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Just out of curiosity - Airplane Guys

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Downeaster, Jan 25, 2019.

  1. Yes, the "Sandy." I stood under one at some outdoor park/museum in Florida. Somewhere between Destin and Pensacola. Those things are huge.
    There was also that twin fuselage plane from the "Flight of the Phoenix" movie.

    I'm only on the 1st page, just started reading it today, but I'm sure that someone would have to mention the Spitfire.
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  2. Ah, yes the DC3/C47. I flew in one in 85 from Martha's Vinyard to Nantucket. It was actually smoother and quieter than the French prop jet that we flew back on.
    Watched one take off at Teterboro. Man, yes STOL. It stood off its tail wheel in like 100ft.
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  3. I had the model and hundreds of balsa wood gliders for a nickel! Roger Ramjet!
  4. I triple dog dare ya!
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  5. Maybe the higher octane fuel back then gave it more power.
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  6. Beechcraft at-11 1.jpg Beechcraft A-11 3.jpg
    My father flew this modified Beechcraft A-11 to train bombardiers during WWII. He had to stay in the US because of high blood #. His brother and his friends went to Europe and flew Mustangs and P-47's. They all came back. Imagine being 21 & 22 and flying the most sophisticated fighters in the world. They were all kids.
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  7. Beechcraft A-11 4.jpeg Uncle Howard P47.jpeg
    Found another Beech shot, but also found my Uncle Howard and his P-47.
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  8. Ron White told the story about being in a twin engine commuter plane and one engine failed. When the woman asked, " Do you think we'll make it?" Ron says, "Yup, all the way to the crash site!"

    Ah, but the C47 flew over the Rockies with one engine and got the US contract. Again, probably more octane.

    Remember the airplane documentary show, "Wings?" Great show! I'm the only male in my family that never had a pilot's license. My brother flew Huey gunships his 1st tour and Piper Cubs on his 2nd tour in Vietnam.

    I don't know if it was a 50's thing, but my brother and I used to build plastic model planes and hang them from our bedroom ceiling.
  9. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty What should I put here? XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    If that was my uncle, that picture would be blown up, in a frame, and on my wall. That is beyond cool!
    Duesenbergs made all their power on 60 octane gasoline and going big. IIRC, high octane fuel became available in the 50's and 60's, especially when tetraethyl lead was added.
  10. Peter Graves, like his brother James Arness started out in horror flix, like "The Thing from Outer Space," and "Them."
    I believe it was "Fireball XL5," with marionettes that came out after the "Super Car", craze! There is a whole thread on old silly shows. "Clutch Cargo?"

  11. I guess that's why I like, "Team America -- World Police!" See trailer below.

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  12. Rasputin

    Rasputin XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Never knew that, Peter Graves, mission impossible, James Arness, cowboy series can’t recollect that one.
    Two of my favourite programs on TV when I was a kid, Fireball and Supercar.
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  13. My Harrier experience? A day before the 1997 "OPP Sail" 4th of July celebration that we have had every year since 1976. I was working for a company that was near Teterboro airport and whilst sucking on a Marlboro Red on the loading dock, suddenly 2 Harriers were slowly hoovering over us heading for the airport, probably waiting to land, but they took 2 passes. I will have to say that that was the loudest sound I have ever heard. The 2nd loudest thing was standing next to the dragway watching 2, AA Fuel dragsters taking off down the track.
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    Then you'll like this, Jim. See the link. I used to have a plastic model of the military version with the submarine looking tower on its back.

    Last edited: Oct 2, 2020
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  15. What was the name of the little kid's monkey?
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  16. In a couple of hundred years we will discover that dylithium crystals will greatly enhance this engine and propel us many times past light speed. Today's science fiction is tomorrow's science fact!
    Yes, I suddenly have a lot of time on my hands as I am subbing in a high school for masked kids that are working online. Gives me time to catch up on my xs650.com.
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  17. Rasputin

    Rasputin XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Zoony I think.
    Also Frenzarin was the bungling assistant to Masterspy. I think. It’s a long time ago.
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  18. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty What should I put here? XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Broken foot and all!
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  19. Paul Sutton

    Paul Sutton Still Looking Good Top Contributor

    Clutch Cargo - was the dog called Paddlefoot? My memory says yes! But then I thought the bikes on CHiPS were CB750s. How could somebody be so wrong? Oh I know, shit for brains.
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  20. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    I grew up in the era of classic Loony Tunes cartoons.

    I never could warm up to "supermarionation" and just thought it was goofy. The Clutch Cargo type cartoons where the only thing animated was the mouth was also a bit too goofy for me. Give me Mel Blanc and Bugs Bunny any day!

    Also, the Super Connie was the most beautiful prop plane ever built and I regret that I never got to ride one. I DID make one commercial flight on a piston/prop plane. Would have been 1969 or 1970, out of Lansing, Michigan headed to either O'Hare when I was in A school at Great Lakes or to Norfolk VA for crypto school. Pretty sure it was a 4 engine of some sort, but it was a LONG time ago.

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