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HotRodJosh

New in Town
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2
Location
Near Chicago
Hello everyone.

I guess it is time to introduce myself. My name is Josh and I live in Chicago's western suburbs. I work as a golf course equipment technician. The name HotRodJosh comes from, well, Hot Rods. I own a 1928 Ford Roadster, 1929 Ford Sedan, 2 1931 Ford Coupes( one stock), 1944 Ford GPW, 1951 Ford coupe, and a 1951 Ford panel truck.
Another hobby that takes up too much time and money is WWII living history. My wife and I have been reenacting/living history for about 5 years. I cover most forms of allied aviation. AAF bomber navigator and fighter pilot, USN pilot and gunner, RAF Eagle Squadron and bomber crew.
I collect clothing from the 30s-50s and live the same. I focus mainly on WWII uniforms.

Some pics of what I have and what I do can be seen here:
http://photobucket.com/albums/v51/hotrodjosh/
http://photobucket.com/albums/y229/usaafjosh/

Thanks for you time and I plan to learn quite a bit here.

Josh

P.S. Don't PM me as I cant check them until I get 30 posts....
 

Vanessa

One Too Many
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1,055
Location
SoCal
Welcome to posting. (And can the 1944 Ford GPW make an appearance at an event sometime?) :)
 

Jake

One of the Regulars
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166
Location
Wisconsin
Great photos Josh, your group really adds to the atmosphere of the airshows you attend. Ever get up to Oshkosh with your gear? Looking forward to more posts. Cheers....Jake:beer: :beer:
 

JPS

New in Town
Messages
15
Location
Lubbock, TX
HotRodJosh.....

HotRod,

When I read your post, it reminded me of a museum in here Lubbock that you might find interesting. You can visit at http://www.silentwingsmuseum.com/info.htm. The former Reese Air Force Base just outside of town was a training center for glider pilots during WWII. There were several such facilities in West Texas back then. This region remains one of the premiere areas for gliding competitions even today.

An interesting story related to WWII aviation--the army sent my dad back home during the war when they found out that he was a quality control engineer for Allison. They manufactured the V-1710, power plant for the P-38, P-40, and early models of the P-51.

You may have already heard of the Commemorative (a.k.a. Confederate) Air Force based in Midland, TX. They put on a show every fall. I would highly recommend it. The web site for the CAF can be found at http://www.commemorativeairforce.org/index.shtml.

Welcome and good hunting,

JPS
 

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