In episode 966 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast another excellent representative of the great Vietnam Veteran Generation will be featured. The Vietnam Veteran Generation is great because its members went off to serve their country in very trying circumstances in Vietnam and then they came home and continued serving their country in a wide spectrum of pursuits that help make and keep it great.
Vietnam Veteran Jack Bally of Dixon, Illinois has done something noteworthy. He built a one third sized model of a B-17G World War II bomber. His accomplishment was covered in a story by Rachel Rodgers of the Sauk Valley Media titled: Vietnam veteran builds B-17 bomber.
Rodgers tells how Bally, a 76 year old retired carpenter, spent 45 to 50 hours a week, for 17 years and 10 months building his B-17. Bally’s lifelong fascination with aviation moved him to build model airplanes after he finished his hitch in the Army Signal Corps. In the past he has built a Kitfox Model 3, a Georgia Special and ultralight Sky Pup.
When it came time for his next project he decided he wanted to do something unique – something no one else had done before in model airplanes. Bally stated: “I didn’t want to build the same one everyone else was building. There are no four-engine ones that I know of in the world.”
His B-17G weighs 1,564 pounds and contains 25,000 rivets. It has a wingspan of 103 feet and is 74 feet from nose to tail. It flies with only one person on board, the pilot. He hasn’t taken the controls on any of its flights because “I’m too shaky to fly it,” he said.
Discover more about the amazing accomplishment of the Vietnam Veteran Jack Bally in episode 966 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast.