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  1. Flying over the Great Lakes the cloud bands are quite visible. I believe the snow band has to be very intense to get thunder snow and the bands can be quite narrow. We sometimes get a little ocean effect snow but the conditions have to be perfect to get the cold air turned around to blow over the Gulf of Maine over us. The temperature difference is not as great either as I don't believe the ocean ever gets as warm as the lakes. When we do get thunder snow it's during a huge storm in blizzard conditions. Kinda cool! Flying out of Boston west-bound years ago and looking at the snow bands in otherwise clear cold air we'd check the weather of the airports that we figured were under the bands. Often we'd be seeing reports showing 1/8th mile vis in heavy snow. I'm quite glad NOT to be living in lake effect snow country.
  2. '87 C10 350 TBI 387,000, about half of it mine. Engine never touched, 1 transmission, 2 radiators, countless brakes and tires. I needed more truck and was getting concerned about it just giving up someday. Guy bought it for cab and transmission and sold the engine. I had no complaints about that vehicle; it even got decent mileage although I don't remember the exact number.
  3. Most military footlockers, at least the ones I've seen, have some reference to the unit the owner belonged, or, sometimes the rank of the owner or at least the service branch. Something to search on these long nights now that it's pitch black before 17:00.
  4. Sadly all that would be heard is the N word and the fact that the black sheriff is the hero and the smartest of the bunch will be ignored. Oh well......
  5. Never any good. I came home one day to see my neighbor's 1486 burned to a crisp. I can't imagine having my shop burn and trying to replace a lifetime collection of tools, equipment, and whatever parked in addition to my TF, Commando, and Triumph. My condolences for your neighbor's loss.
  6. Young Frankenstein; Blazing Saddles; A Wonderful Life; Airplane; Casablanca in no particular order.
  7. Because of the out of the way places we go and the fact that in the air emergencies we can be hours away from professional care we carry a huge kit that includes prescription meds, BP, EKG, AED, satellite link, etc. But that's not the point. On the last recurrent the woman demonstrating the things you can make out of a triangle bandage was amazing us with all the things you can do with one and how quickly she could do it. She then went on to make animal toy creatures out of the same bandage! She'd been a pediatric nurse and cheered little kids with her skills. I might be able to make a sling...........
  8. I remember MA as buck or slug only. Woods too small.
  9. They make an EPA furnace now:
  10. This is what we just removed or rather an earlier version that dated back to 1970. It worked well enough but was getting very tired at 50.
  11. I guess someone will have to position a go-pro on the compressor side while trailering one down the highway😁
  12. Early Sky King show used a T50 before the tuna tank 310. I remember seeing a couple when I was a kid but there can't be too many left. Funny how those early TV show characters always wore the same clothes so they could use stock footage for other shows. I remember my sister saying Penny always wore the same dress.
  13. We had them in the Air Force flying club. Under powered but lots of fun.
  14. Ha! If it was government they'd have to do a study, draw it up, put it out to bid.
  15. Thanks, I looked for it and found it. He came up with pretty much the same conclusion I did - plane pitches up due loss of elevator control and aft CG. I disagree with him a bit. Sky dive operations have been using the same technique for years. I knew a guy who flew twin Beeches the same way - just above stall speed with asymmetric thrust so as not to beat up the jumpers. Anyway, done right it's safe, if you can call anything about jumping out of planes safe. I would think a T tail plane would be better with the elevator up in clean air rather than right behind the door. Probably too expensive to buy; older King Airs are relatively inexpensive and the PT6 engines are pretty bullet proof. Interesting that Brown found the report and the pilot stated the plane reacted well! Twins are rarely spin tested. The only one I know of was the Beech Duchess 76, which turned out to be so predictable it probably could have bee certified for spins! I enjoyed flying the Duchess when I worked for a Beechcraft dealer and I'd like to have one instead of my 182. It only burns a little more fuel than my 182, goes faster, and is quite comfortable. But they've all been turned into trainers and beat to crap. I just found a video!:
  16. I looked for coal grates but the only ones I found were at a stove restoration shop and they wanted a fortune for them. Too bad, probably thousands were just thrown away. I thought coal may have been better/easier/cleaner. I have no experience on a small stove. We heated with coal as a kid into the early '60s. My father was clever. He told my mom that she made a better fire that he.
  17. So my wife sometimes says "It's nice, let's take the plane up for a spin" to which I reply "let's take it up for a ride". She finally asked why I say that and I went looking for a spin video and found this one. The King Air is being flown just above stall speed with the power way back on the left engine and up on the right to hold altitude - a common operation but it takes lots of rudder to counteract the yaw. Well, when the 6th guy gets out it not only moves the CG too far aft it blocks the airflow over the tail, so you can see the plane pitch up and stall. With all the yaw it snaps into a spin. It looks like a couple of secondary stalls and spin entries on the recovery, possibly attempting to pull out too fast after stopping the spin. In the spin the plane is stalled and not building speed but once you break the stall/stop the rotation it's very nose low and builds speed rapidly. Anyway, after seeing the video she says let's go for a ride😁
  18. Yeah, someone thought it was bad for them to windmill and started locking the fans. It sounds awful as the blades are not spinning fast enough to lock in the fir trees but as far as I know it doesn't damage them and certainly doesn't damage the bearings. I haven't seen any locked up lately. We will throw a cover over our tail pipes if there's a possibility of a really big tailwind when parked. The reason is not to stop the fan from rotating but to keep the N2 or core from rotating backwards as there's a brush seal that wears faster if turned backwards. I don't know if that's really true or wives tale but it's something our mechanics have been told. I've never seen anything official from Pratt&Whitney. The core doesn't turn easily as it has the oil pumps, hydraulic pumps, fuel pumps and control, and multiple generators all geared to to it. The N1 or fan only has its turbine and will rotate freely in the slightest breeze.
  19. Or flying out of the trash truck or stuck in a fence or tree or washing up on the shore. It seems half the time they fail on the way out of the store. Give me paper! No good for exhaust stacks though. I really like the football. If it's forgotten no harm; someone gets to catch a pass.
  20. You really have a difficult time expressing your feelings😁. Our stove wasn't too bad about making creosote as we tended to run it fairly hard. It never leaked smoke as we have a tall chimney with a good draft. The smoke it emitted was due to our top loading it rather than front. One of our guys who also grew up with a similar stove said they fed it corn cobs and that his grandmother could keep a precise oven temp with that method.
  21. We have a Glenwood Home Grand. Before kids we heated enough of the house with it. It will load top or front but the walls show the dirt and now it's just an ornament in the kitchen. We used to fire it up for Thanksgiving to have the extra oven and cook top but no longer. My mom's stove was converted to oil, common back in the day. It had a 5 gallon jug on a stand that would gurgle and make us kids laugh. It ran 24/7 in the winter and was the only heat in the kitchen, sometimes the only heat in the house when money was tight. I looked into converting ours but other than the big round wicks all the parts are unobtainium. Converting to propane is an option albeit an expensive one. The attached is a Glenwood C, pretty much the same stove as the 1908 Home Grand
  22. I've finally got to that point. We burned wood and oil for years with a combination furnace. It was fine when the kids were home and I'd buy log length for cheap, cut it, and they'd split it. No matter what though, dragging wood through the house for the furnace or the kitchen wood cook stove is more dirt dragged in and the walls show the dirt as well. This year we spent big money for a dual fuel heat pump/propane. new duct work, two zone, smart wifi thermostats, and I've never been more comfortable. We're waiting for the first electric bill to see what comfort is costing us. Propane cost us $2.19, which I thought was cheap. We now have central air so no more lugging window units around. They're going to be used in the shop when I retire.
  23. Nissan could use that as a safety pitch. I wonder not only how she survived but how they managed to get her out. If I just saw that picture I would assume the car driver just leaked out, not walked away.
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