Schooner69

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  1. As a long time rotary wing flier, I can attest that helicopters are kept in the air by the same mechanism as fixed wing vehicles: money. All that aerodynamic stuff is window dressing! And remember this: helicopter pilots are shy, introverted souls who know that if something hasn't happened already; it's about to. John
  2. In concert with Rich Pulman and drawing on my own experience, I echo the assertion that when the engine decides to take a holiday shortly after breaking ground, the last thing on your mind is where the aircraft will fetch up. In my case, I had a front row seat as 500 gallons of JP4 turned into red flame and black cloud... Just like in the movies! (;>0)
  3. Kip: "Roger Ramjet"? I think he was on the same course as "Sydney Smoothhand"...
  4. The aileron deflection while in position is amazing!
  5. Rich: indeed it does. You keep taking parts from the boxes and turning them into pieces until you run out of parts. Then you start putting pieces together and turning them into components until you run out of pieces. And then you look at all the components and realize that it's time to get out of the garage and buy a hangar big enough to assemble the airplane! Great fun and a great learning experience... John
  6. The lack of wheel pants gives away that this was the first flight of the aircraft. Nine years a-building and now coming up on the fifth year anniversary of the first flight and over 500 hours total time. The attached is me and my brother coming out of Grand Forks BC after a pancake breakfast a few years ago... Also shows now fitted with wheel pants.
  7. I still use a variant of the HCTFSO to this day...
  8. Boestar: When wandering around in restricted visibility and ceiling, "low and slow is the way to go". When you're working in visibilities of 1/2 mile or less, speed is not your friend. BTDT...
  9. The only criticism I have of the trip is that I would have been at a much reduced speed when encountering the rising ground. Until that point, the trip was proceeding IAW the FAR and company rules.
  10. “If you are a multi-engine private pilot and planning to trave,l you need to call the reservations number of the airline – tell them you are a qualified private pilot willing to take right seat duties - your ticket will be issued at no charge” And if you tell them that you stayed in a Holiday Inn Express the previous night, you get the left seat! No duff!
  11. There were two fire warning lights in the F-86: forward (for the engine compartment, I think) and the aft (for the tail section, methinks). Barring other indications of fire, I don't remember it being a real panic situation if they illuminated individually. I think there'd be time for some trouble shooting. Double illumination would be another kettle of fish... Luckily, I had enough corroborating info to seal the deal.
  12. Conehead: The decision to step over the side was more or less made for me: The initial explosion was accompanied by a complete loss of thrust, a transitory smell of smoke, and a call to "EJECT" from my Number 2. That is not something you want to hear from a wingman and I looked over my shoulder to check for smoke. (Nothing seen) However, when I looked back into the cockpit, I had both fire warning lights illuminated: that fact, coupled with the lack of thrust, the knowledge that I was going to have to start trading altitude for airspeed, and realization that I was still within the "guaranteed" parameters of the seat/chute combination cemented the decision. (A forced landing was out of the question due to the topography...)
  13. 6 March, 1962. Zweibrucken, Germany. First photo is of 710 in better days. Second is when I finished with it... 30-45 seconds airborne. About the same under canopy. Hard to believe it's coming up 57 years in a couple of weeks... (I am ignoring the jibes from those who flew airplanes with toilets and somebody with whom to talk...) ???
  14. I was in Sardinia on a semi-annual gun camp. One trip; 20000 feet, 66 % (133 bullets out of 200 in the flag). Apropos of nothing: ejected two weeks later to the day back at home base... (Leaving me with an uneven take-off/landing count) ?