First episode done, five more to go. Thank you all for the kind words this morning. Marty, the crew and I greatly appreciate it.
I think Marty’s line about my drone, “So where do you put the rockets and machines guns on this thing?” may be the best one-liner in the entire series. The BirsdsEyeView FireFLY6 PRO is indeed an amazing drone. It was the right tool for the airfield at Eva – a place I had never even heard of before. Which brings up my favorite part of the entire experience . . . wow, did I learn a TON about WWII history. I’ve always been fascinated with WWII. I can remember my dad taking my brothers and I to see many classic WWII movies as a kid, the Life Magazine WWII hard cover books I would look at over and over that were in the house where I grew up, endless games of Army with brothers and cousins, building countless model airplanes, tanks, ships. To spend five months with Marty, a professional, WWII historian, and the tireless researchers and crew travelling the world to actual WWII sites was the best. What an amazing gift!
Furthermore, to spend time with experts Terry Kerby, Hans Van Tilburg, Brett Seymour, Scott Pawlowski, and Daniel Martinez . . . more gifts. I just say, “Wow” a lot in such company – and it’s genuine!
The hologram table is such a great way to share the models. I love that thing! Running around on a beach with a 1:1 scale model of the USS Arizona as she is today was also an amazing idea. I was so taken by it because I had hoped we could find a way of sharing the experience of diving the ship – something no one gets to do – with everyone. What a great way to draw people to the story of the USS Arizona. This was one of those scenes where I fought back tears. There are some 900 sailors and marines entombed within the ship. I like to think they would approve.