Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Builder's quote

fwd by Pete Z
"Beware of undertaking too much at the start. Be content with quite a little. Allow for accidents. Allow for human nature, especially your own."
--Arnold Bennett,

British writer

Sunday, March 14, 2010

cockpits

http://www.codeonemagazine.com/test/archives/2007/articles/jan_07/cockpits/cockpits.html

Check out the Desert Hawk

lift



"If you thought that lift on an airplane wing was created by the top of the wing, then you ought to re-consider. A man from the Greeley airport was flying his Citabria this week, and he heard a "pop". He flew back to the airport, in a normal fashion, and landed. He didn't know anything was amiss until he got out and looked at the wing."


This was sent to me from a friend who lives in Greeley CO.
Roy


miniature OX-5 engine

http://airbum.com/NeatShtpix/NeatShtOX-5.html

Thursday, March 11, 2010

SU-35 Wave Off

The interpertation of the short hand is

NO GRADE:  (LUR-X) OCTMP IM NEPIC-AR PNUAR-WO



No Grade A little lined up right on start

Over control Too Much Power in the middle

Not enough power in close to at the ramp

Pull nose up at the ramp

Wave off



I think it is a cut pass one grade below a no grade and would have sent him to beach.

Had the wire caught (inflight engagement) it would have been a crash.

I rode through a inflight as a NFO in the prowler and it wasn't even our fault.

It wasn't near as heinous as this one.

Tim

videos and pictures from Jet cockpits

http://www.jetphotos.com/

check out the Photo Gallery and the Videos.

The Last Four Minutes of Air France Flight 447 By Gerald Traufetter

Follow this link to a longish article about concerning the Air France Crash.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,679980,00.html

Charlie Brown was a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot - great truestory!



Look carefully at the B-17 and note how shot up it is - one engine dead, tail, horizontal stabilizer and nose shot up.. It was ready to fall out of the sky. (This is a painting done by an artist from the description of both pilots many years later.) Then realize that there is a German ME-109 fighter flying next to it. Now read the story below. I think you'll be surprised ...









Charlie Brown was a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot with the 379th Bomber Group at Kimbolton, England . His B-17 was called 'Ye Old Pub' and was in a terrible state, having been hit by flak and fighters. The compass was damaged and they were flying deeper over enemy territory instead of heading home to Kimbolton.



After flying the B-17 over an enemy airfield, a German pilot named Franz Stigler was ordered to take off and shoot down the B-17. When he got near the B-17, he could not believe his eyes. In his words, he 'had never seen a plane in such a bad state'. The tail and rear section was severely damaged, and the tail gunner wounded. The top gunner was all over the top of the fuselage. The nose was smashed and there were holes everywhere.




Despite havi ng ammunition, Franz flew to the side of the B-17 and looked at Charlie Brown, the pilot. Brown was scared and struggling to control his damaged and blood-stained plane.




BF-109 pilot Franz Stigler B-17 pilot Charlie Brown







Aware that they had no idea where they were going, Franz waved at Charlie to turn 180 degrees. Franz escorted and guided the stricken plane to, and slightly over, the North Sea towards England . He then saluted Charlie Brown and turned away, back to Europe . When Franz landed he told the CO that the plane had been shot down over the sea, and never told the truth to anybody. Charlie Brown and the remains of his crew told all at their briefing, but were ordered never to talk about it.



More than 40 years later, Charlie Brown wanted to find the Luftwaffe pilot who saved the crew. After years of research, Franz was found . He had never talked about the incident, not even at post-war reunions.




They met in the USA at a 379th Bomber Group reunion, together with 25 people who are alive now - all because Franz never fired his guns that day.




(L-R) German Ace Franz Stigler, artist Ernie Boyett, and B-17 pilot Charlie Brown.





When asked why he didn't shoot them down, Stigler later said, "I didn't have the heart to finish those brave men. I flew beside them for a long time. They were trying desperately to get home and I was going to let them do that. I could not have shot at them. It would have been the same as shooting at a man in a parachute."







Both men died in 2008








THIS WAS BACK IN THE DAYS WHEN THERE WAS HONOR IN BEING A WARRIOR ... THEY PROUDLY WORE UNIFORMS, AND THEY DIDN'T HIDE IN AMBUSH INSIDE A MOSQUE, OR BEHIND WOMEN AND CHILDREN, NOR DID THEY USE MENTALLY RETARDED WOMEN AS SU ICIDE BOMBERS TO TARGET AND KILL INNOCENT CIVILIANS .... HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED ...






























will fly for free

This series is best described as "Ice Road Truckers" except with airplanes.

http://www.willflyforfree.com

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