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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 1950Gasser, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. Jonneville
    Joined: Aug 27, 2010
    Posts: 113

    from NY and UK

    I try to fly something old and interesting each year. Last year I flew a Jet Provost and spent a couple of hours in this Hawker Sea Fury, which belongs to the Royal Navy Heritage Flight...


    It retains its original Bristol Centaurus sleeve valve radial, which cranks out about 2,500 hp. Most of the Bristols have been replaced by P&Ws nowadays. I believe that one of these aircraft still holds the unofficial speed record for a piston-engined aircraft at 547mph. "Standard" max speed is 460 - one of these actually shot down a MiG 15 in Korea.


  2. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 12,046

    from Quincy, IL

    Those Sea Fury's are beautiful............didn't know there were sleeve valve that's an interesting bit of hardware!

    Last edited: Mar 7, 2012
  3. Gretschplayer
    Joined: Nov 7, 2010
    Posts: 15


    Fly a 1964 Cessna 172, with the O-300 six.
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    Here's a picture of me back in the 70's going for a ride with some guy named Bob. Even though I looked very cool, inside I was giggling like a little girl.
  5. aircraft still holds the unofficial speed record for a piston-engined aircraft at 547mph. "Standard" max speed is 460 - one of these actually shot down a MiG 15 in Korea.



  6. Soloed our family '41 Piper J3 Cub before I had a permit to drive. Loved and flew it for 30 years before selling it a few years back. That helped put another vintage pickup project in the shop. Here's an old picture of me and the guy that gave me the flying bug... my dad. I miss him every day.

  7. 36tbird
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 1,083


    A buddy just e-mailed me this,

    One of the questions from the career placement test given applicants for a
    Military Commission was important.

    It went: "Rearrange the letters P N E S I to spell out an important part of the human
    body that is more useful when erect."

    All those who spelled SPINE became Doctor's, the rest went to Flight School.
  8. HellRaiser
    Joined: Jun 14, 2006
    Posts: 1,240

    from Podunk, NE

    So true...I was one who went to medical school first though. But they sent me back to flight school when I tried taking the female anatomy by Braille:eek:

  9. 1950Gasser
    Joined: Sep 29, 2011
    Posts: 64

    from NJ

    I met this so called "bob" at sun-n-fun a few years back. For a normal guy he seemed pretty interesting!
  10. Xman
    Joined: Nov 17, 2011
    Posts: 448


    Just found this thead, very interesting. Got my sel in 79, A&P - IA- DME. Owned a 59 182, a 59 180 and a 61 185. I now own a 1929 Travel Air 4000 with a wright J4. Came to me when my brother passed away. It now hanges from the ceiling of the aviation museum in Port Townsend Washington.
    Hot Rods and airplanes do go together!
  11. AeroCraftsman
    Joined: Jul 29, 2004
    Posts: 329


    Love those TravelAirs. We've restored several of them. Got one in the shop right now that's just about finished and two more waiting their turn.
    Here's the last one we finished a couple of years ago.
  12. Boryca
    Joined: Jul 18, 2011
    Posts: 695

    from Detroit

    Those Travel Airs, not so bad. Model 95s though, the twin TravelAir from '55 I think... those things are a pain. All the magnesium control surfaces and corrosion and ADs. Slick birds once you get all that taken care of though.
  13. VanHook
    Joined: May 26, 2005
    Posts: 244


    I fly a piper J-3 cub in my free time and work on them the rest of the time.
  14. ty1295
    Joined: Feb 20, 2008
    Posts: 109

    from Indiana

    Older thread but got my license last month. One of those bucket list items in life I always wanted to do.
  15. DieselGreaser
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 39


    Not a pilot, but a mechanic. Once in a while I get to steal a left seat ride in a 172


    or a front seat ride in this Stearman



    I'm planning to look into volunteering with the CAF next year because I know there are a not of younger guys like me getting into that stuff and I want to help preserve history.
  16. 130driver
    Joined: Mar 1, 2010
    Posts: 44

    from Canada

    Live in Canada so got the Queen to pay for my qualifications. Pilot C-130's on Search and Rescue. Great gig. Never have been able to call it work or a job.
  17. Ramblur
    Joined: Jun 15, 2005
    Posts: 2,101


  18. Colville
    Joined: Oct 4, 2009
    Posts: 478


    No pilot here, but I do put them in the air. Been doing Aircraft Structural Maintenance on them for the past 10 years in the Air Force. :) Heres a saying we aircraft maintainers use in the USAF. "Takes a college education to break them and a high school degree to fix them" My grand pa was a pilot though in WWII, he also owned a few of his own that I got to fly in.
  19. N312RB
    Joined: Dec 12, 2007
    Posts: 418

    from Burlington

    That Bob guy is a god among men!

    I just got my private 2 months ago, my multi add on a month ago, my instrument tomorrow and hopefully my commercial ticket within 30 days.
  20. ZAPPER68
    Joined: Jun 13, 2010
    Posts: 206

    from BC

    Helicopters for me; next month it will be 40 years since I started flying. I'm lucky, I get to do for a living what I would do for a hobby .... if I could afford it.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2012
  21. Floater03
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 506

    from Byron Ga.

    Another A & P here, 33+ years as a mechanic,inspector,quality,etc. Been on many a test flight after heavy maintenance,a sphincter check or two during those days:eek: Currently working for Uncle Sam as a civilian doing NDI in support of the warfighter. To all military,past and present, Thank You For Your Service!
  22. storm king
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,991

    storm king

    Don't know how I've missed this thread.
    Been a pilot and A&P mechanic for over 30 years.
    Mostly I fly the company 182 & 206.
  23. Six-Shooter
    Joined: Jul 12, 2010
    Posts: 341

    from Ohio

    My wife and I both got our private pilot (single engine - land) license in 1997. Most of my time is in Cessna 150's, 172's, and the Piper Arrow 2. However, I've logged some time in the more "H.A.M.B. friendly" Stearman PT 17 and Piper Tri-Pacer.

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    Last edited: Aug 28, 2012
  24. Ramblur
    Joined: Jun 15, 2005
    Posts: 2,101


  25. 35 Woodie
    Joined: Jan 20, 2006
    Posts: 194

    35 Woodie

    I flew A-4s in the Navy in the early 1970s. Here I am at NAS Quonset Point, RI, with my dad, loading up on lobsters!

    Got out during the first Arab oil embargo. No chance for an airline position at that time due to huge pilot layoffs.

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  26. Heard over Tower Radio at Bagotville, Quebec, Canada.
    First voice:"Roger, I'm holding at 3,000 feet over Bagot Beacon."
    Second voice:"You can't be doing that. I'm holding over Bagot Beacon at 3,000 feet."
    Long pause.
    First voice: "You idiot. You're my copilot."

  27. carlisle1926
    Joined: May 19, 2010
    Posts: 536


    Wow! I can't imagine any better way to go up in a Mustang than with Hoover himself. Unreal.
  28. KenoshaChris
    Joined: Mar 1, 2012
    Posts: 8


    You'll love the choppers. Been flying them for 46 years. Where are you located? Make sure you pick a quality school. God Bless - Chris
  29. staypoor53ford
    Joined: Jun 1, 2010
    Posts: 40

    from wisconsin

    all you guys and your big flying machines ! just another a&p here
  30. low-n-slo54
    Joined: Jul 25, 2009
    Posts: 1,920


    I'm starting Global Express school on March 4th.:D:cool:

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