Monday, February 04, 2013

B-29 Restored with New Engines

To our friends who may not understand the passion we feel for planes and particularly planes from WW11, this is Fifi. It is the only flying B-29 Strato Fortress in the world.

This is one of the combat airplanes that flew from Iwo Jima, Saipan, Tinian islands to bomb Japan and help win the war. It was usually escorted by P-51 Mustangs to protect her from
enemy fighters but many thousands of planes and aircrews were lost fighting for our country.

This happened at a time in history before we had long range missiles and electronics. These planes were flown by men from our farms and cities who left their families at home and risked
their lives in high altitude gun fights. It was up close, brutal and extremely dangerous but they risked it all to protect our country. Many never came home again. We love, respect and honor all of our veterans. But we also have a love affair with the planes. It is a permanent addiction for us so we preserve these wonderful aircraft so you can see and experience the marvelous machines that preserved our freedom.

If you get a chance to see her at an air show, don't pass up the chance. You are watching history and she is the only one left out of thousands.

This is truly a rare aircraft. Enjoy the video.
Col. Tom Leo, Golden Gate Wing

Someone did a nice job of filming Fifi, the only flying B-29...

May the wind
Gently lift you
On wings of hope.
May the song of the earth
Free your spirit to rise and soar.
May each sunrise
bring you renewed energy
And the promise of a beautiful day.
May the angels smile on you
And touch your life
With PEACE and JOY.

fun way to blow off a minute

AERIAL VIEW QUIZ This is tough....but Fun These pics were taken from an airplane and you have to guesswhere the location is. *****NOTE: When you click on the LINK Below, the landmark appears and there are four possible answers. Thefirst answer is always checked.That may or may not be the correct answer.You can agree or change the answer by checking the correct answer. There are 16 photos. Good luck…answers at end...
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Levil Technology's New ADS-B/AHRS


Video: Levil Technology's New ADS-B/AHRS

January 18, 2013
By Paul Bertorelli, Editorial Director

The competition in the iPad remote ADS-B and AHRS market is getting white-hot, and now comes Levil Technology with a new device called the iLevil.  AVweb took a took at it at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo show in Sebring.

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Fwd: Why Round Motors Rule

For those with the experience of flying a plane with R-3350 engines, you will particularly enjoy this.
Starting, take off and flying with the wonderful radial-powered aircraft (an AD-6)
Radial Starting (R-3350 engine on an AD-6)
Be sure you drain both the sumps. (You can fill your Zippo lighter while you do this)
Look out the left side of the oily cockpit canopy and notice a very nervous person holding a huge fire bottle. Nod to this person.
1.  Crack throttle about one-quarter of an inch.
2.  Battery on
3.  Mags on
4.  Fuel boost on
5.  Hit starter button (The four bladed 13' 6" prop will start a slow turn)
6.  Begin to bounce your finger on top of the primer button.
a.  This act requires finesse and style. It is much like a ballet performance. The engine must be seduced and caressed into starting.
7.  Act one will begin: Belching, banging, rattling, backfiring, spluttering, flame and black smoke from the exhaust shooting out about three feet. (Fire bottle person is very pale and has the nozzle at the ready position)
8.  When the engine begins to "catch" on the primer, move the mixture to full rich. The flames from the exhaust will stop and white smoke will come out. (Fire bottle guy relaxes a bit). You will hear a wonderful throaty roar that is like music to the ears.
a.  Enjoy the macho smell of engine oil, hydraulic fluid and pilot sweat.
9.  Immediately check the oil pressure and hydraulic gages.
10.                    The entire aircraft is now shaking and shuddering from the torque of the engine and RPM of prop.
a.  The engine is an 18 cylinder R-3350 that develops 2,700 HP.
11.                    Close cowl flaps to warm up the engine for taxi.
12.               Once you glance around at about 300 levers, gauges and gadgets, call the tower to taxi to the duty runway.

Take off in the AD-6
  1.   Check both magnetos
  2.   Exercise the prop pitch
  3.   Cowl flaps open.
  4.   Check oil temp and pressure.
  5.   Crank 1.5 degrees right rudder trim to help your right leg with the torque on takeoff.
  6.   Tell the tower you are ready for the duty runway.
  7.   Line the bird up and lock the tail wheel for sure.
  8.   Add power slowly because the plane (with the torque of the monster prop and engine power definitely wants to go left).
  9.   NEVER add full power suddenly! There is not enough rudder in the entire world to hold it straight.
10. Add more power and shove in right rudder till your leg begins to tremble.
11. Expect banging, belching and an occasional manly fart as you roar down the runway at full power.
12. Lift the tail when it "feels right" and pull back gently on the stick to get off the ground.
13. Gear up
14. Adjust the throttle for climb setting
15. Ease the prop back to climb RPM
16. Close cowl flaps and keep an eye on the cylinder head temp.
17. Adjust the power as needed as you climb higher or turn on the supercharger.

Flying with the round engine.
1.  Once you reach altitude, which isn't very high (about 8000 feet) you reduce the throttle and prop to cruise settings.
2.  The next fun thing is to pull back the mixture control until the engine just about quits, then ease it forward a bit and this is best mixture.
3.  While cruising the engine sounds like it might blow or quit at any time. This keeps you occupied scanning engine gauges for the least hint of trouble.
4.  Moving various levers around to coax a more consistent sound from the engine concentrates the mind wonderfully.
5.  At night or over water a radial engine makes noises you have never heard before.
6.  Looking out of the front of the cockpit the clouds are beautiful because they are slightly blurred from the oil on the cockpit canopy.
7.  Seeing lightning in the clouds ahead increases the pucker factor by about 10.
a.  You can't fly high enough to get over them and if you try and get under the clouds----you will die in turbulence.
b.  You tie down everything in the cockpit that isn't already secured, get a good grip on the stick, turn on the deicers, tighten and lock your shoulder straps and hang on.
c.   You then have a ride to exceed any "terror" ride in any amusement park ever built. You discover the plane can actually fly sidewise while inverted.
8.  Once through the weather, you call ATC and in a calm deep voice advise them that there is slight turbulence on your route.
9.  You then scan your aircraft to see if all the major parts are still attached. This includes any popped rivets.
10.                    Do the controls still work? Are the gauges and levers still in proper limits?
11.               These being done you fumble for the relief tube, because you desperately need it. (Be careful with your lower flight suit zipper)
The jet engine and aircraft
Start a jet
1.  Fuel boost on.
2.  Hit the start button
3.  When the TPT starts to move ease the throttle forward.
4.  The fire bottle person is standing at the back of the plane and has no idea what is going on.
5.  The engine lights off---and---
6.   That's about it.
Take off in the jet
1.  Lower full flaps
2.  Tell the tower you are ready for takeoff.
3.  Roll on to the duty runway while adding 100% power.
4.  Tricycle gear---no tail to drag---no torque to contend with.
5.  At some exact airspeed you lift off the runway.
6.  Gear up
7.  Milk up the flaps and fly.
8.   Leave the power at 100%

Flying the jet
1.  Climb at 100%
2.  Cruise at 100%
3.  It is silent in the plane.
4.  You can't see clouds because you are so far above them.
5.  You look down and see lighting in some clouds below and pity some poor fool that may have to fly through that mess.
6.  The jet plane is air conditioned!! Round engines are definitely not. If you fly in tropical areas, this cannot be stressed enough.
7.  There is not much to do in a jet, so you eat your flight lunch at your leisure.
8.  Few gauges to look at and no levers to adjust. This leaves you doodling on your knee board.
9.   Some call girl friends on their cell phones: "Guess where I am, etc"
Some observed differences in round engines and jets
1.  To be a real pilot you have to fly a tail dragger for an absolute minimum of 500 hours.
2.  Large round engines smell of gasoline (115/145), rich oil, hydraulic fluid, man sweat and are not air-conditioned.
3.  Engine failure to the jet pilot means something is wrong with his air conditioner.
4.  When you take off in a jet there is no noise in the cockpit. (This does not create a macho feeling of doing something manly)
5.  Landing a jet just requires a certain airspeed and altitude---at which you cut the power and drop like a rock to the runway. Landing a round engine tail dragger requires finesse, prayer, body English, pumping of rudder pedals and a lot of nerve.
6.  After landing, a jet just goes straight down the runway.
7.  A radial tail dragger is like a wild mustang---it might decide to go anywhere. Gusting winds help this behavior a lot.
8.  You cannot fill your Zippo lighter with jet fuel.
9.  Starting a jet is like turning on a light switch---a little click and it is on.
10.    Starting a round engine is an artistic endeavor requiring prayer (holy curse words) and sometimes meditation.
11.                    Jet engines don't break, spill oil or catch on fire very often which leads to boredom and complacency.
12.                    The round engine may blow an oil seal ring, burst into flame, splutter for no apparent reason or just quit. This results in heightened pilot awareness at all times.
13.                    Jets smell like a kerosene lantern at a scout camp out.
14.               Round engines smell like God intended engines to smell and the tail dragger with a stick is the way God intended for man to fly
Pass this on to real pilots."Round Motors Even Single Row Rule"

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