xoxoxoBruce Monday Sep 20 01:14 AM
Sept 20, 2010: Growing Old Gracefully
A friend emailed me some snapshots of Jim O'Hara, his wife Mitzi, and their plane. I Googled them to find the the real story, as emails tend to be misleading if not down right bullshit. Guess what, it's twue, it's twue.
Bet he isn't sitting on the porch of the control tower snarling, get off my runway ya whippersnappers!
That's what I call growing old gracefully.
gvidas Monday Sep 20 04:29 AM
What does "flying off the time" refer to? How long it took to make vs. how long he's spent flying it?
SPUCK Monday Sep 20 05:32 AM
No, I believe you have to fly an "experimental" plane for 50 hours before you can use it like any other private plane. For those first 50 hrs you are only allowed to fly it within a certain distance of its home port and you can't take it into certain commercial airports, carry a passenger, etc., etc.
That's a really nice scale model. I wonder if it's safer to fly than the original.
Twin engine planes have one engine that is a "critical" engine, in that if it's the only one running the plane is very treacherous to fly. Something like the rotational direction of the air leaving the propeller hitting certain flight surfaces. This makes the controls behave poorly. It allows one to make a small mistake and find themselves in a flat spin or some other often fatal configuration. The original P38 was designed so BOTH engines were critical. If either one quits the other is nasty to continue with.
Hence, I wonder if that aspect was designed out on this one.
I also wonder what the engines are.
According to a story in the San Angelo Standard-Times, his engine selection was described as particularly tricky. “He tried pre-war inverted inline engines, but parts were scarce. He settled on horizontally opposed engines (220 hp Continental 360s) from a scrapped Seneca that landed with its wheels up.”
monster Monday Sep 20 10:03 AM
This story reminds me of Nirvana's BIL
footfootfoot Monday Sep 20 01:02 PM
The P-38 is the most coolest plane ever.
BrianR Friday Sep 24 06:11 PM
Spuck, I have to take exception to what you said about the P-38's single engine characteristics.
xoxoxoBruce Friday Sep 24 06:18 PM
footfootfoot Sunday Sep 26 07:15 PM
I seem to remember that the props turned in opposite directions to balance the torque, not sure what the has to do the this conversation other than you are not allowed to say anything negative about the most coolest plane ever
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Sep 26 08:47 PM
Yes, counter rotating props but the engines were the same. The GM Allisons just had to change the firing order to run the opposite way.
Griff Monday Sep 27 09:30 PM
spudcon Tuesday Sep 28 12:02 AM
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Sep 28 12:14 AM
How do to think the Enola Gay, or any of those Superfortresses, got any further than Midway?
spudcon Tuesday Sep 28 03:07 AM
Pete Zicato Tuesday Sep 28 06:38 PM
Happy Monkey Tuesday Sep 28 06:42 PM
Is there a sundial around here?
Sheldonrs Tuesday Sep 28 06:56 PM
4th dimension. Oh, wait. That's a different plane altogether.