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Old 08-30-2012, 08:44 AM   #3631
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:50 PM   #3632
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:08 PM   #3633
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Has any of those ever flown, I mean, at altitude? Or were they supposed to fly in ground effect like a hydro-plane/hydro-foil? 8 turbo-jets cruising at sea-level - can you imagine the fuel flow? I always like looking at the back-ground in the post Soviet (or even Soviet) era aviation photo's - the scruffy, weedy, broken window, rusty patina.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:08 PM   #3634
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Correction: 10 turbo-jets.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:41 PM   #3635
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Has any of those ever flown, I mean, at altitude? Or were they supposed to fly in ground effect like a hydro-plane/hydro-foil? 8 turbo-jets cruising at sea-level - can you imagine the fuel flow? I always like looking at the back-ground in the post Soviet (or even Soviet) era aviation photo's - the scruffy, weedy, broken window, rusty patina.
They were meant to fly, but just above water level. Read the article!
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:40 PM   #3636
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:44 PM   #3637
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Once in ground effect, most of the engines were shut down.
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Old 09-03-2012, 04:34 AM   #3638
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The Soviets have some funny ideas about fuel. Back in the early to mid nineties the airport I work at was the North American fueling stop for communist block flights between the USSR and Cuba. We probably averaged 15 large passenger aircraft a day plus a wide variety of cargo flights. 90% of that fuel was brought here from Russia. They would ship it over in a tanker and truck it to the airport where it went into separate storage and was pumped by a local fuel contractor into their own aircraft. Nobody else could use Russian fuel, but in a pinch they would sometimes use North American fuel.

All of that was apparently done so the Communist countries didn't have to pay for the fuel in US dollars.

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Old 09-03-2012, 11:36 AM   #3639
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This was probably because they were blacklisted. They couldn't wire money through any foreign bank to buy fuel in situ, and nobody took cash for several thousand gallons.
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Old 09-03-2012, 04:33 PM   #3640
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This was probably because they were blacklisted. They couldn't wire money through any foreign bank to buy fuel in situ, and nobody took cash for several thousand gallons.
I heard they tried refueling a tanker in Michigan and things didn't turn out so well.
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:11 PM   #3641
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:47 PM   #3642
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Thanks! I might just model the P-38 model I picked up recently after one of those.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:08 AM   #3643
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The Reno Air Races are next week!!

After the tragic events that unfolded last year, it's fantastic to see that this is still able to go on. I rode up to Stead Airport yesterday to buy my tickets and snap a few pics.























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Old 09-09-2012, 06:09 PM   #3644
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The Reno Air Races are next week!!

After the tragic events that unfolded last year, it's fantastic to see that this is still able to go on. I rode up to Stead Airport yesterday to buy my tickets and snap a few pics.
Agreed. And warbirds are the best air racers
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:42 PM   #3645
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Hamilton flying museum's Lancaster overflew us earlier today. Sounded like it was being flown with more power than normal. Never heard it make that much noise in the past.

Quite a sight and sound.
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