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Hello everyone … I was able to get over to the Small local airshow today. My first in almost 4 years, it felt good after all the Pandemic lockdown. There wasn't much available as I couldn't get close to the AT-6, she and the Stearman were too busy flying passengers. I waited in line for over an hour but gave up on the B-24 when I realized I might tip the darn thing on its butt. Oddly enough there was no line for “FIFI” the B-29. So walked over and got right in. The Catalina was not open to general visitors just a few selected by the owner. So couldn't get anything up close and personal. The other planes were quite exposed and I was able to get up close and personal with undercarriage and other bits. Warning the colors have been shifted as it was quite overcast early on and all the photo’s were too dark. Going to tag @keefr22 and @John Laidlaw also. Next up is a Piper cub thats from another local airport. I see him fly around quite often. Personally the A&P training in me thinks the prop has seen better days. If it were mine I’d find a new one or a metal prop and paint it to look like wood. “Diamond Lil” B-24A in RAF colors. She was a lend-lease or purchase that was recalled into USAAF service after pearl harbor. Im guessing thats why shes painted up this way. And now “FIFI” One for Mike @72modeler Emergency egress for the crew being used for ventilation. I tried to photograph inside but its as dark as a blackhole. Ive never seen these before in photo’s so asked the pilot what they were. Turns out they a resin blocks around the bolts to prevent corrosion. The bolts hold the inner/outer wings together. Too anyone building a B-29/50 there is only about 3/4” clearance between the main wheel and gear door. That ⬆️ would never pass a model inspector at a show. But it was wrinkled as all heck.same plate on another nacelle. My apologies as I tried to take photo’s of the bomb bay and forward interior but couldn't get them very good. Cockpit Starboard rear sorry but too cramped to get the whole area in the photo. Cockpit port rear same issue sorry. Cockpit forward. There was a crewman in the starboard seat answering questions. He took one look at me and said well you wouldn't be a tail gunner. Im 6’7” and weigh 32 stone. Last up was the Stearman as he was taxiing in for his last time. What you don't see is the ladder at my feet. Straight down with only about 20” inches clearance all around. I hope these are worth your time to visit. If I can answer any questions please feel free to ask, or leave comments. Dennis