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  • Another Legless Wonder?

    Most students of WWII are aware of the legend of Douglas Bader, the double-amputee ace of the Royal Air Force, but how many know about an equally exceptional man who flew for the Soviet Air Force? Major Alexei Maresyev lost both feet in a crash and later returned to action and scored 7 more aerial victories. Any other examples of people who overcame major disabilities to fight in the war?
    If there are no dogs in Heaven, then I want to go where they went when they died-Will Rogers

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    Saburo Sakai overcame a horrible head wound and blinding in one eye to return to flying Zero fighters.
    Eagles may fly; but weasels aren't sucked into jet engines!

    "I'm not expendable; I'm not stupid and I'm not going." - Kerr Avon, Blake's 7

    What didn't kill us; didn't make us smarter.


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      Both members of "The Guinea Pig Club"

      Last edited by At ease; 05 Jun 10, 20:43.
      "It's like shooting rats in a barrel."
      "You'll be in a barrel if you don't watch out for the fighters!"

      "Talking about airplanes is a very pleasant mental disease."
      Sergei(son of Igor) Sikorsky, 'AOPA Pilot' magazine February 2003.


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