We decided to go to the IPMS show RDU CON today. Among all of the great models that were there I mananged to add another thing to my library.
Now one might say yeah I know its a great book and a great read but here is where it gets interesting.
As my wife and I are perusing the exhibits and vendors we come upon a couple sitting behind an empty table talking. as I get a closer look I tell my wife read the elderly gentleman's hat. Low and behold it reads "P-47 Pilots Association". She looks at me walks up to the table an introduces herself and me to none other than Col Hal Shook!
This man had a grace about him that is beyond explaination. She explains that I just got finished with my P-47 Build and wouldn't you know it his ears perked up and we just started talking.
Now my wife being a somewhat P51 fan she starts talking as well and mentions the Mustang. Col Shook says "If you want to go up and fly around the P-51 is the plane you want. If you want to go to war the P-47 is the one you really want."
As the discussion continues he states the the P-51 might look prettier than a P-47. I then interjected with a look of disbelief on my face and before I could catch myself I boldly say "Oh no it doesn't. At this he looks at me a little perplexed lets out a hearty laugh and says I need to shake your hand. We all got a laugh and I got a thrill out of that.
He then kindly and graciously "endorsed" our copy of the book we got and we parted ways.
If anyone has the opportunity to meet any one of these fine people please do you will leave with something you may not count on.
I have now found my insperation for 2 more P-47's. Now Ii have to find the decals for both.