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From 1955 to 1992 Jim Beam was producing decorative decanters to spur sales when bourbon fell out of favor and the company was faced with a glut. An executive realized that having decorative bottles produced would sell a lot of bourbon

February 27th, 2017 by admin

Jim Beam released collectable decanters that started a chain reaction, other liquor companies followed Beam’s lead like Canadian Mist, and Jack Daniels

The makers of Jim Beam point to a collectors group, the International Association of Jim Beam Bottle and Specialties Clubs based in Madison, Wis.

Shelia Gillingham is the club’s executive administrator. She said the association was formed in 1971 and has members in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, the Netherlands, England, Japan and Germany.

it is very likely the liquid inside is not fit to drink any longer, even if it stayed sealed.

If the Jim Beam whiskey in it is still amber but not cloudy, it probably would be drinkable, but after it is removed from the oak barrel it does not continue to age, there isn’t any point to believing that the older the bottle, the better the Jim Beam. Buy a new bottle if you want to drink it, buy an old one if you want to collect the bottles

There were around 3300 different decorative bottles made, and they celebrated everything from whore houses in Nevada to submarines. There is even a collector that has a museum of them in Akron Ohio.

Happy Jack’s Go Buggy….

August 13th, 2016 by admin

Jack got into the Army Air Corps to fly, influenced by his father, a WW1 fighter pilot, and was assigned P 38s after graduation, which happened to be 5 days after Pearl Harbor was bombed.

After he earned his wings at Luke Airfield, Arizona, in December of 1941, Jack protected the California coastline in a Lockheed P-38 Lightning. Sent to England in the spring of 1942 with the rest of the 1st Fighter Group, Jack and his fellow squadron mates made combat sweeps over occupied France in their P-38s.

Later that same year the group was sent to assist in the invasion of North Africa. Jack was forced to make an emergency landing in Portugal in November 1942, on a ferry flight from England to North Africa, Ilfrey diverted to an airfield in neutral Portugal because of a malfunctioning drop tank. The Portuguese seized his P-38 and Ilfrey was to be interned. However, while sitting in the cockpit showing the Portuguese how to fly the now refueled aircraft, Ilfrey quickly started it up, took off and flew it to Gibraltar.

He was sent to the European Theater of Operations (ETO) and became the first ever P 38 ace, did 72 missions, then was sent back to the states to be an instructor of P 38s. Then he was assigned as Operations Officer of the 79th Fighter Squadron and sent back to the ETO in April 1944, where he also flew the P38s again.

His 2nd escape from capture was on June 12, 1944, six days after the Allies invaded Normandy, Capt. Ilfrey was shot down by anti-aircraft fire while strafing a train near Angers, France. After bailing out of his burning P-38, he evaded until he met Jean Voileau. His family, at great risk to themselves, hid Ilfrey for two weeks in their home. The Voileau family gave him food, clothing, false identification, and a bicycle.

Ilfrey posed as a deaf and mute French farmer named “Jacques Robert.” Helped by several French civilians along the way, he rode the bicycle about 150 miles to friendly lines in Normandy. Unlike most successful evaders, Ilfrey returned to fly combat missions.

The fighter group had shifted to Mustangs in July 1944. In Sept he was made Squadron Commander of the 79th, and Jack was promoted to Major.

The celebration party got out of control and Jack was busted back to 2nd Lieutenant, though he remained in command, the only 2nd Lt to ever command a fighter squadron. General Doolittle intervened and Jack was promoted to Captain.

In Nov 1944, he landed his Mustang behind enemy lines, picked up his wingman and got the hell out, making it to Belgium

the mission markings:
50 top hats
7 umbrellas,
4 brooms
4 locomotives
5 bombs
8 swastikas

a rare original 108 gallon paper drop tank was donated to the restoration effort, and a mold was made and fiberglass replicas were made at Jack Roush’s composite shop.

the restored Happy Jack’s go buggy has the only working tail radar known (AN APS 13) to exist, one was found NOS and installed, and an operational ANN 6 gun camera in the left wing

http://airportjournals.com/wp-content/uploads/0810019_4.jpg
http://www.crazyhorseap.be/Mustangs/Mustangs/N74190HappyJack/N74190HappyJack.htm
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougsheley/5840879361/
http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/MuseumExhibits/FactSheets/Display/tabid/509/Article/196024/two-escapes-capt-jack-ilfrey.aspx
http://www.midwestaero.com/articles/HappyJacks_Sept2009.pdf

Or, read the book that Jack wrote about it all, in 1946

https://www.amazon.com/gp/search?index=books&linkCode=qs&keywords=9780764306648

This autobiography was originally written in 1946 by eight-victory WWII Fighter Ace, Jack Ilfrey. This new edition has been expanded with many new photographs (many never before published), a special color photo section, and three detailed aircraft profile paintings.