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some antique airplanes...

Rode to Coolidge Airport this AM for their monthly fly-in breakfast, and saw several nice airplanes but NO "warbirds"....













Some 'model-makers' showed up, and here's a close-up of the guns on a WW1 model.



Oh, and BTW - the weather was GREAT!

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Is that little white beauty a Burt Rutan creation? Whatever it is, it's proud enough to take a bow.

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That's a nice looking PT19 Stearman..................
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Is that little white beauty a Burt Rutan creation? Whatever it is, it's proud enough to take a bow.
I believe it is - there were either 3 or 4 of the 'little devils' there, Saturday.

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Cool planes!

If anyone is a fan of war birds there is a great series on Netflix called "Plane Resurrection" where they follow restorers of WW2 planes from start to finish.

Also if you are in Ottawa, ON the National Aviation and Space Museum is worth a stop as they have many WW1, WW2 and cold war restored aircraft although most are not in flying condition, as is the National War Museum with a very, very large collection of WW1, WW2 and cold war restored tanks and other armor from Russia, US, England, Germany, etc..

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I love biplanes, and have really been intrigued by canards, but the F4U corsair has always been my favorite. Nice photos you posted.

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...but the F4U corsair has always been my favorite....
How about these...? (BTW - this F4U crashed when the pilot 'pulled-the-wings-off' at an airshow a few years back. This was a VERY RARE Corsair, designed w/ a bigger engine so as to shoot-down Kamikaze a/c attacking USN ships. Just IMAGINE - the boats are shooting UP at the Zeros and YOU are supposed to follow it down [INTO the ship's shells!!!] and "splash" it.... You can notice the LONGER engine cowling.)



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from back in 2009...

Here are some a/c from the Coolidge Fly-In back in '09....







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How about these...? (BTW - this F4U crashed when the pilot 'pulled-the-wings-off' at an airshow a few years back. This was a VERY RARE Corsair, designed w/ a bigger engine so as to shoot-down Kamikaze a/c attacking USN ships. Just IMAGINE - the boats are shooting UP at the Zeros and YOU are supposed to follow it down [INTO the ship's shells!!!] and "splash" it.... You can notice the LONGER engine cowling.)



I really like the paint job. Thanks for the pics, and the education on this corsair. If I'm told to follow Kamikaze zeros down into ship shells firing up at the plane I'm following, I would be like SAY WHAT?
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Oh, and BTW - the weather was GREAT!

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Yeah, yeah, yeah on the weather comment Eddie. I'll bet my snowball making skills are better than yours this year, and my sliding down the icy driveway antics will get more laughs tomorrow than you can imagine.

Good fun, and nice pics. Take care and don't get sunburned.

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Great pics. Love the F4U Corsair!!

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Is that little white beauty a Burt Rutan creation? Whatever it is, it's proud enough to take a bow.
And here it is NOT 'taking a bow':


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How about these...? (BTW - this F4U crashed when the pilot 'pulled-the-wings-off' at an airshow a few years back. This was a VERY RARE Corsair, designed w/ a bigger engine so as to shoot-down Kamikaze a/c attacking USN ships. Just IMAGINE - the boats are shooting UP at the Zeros and YOU are supposed to follow it down [INTO the ship's shells!!!] and "splash" it.... You can notice the LONGER engine cowling.)



This was actually the F2G "Super Corsair", much as I described, but w/ a 28 cylinder vs the 18 cylinder in the F4U. Here is a link to BOTH types of Corsairs:

F4U Corsair - WW2 US Navy Fighter Plane - History, Specs, Pictures

And here's a link to the crash that ended it:

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After seeing those I guess my Cherokee 140 isn't an antique after all.

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After seeing those I guess my Cherokee 140 isn't an antique after all.
When folks learn that I flew (military as well as commercial) for 37 years, they ALWAYS ask IF I have an airplane....

My answer - NO WAY! - I KNOW what it costs to fly and maintain them! That's why I ride my motorcycle(s)!


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Definitely not cheap. I have a co-owner so it isn't terrible. We each spend $1,800/year though just to let it sit and keep it in annual. After fixed costs I figure $60/hr for fuel and oil though.

A run to the nearest In and Out for a burger is around $300.

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Definitely not cheap. I have a co-owner so it isn't terrible. We each spend $1,800/year though just to let it sit and keep it in annual. After fixed costs I figure $60/hr for fuel and oil though.

A run to the nearest In and Out for a burger is around $300.
Let me see... - Ride to In and Out and back home = 30 miles, about .6 gallon of gas ($1.35); and a "double-double w/ fries" (about $6). So-o-o, I need to keep on riding (after lunch) just to get to a total of $10....


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Let me see... - Ride to In and Out and back home = 30 miles, about .6 gallon of gas ($1.35); and a "double-double w/ fries" (about $6). So-o-o, I need to keep on riding (after lunch) just to get to a total of $10....

I agree once I started flying for a living it became a job. I would rather ride a motorcycle than sit in an airplane.lol
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Flying light aircraft is a ball.........I would love to have a 120 Cessna or a 40's Taylorcraft. Nice planes and pretty cheap to maintain and operate.

A motorcycle is much easier and cheaper however................
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I agree once I started flying for a living it became a job. I would rather ride a motorcycle than sit in an airplane.lol
On my LAST flight (an Airbus 340, Vancouver - Calgary - Frankfurt - return), my first officer brought a video camera and made a last-flight-video, then sent me a copy about a month after it ended.

I had totally forgotten our conversation, till watching the video. On take-off out of Calgary there were "cap-clouds" over the Rockies, so we climbed to 35,000, and as we leveled the clouds ended - a beautiful clear day, so I directed him to request 19,000' to give the folks in back a bit of a "tour" (at 19,000 we're WELL ABOVE the "hills", but looking out the windows it looks as tho' you're right IN them!).

My f/o said "There's NOTHING like this, eh?" gesturing to the views.

"A single-seater w/ an ejection seat!" I replied, then followed up "...or a twisty road on a motorcycle, when you're 'in the Zone', just laughing inside!"

I had ordered a new Suzuki Bandit 1200S as a 'retirement gift' already, and I got to LIVE that comment, and STILL GET to LIVE that comment, EVERY day.

Do I miss flying? NOT really, as long as there's a Versys in my garage(s)!

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