Aviation MegaThread!!!!

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

  1. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius 1.5 Finger Discount

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    I wanna fly one of those so bad! :tb
  2. vspeed

    vspeed Been here awhile

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    Yeah it's a great airplane, I had a lot of fun with it.

    One thing I discovered about the Stearman was that it does not have a fuel system that works while inverted. Fuel is gravity fed from a tank in the center-section of the top wing.

    I had been teaching aerobatics in a Citabria 7KCAB (which does have inverted fuel/oil systems) when we got the Stearman. My boss gave me a quick check-out in the Stearman, like once around the pattern, and then turned me loose in it. I took another guy up to familiarize him with the airplane and to show off I decided to do a slow roll.

    I guess I knew how the fuel system worked on the Stearman, but I hadn't really thought it through. I used the same slow roll technique that I used in the Citabria, which means pushing forward on the stick when you reach the inverted portion of the roll (keeps the nose of the airplane level). This causes a momentary zero G condition. Well when I did this the motor cut out because, of course, the gravity part of the fuel system doesn't work at zero G.

    This got my attention pretty quickly. Lucky for me, rolling the plane upright re-established the fuel feed and the windmilling engine re-started.

    There is a mirror in the bottom of the upper wing on the Stearman. It is there so the instructor in the front seat can see the student in the rear seat. The guy I had in the back seat that day was an older guy, and a fairly mild-mannered, timid person. I remember looking up in that mirror when the engine cut out and his eyes were as big as pie plates, I'm sure mine were too though.
  3. I_FLY_LOW

    I_FLY_LOW Long timer

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    +1!
  4. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer

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  5. Beemer Bob

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    I hate to report Mike Lakin from Charleston, WV crashed his Super Decathlon at Marysville Ohio during his annual airshow low level waiver flight. Mike has been a constant flyer around here and for the Air National Guard. TV 10 Station in Columbus reported his death. Mike will be very missed.
  6. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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  7. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    This will be fantastic!:clap Bob Hoover is a true American hero and aviation legend, not to mention one heck of a nice guy. I used to sit on the wing of his P-51 with him at Reno every year following the Unlimited Gold race while he signed autographs for fans. What a time to be a kid who loved airplanes........
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    McCormack Cronkite of CSM

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  9. ADK

    ADK .......................

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    AAAaaaarrrrggghhhh.. pilotitus is flaring up again. :baldy
    Can't afford to do it. :baldy
  10. Beach40

    Beach40 Banned

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    Sure you can its only money.... What else are you going to do with it...?

    Go on....just one little take off and landing.... maybe a few circuits..... what harm will do...? We won't tell if you don't... :D
  11. scottfromboston

    scottfromboston Turd poker.

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    I finally broke down and scheduled an hour for next weekend. Been ~7 months since I've committed aviation...
  12. Gernick

    Gernick Long timer

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    Ack. Thinking about climbing into a Cessna again next month as well. Just a taste.
  13. Beach40

    Beach40 Banned

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    Just heard on the news that a Curtiss Helldiver has been found off the coast of Florida.

    Anyone able to add some info? :ear
  14. MN_Smurf

    MN_Smurf Capt_Confusion

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  16. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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  17. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius 1.5 Finger Discount

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    Oh cool!!!

    :lurk
  18. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Wow, thats cool! My Grandma built those in WWII. She was a welder and did a lot of welding on the aluminum fuel tanks and lots of other bits from the sound of it.
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