Aviation MegaThread!!!!

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

  1. targa801

    targa801 Adventurer

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    Where did you get that picture? It was taken from right below my office....

    Bruce
  2. garrett

    garrett Been here awhile

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    Thanks. Looks like Phoenix is the way to go. I'm looking forward to it. I've heard a lot about the museums there...oh yeah and that canyon too :evil

    Garrett

  3. nofate

    nofate what blackflies?

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    If you're from Calgary you could start at the Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton. I hear there is some controversy about them wanting to sell the museum's DH Mosquito to a British collector.
  4. AlfromMI

    AlfromMI Long distance nut

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    Valle Air Museum, a enjoyable small museum. My son and I visited in 2006 and it is just west of the Grant Canyon NP entrance on AZ-64, easy to get to from Flagstaff.
    http://i442.photobucket.com/albums/qq145/st1300al/DSCF0009.jpg?t=1231429230
    http://i442.photobucket.com/albums/qq145/st1300al/DSCF0012Large.jpg?t=1231429143
  5. ChopperCopper

    ChopperCopper Been here awhile

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    That is a Scottsdale Police Communications repeater. It is located on the mountain just north of Thompson's Peak in the Northeast Valley. The LZ was a small flattened pad which dropped away to the front and the rear. It was 4500ft MSL. Considering the valley is around 1200-1400 MSL it was a really cool view. We had to take a tech up there to make sure it was still working right. It had not been checked in like ten years. Everything looked good.
  6. garrett

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    Been there already as I;m from Edmonton. Haven't heard about the Mossy being sold. Hopefully they'll replace it with something good.

  7. wos

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    The Mosquito at the Calgary museum sat in a hangar at my old squadron for a long time. The motors were the only thing that wasn't damaged. It sat in a swampy field for a long time. most of the wood is rotten and whatever isn't is warped all to hell. 410 was trying to restore it for a pedestal as it was the aircraft type flown by the squadron during the war. We weren't allowed to work on it while on shift even if there was nothing going on and they weren't willing to spend any money to get the ball rolling. Cockpit instruments were mostly missing or broken, seats were rusted through. complete mess. The plywood used during its creation cannot be made anymore, flexible in all directions to enable complex shapes and incredibly strong. Less than a 3/32 thick in places and 15 ply. Glue used to make the plywood has been banned in most countries.
    The people that are trying to keep it appealed to us (all of 4 wing Cold Lake) to help with the restoration but again it would all be on our own time. 6 hours one way to Calgary plus hotel etc didn't make it possible although some expressed interest in doing it, including myself.
    The British collector is actually a group of aviation nuts that want to completely restore it to flight status and they have the means, tools and desire to do it. I really hope it does go over there. I would love to see and hear a Mosquito fly again.
  8. EvilGenius

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    Some more readin. :evil

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  9. garrett

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    Speaking of Mosquitoes there was an old fella who lived/owened the airport at Acme Alberta. I went there a number of years back while just cruising around the countryside and found he was restoring a Mossy. He had a pile of Classic aircraft tucked away in a barn, parts of Tiger Moths, 1 or 2 flyable examples, a DeHav....Crane(?) I forget, and a large piece of the fuselage and part of the wing almost completed. he was a really neat old guy, crusty but great to chat with. He owned a car dealership in Calgary and sold and lived to rebuild these old classics. He died a few years back and I don't recall hearing about all his projects. Did the Mosquitoe in Calgary come from him?

    I agree that as much as it's sad to lose a great artifact, it's more important to have the thing restored and flying. Never been in a Warbird but that one would be on my wish list.

    Garrett from Cowtown.

  10. nofate

    nofate what blackflies?

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    If the British collector group has the ability to restore the Mosquito then it should be sold to them. I think the price was over a million bucks. I'm sure the town can use the money more than an expensive to restore display at the museum. It sounds like a no brainer.
  11. garrett

    garrett Been here awhile

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    I agree. The Mosquitoe is not actually AT the museum, it's in storage. I was just at the museum today. I doubt they would have the ability to restore it to flying condition. Hopefully they can get another aircraft that's in better condition for the money. They have a Lancaster there that you can't go into. It's great to see the old girl but I like going inside these old aircraft. There's a really nice Sabre (F86) there that Chuck Yeager apparently flew at some point as a chase aircraft.

    Garrett

  12. wos

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    the Calgary Mosquito came out of Manitoba somewhere originally but I can't say for certain which directions it took in its travels.
    The guys in Calgary do some incredible work and I love visiting whenever I am in the city.
    We have a reconstructed Sabre on base right now getting a paint job. It was rebuilt in southern Ontario and will be doing the airshow circuit for this years anniversary of flight.
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    Went to breakfast in this
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    Saw this for sale
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  16. EvilGenius

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    DHANG!

    Need sunglasses just to look at the pic.

    Wonder how long it takes to get it to look like that.
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  18. Klay

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    nope
  19. EvilGenius

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    Reminds me of a hawker hurricane with some different wings on it.
  20. Klay

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    It's German...1933