Florence Air and Missile Museum
In November of 1996, we received an excited E-mail from Randy Ryman.
He had wandered across the Florence pages on the net, and was startled to see HIS airplane.
Yes, he had been a "gun plumber" for B-26K #64-17671 in Thailand during the late unpleasantness.
Randy was pumped up enough to schedule a trip to Florence over the Thanksgiving holiday. He
was triumphantly reunited with his old war horse and got the whole tour.
I wish I could have been there to hear him talking with Lee. Randy sent us the picture
of himself with the business end of 671. This picture was taken at some risk. The U.S.
was not officially IN Thailand at the time, so such publicity was not exactly encouraged.
Randy also sent us a picture of himself at the Air Force Museum in Dayton,
displaying the Thailand picture against their B-26K. I couldn't help but
notice that the B-26 wasn't the only thing to experience modifications
and enhancements over the years.
I was reminded of a young skinny sailor I used
to be a long time ago.
So there you have it - a middleaged B-26 with a young Randy, and
an elderly B-26 with a middleaged Randy. There's got to be a moral here
somewhere, but it escapes me at the moment.
I'm just proud of the part our webpage
played in this family reunion.
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