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Otterpilot    Posted 09-03-2002 at 13:49:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Takes me back to the day when Moon Hogswirth decided he wanted ta larn ta fly.Now ol Moon couldn't afford ta buy a aeroplane,but he had managed,over the years ta learn ta make do,so gatherin up a windmill fan,a buick straight eight,some binder canvasas,and bamboo fish poles,he set to work.Buildin the plane warn't too hard as he had lotsa pitchers ta look at,but that ole straight 8,made the nose way to heavy,so's he decided to center mount it behind the seat and run a lineshaft between his legs and out the front.Ah,the Hogswirth 8 was a sight to behold and the roar of her pipes was awe inspiring.Ole Moon,in his fleece lined leather pants and jacket cut quite a dashing figure smiling down from the cockpit with his gold tooth shinin.The one day disaster struck,while in a steep dive,ole Moon slid forward in the seat and a tuft of fleece pokin out the thigh of his leather pants caught in a burr on the driveshaft.Well even a low rpm,that ole buick peeled them leather pants off Moon,like skinnin a nanner and they started flailin him about the hindquarters mercilessly til ole Moon was forced to assume a squat position on the cockpit coaming,while leaning forward to control the stick and makin a forced landin on main street,cheeks in the wind,so to speak.Ole Moon was known as "Red Moon" Hogswirth til he passed on yrs later,and never again did the Hogswirth 8 leap into the skies.

Festus Grimes    Posted 09-03-2002 at 15:05:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
I wonder if old Moon ever met Killer. It was always Killer's dream to join up in the military. I remember when we was about in the fifth grade (that would be Grade 5 for you Canadians), we both swore a pact that we would join the Navy together when we got out of high school.
Alas, it was never to be. I got myself drafted and Killer, the one who really wanted to go the worst, couldn't pass the physical because one leg was longer than the other. Or was it that one leg was shorter than the other? I can never remember. No doubt it was caused by all those days spent above the timberline walking around on uneven ground.

Jake from Jakes Corner, Yukon Territory    Posted 09-03-2002 at 14:18:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well now, that's the stuff great aviation legends are made of. Ol' Moon sure showed some engineering smarts when he put that engine behind the seat like he did. But like them P39s, it caused some problems, too. These days the FAA would say the cause of the incident was in improper preflight inspection of the pilot's flyin' pants. Yup, them was the days when ever flight was an adventure.

Hogman    Posted 09-03-2002 at 15:12:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Such a sad endin has caused an abundance of tears in tha old eyeballs till it's just too hard ta see tha keyboard ta offer My opinion of this devastatin end ta such a spectackular event.--- pause to breath--------gasp----sigh--- better now.

It would appear even tho Ol Moon displayed an enormus amout of engine-uity in that placement,He failed ta read tha govmt regulatoryatin rules applyin ta openly-exposed rotationaly activated shafts utilized in tha transfer of (again) rotational impetous to another location via said rotatin member to wit;all such exposed rotating members of tha afore mentioned configuration inducin motivational power shall be covered with suitable shields as approved by tha EPA,HUD,Fish'n Wildcritters,conservation disservice,1st bank of nome and possibly tha FAA.

Had He observed this simple,basic Rule disaster would'a been avoided'n He might still be takin tourists on flights allowin a fine over view of tha Pinapple fields, tha above timberline loggin operation includin tha saw mill, Tha remains of Sassies social saloon for single males with special needs,what a waste'n all for tha want of a lousey shield----------

Gimpleg and the rest of the banana farm crew    Posted 09-03-2002 at 17:07:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Good points, Hogman and mighty well explained, too.....Say, was you ever a member of the CAA or the FAA? That put me in mind of a time when we was all over there in Indochina in '54 and we was flyin' along in the back of a C47 we and gettin' close to Burma and the jumpmaster .... but well, that's another story.

Hogman-- 007 says thats classifyed stuff    Posted 09-03-2002 at 18:37:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
not for release ta tha general public. However as a tail gunner on a wwl Spad I was envolved in some tricky stuff there in tha asiatiks er was that N Afrika---- memory fails------

Jake from Jakes Corner, Yukon Territory    Posted 09-03-2002 at 21:37:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tail gunner on a WWI spad! Now them boys is unsung heroes if ever they was some!! Since there wasn't no place else for 'em they had to sit astride the turtleback a facing backwards and fire that Lewis gun single handed. Yup made it hard on the pilot, too. Had fly with the stick held all the way forward. He didn't have to worry about flaring out on landing, though.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 09-03-2002 at 18:32:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Verrrry interesting airplain stories folks.
Later Bob

Jake from Jakes Corner, Yukon Territory    Posted 09-03-2002 at 21:40:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well thanks, Bob. A course we can't tell the really good ones, this being a family oriented site and all.

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