Aviation MegaThread!!!!

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

  1. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    god that shit makes me giggle!
  2. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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    180hp, 1000lbs gross weight... yeah.. looks like fun!

    I've been flying a J-3 cub at my local grass strip. Up to 7 hours now, and the last hour was spent on landings. Holy crap is that fun. Especially that we have to slot in through some trees and cross a road and fence right before the strip. A lot going on in those last few seconds.
  3. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    I haven't seen this one before. Falling like a rock and he makes it to the runway:


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  4. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    That one must not be on youtube anymore. Can't find it. But I found this one. Jesus!

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  5. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    Ah, thanks, now they make sense.
  6. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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    Awesome job.

    The Wing Commander for the 149th here in San Antonio made a dead stick landing in his F-16 into San Antonio International back in the 90's, that was also a serious bit of airmanship. He jettisoned a practice bomb over what he thought was Camp Bullis just west of S.A. to lighten the plane up. The bomb landed just a bit short of the perimeter of the base...right through the roof of a home, through the bed in the upstairs bedroom of a teenage girl and down into the garage beneath.

    Luckily nobody was injured. It was the first day of school, and the girl was not in bed.

    It must have been an interesting conversation with the homeowner when they showed up to collect the practice bomb.

    They ended up towing the F-16 down Loop 410 from the International back to Kelly AFB in the middle of the night with a police escort.

    It is my understanding that only a handful of pilots have ever successfully dead-sticked an F-16 over a long distance to a runway.
  7. Megamoto

    Megamoto Yes, I do look like this.

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    Not on water, but it looks like fun. Go to 3.00.


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  8. mfp4073

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    again, grinning and giggling. so cool! And he has little tires on it..thats brave with an unknown hilltop like that!


    heres something for yall....anyone ever wanted a harrier as a garden ornament? sure beats gnomes!

    Meet the man who keeps a Harrier Jump Jet in his garden

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  9. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    Here is another one that my friend tom is working on. I have been to his shop and seen the custom fab work that is going on. Its AMAZING..to say the least. For those of you not in the know, the xp82 (p82s) were not just 2 mustangs put together. They were supersized. No parts of the airframe crossover. This will be one of those things that will be amazing to see in person.

    http://www.warbirdsnews.com/aircrad...ototype-xp-82-twin-mustang-summer-update.html

    Restoration of Prototype XP-82 Twin Mustang, End of Summer Update

    by WarbirdsNews on OCTOBER 3, 2013 in XP-82 TWIN MUSTANG

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    Every month here at Warbirds News we are excited to receive the email from Weezie, Tom Reilly’s restoration shop manager, updating us on the project . Weezie does an excellent job in keep the fans of the XP-82 Twin Mustang updated.

    Upper left and right are the spring side of a Dzus fastener.
    Upper left and right are the spring side of a Dzus fastener.
    As the summer comes to an end Tom Reilly and his crew of skilful mechanics have accomplished the final mating of the two fuselages to the center section and the two engine mounts have been permanently fitted. The team completed all of the nut plates (screw attachments that hold all the fairings on) and Dzus fasteners throughout both fuselages and mounts. The windshield and canopy bow sare near completion. A multitude of other small parts–bomb, rocket rack forgings (all structural components that fit internally in each wing), one complicated emergency gear pulley casting, one elevator control bell crank for the right-hand cockpit, flap arms, aileron bell cranks, elevator, aileron and rudder hinge points, are being completed.Weezie has started the final fitting of all the aluminum coolant tubes that run from the engines back along the cockpit floor to the radiators mounted in the rear fuselages. There are four tubes in each fuselage, two 2” and two 11&#8260;4”. The smaller two carry the coolant from a special chamber in each radiator to the heat exchanger (oil cooler) and also to the intercooler section of the supercharger to cool the compressed air. Four of these new tubes required special fittings to hold temperature bulbs, miscellaneous drains and other split off fittings that had to be welded on them.

    The aileron pulley brackets have now been completed
    The aileron pulley brackets have now been completed
    The aileron pulley brackets have now been completed. Paul and Randall, two of Tom’s mechanics have been making good progress on the right wing. The right wing is currently mounted to the center section attach angles and is held in place by a temporary fixture for preliminary set-up (see picture in last month’s news release). All 32 of the hat channels for the fuel tank bays in the right wing are now completed, awaiting heat-treating. By the end of the first week in October they will have started on the left wing set-up. Almost all of the left wing parts, i.e., ribs, hat channels, spars and attach angles, were completed a few months ago along with the right wing so the left will go together substantially faster.

    Ayman and Jeremy completed the center section trailing edge flap ribs and well closeout along with the two aft top machine gun bay doors. The flaps are three large panels that hydraulically extend aft and down behind the wing to slow the aircraft during landing.At the moment the works is focused to complete the four flap control arms that get mounted to two cross-ship arms linking the inboard center section flap to the two left and right outboard flaps mounted on the wings.

    They were able to use two out of the six Colorado flap arms as they proved to be airworthy. Because of the scrapper’s torch and/or years of corrosion, the remaining four could only be used patterns.

    The support assembly for the aileron control, outer wing sector.
    The support assembly for the aileron control, outer wing sector.
    Warbirds News with the help of Michael Zeeveld, of ZEEMO Digital Prototyping is helping Tom with the computer set-up of difficult parts that need to be machined. The part is recreated in a 3D computer generated model environment using Autodesk Inventor application. The 3D model computer disk then can be sent to a C & C-equipped machine shop to produce the part(s).

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  10. chazbird

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  11. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    Indonesia? You worked in that country, that's how you know about them?

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  12. wxwax

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    :huh As a result of this safety record, United States Embassy personnel as of May 2012 are prohibited from flying on Susi Air
  13. chazbird

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    Its great flying and all I can say is that's my former boss doing the video,(and co-(minority) owner of the company) The state department decision happened after I left. Some could say its "complicated" and others could say it isn't.
  14. wxwax

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    If the Wiki page is correct that company has grown really quickly. He must be doing well for himself. Those two fatals do kinda stick out, though.
  15. chazbird

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    In the beginning of 2007 they had 4 planes flying commercially - now its 40+. Growing pains is what some euphemistically call it.
  16. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    I've flown with the designer of that plane and it's a blast to fly in that thing. The approach to the Just Aircraft factory has quite the pucker factor (steep uphill from a lake), especially the first time you do it.:evil That customer made a cool dvd which I've watched many times.
  17. mfp4073

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    Ha that's great! I suppose I've done a bunch of dead stick takeoffs and landings. But I kinda cheat.
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  19. mfp4073

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    http://www.americaspace.com/?p=43563

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Carpenter

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    One Of America's First Astronauts, Scott Carpenter, Dies At Age 88

    One of America’s first NASA astronauts, Scott Carpenter, has died at age 88 from complications related to a stroke he suffered one month ago. The former Naval aviator and aquanaut, one of NASA’s original Mercury seven astronauts, passed away today at a hospice located in Denver, Colorado.

    “Carpenter was in the vanguard of our space program — the pioneers who set the tone for our nation’s pioneering efforts beyond Earth and accomplished so much for our nation,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden today. ”We will miss his passion, his talent and his lifelong commitment to exploration.”

    Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter lifts off from Cape Canaveral on May 24, 1962, in his Aurora 7 capsule. The fourth American in space and second American to orbit Earth, Carpenter spent nearly five hours testing equipment and taking photographs before splashing down. Photo Credit: NASA
    Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter lifts off from Cape Canaveral on May 24, 1962, in his Aurora 7 capsule. The fourth American in space and second American to orbit Earth, Carpenter spent nearly five hours testing equipment and taking photographs before splashing down. Photo Credit: NASA
    Carpenter, who was the fourth American in space and the second to orbit the Earth, only flew in space once, but his mission in 1962 remains one of the most comprehensive scientific research missions ever flown in human spaceflight. Mission Mercury-Atlas 7 (MA-7) required Carpenter to make astronomical observations, Earth observations, medical checks, and study visibility and flying abilities. Carpenter orbited the Earth three times, piloting his Aurora-7 spacecraft 164 miles above the Earth’s surface at over 17,500 miles per hour, before splashing down in the Caribbean off the coast of Puerto Rico – some 250 miles off of the intended target.

    Fortunately Carpenter survived his trail blazing spaceflight in one piece, but most of America was on the edge of their seats when CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite announced that Mission Control had lost communication with Aurora 7. Carpenter and his spacecraft suffered from a fair share of technical problems – a faulty pitch horizon scanner, low fuel, overheated fuses, and autopilot and automatic systems malfunctions. The numerous problems forced Carpenter to manually fly his spacecraft through reentry, proving a human pilot could overcome automatic systems malfunctions.

    “I sat for a long time just thinking about what I’d been through. I couldn’t believe it had all happened. It had been a tremendous experience, and though I could not ever really share it with anyone, I looked forward to telling others as much about it as I could,” said Carpenter of his thoughts while waiting to be picked up in the ocean in the 1962 book ‘We Seven’. ”I had made mistakes and some things had gone wrong, but I hoped that other men could learn from my experiences. I felt that the flight was a success, and I was proud of that.”

    Former NASA astronaut Scott Carpenter. Photo Credit: NASA
    Former NASA astronaut Scott Carpenter. Photo Credit: NASA
    After Aurora 7, Carpenter took a leave from NASA to pursue more work with the U.S. Navy, this time at the bottom of the ocean. Carpenter was America’s first astronaut / aquanaut and spent 28 days living on the ocean floor off the coast of California for the Navy’s Sealab program. Carpenter sustained an injury caused by a motorcycle accident in 1964, one which he never fully recovered from. In light of his injury, and considering that he still did not regain mobility in the injured arm after two surgeries, NASA ruled Carpenter ineligible for spaceflight, and he resigned from NASA in 1967. Carpenter retired from the U.S. Navy two years later with the rank of Commander.

    With Carpenter’s passing, John Glenn – the first American to orbit the Earth – is the sole surviving member of NASA’s Mercury Seven, America’s first astronaut class. Carpenter leaves behind a wife, four sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren.

    - “I am frequently asked if I was afraid [regarding being launched into space]. Yes, I was afraid. But fear is neither shameful nor to be feared, it is to be respected; it does a lot of good things for you when things get dirty. It improves your vision, extends you peripheral vision, reduces reaction time, makes you stronger, and improves your endurance. It is a very valuable companion. What people, I think, are chary about here is that fear is the same as panic. But panic is uncontrolled fear – and that is deadly. But if you use fear, and control it, it can save your life. It can be a pistol!” – Scott Carpenter
  20. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    Thanks for posting that.