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SHARKHUNTERS International
2016 "Southern Patrol"
War Birds!
 

 
     

Most are not aware that the energy drink Red Bull is headquartered in Salzburg.  The two photos above are of their hangar that is jam packed with great things.

For instance, there is this 'FOLLOW ME' truck and for those who did not serve in the Air Force, let me explain.   When a plane lands on an air base, a 'FOLLOW ME' truck is waiting as the plane leaves the runway for the taxi strip; we had yellow Chevrolet pick-up trucks at the Air Force Base where I served.  The 'FOLLOW ME' truck knew which spot in what row the plane was to be parked so the plane followed the truck to his parking spot.

In this hangar we see many great things such as this Formula One race car.  There are other race cars but this one is #17 and every race car I ever owned and drove was #17 as we see below right.  Okay, so we had to take the photo of #17 here in the hangar..........humor me.

 
     
 
     
 

Above - I am in the #17 Dodge Charger passing the #19 at about 190mph during the Texas 500 many years ago but the race cars are not the reason we are here.

Red Bull has some magnificently restored warbirds here.  There are many jet fighters of various air forces, but the former U.S. Army Air Corps and U.S. Navy planes are of great interest here.

Photo left and both photos below are their B-25 Mitchell medium bomber.  The B-25 saw service in all theaters of World War Two and were almost like a fighter as they were quite fast, very maneuverable and in addition to their bomb load, they carried many guns.

     
 
     
The Mitchell is impressive, to be sure......but   .....the Lightning is beyond incredible!
     

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was an incredible fighter for her day.  With contra-rotating engines, she could turn and bank left of right with ease without fighting engine torque as in the single engine fighters.  All her guns were in the nose so the firepower was concentrated at any range.

Single engine fighters had guns in the wings - either three or four in each wing so there was a point where the bullets converged; usually about 400 yards in front of the plane.  The Lightning could climb almost vertically, was highly maneuverable and packed a powerful punch with her six .50 caliber machine guns and two 20mm guns in the nose.

Richard Bong, the American Ace of Aces shot down 40 enemy aircraft while flying a P-38 Lightning.  This is the only P-38 in Europe, one of a handful in the world - and these planes fly!

 
     
 
     
 
     
 

Somehow we always manage to find the snack bar and here in the Red Bull hangar there are restaurants and snack bars where we can indulge our 'sweet tooth'.

This is pretty much an Austrian treat called 'Heiße Liebe'.  Strictly translated, that means 'Hot Love'.  We see the three scoops of vanilla ice cream with a huge mound of whipped cream on top - but in that little dish to the left of the ice cream is a load of hot raspberries that we pour over the ice cream.  The hot tea and little cookie on the other plate make the finishing touch to a great snack and a terrific day here in the Red Bull hangar.


Many thanks to our good friend S.E.I.G. Agent PETER PARKER for helping arrange this day.

The day is almost done and we stop for supper at the Berchtesgadner Braüstüberl for another great dinner in a restaurant far older than our own USA.  With that white and blue diamond pattern on the ceiling, we are reminded that we are back in Bayern.

 
     
 

We enjoy another great meal in Germany but the happy mood is a bit somber as we come to the realization that tomorrow is our last full day of the 'Patrol'.  We have seen great things, made new friends and experienced history on this tour but after tomorrow, it comes to an end. 

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