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Old 07-21-2006, 04:07 PM   #29
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Lunch-time, Feb., 1962.....
That's when the ' 1st ' aluminum bug bit me. I was home from school watching John Glen's orbit/splash down and was stricken!!! I knew then
I was meant to fly!! I don't have the experience most of you have but
that's where my true passion lies.
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My father worked on Mercury Program. Got to watch all of the first launches and John Glenn went to our church. Actually have a signed church program from a few weeks before his flight. Funny how things like that get a kid interested in flying. Just last week took my dad to the Space center to see the recovered Liberty Bell 7. The last time he saw it he was running test proceedures on it.
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Old 07-21-2006, 04:42 PM   #30
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Hummmm. I asked essentially the same question once about (vintage) fliers and (vintage) British sports cars. And got pretty much the same response.

Long live Airstreams and MGBs.


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Old 07-21-2006, 05:03 PM   #31
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...Long live Airstreams and MGBs.


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Old 07-22-2006, 08:34 AM   #32
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Old 08-06-2006, 12:45 PM   #33
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Old 08-06-2006, 03:01 PM   #34
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With all the book titles being posted I thought I'd throw in one for all the rotor nuts out there.

"Chicken Hawk" is a Vietnam era helicopter story. Great flying disc introduction that actually helped me to have what was deemed 10 hours of control after 45 minutes of hover training.

I tell folks, "flying fixed wing aircraft is like driving a truck...flying rotorcraft is like ballet."
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Old 08-06-2006, 04:37 PM   #35
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GA pilot here

1200 HR Private SEL Instrument rated, owned 4 Cessna's over 22 years, coincidentally, owned 4 Airstreams over a little longer time period, must be a connection. I havn't been current for over a year. Enjoyed XC trips to Baja in my Skylane when I lived in AZ. Ah, the good ol' days. Got the flyin bug from my late father who served 25 years AAC/USAF he flew 50 combat missions as a B-17 Navigator out of Italy in 1944. Transferred around alot as a small kid, lived on base. One of my earliest memories was the sound of radial engines, how 'bout a squad of B29's taxi into position and do their run up and mag check, that would literally shake the ground. Sorry to say the GA world today has slipped way down from where it used to be, just my opinion
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Old 08-06-2006, 05:06 PM   #36
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how 'bout a squad of B29's taxi into position and do their run up and mag check, that would literally shake the ground
One of my favorite memories is waking up at James Connally AFB (Waco) in 1953 to the sound of a dozen B-25s starting up, taxiing and taking off. They were used for navigator training.

One of my favorite movies is "Catch 22". I play the intro that has the B-25s starting up in the mist over and over.
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"Chicken Hawk" is a Vietnam era helicopter story. Great flying disc introduction that actually helped me to have what was deemed 10 hours of control after 45 minutes of hover training.
I'll second that book recommendation. excellent book. The guy has an amazing way of explaining how it all works, too. Most other explanations of anything to do with rotorcraft have typically left me going ...but after reading his book, I kind of think I actually understand how those confounded contraptions work. even though, that's not really what the book is about; But I think understanding some of the technicalities is required to understand the other situations that he described in the rest of the book.
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Old 08-06-2006, 07:23 PM   #38
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I'll give you my history. I started back in '61 as a NAVCAD(naval aviation cadet). I got my wings in '62. In the first squadron flew C-118's, then C-130's. Went to instruct in S-2's. From there I was assigned to a squadron flying E-2's. I spent 1970 in the Gulf of Tonkin flying off the carrier America.
I had a enough of the carrier deployments and joined the Naval Reserve. About that time FedEx started up. I went to work for them among the first of the pilots hired. I spent 27 years with FedEx flying DA-20's(falcon), B-727's and DC-10's. I retired in 2000. After all that I accumalated about 18000 hours, 300 carrier landings and 39 years of flying. I am happy to say I did not fly one hour that I was not paid. I am also happy to say, I love airstreams more than I do airplanes.
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Old 08-06-2006, 07:30 PM   #39
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Glen - Great thread.

Left handed, first born, risk taking, height fearing, responsible one, Multi-Commercial-Instrument here. Got into flying by accident as a delivery driver in college. Got lost dropping off a parcel after classes and saw a "fly a plane for $25" sign at Lawrence Airport in MA. One year later I was full time on lessons and working at the flight school. Got about 1800 hours in singles and less in twins. The biggest thing I ever flew was a King Air B100...sweet plane. The worst thing I ever flew was a Piper Apache that blew an engine and I had to put her down in a farmer's field....not fun.

Did a stint flying Cessna 206's as a bush pilot in Mid Coast Maine right after I got married (met my wife at flight school. We even had a paragraph from one of Richard Bachs books read at the wedding - true air nuts.)

Three kids, a business, a mortage and an Airstream later I don't fly anymore, but the urge is still as strong as ever. Maybe this explains why I tend to preflight the 345 before every trip.
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I used to know Richard Bach's ex-wife...went to school with his kids. does that count for anything?

She had a Tiger Moth kept at the local small airport where I learned to fly...not far from LWM. (I spent alot of time over there, too... home base for some time).
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Old 08-07-2006, 09:48 AM   #41
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i LIKE airplanes....oh, and crashed an RC one once!

personally, i'm thinking of branching out into aluminum rivetted boats next!

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Old 08-07-2006, 10:43 AM   #42
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Chuck - spent a lot of time at LWM. Great cafe. We still stop in from time to time when we're up visiting. I've even taken the 345 over there - it got just a little attention from the "counter regulars". Used to work for Phoenix East and MillionAire for a while in my twenties. Many many terrific memories.
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