Aviation MegaThread!!!!

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

  1. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer

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    I forgot the term was "demonstrated"... it's been a while.

    Of course, the capabilities demonstrated by a test pilot are not comparable to the abilities of a student.

    One version of the 172 I was fond of was the 172XP... as I recall 195 hp and CS prop.

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  2. slideways

    slideways permanent ex-pat

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    A nice plane a 172 on steroids.

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  3. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    It wasn't Cessna's fault but the early production run with those engines (6 cyl Continental IO-360's whatever dash series) were, to be kind, basically lemons. (another version with a higher prop speed eked out 210 hp, but that put it in the "high performance category). At the time I was actually warned by a sage old timer who had pilots license #300 or something, signed by one of the Wrights not to get in one. I figured if that's what he thought then I ought to trust him. In later years I flew one and, well, I'm here. It does bring up some of the other not so well known versions of the old types that are really underrated: The Piper Dakota comes to mind. Easily does everything a 182 does, is probably cheaper and not prone to tweaking the engine mounts.
  4. slideways

    slideways permanent ex-pat

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    Its 195 hp Continental 10-360-K fuel injected engine is actually the 210 hp Continental, but all the muffling required to meet FAA/EPA standards sucked up 15 horses.
  5. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    I am edified.
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    I've gotten used to seeing privately owned MiGs at airshows in recent years, but I can also remember what it was like when they were still shrouded in Soviet secrecy. The MiGs in these pictures aren't privately owned warbirds and the pictures are from several decades ago. Note also that the markings aren't from any country that was supposed to have these aircraft back then :deal

    There's plenty more info and many more pics here :wink:
  7. rivers

    rivers Been here awhile

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    Nice!

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  8. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    In the mid to late 90's you could go to Russia and plonk down some US dollars and get a 30 min to 1 hour ride 30 in just about any Mig - including aerobatics, and supersonic flight - starting fee was $5000. It would have been a tough choice between the Mig 25 and the iconic 21. When the US collapses maybe we'll have the same opportunity here. I'd pick the F16.
  9. jhansen

    jhansen Harley Rider

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    Took this using my iPhone out the window of my flight back from ORD to IAH this evening, somewhere over northern Oklahoma I think.
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  10. nofate

    nofate what blackflies?

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    I saw this rare Cessna 206 today at a fly-in fishing camp. Its got a turbine engine and five blade reversing prop. The owner says it performs very well. I didn't ask how much it cost for the conversion.

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  11. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    Wow.

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  12. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    That's a Soloy conversion, done in Olympia, WA. 420-450 shp Allison (now Rolls Royce) turbo prop, MT prop. I think it is about 450K for the conversion. A great engine on floats, especially with reverse (docking and what not - but don't hit the dock!). It does burn 25-28 gallons per hour though. The float 206 with the 300 hp I0520 piston is considered a water-hog. Maybe that's why the reg on that plane says C-FHOG - For former Hog. That conversion would be fun on wheels too.
  13. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    I don't know small airplanes, I can recognise a 337, a cherokee 6 and thats about it, I work mainly with rotors, but that is baddass, I wonder if Honey Badger is the pilot? :rofl

    wonder how old that plane would be and combined with the cost, does the value of the conversion work out?

    Hay Ewe
  14. nofate

    nofate what blackflies?

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    The plane had a three blade prop on it before, but he had it replaced with the five blade one after it nicked a dock. I think the engine had to be rebuilt too. It takes a while to start and spool up the turbine to get the prop biting air. He had pushed off the dock on a windy day and somehow got pointed back at the dock when thrust became available. No brakes on floatplanes.
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    Captain Eddie taxiing his Fairey Firefly at Aviation Nation 2007

    Captain Eddie has one of the few (if not the only) Fairey Firefly still flying. Well, it looks like it's going to be on the ground longer than anyone wanted it to be. There was a bit of an incident at Wings over Gillespie this past weekend and the airplane ended up in the dirt on its belly. Eddie is OK and the plane is a bit banged up, but should be fairly easy to repair. There's a series of photos taken during the incident here.
    Best wishes to Captain Eddie for quick repairs and a speedy return to flight :thumb
  16. Daniii

    Daniii geezer

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    Looks like he got the engine stopped before the wheels up landing. Good job.
  17. ADK

    ADK ____

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    Anybody got a link to the film where the farmers put on a fly in? TIA
  18. PunkinHead

    PunkinHead Moobless Adventurer

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    Check those NOTAMs before venturing to another airport. I'm as guilty as anyone of not checking when I'm just hopping over to one of the nearby fields, but Friday evening we closed down for air show practice then again yesterday for the show itself. The aerobatics box was right over our main runway and we had warbirds and jets using up a good bit of the surrounding area which, by the way, was waivered to allow manuevering that would normally be considered aerobatic so it was a dangerous place to be. I gave a couple transients permission to land on Friday when I could work it in, but things were hectic on Saturday with a dozen warbirds in the air at one point and I had to warn off several transients. And for heaven's sake, if someone identifying themselves as "Air Boss" warns you off and you decide to slink away please give him the courtesy of acknowledging that you heard him and are complying. You have no idea what it does to his stress level when there's an act in progress and he doesn't know whether the transient is going to wander in blissfully unaware and get creamed. I'm not mad and you're not in trouble (after all, I'm not the FAA - I'm just some smuck who got roped into working the show), I just want to know everyone is going to be safe. But rest assured the FAA is on the field during the show and they'll have your ass if you land while the NOTAM is in effect.

    The scariest are the old taildraggers sans radio. I'm all for flying around in a J3 with the crappy handheld turned off. I do a lot of that myself. But I about had a heart attack last year at another show when I saw a Champ approaching while aerobatics were in progress. Another one lined up to land on our grass strip which we'd X'd out for parking. Fortunately both figured things out and high tailed out of there. Well, at least as fast as 65hp could get them.

    Check those NOTAMs.

    EDIT: And when you're wandering around the ramp with your kid looking at the warbirds and spot a Harpoon, the proper reaction is, "Oh my God! Look! It's a fucking Harpoon! How cool is that? And check out that nose art!". The improper reaction is to cover your precious snowflake's eyes and go into the FBO to bitch at the guy behind the counter that there's a picture of a topless chick on one of the planes. You want us to cover her nipples with electrical tape so your snot nosed curtain climber won't be scarred for life? Nice sense of history there, fella.
  19. slideways

    slideways permanent ex-pat

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    +1on the NOTAMS and here it is just a click away. I always give this sight a quick look before flying anywhere.
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  20. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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    Is "Air Boss" a common identifier for a local controller during an airshow?