Thursday, August 30, 2012

Weenie Wednesday 8/29/2012

 Good weather,, good food, good music.  Scroll to the bottom to hear a sample of what you missed if you did not make it out.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

WW II 'Wounded' Bomber

                                                                             WW II B17 Survival Story


B-17 "All American" (414th Squadron, 97BG) Crew
Pilot- Ken Bragg Jr.
Copilot- G. Boyd Jr.
Navigator- Harry C. Nuessle
Bombardier- Ralph Burbridge
Engineer- Joe C. James
Radio Operator- Paul A. Galloway
Ball Turret Gunner- Elton Conda
Waist Gunner- Michael Zuk
Tail Gunner- Sam T. Sarpolus
Ground Crew Chief- Hank Hyland

B-17 in 1943
A mid-air collision on February 1, 1943, between a B-17 and a German fighter over the Tunis dock area, became the subject of one of the most famous photographs of World War II. An enemy fighter attacking a 97th Bomb Group formation went out of control, probably with a wounded pilot then continued its crashing descent into the rear of the fuselage of a Fortress named All American, piloted by Lt. Kendrick R. Bragg, of the 414th Bomb Squadron. When it struck, the fighter broke apart, but left some pieces in the B-17. The left horizontal stabilizer of the Fortress and left elevator were completely torn away. The two right engines were out and one on the left had a serious oil pump leak. The vertical fin and the rudder had been damaged, the fuselage had been cut almost completely through connected only at two small parts of the frame and the radios, electrical and oxygen systems were damaged. There was also a hole in the top that was over 16 feet long and 4 feet wide at its widest and the split in the fuselage went all the way to the top gunners turret.
Although the tail actually bounced and swayed in the wind and twisted when the plane turned and all the control cables were severed, except one single elevator cable still worked, and the aircraft still flew - miraculously! The tail gunner was trapped because there was no floor connecting the tail to the rest of the plane. The waist and tail gunners used parts of the German fighter and their own parachute harnesses in an attempt to keep the tail from ripping off and the two sides of the fuselage from splitting apart. While the crew was trying to keep the bomber from coming apart, the pilot continued on his bomb run and released his bombs over the target.
When the bomb bay doors were opened, the wind turbulence was so great that it blew one of the waist gunners into the broken tail section. It took several minutes and four crew members to pass him ropes from parachutes and haul him back into the forward part of the plane. When they tried to do the same for the tail gunner, the tail began flapping so hard that it began to break off. The weight of the gunner was adding some stability to the tail section, so he went back to his position.
The turn back toward England had to be very slow to keep the tail from twisting off. They actually covered almost 70 miles to make the turn home. The bomber was so badly damaged that it was losing altitude and speed and was soon alone in the sky. For a brief time, two more Me-109 German fighters attacked the All American. Despite the extensive damage, all of the machine gunners were able to respond to these attacks and soon drove off the fighters. The two waist gunners stood up with their heads sticking out through the hole in the top of the fuselage to aim and fire their machine guns. The tail gunner had to shoot in short bursts because the recoil was actually causing the plane to turn.
Allied P-51 fighters intercepted the All American as it crossed over the Channel and took one of the pictures shown. They also radioed to the base describing that the empennage was waving like a fish tail and that the plane would not make it and to send out boats to rescue the crew when they bailed out. The fighters stayed with the Fortress taking hand signals from Lt. Bragg and relaying them to the base. Lt. Bragg signaled that 5 parachutes and the spare had been "used" so five of the crew could not bail out. He made the decision that if they could not bail out safely, then he would stay with the plane and land it.
Two and a half hours after being hit, the aircraft made its final turn to line up with the runway while it was still over 40 miles away. It descended into an emergency landing and a normal roll-out on its landing gear.
When the ambulance pulled alongside, it was waved off because not a single member of the crew had been injured. No one could believe that the aircraft could still fly in such a condition. The Fortress sat placidly until the crew all exited through the door in the fuselage and the tail gunner had climbed down a ladder, at which time the entire rear section of the aircraft collapsed onto the ground. The rugged old bird had done its job.


jeeps can fly

#WWII You know Jeep's could fly? Curtiss-Wright AT-9 "Fledgling's", aka Jeep trainers. Built 1941-43. Military only.

hypersonic test fails

CNN Security Clearance

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Great collection of photos

NASA Pilots Capture Perseid Meteor Dust at 65,000 Feet | Wired Science |

NASA Pilots Capture Perseid Meteor Dust at 65,000 Feet | Wired Science |

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Peter Zabriskie
EAA470533 Sonerai II-L

This is for pilots with a sense of humor
From Darius in Granite Bay
Pilots: People who drive airplanes for other people who can't fly.

Fighter Pilots: Cold, steely eyed, weapons systems managers who kill bad people and break things. However, they can also be very charming and personable. The average Fighter Pilot, despite sometimes having a swaggering exterior, is very much capable of such feelings as love, affection, intimacy and caring. These feelings just don't involve anyone else.

Words of Wisdom From Aviators:

· Flying is a hard way to earn an easy living.

· Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the airplane; the pessimist, the parachute.

If helicopters are so safe, how come there are no vintage helicopter fly-ins?

Death is just nature's way of telling you to watch your airspeed.

Real planes use only a single stick to fly. This is why bulldozers and helicopters­ (in that order) ­need two.

There are only three things the copilot should ever say:
1. Nice landing, Sir.
2. I'll buy the first round.
3. I'll take the fat one.

As a pilot only two bad things can happen to you and one of them will:
a. One day you will walk out to the aircraft knowing that it is your last flight.
b. One day you will walk out to the aircraft not knowing that it is your last flight.

There are Rules and there are Laws:
The Rules are made by men who think that they know better how to fly your airplane than you.
Laws (of Physics) were ordained by God.

You can, and sometimes should, suspend the Rules, but you can never suspend the Laws.

About Rules:
a. The rules are a good place to hide if you don't have a better idea and the talent to execute it.
b. If you deviate from a rule, it must be a flawless performance (e.g., If you fly under a bridge, don't hit the bridge.)

The ideal pilot is the perfect blend of discipline and aggressiveness.

The medical profession is the natural enemy of the aviation profession.

Ever notice that the only experts who decree that the age of the pilot is over are people who have never flown anything? Also, in spite of the intensity of their feelings that the pilot's day is over, I know of no expert who has volunteered to be a passenger in a non-piloted aircraft.

Before each flight, make sure that your bladder is empty and your fuel tanks are full; check T/O wt....

He who demands everything that his aircraft can give him is a pilot; he that demands one iota more is a fool.

There are certain aircraft sounds that can only be heard at night.

The aircraft limits are only there in case there is another flight by that particular aircraft.
If subsequent flights do not appear likely, there are no limits.

Flying is a great way of life for men who want to feel like boys, but not for those who still are.

"If the Wright brothers were alive today, Wilbur would have to fire Orville to reduce costs." President, DELTA Airlines.

In the Alaskan bush I'd rather have a two-hour bladder and three hours of gas than vice versa.

It's not that all airplane pilots are good-looking. It's just that good-looking people seem more capable of flying airplanes.

An old pilot is one who can remember when flying was dangerous and sex was safe.

Airlines have really changed, now a flight attendant can get a pilot pregnant.

I've flown in both pilot seats, can someone tell me why the other one is always occupied by an idiot?

Son, you're going to have to make up your mind about growing up and becoming a pilot. You can't do both.

There are only two types of aircraft­ - fighters and targets.

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline baggage.

You define a good flight by negatives: you didn't get hijacked, you didn't crash, you didn't throw up, you weren't late, and you weren't nauseated by the food. So you're grateful.

They invented wheelbarrows to teach FAA inspectors to walk on their hind legs.

The FAA Motto: We're not happy till you're not happy.

Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.


London to New York in less than an hour: Radical new aircraft that can reach Mach 6 set to be tested | Mail Online

Fwd: Book For Would-Be Pilots Now Free

Morning all,

Have not read this, yet, myself but it looks interesting and useful.  Another tool to mint some more pilots.

Blue skys,

Russ Ryle

As seen on AERONEWS:

Sun, Aug 12, 2012
Book For Would-Be Pilots Now Free
Read Online Or Download "Learning To Fly An Airplane" At No Cost

Author and private pilot Ted Seastrom is now offering, free of charge, his book about learning to fly an airplane from a student perspective. "Learning to Fly an Airplane: Insider information from a student perspective" opens up the private pilot flight training process. Its goal is to help would-be pilots get the most value for their time, money and effort.

This is not a book about how to fly. Instead it walks prospective pilots through each stage of the training process. It warns them of the pitfalls and encourages them when facing unexpected challenges. "This is the book I wish I'd read before taking my first flying lesson," Seastrom said. "As a recent student, I believe you will improve your chances for success if you know more about flight training going in. You'll definitely have more fun and less frustration."

Seastrom's motivation for writing the book was the nearly 70 percent dropout rate of student pilots working toward their private pilot certificates. With his own training experience fresh in mind, he decided to provide helpful insights into the process—entirely from the student perspective. "Learning to Fly an Airplane" was originally published on in Feb. 2012. Seastrom said that initial sales helped cover expenses. Now he is able to make the information freely available to anyone interested in the private pilot training process. "This book has always been something of a public service project," Seastrom said. "It's been favorably reviewed by flight instructors and students across the U.S. My goal is to make this unique insight into flight training as widely available as possible."

"Learning to Fly an Airplane" is for anyone who is thinking about becoming a private pilot, and for those interested in how pilots are trained. Commercial pilot training is not discussed. The book's focus is on flight training in the United States, although many countries use a similar approach.

Ted Seastrom is an author, technical writer, and private pilot. The book can be read online or downloaded as a PDF.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Atterbury Visit 8-11-2012

If you can get past the FOD on the lens, these are some pictures of the EAA 650 members who flew into Camp Atterbury for their Appreciation Day Fly-In.

Airventure video 2012

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Building P-40 aircraft, Buffalo, 1941 | Retronaut

Building P-40 aircraft, Buffalo, 1941 | Retronaut

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Red Bull Racer Kirby Chambliss - Inside a Head-Scrambling, Upside-Down-Flying Stunt Plane - Popular Mechanics

Red Bull Racer Kirby Chambliss - Inside a Head-Scrambling, Upside-Down-Flying Stunt Plane - Popular Mechanics

Read it online: A closer look at Maryland’s mysterious ‘Beltway UFO’ Army’s super blimp debuts

YouTube video! Airventure 2012

The Blue Muse: EAA Oshkosh 2012: Out and about at AirVenture

The Blue Muse: EAA Oshkosh 2012: Out and about at AirVenture

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Thursday, August 02, 2012

C17 & wrong airport

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Flickr photostream

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How to Defeat the Air Force's Powerful Stealth Fighter | Danger Room |

How to Defeat the Air Force's Powerful Stealth Fighter | Danger Room |

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B-25G 823rd Bomb Squadron 38th Bomb Group USAAF | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Yates Electric Plane record and deadstick landing

Extra footage of record-setting Yates electric plane flight shows power loss, dramatic deadstick landing (video)

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Great collection of WW2 photos

Cavok Brasil – Aviação e Fotografia - NOTÍCIAS DE AVIAÇÃO EM PRIMEIRA MÃO

Cavok Brasil – Aviação e Fotografia - NOTÍCIAS DE AVIAÇÃO EM PRIMEIRA MÃO

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Mark Jefferies in the New Extra 330SC -- -- Welcome to Flying displays and airshows by

Mark Jefferies in the New Extra 330SC -- -- Welcome to Flying displays and airshows by

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EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2012 | Facebook

EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2012 | Facebook

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Farnborough International Airshow 2012 - a set on Flickr

Tweetup Farnborough International Airshow 2012 - a set on Flickr

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Super Tucano at AirVenture

Webpage Chinese EAA Pavilion Opened | Aero-News Network

Chinese EAA Pavilion Opened | Aero-News Network

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Saturday Morning Breakfast

All The Saturday morning breakfast we had was a resounding success. The eggs to order, the bacon fried crispy, the fruit garnish,...