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37 minutes ago, mikem said:

I got yhis link in an email today...

Enjoy

Mike

What a ride.

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28 minutes ago, Art From Coleman said:

It would have been interesting IF the narrator had said where he ejected, and how he was found. (Did he manage to walk to a house, or did the Air Force expand the search area to locate him)

PURE GD SLOPPINESS.

Google him Art, you will find it all there....!!

<Mike

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On 7/30/2022 at 11:25 AM, Howard_P said:

Not unlike the unauthorized demo of the Boeing 707 prototype the same year.  I wonder which one happened first?

And I suspect Randy did do something similar, although not in a Vulcan.

 

 

Howard

Seems the 707 was August and Farnborough was early September.

But doesn't seem that the 707 was at low level in front of a major air show,

But Roly Falk could claim "tradition" as Alex Henshaw (chief test pilot for the Castle Bromwich plant that made Spitfires and Lancasters had shown that you could do such in a Lancaster in demonstration).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Henshaw

(And peripheral to this mentions there that the estimate is that Alex flew about 10% of the entire Spitfire family of 20,000 or so planes)

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Back in the 1980s, I once saw an Avro Vulcan perform a flying demonstration at an airshow in Canada. They didn’t do a barrel roll with it, but it was a very impressive sight and very loud. A B-52G also flew a flight demo, but was no where near as loud as that Vulcan. 

They also had a Vulcan on static display on the ground that you could look at. 


 

 

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What did the B-25 flight instructor tell the student pilot?

“Always remember that if one engine fails on a twin engine plane, you’ll still have enough power to safely reach the scene of the crash."

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10 hours ago, Rick G. said:

Back in the 1980s, I once saw an Avro Vulcan perform a flying demonstration at an airshow in Canada. They didn’t do a barrel roll with it, but it was a very impressive sight and very loud. A B-52G also flew a flight demo, but was no where near as loud as that Vulcan. 

They also had a Vulcan on static display on the ground that you could look at. 


 

 

The boarding school I went to was on a hill overlooking a major RAAF base.  It was a turning point marker for landings.  Nothing like a Lincoln overhead to disrupt study time at night.

A Vulcan came past and took off straight over us.  I'll agree on the noise.

One of its nick names is "The Tin Triangle"

 

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German 20mm cannon vs. U.S. bombers.  Neat, factual video.

 

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1 hour ago, Steve C. said:

 

Note the registration on the tail feathers - VH EAG  and the name "Southern Preservation"

More here

https://aussieairliners.org/l-1049/vh-eag/vheag.html

There is a non-flying example in the QANTAS Founders Museum at Longreach in Queensland

https://qfom.com.au/tag/super-constellation/

along with other planes used by QANTAS over the years

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C-47's being built at the Douglas Aircraft plant in Long Beach, California in 1942. lt amazes me just how quick the USA geared up and started war production so quick after Pearl Harbor. Kind of hard to tell but l think l counted 31 planes in that pic.

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Production did take off quickly, but from what I've read, this started well before Pearl Harbor when the war in Europe began to appear likely and then actually started in 1939.  "In May 1940, Franklin D. Roosevelt called for the production of 185,000 aeroplanes, 120,000 tanks, 55,000 anti-aircraft guns and 18 million tons of merchant shipping in two years and congress approved the addition of 3000 planes to the Army Air Force" per Wikipedia.  Another statistic was munitions production tripled from 1939 to 1940 and tripled again in 1941.  Things were well underway prior to Pearl Harbor to provide support to England and its allies although I'm sure production was turned up even further after the US entered the war.

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Some more reading on the engine side that I tripped over - I have a library request in

Allied Aircraft Piston Engines of World War II Hardcover – June 30, 2019

by Graham White (author) (Author)
 
And there is "A History of Aircraft Piston Engines" by Herschel Smith
 
I've got a copy of that one
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Around the Beaufighter

One of our gliding instructors was RAF Battle of Britain onwards.

He had a story of a WAAF who couldn't understand why the nickname she had been given was Beaufighter.

She "carried a lot of cargo on the top deck" and the Beaufighter was one aeroplane where the prop bosses are ahead of the nose.

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back in the late 80's, Texas started the anti-litter campaign "Don't Mess With Texas". This was one of the first ads they made. They used a B-17 from the CAF. They also filmed a P-51 and a Hellcat but didn't used them in the commercial. Story goes that the film director said to the B-17 pilot "Get as close to the camera as you can." looking at the pics he got pretty damn close. 

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There is a Flickr page of Chicago Midway Airport photos going back to the 1920s.  Lots of pictures of what air travel used to look like.    https://www.flickr.com/photos/twa1049g/page1

You can scroll through the photostream and when you see something of interest, clicking on it will bring up a larger version often with a description of what it is.  

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