Aviation MegaThread!!!!

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

  1. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    Wow. That is one cool airplane.
  2. GreaseMonkey

    GreaseMonkey Preshrunk & Cottony

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    Sure it is an old pic, but dang if this isn't one of the hottest pics posted here in a while:
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  3. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    Or RCAF. Very cool.
  4. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer

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  5. Tim McKittrick

    Tim McKittrick Long timer

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    A friend sent me this link about the Reeve Electra that lost it's #4 propeller in flight back in the 80's- I recall it being in the news but never knew all of the details. It's a little long but it has a happy ending.

    http://youtu.be/I2N5gO64Sb8
  6. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    I used to rent a Warrior out of Riverside Airport in Wichita in the early 90's. They had four Swifts based there, an airplane with a somewhat dicey reputation. It was known as a bit of a widowmaker, but I suspect that's because they had good performance and did what you told them to do, for better or worse. As an aside, there was a long long list of mods available for the airframe. Enough to keep most owners pockets empty, at least.[​IMG]
  7. I_FLY_LOW

    I_FLY_LOW Long timer

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    Those Swifts are some beautiful planes.
    I'd love to have one with a 180 hp Lyc, and a CS prop...
  8. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    Smile for the camera!

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  9. dfwscotty

    dfwscotty Long timer

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    Not sure if they are in the area anymore but a number of years ago when I had a plane, had friends that had planes and did all the airplane related stuff in the area with the local EAA chapter there was a retired couple with matching Swifts. They were members of the local antique chapter. Those were gorgeous planes, polished, 2 tone stripes and rarely did you see one without the other parked right beside it.

    I gave up the expensive airplane hobby for the bikes but still look skyward.
  10. Owyhee

    Owyhee Enlarged to show detail

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    I'm not sure how to imbed this properly so it doesn't try and open a new screen to play...
  11. nofate

    nofate what blackflies?

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    The video doesn't play for me, but I saw it on the news. The SUV driver didn't look for plane traffic or stop at the STOP sign painted on the road. I can understand how the driver didn't see the Cessna, but the pilot should have been able to see the SUV and gone around. The runway threshold doesn't show, but it looks like he was low on his approach and would have touched down well before the numbers.

    Our local airport has a gravel road that crosses behind a runway and there is a STOP sign on a vertical post along with a sign warning drivers to look out for planes. I worry about boats where I land, not cars. :D

    Edit: The video that was above disappeared, but it must have been the one about a Cessna 172 about to flare for touchdown hitting a SUV that drove across the end of the runway.
  12. kfsinc

    kfsinc Chaingolian Observer

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  13. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius 1.5 Finger Discount

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    Huh, didn't hear about that one.
  14. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    It's been on the news, pay attention.
  15. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    If you check the airport on a chart (or google earth) the runway has a displaced threshold of about 500 feet at either end, presumably to account for the roadways at each end. :deal The pilot was crazy low even if he had been attempting to land at the end of the runway. Terrible airmanship...
  16. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    There's also a stop sign painted on the road before crossing the flight path that was ignored by the auto. Granted, a standard stop sign would be better, but the airport rep said that type wasn't allowed due to being an obstruction.
  17. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    That makes sense, but given the displaced threshold, as a driver I would be inclined to look at the runway when I stopped to avoid prop blast of departing aircraft, rather then looking for a guy to take my roof off anyway...
  18. Shadow10

    Shadow10 Been here awhile

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    As a half smart driver, knowing that I was about to cross a runway, I would stop and take a really deliberate look around, making triple sure there were no aircraft in any direction. If I had passengers I would get them to have a good look as well. Look up and live and all that.
  19. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer

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    Would have been a good idea to have his landing light on...

    But if the driver never looked to the left, it would have made no difference.

    Pilot was a student... wonder who taught him to be so low on short final?

    NFE
  20. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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    Clear left...clear right....clear Navy final....