Aviation MegaThread!!!!

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

  1. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    Kinda bittersweet day for me, 444RT took off with her new owners this morning out of KVNC, enroute El Salvador, via Key West - Cozumel. Will be used in an Air Taxi operation, so they say... On the market for a year, I needed to sell her but didn't wanna sell her at the same time. Been my trusty steed for 15 years. Hate that I will likely never see her again.

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  2. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    The fast guys are running between 3K and 4K HP. Exact figures are hard to come by. :deal

    The Air Races are September 12-16 this year, and the best day to go is Sunday. That's when the fast guys in the unlimited class pull out the stops. A general admission ticket will run you $29, and a pit pass (highly recommended) will cost $32. We usually bring lawn chairs and sit on the ramp in front of the GA grandstands.
    Be aware that they won't let you bring in food, but a large, unopened bottle of water is allowed. Be prepared for every kind of weather imaginable. In the 40+ years that I've gone there's been rain, snow, sleet, hail, high winds, and perfect sunshine.

    PM me if you'd like more info.

    http://www.airrace.org/index.php
  3. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    Those Reno prices seem reasonable to me. Now if, I can talk someone else into going - he's once expressed an interest and now that he's retired....I wonder if Charo still plays at Harrah's?

    Aztec: Not the sexy 310 look but an underrated aircraft but carries quite a load...wasn't it the aircraft the term the pop sickle airplane was invented for?
  4. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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  5. Donster

    Donster No trick too cheap

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  6. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    That's how I found it, actually. What a curious development.
  7. ColininKodiak

    ColininKodiak (not in Kodiak)

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    We have seven of these in our C130 Hangar. They are awesome. On 90+ degree days with all of them on 7 or higher I only sweat through three t-shirts a day instead of six. :lol3
  8. PvtIdaho

    PvtIdaho Deck Spotter

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    I flew with a guy on my last trip who related a conversation he had with a German Ace. He said that the old man told him that WWII was the only time in the history of aviation when man and machine were evenly matched.

    I had not considered it in those terms before.
  9. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    I am currently packing 4 for my hanger days, one to wear on the way home, 1 to wear, and 2 to hang in front of a fan to dry......
  10. squeak003

    squeak003 Irish R&B Singer

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    here are a few pics from yesterday and today.

    here they are pulling up on my ramp. they parked themselves because i couldn't keep up they were coming so fast.
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    and the end result
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    the ones that wouldn't fit in those 2 hangars went in our 4th hangar
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  11. Gernick

    Gernick Long timer

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    Wish that A-36 would have flown. Funny how it was grounded by the same problem they had with them during the war.

    Great formation work from the guys flying the P-47s.
  12. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    What was that?
  13. Gernick

    Gernick Long timer

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    One of the dive brakes wouldn't stay locked down.
  14. Gernick

    Gernick Long timer

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  15. airgord

    airgord What am I doing out here!

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    10 is the answer for me! I was told by a guy who maintained 2 P-51's, "anyone can pass gas and light it, jets are for kids!!
  16. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    I think its that they are more organic. Its one of the reasons I am more drawn to radial engines over the v motors.
  17. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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    A C-5 cruising at .77 mach will consume around 20-25,000 lbs an hour, so a Hunter sounds like an absolute bargain.
  18. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    What a pig! 25,000 lb .77. (I'm sure you hear it all the time, so no offense?) What sports can you play on the main deck while in cruise? Ultimate Frisbee? Soccer? Bicycle racing?

    Its not like its top secret anymore but how short a field (balanced field) can you fly out of, say ISA conditions, sea level, and have fuel for a 1000 mile trip with a light cargo load, say 20,000 lbs? And what about landing distance?

    There aren't anymore A's left are there? All B's, right? Doesn't the B top out at around 900,000 lbs? They made (or converted) them a little heavier & slightly longer, right? Did that hurt field performance? Did the engines get uprated. I forget, are they JT's or GE CF's?. I do like the dual throttle set up - no germs from the other guy.

    How's it climb loaded? Been on several max wt 747-100 & 200's...leisurely is the term, until you get it cleaned up and accelerating its really kind of alarming.

    Sorry for all the snotty nosed kid at the air show type questions...
  19. jhansen

    jhansen Harley Rider

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    All three aircraft are parked in front of H.E.A.R.T. on the north side of Huntsville, TX
  20. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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    Main cargo deck, including loading ramps, is about 145 feet long. That is equivlant to an eight-laned bowling alley.

    Minumum runway length is 5000 feet.

    Max rated gross take-off weight in 840,000 lbs, the plane has been tested up to 960,000 lbs.

    There are still A models in service along with the B models. They are basically identical in all aspects with the exception of the seats, galleys and fire suppression system for the cargo compartment.

    The engines are GE TF-39's on the standard legacy C-5, which move about 42 tons of air a minute. The re-engined "Super Galaxy" uses the CF6-80C2 engine which is rated at about 50,000 lbs of thrust and is a military version of the CF-6, which is used on alot of civilian airliners.

    With the new engines, the Super Galaxy is able to climb much faster with a payload, and in fact holds 43 world records in airlift. The C-5M Super Galaxy has a 58 percent greater climb rate to an initial cruise altitude that is 38 percent higher than the current C-5.