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Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Oct 10, 2012 - 08:57pm PT
I too, went to the Airshow today...er..Airport today.

My plane was already pulled out to the ramp parking for it's "test flight" with the new avionics, Graphic Engine Monitor, and all new cockpit glass. As I drove in and parked outside the gates, my eye was caught by something other than just another Bizjet: The Canadian Royal Air Force demonstration F 18 Hornet. Woo Hoo, and it was only parked 50 feet away from my bird! So, nosy guy that I am, I asked what it was doing here (Casper, WY) my A & P said it had developed a fuel leak enroute back to Canada from an airshow over the weekend, and landed at Natrona County International Airport for emergency repairs and refueling.

I was initially pi$$ed off that I didn't have my camera along, but the demonstration pilot left some brochures in the pilot's lounge:

Ta da!:

Royal Canadian Air Force Demonstration F 18 Hornet Brochure. This airp...
Royal Canadian Air Force Demonstration F 18 Hornet Brochure. This airplane is beautiful!
Credit: Brokedownclimber


After I flew some laps in the landing pattern with Leroy, the Avionics Shop manager to make sure the GEM and GPS were all functional, I dropped him off and flew several more touch and go landings before calling it a day.

I then noticed that everyone from The FBO was sitting outside as the line crew brought out the GPU (ground power unit) and that the pilot was wearing his helmet onboard the aircraft, and the engines were being started as I crawled out of my plane. Wow! Pretty noisy out there! I then joined the "happy throng" at the outdoor picnic area where all the line guys and A & Ps were congregated to watch the show. Even the office crew was outside waiting for the show, and an F 18 full-power takeoff IS a real show. The pilot held it down on the deck passing our area at about 4,000' and didn't really rotate into a climb until ~ 6,000' feet down the runway. But he then executed a very steep climbing right turn that brought the airplane on a 180 degree heading from the takeoff so we could appreciate just how fast it was moving. It really "made my day!"
Sagebrusher

Sport climber
Iowa
Oct 11, 2012 - 04:35pm PT
Most awesome ever!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Oct 11, 2012 - 04:59pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

the cessna O!-A bird dog,,, CLASSIC recon plane- took my very first orientation flight in one of these magnificent lil beasts!
yo

climber
Mudcat Spire
Oct 13, 2012 - 12:44am PT
Credit: yo
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 15, 2012 - 08:35pm PT
CAUTION - Aviation Porn!



Credit: Reilly

I flew over the Skunk Works one day and looked down to see 6 or 7 'Sleds'
waiting to have new cassette decks put into them. That was pretty cool.


Do click on this link if you want to read an excerpt from Sled Driver.
You know you want to - the dood takes his ride beyond Mach 3.5!!!!

Sled Driver
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Oct 15, 2012 - 11:08pm PT


The navigation system uses three telescopes to track stars, is completely analog and about as accurate as a modern GPS system. Every bit as amazing as a Norden bomb sight or the fire control computer on a WWII battleship.

A cart with a big block chevy to start it, (the round bump on the bottom of the engine nacelles is for the starter hookup)

http://www.sr-71.org/blackbird/startercart.php

They have one out at the March AFB museum, I think it's still there. The most impressive thing are the seals on the control surfaces. I don't think there's room for a matchbook cover between them. How that thing went through the kind of thermal expansion it did and still had anything move is really amazing.

Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Oct 15, 2012 - 11:34pm PT
Oh Holy Crap! That's my favorite airplane of all time! What a great link to the book, too!

I've seen only one Blackbird "up close and personal" at the Evergreen Air and Space Museum in McMinnville, OR. What a bird for "bird lovers," just sitting there under the wing of the Howard Hughes "Spruce Goose."
Blakey

Trad climber
Sierra Vista
Oct 16, 2012 - 07:52am PT
I once attended the pre op workup of an SR71 at RAF Mildenhall, met the pilot, listened to the ops brief and then watched the thing light up the sky as it headed off on a dank Autumn day.

Exploited the imagery the next day, All in all an amazing thing to be part of - even if ground based.

Steve
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Oct 16, 2012 - 09:57am PT
I always thought the SR71 had a beautiful but sinister aura about it; for sheer beauty, the F104 Starfighter was in a class by itself.

One thing about the "skunk Works" designs: they were all aesthetic masterpieces, and looked perfect for the roles they were intended to play.

Lockhheed also built the Constellation airliner, which was a beautiful design.
Blakey

Trad climber
Sierra Vista
Oct 16, 2012 - 10:56am PT
Functional design - if it looks right, it probably is!

Steve
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 16, 2012 - 10:58am PT
For those that read the excerpt didn't you love the part where he pulls the
throttles back over Sicily and still overshot the tanker at Gibraltar?
"Honest, officer, I guess I just wasn't paying attention."
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Oct 16, 2012 - 11:40am PT
I believe the turn radius on a Blackbird was about 150 nm. Talk about an aerodynamic marvel!
Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Oct 16, 2012 - 01:10pm PT
Awesome Reilly!!!
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Oct 16, 2012 - 02:43pm PT
A long and winding road: 3.8 billion miles and a trunk full of memories later, NASA's Cassini spacecraft celebrates 15 years since launch. More info: http://1.usa.gov/R1DzHb

This graphic shows Cassini's orbits around the Saturn system.


Credit: TomCochrane
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Oct 18, 2012 - 01:12am PT
This is one absolutely amazing remote controlled [RC] model airplane.

Not only did they build its jet engines, but included a retractable landing gear, and built it into a fully scaled model of the SR-71 "Blackbird" that flies just like the real McCoy. This SR-71 model was built by an Engineer/RC enthusiast in Germany.



http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=SDbQ5xvsrIU
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 18, 2012 - 03:43am PT
That's really awesome Tom!

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TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Oct 24, 2012 - 12:06pm PT
Flight HUD for skydivers and base jumpers

http://labs.reconinstruments.com/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Advert&utm_content=Black%2BWingsuiter&utm_campaign=Facebook%2BAdvert%2BHUD%2Bfor%2BSkydivers%2B
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Oct 27, 2012 - 07:39pm PT


http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2012/10/air-force-b-52-turns-60-has-lots-life-left-102112w/

Since it first entered service in April 1952, the B-52 has been updated numerous times, replacing much of the original technology that is now obsolete, such as vacuum tubes,

In fiscal 2012, the mission-capable rate for the B-52H was 78.3 percent even though the bomberís average age is 50.8 years ó blowing the doors off the B-1Bís 56.8 percent mission-capable and the B-2Aís 51.3 percent mission-capable rate.

Damn thing is almost as ancient as I am.
perswig

climber
Oct 27, 2012 - 08:41pm PT
A new addition recently flew in to the Owls Head Transportation Museum.







Anyone recognized it?
Apparently, a crosswind surprised the delivery pilot into a wingwobble at touchdown. He didn't feel anything, but the museum crew found scuffing on the tip of the port aileron. No damage to the wing fabric, though...



A sporterized Pitcairn Mailwing, original powerplant (air-cooled Wright Whirlwind).
The life of a mail pilot - flying by AAA road maps, keeping a crib sheet of mountain elevations. When grounded by weather or a crash, flagging down a train with a flashlight to hand off the mailbag to the next town.

Dale
squishy

Mountain climber
Oct 27, 2012 - 10:40pm PT
I built a foam SR-71 recently, only took me a few hours and the thing went 90mph...








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