Rich Pulman

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  1. You would think the firefighters would have some training on how to deal with lithium fires. From Mr. Google... Because lithium reacts with water to create a flammable gas, pouring water on a lithium fire is often counterproductive and very, very dangerous. In the instance of a leaking lithium-ion battery, exposure to air or moisture can even produce hydrofluoric acid , which is highly toxic, and can severely irritate the eyes and lungs. lithium reacts with water to create a,and can severel
  2. There always seems to be some interest/fascination regarding ejection seats and how they work. While digging through an old T-33 AOI (Aircraft Operating Instructions) yesterday, I found some pages that may be of interest here. The T-33 seat is similar, but not identical, to the Tutor’s seat.
  3. Interesting stuff Dave. I’m reminded of a scene from the movie “A few good men” when the lawyer (played by Tom Cruise) hands a book (presumably the base Standing Orders) to the witness being cross examined and asks him to look up the section indicating where the mess hall can be found. Of course, it’s not in there, but everyone knows where to get their meals. We were taught from day one to use “EJECT, EJECT, EJECT” when it was time to depart the aircraft. I suppose everyone considers it to be ingrained in our thick skulls, perhaps even reflexive (as it should be). Your point that it shoul
  4. No, but when briefing a passenger it was made quite clear that we would say “EJECT, EJECT, EJECT” if it became necessary to abandon the aircraft and that we’d be pulling our own handles on the second “EJECT”. Of course, in the T-33, the back seat ALWAYS fired before the front seat, even if its safety pins were still in. The Tutor does not have command ejection; each occupant must initiate their own ejection sequence. Pictures attached for the curious.
  5. Were you sticking out your tongue to scare away the dinosaurs?
  6. Small correction... CCQ = Cross Crew Qualification is the training course(s) designed to transition from one aircraft type to another without having to undergo a complete initial course. Basically, a “differences” course. Airlines which permit their pilots to fly multiple types (320/330, 330/340, 757,767, etc) are engaged in Mixed Fleet Flying or MFF. Yes, I agree it’s semantics, but CCQ and MFF are completely different things. FWIW.....
  7. For those looking to spend their lockdown savings...
  8. It’s going slow, but then I’m a pilot, not an engineer! The empennage is nearly complete. Should begin the wings next week. 10% down, 200% to go! I’ll post a link to my blog hosted by EAA when I get motivated enough to attach some pictures. Here’s what I’m working on today...
  9. This sounds like a good reason for a cross-country flight in my RV3 once the COVID restrictions are lifted. Last time I flew into CYFC was in a T-33!
  10. Yes I do, I've read it. It's based on real life and might help answer your question. Clearly a LOT of research went into the book.
  12. I retired as planned on 30 April 2020 at the ripe old age of 53. Haven’t missed the airline business AT ALL ever since. Now flying for fun while building a more funner airplane. Looking forward to seeing what you’re up to Kip.
  13. Well then, it's a darn good thing that NASA helped popularize Velcro.
  14. I stand corrected. It was my recollection that the B52 didn’t have enough Gz for the bank angle, hence the downward acceleration into terra ferma. Looked like a classic case of what we trained (often) to avoid during low-level missions. My bad! As an aside, it still gets my heart rate up watching that video knowing that multiple levels of USAF command continued to let that PIC fly. There was only one way it was going to end up. At one time I was a CF demonstration pilot, and I would have been grounded immediately for any such transgressions. That was a sad, sad accident.