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xoxoxoBruce 06-28-2020 07:40 PM

You can't see the runways?

Diaphone Jim 06-29-2020 12:04 PM

OK, runways, parallel, no cross winds.
Big ponds on both sides of both.

xoxoxoBruce 06-29-2020 11:13 PM

Ponds? No ponds. I think you're losing perspective on the size. That overhead photo you linked has plenty of planes but they are tiny.
The North runway is 11,489 feet long(2 fucking miles) and 150 feet wide.
The middle runway is 10,300 feet long and 150 feet wide.
The south runway is 7,800 feet long and 150 feet wide.
All three have black rubber streaks up the middle.
All three have a bunch of concrete loops on the side for taxi.
The loops have something dark in the middle, dirt, blacktop, whatever.

xoxoxoBruce 07-07-2020 01:26 AM

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When you absolutely positively have to get your glider off the ground...

Gravdigr 07-08-2020 09:51 PM

A bot-tailed Rolls w/a ball hitch, I'll be dipped.

xoxoxoBruce 07-20-2020 03:56 AM

They built one, made a short test flight, crashed on it's second flight, gave it up as too expensive...

Diaphone Jim 07-20-2020 12:28 PM

That is one hell of a plane. Its engines are works of art.

It is surprising how little known the Caproni aircraft saga is.

Carruthers 07-25-2020 12:57 PM

We've paid for the use of the runway so we're going to have our money's worth...

Rada Airlines (Belarus) IL-62 freighter departing Nis, Serbia.

Diaphone Jim 07-25-2020 05:59 PM

He raised dust off the plowed field a 1/4 mile from the pavement.
Not welcome back.

xoxoxoBruce 08-01-2020 01:48 PM

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Tons of original engineering drawings for the P-51.

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When the factory gave them to the current owner in 1988 a lot of the were wet from a broken pipe and had to be dried out.
Fortunately most were vellum with graphite pencil drawings and sketches which handle water pretty well.

These are rare because most manufacturers transferred everything to microfilm and destroyed the originals in order to save space.
Unfortunately for some reason microfilm has trouble with vellum.

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Digital doesn't have this problem.

Diaphone Jim 08-02-2020 03:50 PM

Carb , I assume, of the wonderful Merlin engine.
I love the "emerg. f. rich" and what it must have done.

xoxoxoBruce 08-02-2020 04:05 PM

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That position was safety wired off but with a wire weak enough to break with a determined force of the control.
The instructions were if you need this return to base immediately.

♫ It's fun to fly the BOAC
It's fun to fly the BOAC
They’ve things for young men to enjoy
You can hang out with all the boys
♫It's fun to fly the BOAC
It's fun to fly the BOAC
You can get yourself clean,
you can have a good meal
♫You can do whatever you feel

Diaphone Jim 08-03-2020 10:53 AM

The VC-10 didn't need the .50 on NY flights.

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