"fighter plane" again

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 11 20:04:06 UTC 2014

Once again, "fighter plane" = 'bombing plane.' In this case, the formerly
iconic B-17:

2013 Martin Halliwell _Therapeutic Revolutions_ 34 [Rutgers U.P.] : Fred
sees a decommissioned fighter plane stripped of engines and propellers; he
decides to enter the cockpit, but this only brings back vivid memories of
his bombing experience.

If you don't recognize what climactic scene of what movie Halliwell refers
to, you *may be* a young whippersnapper.

Professor Halliwell is "the first holder of the newly-established ‘John
Maynard Keynes Fellowship in US Studies’ at University College London's
Institute of the Americas."


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