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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by EvilGenius, Jan 1, 2009.
I wonder if the cockpit camera is available on the seat-back system?
I've been rather withdrawn since I got word yesterday morning that one of my online friends and blog buddies had passed. Captain Carroll "Lex" Lefon had been the XO of the TOPGUN (as he said - one word, all CAPS) aggressor squadron, had commanded a squadron of his own, and been an exemplary husband, father, and friend. I never had the opportunity to meet him in person, but we corresponded via email and I always felt like a welcome friend. He also had a really great blog - Neptunus Lex.
We lost Lex on Tuesday morning when the F-21 Kfir he was flying as a civilian contractor crashed near the west gate of NAS Fallon. Lex's blog is still live and there is a memorial post from one of his guest bloggers who's still an active duty Hornet pilot. Be sure to check out the 1000+ comments on that one. The Secretary of the Navy even sent a personal note with his condolences. I highly recommend stopping by and reading through the archives. There is an awesome amount of humor and wit, but even more wisdom.
I'll be hoisting a Guinness (as he would say - for strength!) tomorrow evening in his memory :slurp
This pic came from a post called Camping Day One. Lex had to go up to Pt. Mugu for training in the Kfir when he first got his new job with ATAC. Needing to take the budget route, he pressed his R1150GS into service and camped out on the beach. Yes, I was more than just a little jealous when Lex took his GS on a road trip to go beach camping so he could fly fighter jets
Godspeed and blue skies, Lex. You will be sorely missed and I'll keep your family, friends, and colleagues in my prayers. Thanks again for everything
Quincy by any chance?
So sorry to hear that. May he rest in peace.
Thank you, Klay
Yes the World Freefall Convention was a blast.
Thanks a lot for the heads up on this museum as I didn't even know such a place existed in our neck of the woods. I took my kids there today and we had a great time.
Turbine Bonanza conversion with some very large aux tanks for RTW trips.
The Mystery Ship racer.
^^^Glad you enjoyed it. I do the airplane museum thing everywhere I go, and they are everywhere! I had a nice trip to the "Return to Trenton" rally and squeezed in the Canadian Air Force Museum Trenton ON), The Curtiss Wright Museum (New York), and the USAF Museum in one road trip!
Thanks for pointing out the Curtiss Museum. Didn't even know it existed.
If you mean the one in Hammondsport NY: It's a good one!
<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/35405910?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/35405910">Untitled</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user10054391">Nep Lex</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
The friend whose passing I noted earlier made this video only last month. The imagery is great, but I really like the music, too. The second song is eerily fitting these days.
Thanks for a final great video, Lex
Survivability. The osprey was designed for combat. At least that is the theory. The distance between the engines makes it less likely that they would both take battle damage, and very unlikely that one engine catastrophically failing would take the other engine out. No drive shafts through the wings means there are no long drive shafts to get shot up and fail. At least not as the primary means of powering the rotors. The concept of a helicopter/plane thingy that doesn't have the wing surface to glide, but doesn't have favorable or as far as I know even survivable autorotative characteristics still scares me though.
Are you an AH64 driver?
Remember that the Osprey still has drive shafts in the wings, as the rotors are linked mechanically in case of engine failure.
That's true for the osprey, but I was referring to the civilian version that AW is working on.
Great stuff. What's the name of the second song (who sings it)?
Condolences on the loss of your friend...
One of my friends on Facebook who also knew Lex says that the second song is "Timshel" by Mumford and Sons.
Yes I am. I should have prefaced my post by saying I am just making observations of the Osprey. I am not trained on this aricraft. While it is my understanding that there is a driveshaft through the wings, the concept is redundancy. It would take both a driveshaft and an engine failure to lose one effective rotor system.
That's really interesting, I had always assumed it was to get enough clearance for those huge freaking rotors (props? :)). Never occurred to me it was for survivability. Learn something new every day
Having the engines out on the wing tips also simplifies the main power train....that drive shaft through the wings (and the gear box at each end) would get way too heavy to be practical if it was designed with the durability necessary for continuous use, as it would be in the case of a central power system.