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Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by ElusivePedro, Jun 9, 2011.
We need some dimes.
A whole shitload of dimes
yea definitely about a hundred dollars yea
BTW I expect that right after "delineation" will come "feezation" and then "inflation" and then "closation:
This is Exactly. What. Happens.
It really was too good to last. I'm glad I got to enjoy it before it got all delineated and shit. And I plan on enjoying it some more, before it gets entirely closed down and becomes a "No Motorized Vehicles Allowed" area. Which I'm fairly certain will happen in my lifetime. Although I hope I'm wrong
That's the same thing that happened with piney point /Bronson field area .Its now protected from everyone . The state owns thousands of acres out here off limits to vehicles .
Hey Tony is your tranny still whining? Just kick him or her in the ars a couple a times.
My tranny only whines a little...but hey, don't they all do that???
Now that's funny I don't care who you are!
I know a buncha you POGs are aviation buffs. Back when I was a wee lad I was a fairly hardcore one myself, building model airplanes, reading Jane's Book of Aircraft and the like, spending hours looking at the displays at the annual Barksdale AFB airshow, dreaming of being a pilot. So anyhow, I saw this pic and it took me right down Memory Lane; I remember being intrigued by this beast when I was a kid, to me it looked like a modern jet fighter with a turboprop engine. Weird and ugly, but cool!
<a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gannet_AEW3_XL502_1988.JPEG#mediaviewer/File:Gannet_AEW3_XL502_1988.JPEG"><img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0d/Gannet_AEW3_XL502_1988.JPEG" alt="Gannet AEW3 XL502 1988.JPEG" height="427" width="640"></a>
It's an airborne early warning (a mini-AWACS like the modern E-2 Hawkeye) variant of the Fairey Gannet, used by the Royal Navy back in the '60s and '70s. The article talks about the extensive modifications to the airframe to to make everything fit—pretty neat!
The engine used is especially cool (the Double Mamba). It is actually two engines mounted side-by-side that drive the coaxial counter-rotating propellers, each engine driving one of the propellers. One engine could be shutdown in flight to save fuel, with its corresponding propeller feathered (like in the photo below). I don't think that this sort of configuration was widely used in any other applications.
<a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fairey_Gannet_T.2_XA522_Farnborough_10.09.55_edited-2.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Fairey_Gannet_T.2_XA522_Farnborough_10.09.55_edited-2.jpg"><img src="http://i.snag.gy/6FwFD.jpg" alt="Fairey Gannet T.2 XA522 Farnborough 10.09.55 edited-2.jpg"></a>
Didn't know about the double engines, turns out that's an even more interesting aircraft than I thought! And since we're on the subject, I remember back when the Falklands War was going on, and this plane right here made the cover of a magazine, I think maybe Popular Mechanics--but I remember thinkin, Holy cow Batman, that's badazzzzzzzzz! Then I found out it was called the "Pucara." And I thought, man what a dorky name! Hey, I was only 12...
POG thread needs a bump.
Took a ride down to the Keys last week, here's a few pics.
Ride partner Austin
Thanks for sharing. Great once you get there but damn long ride there and back. You over it yet?
Yes, but it took a couple of days of R&R, I was pretty whipped when I stopped by Spec.
Ahhh yea we could tell!
You had that 1000 yard stare!
Kudos on all the prep work you did on the Boxer immediately prior to departure, Brett. You obviously did it right
And a big thanks our resident boxer guru for the good advice.
Thanks for the RR Brett!
Did you have to ride through Miami or bypass it?
After sailing from Pensacola to Key West last March, I thought about putting my bike on my buddy's boat and riding back would be a hoot.
Glad you're still putting miles on that BMW!
We bypassed as much city as possible, came through Homestead and Florida City.
That's how I did it too, and would do it that way again if I ever head back down there. Enjoyed yer pics & RR, looks like a good time to me!
Glad the Airhead performed according to yer expectations. I vote for you keeping it.
Thanks for the Keys suggestions Tony. Enjoyed my stay ay Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge, Bahia Honda and Ft. Z Taylor SP were definately worth the price of admission and the pizza at No Name Pub was "fit to eat".