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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by EvilGenius, Jan 1, 2009.
that fighter was an F4F
Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while....
Couldn't find the Helicopters thread, but this happened about 15 minutes ago.
One way to trash a Squirrel.
Main rotor strike?
I was thinking the confined space was just perspective. Maybe not.
From the EAA museum:
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Here's a good collection of low fliers, hopefully not 205;
Some of the pictures I've seen before.
That's an amazing tool you pictured there - from a Martin Mariner PBM-3C is it? I wonder if each aircraft was equipped with one or did they share the unit within the squadron. I wonder if the Martin Mars - based over in my old home town, has one as well.
I can't find an embed feature, but here's a link to some cool WWII planes flying off the Carl Vinson in Hawaii
That linky is big-time fun!!
We flew C-130 training flights out of Nashville in '68 and '69, 300 knots, 300 feet, through the hills of Tennessee and Kentucky. Often we were a lot lower than that. Even took a 4-ship into an open pit mine one time. We looked up at the crane operator. After a while, it all becomes kinda ordinary....
The C-5A's had a similar weight and balance computer back in the day, well before my time. I've talked to some of the older guys, they said it was very accurate once calibrated....which usually lasted until the next landing and then it had to be calibrated all over again! So it fell out of use pretty quickly. The few that are still out there were disconnected years ago.
I know the C-130 guys used a "load adjuster" which was basically a slide-rule gadget. They made one for the C-5 too...but it was three feet long. It's still around the schoolhouse somewhere. Now they have a computerized program for those little palmtop gadgets, real gee-whiz stuff.
We still teach the students the basics, though. A pencil, a Form 365-4, a copy of the Addenda A and the 5-2 and a $3 calculator still get the job done.
I'm still trying to put together all the details, but so far................... This DC4 was delivered to the AAF originally during WW2. It should have gon to Western Airlines, but the war too priority. After the War, it was delivered to WAL, then reinlisted in the AAF for the Berlin Airlift, then returned to WAL. After a few years of service at WAL it was sold to PSA. Who being a cahs strapped startup airline in Calif. let it be reposesed, and sold to ANA. There long range fuel tanks were put back into it, and it flew the Pacific for some years. the was sent to the desert to be cut up. there are not many DC-4s left flying. After a while it was sold to Wag aero for parts, but was in good enough shape to be converted into a fire bomber. In the early 70's it was involved in a mid air with a Baron, the baron crashed, but the DC-4 made it back, and was again sent to the desert. Later Florida air Transport bought it for a freighter, and it flw for some years in the freight service. I thin it is now flying charters in a retro operation. I'm still looking, BUT>>>>>>>>>>> the REST of the story. I pulled into San Juan, and it was on the ramp. My dad flew this airplane @ Western Airlines! One of his best fishing buddy's, was a tech @ Western. "Cabby" got his A&P as the war ended. Got on with Western, then was recalled into the AAF for the Berlin Airlift. He was a Crew Cheif on this airplane in the Berlin Airlift. After the berlin airlift he returned to WAL, only to get layed off. the ORIGINAL Frontier Airlines, that started as Monarch, was in need of mechanics. Cabby went back to his home in Denver, and to work for Frontier. Cabby was the first leadman that I worked for @ Frontier as an A&P, in 1976. So now as a B757 Capt, I arrived in San Juan to be greeted by this sight. I am still researching all the facts, but this is what I know so far.
Oh well can't post the pix???
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How do you "step on the ball" in that aircraft?
A bazillion photos of VERY LOW flying aircraft
"This photo and the following one are my two favourite shots of low level flying. A South African Air Force Harvard trainer rips up a beach on the Atlantic coast near Saldanha Bay with its propeller tips no more than three feet from the sandy surface. A group of Army officer candidates walking up the beach are just now realizing that their lives are in jeopardy. In the far distance you can just make out three other Harvards."
Here are a couple shots I took last Friday of a friends Radial Rocket. He's an ag operator, with businesses in both Missouri and Florida, and this is his commuter! I think that it's one of three flying now. When he arrived, my first flight instructor (now retired from the airlines) was in the back seat. It was built for him by another friend in Texas, and the fit and finish is absolutely amazing.
There's a back seat in that? It must be bigger than it looks.