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Looking for pictures of Darryl Greenamyer's F-104 the Red Baron

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  • Member since
    August, 2007
  • From: Washington St.
Looking for pictures of Darryl Greenamyer's F-104 the Red Baron
Posted by Gunners mate on Sunday, February 01, 2009 8:06 PM

   Hello, would anyone have or know where to find picture's of Darryl Greenamyer's F-104 the Red Baron? All I have found are little or to grainy. I'm toying with the idea of a diorama of his low alt. high speed run at mud flats, Nevada.

   The reason is.... I was there, my Dad was one of the official timers. After the trial run Darryl said he couldn't see the exit gate so I got to take our car, a big 4 door tuna boat, out to the center between the enter and exit gates. The center had a big red cercal about 30 to 40ft. around. I parked broad sided so when the F-104 entered the gate and then lined up on the car he'd be good to go.

   When the F-104 started down and leveled out, you couldn't hear a sound, nothing. But when he passed you by,  BANG and a roar that was just amazing. Then nothing to see but a cherry red dot with wings. He made 4 passes, and to this day it's one of the high points of my life experiences.

   One little side story: a VW bug came out and lined up with my car but out to the side line about 100ft. away, I yelled to him that he better open his windows but he yelled back that he didn't want dust or dirt to get in his car. I yelled ok, your choice.  Well when the F-104 made its next pass (are you ahead of me yet)  POP  out came his windshield, slid down the hood and caught on the bumper and folded right up.  He just stood there then looked at me. I did a big shrug.

He got in his VW and drove away without saying another word.

   Other than that, it was a great day.

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    June, 2008
  • From: Iowa
Posted by Hans von Hammer on Monday, February 02, 2009 7:44 AM

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  • From: SW Missouri
Posted by badkarma on Monday, February 02, 2009 8:29 AM
 Gunners mate wrote:

   Hello, would anyone have or know where to find picture's of Darryl Greenamyer's F-104 the Red Baron? All I have found are little or to grainy. I'm toying with the idea of a diorama of his low alt. high speed run at mud flats, Nevada.

   The reason is.... I was there, my Dad was one of the official timers. After the trial run Darryl said he couldn't see the exit gate so I got to take our car, a big 4 door tuna boat, out to the center between the enter and exit gates. The center had a big red cercal about 30 to 40ft. around. I parked broad sided so when the F-104 entered the gate and then lined up on the car he'd be good to go.

   When the F-104 started down and leveled out, you couldn't hear a sound, nothing. But when he passed you by,  BANG and a roar that was just amazing. Then nothing to see but a cherry red dot with wings. He made 4 passes, and to this day it's one of the high points of my life experiences.

   One little side story: a VW bug came out and lined up with my car but out to the side line about 100ft. away, I yelled to him that he better open his windows but he yelled back that he didn't want dust or dirt to get in his car. I yelled ok, your choice.  Well when the F-104 made its next pass (are you ahead of me yet)  POP  out came his windshield, slid down the hood and caught on the bumper and folded right up.  He just stood there then looked at me. I did a big shrug.

He got in his VW and drove away without saying another word.

   Other than that, it was a great day.

 

Thats a great story.

I was a member of the USS New Jersey and was able to witness a couple of F-14 high speed passes. Amazing.

Don't worry about life, you're not going to survive it anyway.
  • Member since
    May, 2008
  • From: Lansing, MI
Posted by MIflyer on Monday, February 02, 2009 11:59 AM
 Gunners mate wrote:

   Hello, would anyone have or know where to find picture's of Darryl Greenamyer's F-104 the Red Baron? All I have found are little or to grainy. I'm toying with the idea of a diorama of his low alt. high speed run at mud flats, Nevada.

What a great story! The bit about the VW had me chuckling.

I have the Hasegawa kit of the Red Baron and have toyed with the very same dio idea. I would love to see what you can come up with. I have some photos on a portable drive at home... I can't promise they'll be better than what you've already seen, though. The Red Baron's career was fairly short-lived and there aren't that many photos of it.

As near as I can tell, the markings that come in the Hasegawa kit are pretty accurate, in the sense that nothing leaped right out at me as being incorrect.

Kevin

Kevin Johnson    Belleville, Michigan USA

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