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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by popscycle, Apr 24, 2014.
Some sort of a blimp cockpit?
Winner, winner! Navy blimp gondola. The control car shown was from airship K-28, one of the 134 or so K-category airships built by Goodyear in Akron, OH between 1938 and 1944 for the purposes of anti-submarine patrol and convoy protection, mine sweeping, search and rescue and photography.
I'm confident you will let the rest of us know..............
Sorry, see I was late.............
John; the tag I posted the other day pertains to the subject of "Fly Fishing". Here is what I mean by that statement.
The amphibian has been donated to the Florida Air Museum at Fun N Sun at the Lakeland airport. It is being refurbished by the volunteers in the restoration shop. This is a great place to visit. As soon as we entered the shop one of the volunteers "attached" himself to us and was most helpful and entertaining while answering all our questions.
Either in the air...or on the water...prepare for catastrophe.
Also; here is your train for today.
A retired Air Force locomotive which was sitting on a siding about 400 feet from this depot in Williston Florda. This is an active rail maintenance building for the Florida Northern Railroad.
And; because this is a motorcycle forum; here are a few bikes at the AMCA Sunshine National Meet in Samsula Florida.
Ha, that homebuilt amphib is a classic - part fishing boat and part Piper Cub. Great find!! Also, thanks for the train and bike pics. There's a deficit of those around here with all the snow still not melting. End of this month regardless, I am going to say "screw it", pull of the battery tender and get out and chase some train.
Air Force Museum Pics 125: 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, to help alleviate winter riding blues. At this point, I was wandering around the presidential gallery taking pictures.
Below are several pictures I took of the Douglas VC-118, which is the government/military variant of the DC-6 commercial airliner. The VC-118 was powered by four Pratt & Whitney R-2800s of 2,100 hp each. The VC-118 had a maximum speed around 360 mph, a cruise speed somewhat less, a range of 4,400 miles and a service ceiling of 31,200 ft. Delivered as the a variant of the 26th DC-6 off the line, the plane was outfitted with a stateroom for the president and a main cabin which seated 24 passengers or 12 “sleeper” berths.
This plane replaced an earlier VC-54C Sacred Cow presidential aircraft and President Truman used this plane from 1947 to 1953. It was this plane that flew Truman to Wake Island to discuss the Korean War situation with Gen Douglas MacArthur, with that meeting resulting in Truman firing MacArthur. Below is the view of the plane Truman would have gotten walking up into it.
Below is a museum pic of the cockpit.
More to follow.
Are those ashtrays on the dash? If so, boy have things changed eh?
I am guessing they are since just about everyone smoked back in those days.
A Quick Note About Spring: Having passed through the spring equinox while working yesterday, I thought today would be good to get out (in the cage) and check out some of the cherished motorcycle roads. Still having a lot of snow, slush and mud, I said "screw it", went for lunch and consoled myself with one of the tastier burgers around - the Whiskey River BBQ Burger (whiskey bbq sauce, onion strings, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, etc.). I hadn't had one of these in a year or more. Spring burger porn follows as a potential antidote to crappy roads and airplane overload.
I will not make a habit of this.
Edit Note: One of the things on this spring's riding agenda is checking out a place near the Lars Anderson Auto Museum that supposedly has one of the best sandwiches in the country.
If it's RR porn you need John; here is some more. First up the Wauchula Fl. depot.
I asked a young girl about 16 if there was an old depot in Wauchula anymore. She said there was not. I found this less than a block north of where we were standing right on Main St./Hwy 17 !!!!!!
Next two are from Bowling Green Fl. the next stop North from Wauchula.
Ft. Meade is the next town north and it yielded a depot (now part of a larger industrial building) and a train across the road.
Last two for today are an active Fl. Central locomotive and a restored caboose found adjacent to the old Plymouth Fl. depot which is an active Fl. Central office building near Apopka Fl.
We certainly do appreciate old trainage and stations. We don't have much of the former laying around here where you can get to it. Thanks!
Air Force Museum Pics 126: 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, to help alleviate winter riding blues. At this point, I was wandering around the presidential gallery taking pictures.
Below are several pictures I took of the Lockheed VC-121, which was the government/military variant of the Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation commercial airliner. The VC-121 was powered by four Wright R-3350s of 3,400 hp each. The VC-121 had a maximum speed around 330 mph, a cruise speed somewhat less, a range of 4,000 miles and a service ceiling of 33,600 ft. This plane is the only Lockheed VC-121E built and served as President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s personal airplane from 1954 until he left office in January 1961. It was the third Constellation (i.e., "Connie") used by Eisehower.
Mrs. Eisenhower formally christened the Columbine III on Nov. 24, 1954, with a flask of water from Colorado instead of the traditional bottle of champagne. Immediately afterward, Columbine III carried the President, the First Lady and British Field Marshall Viscount “Monty” Montgomery to Augusta, Ga., for a five-day golfing vacation over the Thanksgiving holiday.
I have always thought of the Connie as one of the most beautiful planes ever built. My cousin and I used to spend hours at Chicago's Midway airport watching these majestic planes takeoff and land. To this day, I never tire of looking at them, which is probably why I took more pictures of it than usual.
Below is a museum pic of the plane outside the hanger at Wright Pat.
I did go through the plane; however, glass panels everywhere made for bad pictures and I didn't take any. Below is a museum pic of the cockpit.
More to follow.
Not many instruments for flying the President of the US around...
Flight engineer may have had more stuff to look at.
Lots of aluminum to polish on the outside too.
There were more instruments that were behind glass panels, making picture taking difficult. The museum did have some pictures, shown below, of the communications console and flight engineer's station.
Below is the flight engineer's console.
Hey John; thought you might like to see the new Royal Enfield Himalayan in the flesh and not in a R.E. promotional photo.