Aviation MegaThread!!!!

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

  1. Short Shins

    Short Shins Adventurer

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    In all the excitement of the Mosquito being displayed for the last time in New Zealand a lot of people fogot about the Anson

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  2. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    Could this be called a bird strike?


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  3. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    Man, those are cool.
  4. EVLED

    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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    Yup!

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  5. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius 1.5 Finger Discount

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    They look like their CG would be all kinds of messed up.
  6. chazbird

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    Because they're........flying?
  7. NoahDL88

    NoahDL88 Vroom Vroom

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    Okay, I've been looking for an hour, what is that song from?
  8. 42

    42 Bokononist

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    The Magnificent Seven
  9. NoahDL88

    NoahDL88 Vroom Vroom

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    Thanks! It's hard to search for a song based on Bump, da da da da!
  10. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    Which was itself based on a Japanese Samurai movie...
  11. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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  12. Bart Jones

    Bart Jones BGY 504

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  13. kfalls_rider

    kfalls_rider Been here awhile

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    Great video. Thanks
  14. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    My cousin flew those. He retired from Pan Am at seniority number 1 off the 747. He's 95 and still driving, although he stopped flying and sold his humble Cessna 150 a few years ago. He's quite the character and has more than few interesting stories.
  15. Daniii

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    Interestingly, Navigation instrumentation crossing the S. Atlantic in 1942 was the same as when I took my Nav check ride from Santiago Chile to Easter Island in 1968 in a C-130. No piece of cake. But we did have HF radio communication (not that it was any aid in navigation).

    PS: I passed my check ride.
  16. wannaklr

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    Why did the Dutch have a shoot to kill order on the Clipper?
  17. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    I doubt they did. The R-1830 engines weren't top secret, either.
  18. pilot815

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    Probably had shoot to kill orders on any aircraft. The fact that this was unmarked didn't make it possible for them to ID.


    That video was neat. I have seen it before somewhere in a museum probably. It left me with a few questions though. How did they pay for gas? Did the crew carry large amounts of cash? Maybe the picked it up in New Zealand while they waited. Also the engine that blew up in India, did they fix it, or just fly all the way home on 3?
  19. Trixie

    Trixie Adventurer in my own mind

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    I've also come across a much more detailed recount of the adventure. It addressed some of the mech and financial issues and the creativity the crew used to overcome both. Being a premier craft in the best airline in the biz (at that time) certainly helped, too.
  20. chazbird

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    Not that it didn't happen but I've read most of not all the Pan Am histories and haven't heard about this event.
    As for other points: I know that many charter companies (even at least one regular scheduled airlines) going to out of the way places with shaky social infrastructure had (or have) a safe box on the plane with considerable cash on-board - usually good old USD greenbacks. Other points: while some 4 engine aircraft have taken off on three engines (essentially empty-ferry flights) I doubt that plane could take off on 3 engines with enough fuel for an ocean crossing, and I don't believe those engines were "top secret" either. It does make the story a little richer though.