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Bob Coleman, The Long Island Kid - Texas Flying Legends Museum

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Published on Oct 28, 2011

On Wednesday October 5th, 2011, Bob Coleman, retired crew chief for the 355th Fighter Group during WWII, met up with an old friend. Captain Nobel Peterson of North Dakota, pilot of the P-51 Dakota Kid II, had Bob Coleman's nick name "Long Island Kid" painted on the plane during the war. On this day, The Long Island Kid met up with his old friend at the American Airpower Museum in Long Island, New York.

Other planes from the Texas Flying Legends Museum Making the trip with Dakota Kid II piloted by Casey Odegaard were: Robert Odegaard flying Whistling Death, a FG-1D Corsair, Alan Miller and F. Lee Bailey flying Betty's Dream, a B-25 Mitchell bomber from Maine to Republic Field, (then Alan and his dad Bill Miller flew Betty's Dream to Ellington Field in Houston) and Warren Pietsch, flying Last Samurai, the only remaining A6M2 Japanese Zero still flying in the world today.

The Texas Flying Legends Museum is based out of Ellington Field in Houston, Texas. Each spring the museum's collection of planes fly to Minot, North Dakota, each summer to Wiscasset, Maine, and back to Houston each fall. While on this annual journey the planes are flown to numerous regional events where they are used to honor our nation's heroes and inspire our younger generations.

Produced by GREAT MOOSE Lake Corporation.

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