Dow Field

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Re: Dow Field

Post by Joe Gopan » Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:00 am

I had a Stewart Warner AAF marked engine heater similar to the one in the above photos, it now resides at Fagen Fighters Museum in Minnesota.
2011 MVPA PIONEER AWARD - MVPA #1064
HONOR GRAD-WHEELED VEHICLE MECHANIC SCHOOL 1960 - US ARMY ORDNANCE SCHOOL(MACHINIST) ABERDEEN PG 1962 - O-1 BIRD DOG CREWCHIEF - 300,000+TROUBLE FREE M-38A1 MILES
LIFE MEMBER AM LEGION-40/8-DAV
7 MIL SPEC MAINTAINED MV'S
COL. BRUNO BROOKS (ARMY MOTORS) IS MY HERO


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Re: Dow Field

Post by Joe Gopan » Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:58 pm

Here's a photo dated March 17, 2018 at the location of HANGAR 1 where that snowbound B-17 was back in 1944 in Gerry can's previous photo. The hangar is used b a large aircraft maintence firm. the time spread is 74 years, the sliding doors have been replaced and the rooms on the near side expanded but the original WWII Flood Lights are still in place (I doubt they can be turned on).
This hangar survived an F-80 ejection seat incident back in 52 or 53 and if only it could talk, it would have great stories to tell.
Hangar 1 was an everyday sight for me in the 40's-50's.

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2011 MVPA PIONEER AWARD - MVPA #1064
HONOR GRAD-WHEELED VEHICLE MECHANIC SCHOOL 1960 - US ARMY ORDNANCE SCHOOL(MACHINIST) ABERDEEN PG 1962 - O-1 BIRD DOG CREWCHIEF - 300,000+TROUBLE FREE M-38A1 MILES
LIFE MEMBER AM LEGION-40/8-DAV
7 MIL SPEC MAINTAINED MV'S
COL. BRUNO BROOKS (ARMY MOTORS) IS MY HERO

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Re: Dow Field

Post by Joe Gopan » Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:31 am

Thank you Gerry Can, I still appreciate the Dow Field photos you posted. I visit that same spot by Hangar 1 every day. That photo of the new B-24 is a perfect example of "Shiny New" Dow was a busy jumping off spot for aircraft headed to the ETO during WWII.

My B-17, B-24, B-25 C-47,C-54, KC-97, L-19, L-20, H-23 flights all originated at that same ramp alongside Hangar 1. I have had a ringside seat to 1940's thru present USAF aviation history from this very same spot.

Not much MV activity to talk about lately, but there is plenty to daydream about.
2011 MVPA PIONEER AWARD - MVPA #1064
HONOR GRAD-WHEELED VEHICLE MECHANIC SCHOOL 1960 - US ARMY ORDNANCE SCHOOL(MACHINIST) ABERDEEN PG 1962 - O-1 BIRD DOG CREWCHIEF - 300,000+TROUBLE FREE M-38A1 MILES
LIFE MEMBER AM LEGION-40/8-DAV
7 MIL SPEC MAINTAINED MV'S
COL. BRUNO BROOKS (ARMY MOTORS) IS MY HERO

Joe Gopan
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Re: Dow Field

Post by Joe Gopan » Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:31 am

Thank you Gerry Can, I still appreciate the Dow Field photos you posted. I visit that same spot by Hangar 1 every day. That photo of the new B-24 is a perfect example of "Shiny New" Dow was a busy jumping off spot for aircraft headed to the ETO during WWII.

My B-17, B-24, B-25 C-47,C-54, KC-97, L-19, L-20, H-23 flights all originated at that same ramp alongside Hangar 1. I have had a ringside seat to 1940's thru present USAF aviation history from this very same spot.

Not much MV activity to talk about lately, but there is plenty to daydream about.
2011 MVPA PIONEER AWARD - MVPA #1064
HONOR GRAD-WHEELED VEHICLE MECHANIC SCHOOL 1960 - US ARMY ORDNANCE SCHOOL(MACHINIST) ABERDEEN PG 1962 - O-1 BIRD DOG CREWCHIEF - 300,000+TROUBLE FREE M-38A1 MILES
LIFE MEMBER AM LEGION-40/8-DAV
7 MIL SPEC MAINTAINED MV'S
COL. BRUNO BROOKS (ARMY MOTORS) IS MY HERO


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