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  1. “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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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...)
  4. 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...)
  5. 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)
  6. "This kind of a response confirms my interpretation of the original statements intention." Which was...?
  7. Kip: You ever get to the Okanagan, we'll go flying. We only leave money at our destinations... John Swallow
  8. " know this how...?" I read a lot. JMS
  9. Moon the Loon: 'xactly! Of course, it is possible that he was a porn star travelling between gigs and he was just emulating an opera diva. You know: running the scales, keeping the equipment in fine trim, etc. Practice makes perfect! John S
  10. 1. If there's no pictures, it didn't happen. 2. "...for hours". Must have been brain dead. (So to speak...)
  11. Kip: You can probably still remember when I passed on Charley Winegarden's distillation of all you have to know about high speed aerodynamics is "E equals EMM CEE squared and you can't push on a rope..."? With minor modification, that formula works equally well for Chipmunks and Kiowas! You think I was over my head in Portage? You should have seen me in Cold Lake passing on everything I knew about CF-5 technical and handling characteristics! Them was the Good Old Days! John