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Honor Flight Chicago
« on: 09.05. 2016 03:53 »
Sorry this isn't a story about a vintage motorcycle event, but maybe some here will be interested.

Yesterday, I went out on an escorted charity ride to benefit "Honor Flight of Chicago". The organization raises money to send WWII and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials to those wars. The ride was about 20 miles escorted by the Illinois State Police, so, no stops at traffic lights or stop signs. I kept thinking that the ride was more challenging for me with four gears in a scramble box than it was for the 125-or-
so Harleys, Victorys, Gold Wings (etc., 90% Harleys) with their five and six speed transmissions.

The ride left from the local Harley dealer and ended up at the local airport where lunch and entertainment was served up in an empty hanger. It was a fairly large event, with members of the ride representing about a 1/3 of the total crowd which included many WWII vets. There were several displays of militaria from various wars, but mostly WWII. Everything was interesting, but I was particularly caught by a framed leaflet that was intended to tell American troops to give the Japanese bearer humane treatment as a prisoner and deliver the individual to the commanding officer. Another very interesting item was "Oscar the Paratrooper". This was a dummy paratrooper about four feet tall that would have been dropped over Normandy on D-Day to confuse the Germans and distract them from the actual paratrooper drop zone. (I guess they were not exclusively for D-Day). I didn't take pictures of Oscar , but I've attached one from the web.

In addition to the indoor displays, there were period army vehicles and airplanes parked outside. I've attached a few photos of the planes. 

Finally, as I was about to leave, there was a newish Harley nearby that would not start on its electric starter. My bike, on the other hand, started up on one kick, impressing a few guys who had earlier asked me the model year.  Oh, what a good feeling.

Richard L.
Plan on signing up for the world-wide 2020 DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN'S RIDEon September 27, 2020. This year it's a solo or pillion ride in dapper attire. Watch website at for details.

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Re: Honor Flight Chicago
« Reply #1 on: 09.05. 2016 09:10 »
Yup, first kick starts are cool!