depicting the exploits of another B-57A
Now some shots of Ginger as she sits with the EC-121.
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The B-57A,
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I don’t recall what airplane this is. If someone can let me know I’ll update this tomorrow.
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After about an hour and a half I headed out, but had to take a picture of Gressam Hall.
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You can find more info on the More info on the Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum here; http://www.warbirdalley.com/articles/chanute.htm
After this I hit the Interstate south to I-74. And west toward Blumington were some how I got on to I-55 north. I realized that and turned myself around. But had lost some time. Back on I-74 I made my way to Iowa, and crossed back over the Mississippi River.
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From there I cut off the free way on to US-218 north and west to Clear lake and on to I-35.
This is the clouds from US-21u near Nashua Iowa, I like the way the sun plays behind the clouds.
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I crossed in to Minnesota just south of Albert Lea.
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I stopped for the night in Blue Earth Mn at a Americ-Inn. I managed to get a suite as they were out of . singles for the price of a single. I like this place much better than the place I stayed last night, But it did get me a number of great pictures I would have never had the opportunity to take.
Tomorrow I will most likely make it to the Billings Montana area, and maybe a little more. I think I will make it home late Thursday or early Friday. I will have an update tomorrow evening. Hopefully a little earlier in the evening too.
Neal Jacobson.
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1970 XR-7 Convertible Blue
1971 XR-7 Bright Blue with Blue "Up Beat" interior
1970 Standard 428CJ Competition Yellow The New Money Pit.
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Post by Caleb » 14 Jun 2017, 08:44

Neal in the northeast corner of wyoming is the devils tower national monument. I'm not sure exactly what route your driving or how far out of the way it is but it's one of the things I want to see if I make ot down to that way.

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Post by badcatt » 14 Jun 2017, 11:43

Caleb, I stopped in last fall. If my time looks good I think I recall several places I could fit Ginger in to pictures. Great place to visit. I did the walk around the tower last fall too.
Neal Jacobson.
1970 XR-7 White "Ginger"
1970 XR-7 Convertible Blue
1971 XR-7 Bright Blue with Blue "Up Beat" interior
1970 Standard 428CJ Competition Yellow The New Money Pit.
See ya on the hiways,
The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter,
they are an entire banquet
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Post by sfhess » 14 Jun 2017, 14:44

The plane you can't identify is a two-seat version of the Douglas F-101 Voodoo.

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Post by badcatt » 14 Jun 2017, 18:48

Thank you. I'll update that after dinner.
Neal Jacobson.
1970 XR-7 White "Ginger"
1970 XR-7 Convertible Blue
1971 XR-7 Bright Blue with Blue "Up Beat" interior
1970 Standard 428CJ Competition Yellow The New Money Pit.
See ya on the hiways,
The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter,
they are an entire banquet
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- Mark Twain -

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