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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Subscriber Of The Week

Each week, we will feature a lucky subscriber (and Exit Zero T-shirt winner!) in this spot. This week’s subscriber: Roger Flanagan of Park Ridge, NJ. How long have you been coming to Cape May? For 33 years! What do you like about it? I like the atmosphere of the town, the beaches, the restaurants, and the friendliness of visitors, locals, and the shop owners. What’s your favorite place? The Lobster House, including the Schooner. Least favorite thing about Cape May? The parking is always a pain, and it’s annoying to drive around all the bicyclists who ride in the street during the summer. What is your favorite restaurant? I like a lot of restaurants. The Lobster House, the C-View Inn, Harpoon Henry’s and the Harbor View, just to name a few. And your favorite store? I don’t have a particular favorite... I just enjoy the variety of the stores. What do you like about Exit Zero? I like the coverage of city hall, the Old Fogey column, and of course all the photos. What’s your least favorite thing about Exit Zero? I honestly can’t think of a single thing. What’s your T-shirt size? Extra-large. Want to join our army of subscribers — there are hundreds of them in nearly 30 states! Call us on 609-770-8479 or buy one online at ezstore.us. It’s $50 for all 47 BW issues PLUS our six color issues.

Facebook Mystery Contest KNOW your way around Cape May? Check out the photograph above. If you think you know the place this place, you could win a gift certificate for a local business. Go to the Exit Zero Facebook page before Monday for instructions on how to enter at facebook. com/exitzeropublishing. Good luck!

Talk Of The Town ? From Page 13 a part of a bombing mission as we rolled by NASW’s hangar and past the line of Caribou planes at Penn Turbo Aviation’s hangar. You don’t realize how rural Cape May County is until you fly over it and discover we live in a forested area between two bodies of water. In between the bay and ocean, the back bays and grass lands appear in serpentine patterns. You soon discover water towers are your best landmarks, the MUA tower at the airport, the freshly painted Madison Avenue tower in Cape May and the Coast Guard base tower. Other landmarks on the ground were visible on the flight: the Garden State Parkway, Morey’s Pier, Wildwoods Convention Center, Lund’s Fisheries, the Canyon Club, Cape May Convention Hall and the ferry terminal. A hatch over the radio room was left open in flight so we

could poke our heads out of the top of the plane and experience a 150 mile per hour breeze. “That’s our air conditioning,” joked Elickson. “We have overhead cables, please don’t pull on those, it upsets the pilots.” The sky from that vantage point looked bluer than we ever remember. The plane flies at an altitude of about 1,000 feet, so passengers can see the ground and area landmarks. “So we can see everything, we’re just going 150-160 miles per hour,” said Jon Rule. The bomb bay doors were opened in flight just off the coast of Wildwood offering a view of the ocean below as we stood by separated only by a chain. Sitting behind the big gun in the in the glassed-in nose turret brought to mind one of the crafts in Star Wars. We felt like Luke Skywalker blasting fighters from the Empire. Jeff Rule explained most of the B-17s were left in

Europe after the war and were scrapped. Only nine B-17’s still fly. The Yankee Lady had several other careers including a stint with the Coast Guard and private ownership doing aerial surveying and dropping fireretardant chemicals on forest fires. She appeared in the movie Tora, Tora, Tora. The Yankee Museum in Belleville, MI purchased the B-17 in 1985. Restoring the plane took nine years. It arrived at the museum’s hangar with fire retardant storage tanks, no guns or turrets and some less than regulation sheet metal repairs, said Jeff. The flight finished with what must have been the smoothest landing in history, nothing like the bouncy touchdowns of jetliners that sometimes make you count your teeth when the plane stops. The Rule brothers are sons of a World War II pilot. They were introduced to the plane

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