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clay neubauer

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  1. Sure, because there are plentiful coaling facilities all over the modern railroad to refuel it every few hours. Do you have any idea how much extra cost would have been involved with building that infrastructure for an excursion train?
  2. UP brought it back to life by converting it to oil. Nobody would be getting to experience a Big Boy under steam if it was still coal fired, that’s just the reality again of logistics being totally different in 2019 than 1949....
  3. A great deal of the reason for the diesel is dynamic braking, yes the 4014 is capable of running all by itself but doing it this way they are minimizing the need for some maintenance items that basically don’t exist in 2019 like they did in 1949.
  4. We got to see it at speed near Beaver Dam, WI a couple weeks ago. Very, very impressive to be just a few feet away and FEEL it go by.
  5. It only takes a small change in atmospheric conditions to make the difference between contrails or not. That's why you may see one aircraft making them sporadically, or a jet at 34,000 feet producing them while another at 37,000 feet may not be at the same time. Very common in military aviation to seek out a cruising altitude that doesn't contrail also when they don't want to be seen.
  6. HCOP and Old Threshers are both fantastic shows. Mt. Pleasant is only half an hour from here so we spend quite a bit of time over there with a bunch of friends.
  7. http://www.xp-82twinmustangproject.com/
  8. Search, #3 is the Sasquatch- biplane with a jet engine added beneath. It’ll fly in some of the shows this week, very impressive when it goes straight up! i won’t have much in the way of photos until a bunch of DSLR editing. But here’s some eye candy from the Mustangs yesterday.
  9. Well, they’re both brand-new restorations. The locomotive has only been operating for a couple months and the Twin Mustang’s airworthiness certificate was not long before that.
  10. Went halfway to Oshkosh last night and stopped at the Hotel Julien in Dubuque. Had great food and cocktails, good nights rest. Caught the Union Pacific’s 4014 Big Boy passing by Beaver Dam. Got to our campsite and in the grounds in time for the Thunderbirds to drop in for the national anthem flyover on their way to Milwaukee. Got to see a mass launch of no less than 18 P-51s, the F-22 and F-35 Demo teams, stood beside the world’s one and only North American XP-82 Twin Mustang, and sitting here at the campsite having more cocktails. Not sure how I can top this, maybe with some ultra-rare r
  11. I'm trying to figure out if we can catch it in Wisconsin on the way to Oshkosh this week. Technically definitely possible but just not sure if I can juggle everything to be at the right place at the right time. But wow, one road trip to see both the freshly restored only operational Big Boy AND the freshly restored one and only XP-82 Twin Mustang would really be a fantastic look at pinnacles of 1940's engineering and power.
  12. I've said it before- it's often forgotten in this day when everybody has gotten used to Magnums, 8000 Deeres, Challengers, etc. But the people who were buying lots of those crude early cabs new started their careers behind horses, or on a 10-20 with steel wheels. They really though they had died and gone to heaven to have a 100+ horsepower tractor with exponentially more productivity that kept them somewhat warm while they were plowing in December.
  13. All I can say is, a ride is worth every penny.
  14. This kid does a remarkable job of running sophisticated equipment. I wouldn't turn him loose by himself in some of the more challenging terrain we farm, but he's got far far far better situational awareness than my dad does. And he's a lot more scared of breaking something, whereas my dad runs something until it breaks and then drags it to the shop so we can fix it....
  15. Dive bombers did the main work in some of the carrier to carrier engagements, primarily because the carriers didn't have armored decks and because early in the war for the US side both the torpedo planes and the torpedoes themselves were terribly ineffective. Torpedoes were how both the Japanese and the British had the most success attacking heavily armored capital ships.
  16. There is an episode, in the Descent book I referenced, where a bunch of Congressmen were putting pressure on the Navy to bring up the remains of sailors on the sunken ships because their families were raising a clamor to have them returned home. So, finally the Navy relented and of course several of the self-important Congressmen came to Pearl to watch as the divers went to work. At this point the bodies had been down there in shallow tropical waters for 15 months or something like that, so you can about imagine what the divers started bringing to the surface. Needless to say, in a matter
  17. Descent Into Darkness is another good read, written by one of the Navy divers who actually did the work. It is simply unbelievable how they patched, floated, and righted those ships while working by feel. Not to mention working in many cases amongst the remains of the fallen sailors from December 7.
  18. I was fortunate to see some of the last Phantoms phlying before they finally switched the aerial target jets to F-16s. What a beast.
  19. You’ll be happy. I’ve always pretty much used charcoal and have several Weber kettles and smokers, but finally broke down and got a Genesis gasser too. It’s amazing compared to the cheap throwaway gas grills I grew up around.
  20. I wasn't able to be there the night this happened, but for you guys talking about B-1B launches- here's the Bone departing Oshkosh last summer. It was supposed to fly a demo in the night airshow but they had to scrub that because of the weather. They made up for no night show with a whole lot of sound of freedom.
  21. Yes, the baby flattops mostly operated General Motors built FM-2 Wildcats. They had a more powerful engine than the earlier Grumman-built variants that shouldered the first part of the Pacific war, only a 4 gun armament, basically they were that 1930's airframe optimized as much as possible to be built in large numbers and work on the short decks.
  22. The Bearcat was a tremendous performer, but within some constraints for a niche role. It was going to give the escort carriers that couldn't operate heavier aircraft something that could be a much more effective kamikaze interceptor than their Wildcats. To do so it gave up the range and armament that made those other types such effective bomber escorts and strike fighters.
  23. Nice vapes! There's not many things more impressive than a Bone on the deck in AB. Incidentally, Randy was talking about fuel burn rates for different aircraft. The GE F101 engine in the Bone, or its cousin F100 that's used in a Block 50 F-16, have a fuel burn in maximum afterburner of 70,000 pounds per hour. That's three gallons per SECOND. And the Bone has four of them.
  24. Sometimes however when you have to split the tractor there is shrapnel that doesn’t drain.
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