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Old 12-16-2013, 04:26 AM   #29
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On a recent trip to Austin, TX, we stayed at the Pecan Grove RV Park in the downtown area. There was a small Airstream ( I couldn't get close without trespassing) that had a covered tug parked in front of it. I'd have liked to raise the cover, but I'm not that bold, however it looks like it might be an early T-bird. When we stay there in the future, I'll keep my eyes peeled for a resident who just might give us a good tour.
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Old 12-16-2013, 06:31 AM   #30
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I've got two-in-one here. Nice wings but the tug is the winner here.

Is this ingenuity or what? Look closely at the tug.

This can be found at YAZ. http://www.tofinoairport.com/

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I've got two-in-one here. Nice wings but the tug is the winner here.

Is this ingenuity or what? Look closely at the tug.

This can be found at YAZ.

Dave
I've seen that tug on film before! Episode 3 of "Primeval: New World," a short-lived Canadian spin-off series of the British "Primeval" series. One of the heroes uses that tug to push a giant prehistoric bug back through the time/space anomaly from whence it came, without going through himself.

The series was filmed in British Columbia, so I'm pretty usre that when they needed an airport to use for the episode, Tofino-Ucluelet (YAZ) was the one they selected.
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Old 12-17-2013, 03:26 PM   #34
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So the biggest, baddest cargo airplane only flew one time and I wasn't at the controls for that one.

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Unfortunately, post Spruce Goose, the hangar door started to close on Hughes as an aviator and any semblance of a life which could be considered reasonably normal.
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While I am partial to Piper Comanches, the early Northrop Flying Wing Bombers deserve a mention.. The Piston XB-35 was revolutionary, despite major issues with engines and props that were government-furnished and didn't work as advertised. jack Northrop started design for bomber-sized wings in 1941, and flew the XB-35 in 1946. The jet version (YB-49) was modification of airframe, and first flew in 1947. Texas Congressional Delegation (Think Sam Rayburn and Lyndon Johnson) determined next big USAF bomber to be built in Texas, and when Jack wouldn't agree Air Force bought B-36's.. Air Force sent crew with chain saws to destroy all of the Flying Wings so there would be no evidence.. (My dad worked with jack through WW II and afterwards, and was in his office when chain saws were cutting down below...). B-36 led to B-47 at Boeing, since it was so slow it couldn't outrun a P-51 Mustang, and was never allowed to go near combat.. YB49 was 100 mph faster, and had twice the range of B-36.. To their credit, Air Force allowed Jack into hangar at Pico Rivera to view prototype B-2 Bomber, and apologized for his treatment after the war...
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