Goodbye Cruiserface, Hello Happyface: The (old) Long and (new) Short Of It All

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by popscycle, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. popscycle

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    Mystery Solved: Some time back in December last, I was wondering what the 1948 Willys Jeep shown below was doing in the middle of a BMW exhibit. It made no sense. Now I know the answer.

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    The Jeep was given to Museum to be raffled off July 23 in a fundraiser for the (Larz Anderson) museum and they needed some place to park it where it would stick out and make people ask questions.

    Edit Update: I have substantial reason to return to the museum, having recently learned that possibly one of the best sandwiches in the country can be had at a small eatery just a few blocks away.

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    We will do an RR on this once the weather is favorable.
  2. Toadady

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    umm ya, I'm NOT volunteering to go into a wing to change a generator while in flight.
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    OK, that got me wondering how bad it might be to go crawling through the wing to work on on of those radial beasts. I found this diagram, which suggests you would need to be some combination of mechanic, daredevil and tunnel rat to work on one of those radial beasts in the engine nacelle.

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  4. popscycle

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    Air Force Museum Pics 67: This is one in the series of pics (i.e., there were just too many to list at once) taken during a day trip to the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. Having a ton of pictures to process, we are converting and showing these pics as we go, taking care to explain when appropriate.

    Below is a picture I took of the Doublas A-1E Skyraider, a ground attack plane used heavily in the wars of Southeast Asia. The Skyraider was powered by a 2,700-hp, Wright R-3350-26WA radial engine, shown farther below. The Skyraider had a maximum speed of 325 mph, a cruise speed of 198 mph, a range of over 1,500 miles and a service ceiling of 28,500 ft. About 3,180 Skyraiders were produced from 1945 to 1957. The Skyraider remained in service until the 1970s, when it was replaced by the LTV A-7 Corsair.

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    The A-1E model had side-by-side seating for the pilot and co-pilot, as shown in the museum photo below.

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    Below is an internet photo of the Wright engine of the type used in the Skyraider - the R-3350, a twin-row, supercharged, air-cooled, radial engine with 18 cylinders.

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    More to follow.
  5. popscycle

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    An ADV Quick Pic - Beneath The BUFF: While working on converting more Air Force Museum pics, those of the B-52 in particular, I came across the picture below that was taken below the Big Ugly Fat Fellow. Since it doesn't really show much of anything but wheels and a little bit of the bomb bay, I posted it here and now as a tease to the next set of pics.

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    (Quick Pic = Left over, unused or modified ride pictures of late that may have some visual interest)
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  6. popscycle

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    Air Force Museum Pics 68: This is one in the series of pics (i.e., there were just too many to list at once) taken during a day trip to the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. Having a ton of pictures to process, we are converting and showing these pics as we go, taking care to explain when appropriate.

    Below is a picture I took of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, a long-range, global heavy bomber that has been in service since the 1950s. The B-52 is powered by eight Pratt & Whitney J57s that have 12,100 lbs. thrust each. The B-52 has a maximum speed of 638 mph, a cruise speed of 525 mph, a range of over 8,338 miles and a service ceiling of 49,400 ft. Some 740 were produced between 1952 and 1962. The B-52 remains in service to this day.

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    The size of the B-52, coupled with all the stuff around and under it, made taking an overall picture of the plane impossible.

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    Like most bombers, the B-52 has side-by-side seating for the pilot and co-pilot, as shown in the museum photo below.

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    I did get a reasonable picture looking up into bomb bay, as shown below.

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    Much more to follow.
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    I think I read an article last week an engine fell off of one of a B-52. Wonder how many of the 740 are left being used. Thought I read that 10 or 11 were lost during the Vietnam War. A lot less than I would have thought.

    Did you camp inside the museum? If it were me I would still be in it! :lol3
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  8. popscycle

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    I did some preliminary research on the number of airworthy B-52s in service. As far as we know, around 85 are still in service. Some 365 were destroyed as a part of the START agreement with Russia. As for camping out in the museum, I would have liked that but only had 2.5 hours to cover the whole museum before needing to head out to the next destination. I could easily spend a week there, perhaps even more if they'd let me photograph plane interiors.
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  9. popscycle

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    Air Force Museum Pics 69: This is another in the series of pics (i.e., there were just too many to list at once) taken during a day trip to the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. Having a ton of pictures to process, we are converting and showing these pics as we go, taking care to explain when appropriate.

    Below is a picture that is not of a plane but of an automobile that was a side exhibit in the Cold War Gallery of the museum. This car, the Trabant, was the only model found in any number behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany during the Cold War. It's name comes from the German word for satellite or companion and was supposedly inspired by the Sputnik satellite. High technology it was not, with a rather smoky 600 cc two-cycle engine that could sometimes reach 60 mph and could get there in under a minute if running well. The car had a steel frame with a body made out of recycled material. Over 3.5 million, perhaps 4 million, were produced between 1957 and 1990.

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    I took pictures of this car having some experience with them and other "utopian" vestiges inside of East Germany and seeing them coming and going through Checkpoint Charlie. Shown below is a picture of said checkpoint that was taken by me in the late 60s while walking out from a brief excursion in East Germany.

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    There were always a good number of people hanging around the Allied checkpoint, especially in Cafe Adler, with soldiers on both sides staring at each other through telescopes and binoculars. Onlookers would always get more attentive when a Trabant crossed from east to west Berlin. History buffs may find it interesting to compare the Allied checkpoint above with the corresponding Russian/East German checkpoint some yards down Friedrichstrasse. Shown below, that picture was taken after passing through the checkpoint above and before going through the Todesstreifen (death strip) at the Russian/East German checkpoint into East Berlin.

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  10. B10Dave

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    John; it's train picture time again. These three pics were taken by Jordan Friedrich and posted to the Facebook Group " Ontario Shortline and Regional RR's". This is an Ontatio Southland train on the CN Cayuga sub returning from St Thomas to Tillsonburg with some empty salt cars. This is the first revenue train on this track since 2013. In the first pic it is just exiting the Tillsonburg trestle, eastbound. This is the trestle I posted pics of the tie replacement work before on this thread.

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    Once I finish getting my new to me 2003 Ranger on the road I hope to get many train pics on this line. Also next spring when weather permits riding I will be able to add more also.
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    And we need a few bike pics to brighten the day. I went to the Toronto International Motorcycle Show on Friday with a friend. Here are four pics of some of the bikes. First one is hardly recognizable as a KLR650. Second one is a nice example of an early Z1 900 Kawi. Third is a 1929 Super X, the little brother of the Henderson 4, and last is a custom build of the modern version of the Norton. Guy did a nice job on it. Maybe these will help a bit till riding weather returns.

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    As you well know, we always appreciate the trains, especially during the winter months. Now that that line is open, it would seem that you/others could get come killer pics of a power unit on the trestle. How often will trains cross there?

    Being the soul food of this forum, motorcycles always stir up something and these are no exception. That Kaw was one the got everyone's blood pumping back in the day. The rest are just great. Thanks for taking the time to post all of these pics! [​IMG] :deal
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    Air Force Museum Pics 70: This is one in the series of pics (i.e., there were just too many to list at once) taken during a day trip to the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. Having a ton of pictures to process, we are converting and showing these pics as we go, taking care to explain when appropriate.

    Below is a picture I took of the North American F-100 Super Sabre, a supersonic jet fighter. The F100 was powered by a Pratt & Whitney J57-P-21/21A turbojet that had 10,200 lbs. thrust. The F-100 had a maximum speed of 864 mph, a range of over 1,600 miles and a service ceiling of 50,000 ft. Some 2,294 were produced between 1953 and 1959. Aside form being a staple of the U.S.A.F., F-100s were also exported to Turkey, France and Taiwan.

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    The F-100 was the follow-on to the highly successful F-86 that was, in turn, America's answer to the Russian MIG 15 that appeared during the Korean War and outclassed U.S. straight-wing fighters. Below is the museum's picture of the cockpit.

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    More to follow.
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    An ADV Quick Pic - The View From Under The Wing: Below is a pic I took from under the wing of the B-52, thinking it might be an interesting shot. The plane in the pic will be the next one featured.

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    (Quick Pic = Left over, unused or modified ride pictures of late that may have some visual interest)
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    Air Force Museum Pics 71: This is one in the series of pics (i.e., there were just too many to list at once) taken during a day trip to the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. Having a ton of pictures to process, we are converting and showing these pics as we go, taking care to explain when appropriate.

    Below is a picture I took of the McDonnell F-101 Voodoo, a supersonic, multipurpose jet fighter. The F101 was powered by two Pratt & Whitney J57s that had 15,000 lbs. thrust each with afterburner. The F-101 had a maximum speed of 1,000 mph, a cruise speed of 550 mph, a range of just over 2,000 miles and a service ceiling of 45,800 ft. Some 807 were produced in the 1950s. Aside from the U.S.A.F., F-101s were also used by the R.C.A.F.

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    Initially designed as a long-range bomber escort fighter, the Voodoo also served as a nuclear-armed fighter bomber and a photo recon plane. There are currently a good number of these aircraft still surviving and on display around the world, including Canada, Germany, Taiwan, France, UK and, most of all, the U.S. Below is a museum pic of the the one on display, which is a Voodoo C model variant. This very plane flew recon missions over Cuba during the Cuban Missle Crisis as well as over Southeast Asia during that conflict.

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    More to follow.
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    An ADV Quick Pic - Another Belly Shot: Below is another pic that I took below the bomb bay of the B-52 or some other bomber. There's a lot going on under here. Perhaps someone else knows what this stuff is.

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    (Quick Pic = Left over, unused or modified ride pictures of late that may have some visual interest)
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    Air Force Museum Pics 72: This is one in the series of pics (i.e., there were just too many to list at once) taken during a day trip to the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. Having a ton of pictures to process, we are converting and showing these pics as we go, taking care to explain when appropriate.

    Below is a picture I took of the Martinl B-57 Canberra, a twin jet tactical bomber. The B-57 was powered by two Wright J65-W-5 turbojets that had 7,200 lbs. thrust each. The B-57 had a maximum speed of 570 mph, a cruise speed of 450 mph, a range of just over 2,000 miles and a service ceiling of 49,000 ft. Some 403 were built under license from English Electric in the 1950s. Aside from the U.S.A.F., B-57s were also used by Taiwan and Pakistan.

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    The B-57 evolved from the need for an up-to-date medium bomber to replace the aging, prop-driven B-26. In 1951, the USAF contracted with Martin to build the English Electric Canberra under license, which happened between 1951 and 1959. Note that English Electric later merged with Vickers and Bristol to become British Aircraft Corporation. I remember having a very nice end-of-the-workday glass of port with a BAC manager in one of the old English Electric buildings some decades ago.

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    Below is an overhead shot of the Canberra taken by the museum. The big wing at the top of the picture belongs to the nearby B-52.

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    Below is a museum pic of the pilot's cockpit. The Canberra had two crew members, a pilot and navigator/weapons officer.

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    More to follow.
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    An ADV Quick Pic: A prop shot from the crap camera.

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    (Quick Pic = Left over, unused or modified ride pictures of late that may have some visual interest)
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    Hey, all. Really like you trip reports here.
    I have a lot of the same interests. Been through FiFi years ago with my dad. He said it was the best 3 engine plane the Air Force had back then, haha. He said they hardly ever made it back to Guam with all four still running, many times landing at Rota, or Tinian instead. Got to fly in the B17 down in Galveston, Texas. What a ride.

    Thanks for sharing your adventures. It's great.
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    Thanks for letting us know you're enjoying the thread, Merlin. We're having a good time trying to get the best pics we can of the things our riding brethren enjoy. We've a whole lot more plane pics coming up. Also congrats on get a 17 ride. The Collings Foundation, which isn't too far from where I live, does a good job of giving people rides in the old WWII birds (for a fee of course).