Aviation MegaThread!!!!

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

  1. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    You might like to read Graham White's fine book "R-4360: Pratt & Whitney's Major Miracle". The engine served for many years in the B-50 and the C-124 Globemaster, and there are first person narratives dealing with operation and maintenance.
  2. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer

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  3. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    http://www.examiner.com/article/doolittle-raider-thomas-c-griffin-dies-at-96

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    Major Thomas C. Griffin, one of the last of the Doolittle Raiders, died yesterday at the age of 96.

    With the passing of Griffin there are now only four men alive who flew on the historic raid against Japan in the early days of World War II.

    The Doolittle Raid, named for its commander Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, was an audacious plan to attack the Japanese home islands less than five months after the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

    View slideshow: Maj. Thomas C. Griffin, Doolittle Raider
    On April 18, 1942, 80 men in 16 B-25B Mitchell bombers took off from the deck of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet on a one-way mission to bomb Tokyo. Although the raid caused only slight damage the attack showed the Japanese that they were not impervious and raised American morale at a dark time in the war.

    The mission was unique in that it was the only time twin-engined Air Force bombers launched from a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. The B-25B was never designed to fly from a carrier deck and the pilots had to be specially trained to take off in the much shorter space. Because the planes could not land back on the carrier, once launched, the mission was one-way only. The B-25’s were specially modified with extra fuel tanks and were stripped of all unneeded weight to extend their maximum range well beyond that of the round-trip range of conventional carrier aircraft.


    Doolittle Raider Maj. Thomas C Griffin talks to the media at the 70th Doolittle Raider reunion in 2012
    Photo credit: Rob Reed
    Of the 80 Raiders, seven died in the raid or in Japanese captivity afterwards. Four more were held prisoners by the Japanese until the end of the war.

    Griffin bailed out over China with his crew and they eventually returned to Allied lines. He returned to combat in Europe where he was shot down on a mission and spent the rest of the war in German captivity.

    The loss of Griffin comes just a couple months before what is scheduled to be the last Doolittle Raider reunion on April 18, 2013. The four surviving Raiders are Richard E. Cole, Robert L. Hite, Edward J. Saylor, and David J. Thatcher
  4. XR650L_Dave

    XR650L_Dave Long timer

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  5. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    That pic is from a long time ago. I count 24 members still alive!
  6. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    The early 3350s had horrendous problems - overheating and catching fire was the worst of them. Eddie Allen, Boeing's chief test pilot was killed when an engine caught fire and burned through the wing spar.

    The 4360s were set up in a module that could be changed out relatively quickly, minimizing downtime. The removed assembly went to an overhaul facility where it was repaired as needed.
  7. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    I dont know if it counts, but I just watched the international space station do a flyover! Very cool!:clap
  8. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    How about a grossly in-proportionate 3D printed glider?

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    Having fun with my new toy. Not the glider. :norton
  9. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    The point was that there's less downtime. The overhaul shop takes over and the aircraft's operational while the engine is being serviced.
  10. kfsinc

    kfsinc Chaingolian Observer

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    3D printer or dremel?

    how does it fly?
  11. Tim McKittrick

    Tim McKittrick Long timer

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    I recall reading that one of the advantages of the BF109 was it's QEC design: the engine, guns, and prop were designed to be exchanged as a unit. Allegedly a pilot could return form a sortie and while taking a pee and eating a sandwich his ground crew could set him up with a fresh powerplant and armament. A good crew was supposedly able to do the entire swap and have the craft airworthy in something like 15 minutes.

    Damaged or tired airframes were sent back to the factory for refurbishment, and many were pieced together from multiple ships. Because of this there is evidently no clear record of just how many were made, and how many were remade.
  12. Easyrider5258

    Easyrider5258 Easyrider

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    With the Imperial War Museum in London being refurbished exhibits based there have been moved to Duxford temporarily, thought it was worth a visit;

    View directly in flickr's light-room here;

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/65081372@N04/8519324722/in/photostream/lightbox/

    use the older tab to work back :D

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    Tornado GR1 ZA465 by BMrider2012, on Flickr

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    De Havilland Chipmunk WB-726 by BMrider2012, on Flickr

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    Thanks for looking :)
  13. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    3d printer... And it doesnt. :lol3. Still experimenting with the printer setup, but I think I can get a flying glider pretty easily.
  14. dwayne

    dwayne Silly Adventurer

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  15. chazbird

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    Says British Antarctic Survey on the fuselage, but the reg begins with VP? Is that Chile? Is that common? Contacted out?
  16. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    Or is that Boark Air flying under a separate reg?
  17. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    VP-F = Falkland Islands

    VP- for UK off shore and the -F for the Falkland Islands

    Hay Ewe
  18. moparren

    moparren Been here awhile

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  19. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    Saw one of these on final into Toronto this afternoon.

    Man, they take up a lot of sky. :huh


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  20. EVLED

    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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    One took off ahead of me (passenger in a little ole 737) a few weeks ago. It lumbered off in front of us, didn't look that big as it flew away from us but then it turned and looked simply massive (by this time it was a fair way out and we were still taxing...