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    Default Baa Baa, Baa

    What year was this?


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    Any idea as to where the photo was taken? If at Reno my guess would be 1977-1980 time period as I remember getting a book signed by him around then.

    But I also recall talking with Pappy in 1986 in Grand Junction Colorado. I flew an airshow there with the Corsair and he signed a painting for me at that time.

    Hope that helps a little.

    Happy Holidays,
    Bruce

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    My guess would be Reno. The only other possibilty would be the Hillsboro airshow in Oregon. I think I am somewhere between 4-6 years old in that photo. I was born in '77. I suppose I could just ask the person who took it (dad), but he has a serious case of C.R.S.

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    Hey Flyingjibus-

    I believe it was Reno '78, or a couple years later. (I'd have to 'dig deep in my archives' to verify for sure). Pappy signed & personalized my copy of his book there that same year as your photo. I knew he was gonna be at Reno 'that year', so I brought along my hardbound book copy that I'd purchased from a used book dealer in San Francisco a couple years before. Pappy was charging $25.00 each f/a new copy of his hardback w/his autograph & he was personalizing them per the buyer's request. I patiently waited in line with the eager race fan buyers & when my turn came up, I asked if he'd kindly sign my old copy of his book & had $25.00 ready in hand should I need to buy a new copy to obtain his autograph signature. Pappy smiled & signed my book & when I offered him the 25 bucks, he put his hand up & w/a serious look on his face bluntly said to me- "Bucky, I don't charge for my autograph, -those are free. The books, however, sell for 25 dollars..." Boyington was a real character, but a class act all the way & one of America's great WW2 air combat heroes.

    BTW- That year at Reno also, Japanese Zero fighter pilot- Mike Kawato was just down the vendors line from Boyington, selling his book titled- "Flight into Conquest" & had made the claim of being the one who shot Boyinton's Corsair down. (That claim was suspect & later debunked by noted WW2 aero historian/author- Henry Sakaida, a Japanese-American then residing in Temple City, Ca.). Pappy was pretty good-natured about Kawato capitalizing on his downing event, and even sometimes posed for pictures of the two of them posed together on request.

    I recall Pappy selling & signing his book that year also down at Chino for the '78 Gathering of Eagles Airshow, that my late good friend- Bill Noack helped organize. (I did the '79 Chino GOEA event poster art w/Alaska pal/partner-artist Terry Pyles, f/that year's theme- "Year of The Bomber"). From memory- I think both Boyington & Kawato were there then too, selling books (But Boyington wasn't real happy about the fact initially there).

    Kawato signed & dated my copy of his book at Chino '78 GOEA (signed it on Sun. 8/27/78), but Pappy didn't date his signature, so I'm going from memory, but I know it was shortly-afterwards at Reno NCAR. Think Boyington was at Reno at least a couple years selling his book, & I just noted your second post noting your age in the photo. Maybe it was Reno '82 then... Gotta head-off to work at the seaplane hangar!

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    Last edited by BuckyD; 12-29-2009 at 07:50 PM.

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    I rememember Kawato-san being there as well. My dad got him to sign his book with "You remember those tin cans you sent us!" above his name. funny stuff.

    I remember Pappy being really friendly and talking to me for a good amount of time. I actually met him twice. My dad had me get is autograph on some generic Corsair photo(thats what I'm doing in the photo) while he took a picture. Then we saw him again and brought the photo you see above and had him sign that. Pretty clever on my dads part.

    I get a little choked up thinking about it.

    I always make a point to say hello and thank you to Bud Anderson whenever he is at Reno. He is a little harder to get to smile. Still love the guy, I get the impression that he gets tired of people asking him about Yeager all the time.

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    I donated my signed copy of "Baa Baa Baa" along with a Franklin Mint model of a F4U-1 with the name "Lu Lu Belle" to his squadron VMF214 which is stationed in Yuma,AZ. !was taken to a loft in their hanger & it was decorated in fake palm trees,bamboo bar, etc. It looked like a WWII base. They put my donations in a glass case & I had a cold beer in his memory. "Pappy" does live on.That was around 2004.
    Lockheed Bob

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    Hi. Pappy also was at the Antique Fly-in at the late great Evergreen Field in Vancouver Washington. That would have been in the early to mid 80s in August, just 4 or 5 weeks before Reno. He was there at least 2 different years I'm sure. Dan Elliott

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Elliott View Post
    Hi. Pappy also was at the Antique Fly-in at the late great Evergreen Field in Vancouver Washington. That would have been in the early to mid 80s in August, just 4 or 5 weeks before Reno. He was there at least 2 different years I'm sure. Dan Elliott
    Ahh that would be something close enough that we would have gone to. Perhps its there...

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    I saw Pappy and Kawato at NCAR in the 80's. Don't remember what year.

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    Pappy signed my book at Reno in 1982
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