Hello everyone, So yesterday I took a 20-minute flight in the B-25 Mitchell “Hot Gen” (Hot Gen being a double entendre for hot news or breaking news) at the Canadian Vintage Aircraft Museum located at Mount Hope, just outside Hamilton, Ontario. It was a treat to myself with some money that came to me as a surprise windfall. 98% of this cash has gone responsibly towards pension contributions, debt reduction and the remainder on renovations for the new house, but I kept just a little aside for myself: a new flying jacket (Buzz Ricksons B-15D) plus Buzz A-10 gloves and chinos, some new boots (Chippewa via L.L. Bean. They’re amazing!) and new winter clothes. But I also wanted an experience, so I stumped up for this! Alas I couldn’t justify the flight on the Lancaster but the B-25 I could do, and having been a fan of the Mitchell since I first saw the film “Hannover Street” back in the 1980’s, which I loved then and still do. So I booked it - and up I went! And it seemed only appropriate to wear my Aero ANJ-3 for the occasion! What an experience! I can’t recommend it enough for anyone who has an interest and the chance to do it. I was just 1 of 3 passengers with one fella up front by the navigator and I was sitting in the fuselage by the starboard waist gun (which are fixed, not moving, so a good handle to hold on to!). We were sitting facing backwards and were strapped in for take-off but when levelled off, we could unbuckle and walk about the fuselage and crawl out to the rear gunner position. To be brief, I was expecting it to be noisy, but man, it was SO LOUD! Jesus. It’s no wonder some guys would finish their tours deaf (the pilots deaf in the right ear, the co-pilot in the left, as those were the ears closest to the engine!). It was stinky with exhaust fumes until someone in the front office kindly opened a window. It was chilly in there too. But it felt solid and safe and I felt no mortal danger. The take-off was shocking – very fast and steep and it was something else to feel the G’s pulling me but in the other way to every other take-off I’ve ever known, namely those that pushes you back INTO the seat! And the plane flew like a fighter! I mean, I knew it could, but to be in it and feeling it bank so easily and at speed, well, it felt so amazing. I crawled back into the rear gunner position and the view was stunning. I was somehow expecting it to be quieter there – and briefly pulled off my headphones to check. HELL NO! Deafeningly loud back there too. Fantastic! The plane flew out over Lake Ontario and back, banking back and forth as we went. The landing was very smooth. The flights on the Lancaster were also happening and they last one hour but it’s a simple take off, level flight out over Lake Ontario and a wide turn back to base. It’s a real nostalgia flight – whereas the B-25 flight is that but is shorter at 20 mins (plus 10 mins taxiing at both ends) – but is more exciting and dramatic. Today’s post comes to you with the kind assistance of Nick123, so my sincere thanks to him!