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MaxG15/10/2018 18:29:32
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Came across this book in the library and have really enjoyed it. The author Starr Smith was an intelligence officer who served at the same time with Stewart. The book is a collection of remenisciences by those who served with him. Most are set at Tibbenham and Old Bucklingham near to Norwich.

One comment that really amused was was about Jimny Stewart sharing a flat in New York and building model aircraft there.

Corporal to Colonel in 4 years was some career.

Thoroughly recommended.

Maxg

Fun Flyer15/10/2018 18:57:56
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Henry Fonda, who was Stewart's friend for more than fifty years, was also an enthusiastic modeller. They often went flying together.

Tom Sharp 215/10/2018 19:07:59
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There was a program on the TV on Saturday about the bombing of Germany by British and United States air force.

Jimmy Stewart was featured in several interviews relating his experiences piloting his B17 over Germany in daylight raids.

Stewart Henry Fonda and a character actor Laurence Demmy were instrumental in advancing RC flying before WW2. Demmy who was the technical  man who went on to form a company producing RC aircraft for the US airforce.

Small World. One of the workers in his factory was a young lady named Marilyn Monroe.

Edited By Tom Sharp 2 on 15/10/2018 19:19:31

Denis Watkins15/10/2018 19:31:53
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Read too about George H. W. Bush,

Avenger Pilot, and later President of the USA

Tom Sharp 215/10/2018 23:55:56
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Or John F Kennedy who was a PT boat commander and nearly perished after been sunk by a Japanese sub.

Was President Trump in the military?

Geoff Sleath16/10/2018 00:54:49
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Posted by Tom Sharp 2 on 15/10/2018 23:55:56:

Or John F Kennedy who was a PT boat commander and nearly perished after been sunk by a Japanese sub.

Was President Trump in the military?

Trump? No, he had bone spurs which must be very serious, the most serious and biggest ever.

Geoff

KiwiKid16/10/2018 02:29:07
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Interesting stuff. Jimmy has caught our attention before:  https://www.modelflying.co.uk/forums/postings.asp?th=116577

jimmy stewart with mother and sister.jpg

jimmy stewart and olivia dehavilland.jpg

 

Edited By KiwiKid on 16/10/2018 02:30:40

Peter Miller16/10/2018 08:28:50
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I think the correct name is Denny, Not Demmy. He was also responsible for the Dennymite engine.

Cuban816/10/2018 10:03:05
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Reginald Denny...........plenty of info on the web.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reginald_Denny_(actor)

Edited By Cuban8 on 16/10/2018 10:04:06

Tom Sharp 216/10/2018 12:43:16
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Mr Denny was in 'Mr Blandings builds his dream house' with Cary Grant. Now look that up, I remember it from the time, late 1940's early 50's

Nightflyer16/10/2018 13:12:47
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Jimmy Stewart was a very underestimated man I think . When you look at is careers, to have his professional acting career and an armed forces career that did not just start end end with WW2 but with SAC post war and to rise to the rank he did by time of his retirement is pretty good. I have to admit I was not aware of his or Fonda's interests in model flying. No wonder they were so good.

There was a good link on You Tube to a presentation that Jimmy gave towards the end of his Air Force career and it was very enlightening to say the least. No glorification or self gratification in it either.

Percy Verance16/10/2018 13:40:46
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Quite a career Mr Stewart....

We did have our home grown heroes too. The actor Richard Todd actually took part in D Day, having parachuted in ( or did he arrive by glider?) during the early hours of June 6th. Ironically, he went on to play the part of his Commanding Officer, John Howard, in the film The Longest Day. He also played the part of Guy Gibson in the Dam Busters........

There were/are quite a number of celebrity model flyers if you dig around......

 

 

 

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Fun Flyer16/10/2018 15:00:45
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Posted by Percy Verance on 16/10/2018 13:40:46:

There were/are quite a number of celebrity model flyers if you dig around......

Edited By Percy Verance on 16/10/2018 13:47:20

Bowie and Mike Oldfield to name just two.

Don't forget that Stewart played Lindberg in the 1957 film "Spirit of St. Louis"
I also have a hazy reccolection, I have a lot of those, of him in a film about SAC in the very early sixties.

Edited By Fun Flyer on 16/10/2018 15:01:18

J D 816/10/2018 15:59:33
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I just love the scene in Strategic Air Command when Steward boards the Giant B36 for the first time and we follow the take off sequence. He was still a reserve officer at the time.

      If Steward and Fonda were staring in the same film, on some days the director would have a devil of a time finding them as the would be out in the desert flying their models.

Edited By J D 8 on 16/10/2018 16:03:55

Fun Flyer16/10/2018 16:31:38
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Posted by J D 8 on 16/10/2018 15:59:33:

I just love the scene in Strategic Air Command when Steward boards the Giant B36 for the first time and we follow the take off sequence. He was still a reserve officer at the time.

If Steward and Fonda were staring in the same film, on some days the director would have a devil of a time finding them as the would be out in the desert flying their models.

Edited By J D 8 on 16/10/2018 16:03:55

Yes! He was told that they were just going to do one take off and landing.

Daithi O Buitigh16/10/2018 16:52:44
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Besides Stewart, Clark Gable was an air gunnery instructor who was eventually sent back to the States from England as he kept sneaking rides on operations (and manning a B 17 gun position).

Stewart ended up as a Bridier General in the USAF - Air Commodore to us lot). His WW2 flying jacket is on display in the USAF museum.

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Edited By Daithi O Buitigh on 16/10/2018 16:58:19

David Mellor16/10/2018 17:03:56
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The subject of celebrities (including Jimmy Stewart) who flew models has cropped up before in other threads.

This one makes interesting reading.....**LINK**

 

Lots of famous names and some interesting photographs.  

Neil Armstrong apparently built and flew models, as did some other astronauts too. There is a nice photo of Prettner Hanno and Ayrton Senna flying a model.

Then there is Roy Orbison who apparently died on returning home after a day spent flying models, and Eric Clapton who built models to chill out whilst in rehab.

 

 

Edited By David Mellor on 16/10/2018 17:13:12

Daithi O Buitigh16/10/2018 17:16:58
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Don't forget Keith Laumer (the science fiction writer). He also wrote a book on model aircraft and had a lot of plans published in various magazines (including 'Yard Bird' published in the 1960-1961 Aeromodeller Annual)

Cuban816/10/2018 17:35:48
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Posted by Percy Verance on 16/10/2018 13:40:46:

Quite a career Mr Stewart....

We did have our home grown heroes too. The actor Richard Todd actually took part in D Day, having parachuted in ( or did he arrive by glider?) during the early hours of June 6th. Ironically, he went on to play the part of his Commanding Officer, John Howard, in the film The Longest Day. He also played the part of Guy Gibson in the Dam Busters........

There were/are quite a number of celebrity model flyers if you dig around......

Edited By Percy Verance on 16/10/2018 13:47:20

Quite a few Hollywood and British film industry 'names' that inexplicably began to suffer with gastric ulcers and the like at the outbreak of hostilities wink.

Daithi O Buitigh16/10/2018 18:35:27
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Not overlooking Flight Lieutenant Jimmy Edwards DFC and Lt Col David Niven (and his batman - Peter Ustinov)

Anyone else remember  'Whack-Oh' where he was buzzed by c/l combat models?

Edited By Daithi O Buitigh on 16/10/2018 18:36:48

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