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Now let's talk about Airplanes..
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New-Gen    Posted 02-17-2005 at 17:29:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
These past few days truckers, cops, the Amish, both genders, and who knows what else have been thorouly cussed and discussed, hopefully this topic won't cause much dissention among the ranks...

Ranking high on my to-do before I die or get too old and feeble list is to go to Oshkosh, Wisconsin to the aircraft museum.
They have working examples of both an open cockpit bi-plane and a Ford Trimotor, and they take you up in either one you want. Of course I intend to ride them both!

Anybody ever been there?

steve19438    Posted 02-17-2005 at 20:38:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
if your ever near reading, pa this a great place to visit.

toolman    Posted 02-17-2005 at 18:27:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
new -gen no direspect but i am a firm beliver that if i was intended to fly i would have been born with wings, both feet planted firmily on the ground, totaly in my own control is the way i want to go out. thanks.

Lloyd Llama    Posted 02-18-2005 at 17:10:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
They say that flying is the second greatest thrill in life. The first is walking away from a landing!

New-Gen    Posted 02-17-2005 at 18:34:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nothing wrong with that way of thinking Toolman, no didrespect from here either, but I figure when my number comes up I really don't care where I am, as long as I can be active and independent right up til the time comes..

toolman    Posted 02-17-2005 at 18:38:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
i hear ya but i get myself in enough trouble standing still,lol.roy acuff huh well we,ll just have to make the train trip for sure.

From the great Atlantic o    Posted 02-17-2005 at 18:42:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
to the wide Pacific shore"............
Count me in!!

Dave Smith    Posted 02-17-2005 at 18:18:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have worked on and ridden in both planes. The car was mine.
Dave <*)))><

gran    Posted 02-17-2005 at 17:46:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
If I were anywhere near I would go with you. We have a great aircraft museum here in Seattle. I can remember how scared I was on my first flight in a one prop job. Out of old Boeing field, waiting room was an old army building. Have you ever jumped??

New-Gen    Posted 02-17-2005 at 18:24:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
No, can't say I have...have you?

Alias    Posted 02-17-2005 at 17:39:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Never been but I'd like to go. I took flying lessons when I got out of the Army, many years ago. Had to stop, developed serious sinus problems and everytime I went up had badddd headaches. Loved flying tho. ......gfp

New-Gen    Posted 02-17-2005 at 17:44:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have you ever been up in something like a Ford tin goose, or a DC3, or a Boeing 247? Or how about a Lockheed Constellation?
All I've ever been able to do is read about those old planes..

gran    Posted 02-17-2005 at 18:00:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am showing my age.I have flown in a 247 and a Dc3. The 247 was in on the begining of passenger flghts. In those days(here I go again) we could down to the plant and watch them roll those puppies out.

New-Gen    Posted 02-17-2005 at 18:55:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
One of my favorite books is a novel about an airline man titled "Wings" by Robert Serling. (He was a brother to Rod Serling, the Twilight Zone guy) It's been out of print for years but if you ever find it it's a good read.

Pitch    Posted 02-17-2005 at 18:00:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
My father had a friend who is/was a pilot took me up in the early to mid sixties before I was in my teens. Took me up in something that I think was referred to as the "Bamboo Bomber",all I remember is that it was stubby fat twin engine tail dragger. Had the two front seats and a coupla jump seats in the back. The rest was cargo area. Seems to me that it was fabric and scary and exciting as all getout. I am relying on a 40 year old memory here. Anybody know what plane I am talking about?

Red Dave    Posted 02-17-2005 at 17:51:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Flew on a DC-3 back in the mid eighties. PBA airlines had them on regular service up until a few years after that. Don't know if anybody in the US does anymore, but I doubt it.
Kinda neat to climb up the aisle on a taildragger.

HOGMAN    Posted 02-17-2005 at 20:00:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Against My better judgement I'm gonna jump in here with memorys and such. In 42 I worked for Douglas buildin C47 = DC3, mostly Class A pickup which was fixin other peoples flubs. Went into Army Air Corps Dec 42, went to C47 School,on to Gunnery School on B17s, got My Wings and was asigned to an A20 attack Bomber outfit,Flight Engineer Gunner. Flew 65 Missions,13 Months England and France. Started rotation back to States, went through Stone England. There They checked My records, C47 qualified and Flight Engineer so called Me in and offered a job flying supplys to tha Continent as Engineer Co-Pilot. I did not want to leave France,tried to get My orders camceled,couldn't so was in no good mood when offered tha job, turned it down and shiped out next Day as Gun commander on a 38MM Bofor, Limey Hospital Ship.
Later worked for 6Th Ferry Command , mostly C47, got to Taxi Them but mostly worked on Flight line.
When They started building Replica Ford Tri motors at Long Beach I visited with one of tha "SUITS", was talkin about the planes ,I said I bet it would be a boot in tha butt ta fly one. He said sure is, why don't You come out ta Compton this Saturday and fly with Me in My Plane? Humph,bout like sayin "why don't you drive 20 miles to go for a ride in My Car". I declined. Got to thinkin about it later, dawned on Me what tha man had said,like let Me check You out first.went back over He was gone. asked about Him they said He quit. I told em what He had said and Yep You was right, he sure would have taken You and let ya fly it' BUT, He is gone and HE was tha only one with that athuority.....SA LA GAR as they say in tha Hills of france. Sure woulda looked good in tha Log Book........

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