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TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Jul 25, 2011 - 01:31am PT

Vegas climber:

Mystery plane #2?
Did you see that at a hanger/airstrip over near the south rim of the Grand Canyon? Was it actually a plywood airframe with a (at one time) jet engine in the tail of the fuselage ?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 25, 2011 - 01:39am PT



This is what I call an executive transport:




Who knows what this is?
TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Jul 25, 2011 - 02:14am PT
Looks like Rielly has been to the Reno air show ?

Modified Spitfire ?

Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Jul 25, 2011 - 02:30am PT
My first sky dive was out of the DC-3 at Perris Valley in 1980. I was a little thing back then barely weighed over 100 lbs and the rig was heavy, old military junk-the belly wart reserve on front and the huge round canopy packed in its container on back.
I was number 8 out the door, wanted to go first, figured the quicker I got out the less time I would have to deal with my anxiety. All I remember, was when I threw myself out was not being prepared for the blast coming off those huge radial engines, there went any style that we were taught earlier in the day.
My next jump was out of a Cargo Beech 18, had to sit in the door way and shove off, that was interesting. The more interesting aircraft were the Cessna's, crawling out, handover hand on the strut finally letting the feet dangle in the wind and just letting go....... fun!

I need to see if I can figure out how to scan pictures.
TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Jul 25, 2011 - 02:42am PT
GeeBee
GeeBee
Credit: TrundleBum

Geebee profile angle
Geebee profile angle
Credit: TrundleBum
TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Jul 25, 2011 - 02:49am PT

Sky diving through the bomb bay doors of a vintage B-17
Sky diving through the bomb bay doors of a vintage B-17
Credit: TrundleBum

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9FjWDGojq4&feature=related


Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 25, 2011 - 03:32am PT
Awesome shots and stories everyone!

And Trundle, I used to work with your boss I believe. Looks like you're working with Simon Wade, by the email address. I used to pack his tandem rig for a while, I used to work at Skydive Las Vegas when Michael still owned it. Good times!

And yes, the flying wing is the one at the grand Canyon base of the Chino museum. They also have part of a B29 hidden in the back yard.

I will get some more pics up in the morning. Keep em coming, all!
Tfish

Trad climber
La Crescenta, CA
Jul 25, 2011 - 11:56am PT
Skydive #28 or 29. My friend flipped me on my back so I flipped him off.
Credit: Tfish
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 25, 2011 - 05:29pm PT
Reilly, your mystery plane gave me fits, but I finally found it - it's a Fairey Firefly, I believe.

As an added bonus, I found my mystery plane #1 - turns out that it's a de Havilland Vampire, just post WW2.

Great shots Hank and all!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 26, 2011 - 12:05am PT
Vegas,
You da man! I knew I recognized those twin shark fins of the Vampire.
I just couldn't bring it out of the subconscious. :-)

Trundle,
I have been to Reno but these shots are from this year's Chino show - way
better than Reno IMHO.
The 22 ship grand finale was beyond awesome - a combined 60,000 HP!

OK, here's some trivia shots.

The only commercial airliner with counter-rotating turbo-props.
A Tupelov 114 which used to sit at the entrance to Dushanbe International.
Donini didn't answer me whether it is still there. Grrrr.
Credit: Reilly

The most highly produced commercial aircraft in history, period - Antonov-2.
They should use the Buddy Lee jeans slogan - Can't bust 'em!
I got some hours in those things and they are the shiz! One takeoff was so
epic - overloaded, density altitude of a good 10K, etc. Weight and balance?
Fuggetabout it! I was sitting in the middle front pax seat holding the cockpit
door open with my foot (the latch was busted) so I could keep an eye on those
clowns. The clowns were good and it was an E-ticket ride. As they horsed
it off the dirt strip the stall horn was blaring like a brass band. The #2
casually sticks his head back into the cabin and says, "Pass as much baggage
forward as possible!" HaHaHaHa! Alacrity was the byword! It took a good
4 or 5 minutes before that damn horn quit.


Akbar - my homie the ramp agent proudly showing the USSA "I Ski" bumper sticker I gave him
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 26, 2011 - 12:22am PT
You're close Chief but Vegas was right, :-) Not a Hawker, trust me.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 26, 2011 - 01:00am PT
Reilly,

I posted on the AN-2 shot before on another thread. I know them pretty well, Aviation Classics owned 3 of them when I was there. Great planes.

Wind up starters.....such fun.
tolman_paul

Trad climber
Anchorage, AK
Jul 26, 2011 - 12:19pm PT
My father was the ship photographer on a carrier during WWII in the Pacific. I know he had a whole trunk full of photos, but these are a few he digitized and put on carriers website before he passed away.





Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Jul 26, 2011 - 02:10pm PT
Do you know what ship he served on? Just curious. Great shots.
tolman_paul

Trad climber
Anchorage, AK
Jul 26, 2011 - 02:22pm PT
USS KADASHAN BAY CVE 76

Here's their ships website: http://usskadashanbaycve76.homestead.com/main.html

Here's my fathers page:
http://usskadashanbaycve76.homestead.com/index.html

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 26, 2011 - 02:46pm PT
Nice Tolman! I didn't know they flew Bird Dogs off of carriers. Was it an
Army or Navy rig?
tolman_paul

Trad climber
Anchorage, AK
Jul 26, 2011 - 03:17pm PT
I don't know anything about the recon rig, all I know is my dad developed the recon photos. I did recall seeing some before and after bombing photos of a small island.

There are a whole lot of questions I shoulda woulda coulda but didn't ask my dad before he passed away. I really should have asked him some details about his climbing in Yosemite in the 50's. It would have at least been nice to have known what routes he'd climbed, and to go and climb them myself. But from the time I found out he had cancer to the last time I visited him was a little over 2 months, and there were a host of emotions running through me that kinda blocked out putting down a thorough list of questions. Such is life.
jstan

climber
Jul 26, 2011 - 04:13pm PT
My father crashed his cub doing touch and go on our air strip. Really sad. I wasn't in the plane at the time. I miissed my only opportunity to have an interesting experience.
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jul 26, 2011 - 04:31pm PT
I did six jumps at a DZ just over the Alabama line from Pensacola back in '72 (only the last one where I pulled). It was a run by some of the Navy team and I mostly remember a) being stunned by how fast the plane disappeared, and b) that I no idea what was what during the first couple of jumps.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 26, 2011 - 04:46pm PT
Just got this from my bro-in-law (a J3 is a Piper Cub). And 121.5 is the
universal guard/emergency frequency.

Yesterday I departed Minneapolis and was flying home to Toronto while monitoring 121.5 like I always do.

We heard an excited mayday call about an aircraft ditching in the water but did not answer because, as I expected, there were soon many joining in as well as the loud ELT signal. The original caller had given a call sign and described the aircraft as a J3 and his location but it seemed like he was somehow observing the ditching so I was a bit confused. We could see Lake Winnebago clearly as it was just to the right of our route but we were too high to spot anything on the southern end.

When we arrived in Toronto my F/O googled it on his cell phone and we were surprised to see it was already on the internet. Some divers had pulled two bodies from the plane. It was very sad to contemplate that others had gotten up in the morning with the rest of us and had gone flying on a beautiful day as we had but ended up drowning in 6 feet of water.
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