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Old 10-18-2019, 01:39 AM   #101
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On the flight line...

Amen, shipmate. We’ve earned the name and title of ‘Sailor’ the hard way.

“Weeks of total boredom framed and defined by moments of sheer terror,” is how it was best described by a good buddy of mine.
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Old 10-18-2019, 08:08 PM   #102
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So I thought Steve Fossett, who was the first to fly a balloon around the world used a modified Airstream as a gondola. Nope.

But in searching the interpipes, did find this interesting article:
https://pursuitist.com/check-out-the...alloon-flight/

Their capsule isn't an airstream, but maybe was somewhat inspired by the design.



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Old 10-18-2019, 10:27 PM   #103
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Same for the T-33. The best and most powerful were the ones made in Canada.
That was my first jet time ... in a T33 while still in HS.
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Old 10-19-2019, 06:32 AM   #104
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Key West Florida, 1963 I worked the Flight Line, F-4, F-8, A-4, A-7, T-28, C-47, C-54, Connie’s, It was a great time for me at 18 years old working with these aircraft, one early night I was radioed to the ‘follow me’ to guide a C-124 Globemaster to park in the boondocks, what a surprise the size of that monster, the flight line was way to small. Anyway the T-33 was mentioned in an earlier post, one afternoon a generous local Officer offered me a ride in it, what an experience my first flying lesson I was a little light headed on return, it was great.
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Old 10-19-2019, 06:34 AM   #105
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Amen, shipmate. We’ve earned the name and title of ‘Sailor’ the hard way.

“Weeks of total boredom framed and defined by moments of sheer terror,” is how it was best described by a good buddy of mine.


Brothers n’ shipmates forever!
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Old 10-19-2019, 01:50 PM   #106
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Looking through some old pictures and found this one.
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Old 10-19-2019, 09:54 PM   #107
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Looking through some old pictures and found this one.
Knew it was a Douglas bird but had to look it up for the designation and name. A-3 Skywarrior. Partially stumped me.

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Old 10-19-2019, 10:09 PM   #108
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On the flight line...

Also know in Naval Aviation circles as a “Whale”.

Two fascinating things about them. No ejection seats, and it always bounces at least three times in an arrested landing. Biggest aircraft that landed on our ship. Used as a tanker and Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) aircraft in later years.
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Old 10-20-2019, 08:45 AM   #109
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No ejection seats, and it always bounces at least three times in an arrested landing.
Yeah, Navy A3D, sometimes referred to as "All 3 dead" Navel Humor.

I think the USAF appropriated this as the B-66? B-66 had ejection seats.

I must say I admire many of the military aircraft designed in the 50s, they all had clean, straight lines, like the F-102, 106, XB-70, etc.
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A3 was the "whale" for sure, and indeed it bounced when it landed. Here is a pic of it fueling one of our VF24 F8's! This was taken over Gulf of Tonkin in 1972 cruise off USS Hancock.
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Old 10-20-2019, 09:24 AM   #111
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This isn't the flight line we are talking about, but the Balloon Festival in NC was pretty fun this past weekend... except rain last night, was fun time. Alumalina, here we come!
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For a few years in the late '90s I owned a T-28B, and gave a lot of rides to current and former naval aviators who trained in them in their earlier lives. On a cold winter day, its rate of climb was similar to a Lear.

It was the nicest flying airplane I've ever been in -- boosted ailerons, almost 1500 HP, bubble canopy, no bad habits -- wonderful!
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For a few years in the late '90s I owned a T-28B, and gave a lot of rides to current and former naval aviators who trained in them in their earlier lives. On a cold winter day, its rate of climb was similar to a Lear.

It was the nicest flying airplane I've ever been in -- boosted ailerons, almost 1500 HP, bubble canopy, no bad habits -- wonderful!

Wow! must be a bear to maintain, what was fuel consumption in climb n’ cruise?
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Wow! must be a bear to maintain, what was fuel consumption in climb n’ cruise?
About 55 GPH in cruise. At take-off --- don't ask. It had a Shadin fuel flow meter that I glanced at once during T.O. It said 170 GPH. I tried not to look at it again.
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Makes sense. To climb that fast is a lot of work and work takes energy. An old mechanic friend of mine used to tell me that "speed is a function of cost, how fast do you wanna go?" And also about the gas mileage of those exotics: "if you have to ask..."
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