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Old 10-24-2010, 12:03 AM   #1201
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My luddite computer has no audio so the rocker racer site video didn't inform so much, nor did the rest of the site, but it is interesting. I thought the BD5 with the turbo-meca (?) APU jet was pretty cool but this seems to be a reincarnation of the Heinkel 163 Komet. I wonder: how long the thrust lasts, (I doubt it is controllable); & what the climb rate is. I bet they have to dead stick it in too. No go-arounds.
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Old 10-24-2010, 02:08 PM   #1202
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My luddite computer has no audio so the rocker racer site video didn't inform so much, nor did the rest of the site, but it is interesting. I thought the BD5 with the turbo-meca (?) APU jet was pretty cool but this seems to be a reincarnation of the Heinkel 163 Komet. I wonder: how long the thrust lasts, (I doubt it is controllable); & what the climb rate is. I bet they have to dead stick it in too. No go-arounds.
The Rocket Racing League was dreamed up a few years ago as a "Red Bull Air Race" type of event where the competitors would fly 3-D courses in the sky using heads-up displays. Money problems have kept things from progressing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocket_Racing_League

The BD-5J was indeed a cool little aircraft. I was lucky enough to see Corky Fornoff do an aerobatic routine several times at the Reno Air Races.
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Old 10-24-2010, 03:56 PM   #1203
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BD5J (or something like it) + Williams FJ44 (1965 lbs thrust) = viable Rocket Racers. Could climb vertical and accelerate (like a F15E). And should be able to stay aloft for 20+ minutes, no dead sticking, and easily have seal level Vmo problems.
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:59 PM   #1204
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Just an awsome pic I'd like to share. It reminds us that there some days just not fit for flying.
Yesterday was a sad day for this floatplane flyer. I flew the plane to where I store it for the winter and have any work done. I had to deke around a few snow showers and saw that many of the smaller water bodies are already freezing over. After calling in my intention to land at the sometimes busy lake I decided to do a touch and go instead just to get in a little more flying. One of the other floatplane pilots radioed 'I thought you were only landing' and I answered that 'well this is my last flight of the season'. The reply was 'ya I hear you'. This is always a sad time for me because I also put the bike away and haul the boat out of the water. Fricken winters.

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Old 10-24-2010, 09:15 PM   #1205
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Just an awsome pic I'd like to share. It reminds us that there some days just not fit for flying.
Yesterday was a sad day for this floatplane flyer. I flew the plane to where I store it for the winter and have any work done. I had to deke around a few snow showers and saw that many of the smaller water bodies are already freezing over. After calling in my intention to land at the sometimes busy lake I decided to do a touch and go instead just to get in a little more flying. One of the other floatplane pilots radioed 'I thought you were only landing' and I answered that 'well this is my last flight of the season'. The reply was 'ya I hear you'. This is always a sad time for me because I also put the bike away and haul the boat out of the water. Fricken winters.

i feel for you . cool pic.
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Old 10-24-2010, 09:22 PM   #1206
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The Davis Monthan register website...

I just wanted to mention Gary Hyatt's excellent work on his website www.dmairfield.com. You'll find information on the painter of this portrait, Ralph Skelton (and his Waco 10-T) as well as many others who passed through the Davis Monthan airfield back in the day.....





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Old 10-25-2010, 05:42 AM   #1207
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Just an awsome pic I'd like to share. It reminds us that there some days just not fit for flying.
Yesterday was a sad day for this floatplane flyer. I flew the plane to where I store it for the winter and have any work done. I had to deke around a few snow showers and saw that many of the smaller water bodies are already freezing over. After calling in my intention to land at the sometimes busy lake I decided to do a touch and go instead just to get in a little more flying. One of the other floatplane pilots radioed 'I thought you were only landing' and I answered that 'well this is my last flight of the season'. The reply was 'ya I hear you'. This is always a sad time for me because I also put the bike away and haul the boat out of the water. Fricken winters.


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Old 10-25-2010, 06:45 AM   #1208
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Move South!
Retirement is not too far away. Winters in the south sounds good.
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Old 10-25-2010, 07:33 AM   #1209
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Just an awsome pic I'd like to share. It reminds us that there some days just not fit for flying.
Yesterday was a sad day for this floatplane flyer. I flew the plane to where I store it for the winter and have any work done. I had to deke around a few snow showers and saw that many of the smaller water bodies are already freezing over. After calling in my intention to land at the sometimes busy lake I decided to do a touch and go instead just to get in a little more flying. One of the other floatplane pilots radioed 'I thought you were only landing' and I answered that 'well this is my last flight of the season'. The reply was 'ya I hear you'. This is always a sad time for me because I also put the bike away and haul the boat out of the water. Fricken winters.

Incredible pic! My new desktop. Thanks!
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Old 10-25-2010, 07:45 AM   #1210
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Incredible pic! My new desktop. Thanks!
I should mention that I didn't take the pic. Got it off the Canadian aviation forum. I see lots of aircraft pics. Sometimes one just grabs your attention. This is one of them.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:40 AM   #1211
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I got to fly in my first float plane last year in Ketchikan. If I
were in a higher tax bracket I'd have one of those.
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:03 PM   #1212
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Yep, most of us DC-9 guys love the old gal. It's a dependable, honest plane and it's old school cool. Minimal automation, round dial instruments, VOR nav, JT8D engines and it's the only plane that's loud enough to set off car alarms in the employee parking lot when it takes off.
And it's quiet when you're up front.
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:33 PM   #1213
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Those "Fricken winters" make the spring/summers just that much sweeter!

Awesome pic by the way.


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Just an awsome pic I'd like to share. It reminds us that there some days just not fit for flying.
Yesterday was a sad day for this floatplane flyer. I flew the plane to where I store it for the winter and have any work done. I had to deke around a few snow showers and saw that many of the smaller water bodies are already freezing over. After calling in my intention to land at the sometimes busy lake I decided to do a touch and go instead just to get in a little more flying. One of the other floatplane pilots radioed 'I thought you were only landing' and I answered that 'well this is my last flight of the season'. The reply was 'ya I hear you'. This is always a sad time for me because I also put the bike away and haul the boat out of the water. Fricken winters.

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Old 10-26-2010, 02:26 PM   #1214
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Engine failure to the jet pilot means something is wrong with his air conditioner.
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Old 10-26-2010, 02:36 PM   #1215
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Same with single-engine prop planes--the prop keeps the pilot cool because he starts sweating when it stops.
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