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Post  WingingIt74 on Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:10 am

WingingIt74 wrote:I thought his plane was a tail dragger twin...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky_King

In the first 39 episodes of the television series, Sky flew a Cessna T-50 twin-engine wooden-framed airplane that Cessna called the "Bobcat" but most called it the "Bamboo Bomber." The T-50 was grounded after episode 39 due to rot in the wooden frame.

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The best-known Songbird was a twin-engine Cessna 310B that was used in episodes 40-72. The airplane used was the second production 310B (tail number N5348A), which was provided by Cessna at no cost to the producers and piloted by Cessna's national sales manager for the 310, Bill Fergusson.

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Post  Kim on Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:41 pm


May I present the "Wiener Dog of Cargo Runners"....the Swearington Metroliner !!!!


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Post  SuperDave on Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:47 pm

Near us we have TWO "wingless" twin Beeches that have been converted into childrens' playhouses.

Reportedly they are "awaiting restoration someday maybe".

ARRRRGH!
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Post  Kim on Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:19 pm

Yep..."Playground Airplanes" can also provide somewhat painful "mile markers" as we proceed through life...like that day a few years ago when I spied an F-14 Tomcat, sitting among swings and sliding boards in a little park alongside I-70 !!! It just doesn't seem right...
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Post  andrew on Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:11 pm

Kim wrote:Yep..."Playground Airplanes" can also provide somewhat painful "mile markers" as we proceed through life......

The little town where I grew up had a P-80 Shooting Star in the park. It's long gone, like much of the town, today.
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Post  fit90 on Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:45 pm

Kim wrote:
May I present the "Wiener Dog of Cargo Runners"....the Swearington Metroliner !!!!


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Metroliner? I thought it was a Texas Death Tube or flying sewer pipe. I'm sure the manufacturer is quite fond of those nick names.
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Post  PV Pilot on Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:17 pm

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Post  Kim on Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:20 pm

andrew wrote:
Kim wrote:Yep..."Playground Airplanes" can also provide somewhat painful "mile markers" as we proceed through life......

The little town where I grew up had a P-80 Shooting Star in the park. It's long gone, like much of the town, today.

Used to a Republic F-84 in a park in Granite City, Illinois, back in the early 70's, and I think there still is one parked in front of a VFW on I-65 somewhere in Northern Illinois. It they're still there, Lincoln Illinois had a Phantom and A-7 Corsair (along with other relics) parked in the grass as park of their small military museum.

And of course, we've got our own "Scooter" gate guardian, a TA-4 Skyhawk here at Cape's airport:

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Post  crankbndr on Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:26 pm

I bet that fuse is scraped up under the N number of the flying Wiener Dog.
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Post  Kim on Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:30 pm

Probably so...they usually have a steel pole that fastens to the tail tie-down ring when the plane is parked for a while, and also when we're loading pallets into them.
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Post  ahrma_581 on Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:34 pm

Kim wrote:Yep..."Playground Airplanes" can also provide somewhat painful "mile markers" as we proceed through life...like that day a few years ago when I spied an F-14 Tomcat, sitting among swings and sliding boards in a little park alongside I-70 !!! It just doesn't seem right...

They can have worse fates. I recall seeing photos/video of a C124 'Globemaster' being chopped up with a giant guillotine-like blade.
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Post  Kim on Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:37 pm

[quote="fit90"]
Kim wrote:
May I present the "Wiener Dog of Cargo Runners"....the Swearington Metroliner !!!!

Metroliner? I thought it was a Texas Death Tube or flying sewer pipe. I'm sure the manufacturer is quite fond of those nick names.

Ha! Probably so! But they ARE hard-working dogs. A friend of mine brought one back from somewhere in Africa for refitting and overhaul to use in his cargo business.
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Post  Kim on Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:39 pm

ahrma_581 wrote:
Kim wrote:Yep..."Playground Airplanes" can also provide somewhat painful "mile markers" as we proceed through life...like that day a few years ago when I spied an F-14 Tomcat, sitting among swings and sliding boards in a little park alongside I-70 !!! It just doesn't seem right...

They can have worse fates. I recall seeing photos/video of a C124 'Globemaster' being chopped up with a giant guillotine-like blade.

Yeah, in the end, they're all nothing but potential beer cans!
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Post  Kim on Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:39 pm

So...here we have one of the larger Cargo Runners in recent times at Cape Girardeau...a Boeing 727 Cargo Conversion...running a bunch of truck rims to some place in Canada.

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The infamous "D.B. Cooper" stair ramp!

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34 pallets and 24,000 lbs later, he's on his happy way to Canuck Land!

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Post  RknRusty on Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:07 pm

Kim wrote:
The infamous "B.D. Cooper" stair ramp!
That's D.B. Cooper. I should know. I am D.B. Cooper. Whew, glad I got that off my chest.

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Post  Kim on Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:36 pm

Oops! Dyslexic Line Guy !!!!
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Post  Kim on Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:42 pm

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Post  Cribbs74 on Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:53 pm

lol!
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Post  lousyflyer on Fri Nov 02, 2012 4:22 pm

The incident prompted the invention of the "D. B. Cooper latch" which is a little windvane mounted on a pivot that rotates under slipstream pressure and blocks the airstair from being lowered during flight. They were installed at the rear corner of the door opening by some airlines.

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Post  lousyflyer on Fri Nov 02, 2012 4:35 pm

This is what happens when you don't put the jackstand under the tail of a de-fueled, unloaded 727.
Guess where the CG is now?

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Post  PV Pilot on Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:41 pm

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Post  Kim on Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:17 pm

lousyflyer wrote:The incident prompted the invention of the "D. B. Cooper latch" which is a little windvane mounted on a pivot that rotates under slipstream pressure and blocks the airstair from being lowered during flight. They were installed at the rear corner of the door opening by some airlines.

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AKA among CEF Members as "The Rusty Latch" !
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Post  lousyflyer on Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:43 pm

LOL!
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Post  RknRusty on Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:21 pm

Kim wrote:
lousyflyer wrote:The incident prompted the invention of the "D. B. Cooper latch" which is a little windvane mounted on a pivot that rotates under slipstream pressure and blocks the airstair from being lowered during flight. They were installed at the rear corner of the door opening by some airlines.

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AKA among CEF Members as "The Rusty Latch" !
Laughing I guess it is now that the secret is finally out. How bout let's keep it amongst ourselves, okay. I would hate for it to get out on that internet.

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Post  Kim on Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:06 pm

Our Chinooks Showed Up After All !!!

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After being faked out earlier by a Blackhawk, these two guys: "Thumper" and "Creep Show", dropped in for about 1400 gallons of high-quality kerosine!

The crews had just acquired their helicopters from another unit, and are on their way home to Akron, Ohio, after picking them up in California. They had one more stop, before making it to their home base.

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Didn't get the story on "Thumper's" nose art, but apparently "The Creep Show" is known for making mysterious noises, both in flight and on the ground...

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"Single Point Fueling"...makes a line guy happy !!!!

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and another batch of happy customers flies away !!!!

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