Aviation MegaThread!!!!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by EvilGenius, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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  2. Daniii

    Daniii geezer

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    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....
  3. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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    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.
  4. Gernick

    Gernick Long timer

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    Nifty.
  5. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    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???
  6. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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  7. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer

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    How do you "step on the ball" in that aircraft?

    NFE
  8. BillsR100

    BillsR100 Happy Paleoflatus

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    A bazillion photos of VERY LOW flying aircraft
    Enjoy. :D

    http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageN...iew/articleId/325/language/en-CA/Default.aspx


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    "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."
  9. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    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.

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  10. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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    There's a back seat in that? It must be bigger than it looks.
  11. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    Yeah...not much to help you with scale there. For reference, the spinner is about 7 feet off the ground, and that's an M14 9-cylinder radial engine under the cowl. Here's a shot of Pete getting ready for a test flight, which gives you a better sense of scale.

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  12. Daniii

    Daniii geezer

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    Wow. How does he close the canopy? Rope tied to it?
  13. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    I guess it's a stretch, but there's just a standard release on the left side...

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  14. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    :eek1 Damn, that's a beauty! What's the cruise speed on that little jewel?
  15. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    They publish economy cruise at 200 MPH (maybe 70% power?)...if I remember, he said he's getting 4000 FPM on initial climb, and I can tell you that it looks like it! I didn't ask to what altitude.
  16. scottfromboston

    scottfromboston Turd poker.

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    Just. Plane. Silly. (ha ha)

    My dream is to build an F1 rocket someday. It's only taken me a year to get 80% of the way through my little Vans sample wing section, so I figure I've got about 100 to go to get the real thing pounded out. :D
  17. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    Got one of those on the field here (CGI), owned by a corporate pilot. Nice plane that unfortunately doesn't get much exercise. He did a complete glass cockpit, but I have to admit that I like steam gauges better. I think he added a year to the build just working the bugs out of that little modification. As an interesting note, the F1 Rocket was built on the field here by the father of the guy who built that Radial Rocket at his shop in Texas. The old man is over 80, and still works 6-7 days a week. He's an institution here, a great guy, a good friend to anyone with an interest in aviation, and still does exemplary work. Papa John Farquhar...:clap:clap He's your guy for advice if you ever need any.

    ...and he BBQ's a mean brisket, which according to him is the only thing anyone should ever BBQ.
  18. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    Where in Texas is his shop?
  19. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    Here ya go...

    http://www.airbornekustomz.com/index.html

    Great folks. I don't know the son (in Texas) so much, because I'm here and he's there. He's got a good reputation though. I can say that the paint on the Radial Rocket is show quality.