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Old 09-18-2019, 01:42 PM   #60789
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I have a very boring airplane story
When I was in London in ~1997 I stayed in the house of a woman with 2 children. We rent one of her rooms. The house was near Richmond, which is not far from Heathrow airport. And I was in love with the airplanes of all kind. Sill love them. Anyway I saw a few Concorde flying, and my mind went crazy. There was a bicycle in the house, I asked her if I could drive it for a few minutes just for fun. She said "well, take it when ever you want, and use it how much you like." She was cool. I went to the airport a few times and spent many hours just watching planes landing and taking off. I couldn't see a Concorde, but it was very enjoyable for me. One day, while returning back to the house, the bicycle broke down. A man help me to fix it. I could drive a few miles, then it broke down again. I was very afraid that she would get mad at me. Perhaps throw me away from her house.. I didn't have the money to fix, and I thought my ultimate weight caused it to broke down. Well I showed her the bike. She smiled and said, "that's OK, I'll get it fixed"
Probably not a good idea to hang around for hours watching planes at major airports these days. It may not end well.
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Old 09-18-2019, 02:14 PM   #60790
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Company president decided we need to come up with trouble shooting videos because it will save me time on the phone. Yet he does not realize that people call in without having even looked at the machine to see what is doing.

A regular response when asked, "what does it do when signaled on?"

"I don't know, let me cycle it and check."
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Old 09-18-2019, 02:34 PM   #60791
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My father was a private pilot who built and flew his own plane back in the 30's. He reluctantly acquiesced to my mother's wishes to never again take the controls of an aircraft after his two closest friends died in a crash in 1953. However, he never lost his love of flying.
We use to make regular visits to the Oshawa Airport to visit his old friends. He was also a Ham radio operator (VE3AZV) and worked the fly-in breakfasts and air shows throughout the 60's.
Oshawa had been a training field during WWII and old war birds seemed to roost there. An aerial survey company who owned a converted B-17 kept it in one of the hangers. There was always a Harvard or two and at least two different Lancaster's (not flight worthy though) rested there as well.
For a short time in the 60's a
P-51 made its home there as well. It had been converted to a two seater. You could get a ride in it for $1.00 per minute, (the approximate operational cost). So, for $30 you got a thirty minute ride. Considering warm up, roll out and taxy time the pilot said it worked out to about twenty minutes actual flight time. My father so wanted to take that flight but never did. He was afraid his heart wouldn’t take it.
Now here’s the story. One sunny Sunday while we were watching planes come and go my father spotted the P-51 coming into the pattern. Oshawa didn’t have a full time tower back then and all flights had to circle the field keeping a good distance from the one in front and then land in order. Because the Mustang was a bigger, heavier aircraft than most of the little puddle jumpers he needed more room to land. To help this he’d go further out before turning for final approach. Time after time as he got near the field some little plane would pop up in front of him to land not seeing or realizing the big P-51 was coming. On the third attempt he almost hit a tiny tail dragger. Only by the grace of God and the pilot’s skill was he able to pull up and avoid disaster. My dad knew the pilot was pissed and said so to others standing nearby. The P-51 disappeared behind the trees to the north of the field. We all waited to see smoke rising into the sky. But… instead we heard the mighty sound of that Supercharged V-12 Merlin at full song. Then we could see a glint in the sky just above those trees. He came out of the north, across the field at full throttle at tree top level. Then, just as he reached the apron he pulled up in a long slow victory roll. He brought the Mustang very close to a small aircraft that was making its approach. He wasn’t letting another one sneak in. He muscled his way in front and then dropped that P-51 down like he’d turned off a light switch. I swore I heard those tires squeal when they hit the tarmac above the sound of the engine. He taxied up between the two main hangers with the canopy rolled back his head swinging from side to side. He was looking for that little tail dragger and its pilot. We understand that he found him. Hopefully they only exchanged words. It wasn’t long after that incident that the tower was manned on weekends.

This photo of the P-51 at Oshawa is from mustangsmustangs dot com's
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http://www.mustangsmustangs.com/p-51/who/case/67

My father and I were probably there the day this photo was taken. Might even be us behind the plane.
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Old 09-18-2019, 04:43 PM   #60792
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Old 09-18-2019, 04:59 PM   #60793
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I suggest flying business class on Turkish Air. It's awesome.

That's my airplane story.
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I'd suggest not picking the curry on an international flight. Of course it didn't hit me until it was time to land.
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Old 09-18-2019, 07:57 PM   #60795
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This photo of the P-51 at Oshawa is from mustangsmustangs dot com's
there is nothing like the sound of the Merlin v12 in a Mustang. The one from Stallion51.com in Orlando was at Tullahoma this weekend and he did a routine including a couple of flybys.

(When you click the link the site plays the engine starting up and it's loud so be warned)

It is on my bucket list to go fly with them for an hour orientation flight at some point. I just need to save up the $4,500!
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:09 PM   #60796
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Just cooked a ball tip top sirloin roast for more lunch meat. My probe thermometer quit on me, so I have no idea if it is under/over cooked. I hope I didn't ruin 4.5 lbs of beef.
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:16 PM   #60797
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Ok, my only cool plane story. I hope I didn't tell it already.

I was about 9, and my Dad and I were meeting my Uncle Frank at a little airstrip in Watsonville. My uncle lands and parks his plans at a tiedown right next to a Japanese Zero. Wings folded up and all. I had just watched Tora Tora Tora about 5 times in the theater a bit ago with my Dad. It was awesome. I'm like all over this plane, when the owner comes out. He was a friend of my uncle. I watch him lower the wings, then he says, "you want a ride?" Hell yes!

he told us it was a torpedo plane, and where it was shot down and pulled out of the water. I don't remember the details, too long ago. I almost lost my breakfast with a couple maneuvers he did. It was only probably 20 minutes in the air, but the coolest thing ever.
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I noticed @korhun mentioned Papa John's. Good to know they have shitty pizza in Turkey too.
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while i was in grade school, one of the leaders of my cadet group(like boy scouts, but differenter) worked across the street from the local airport. word got to him one day that a plane with stuck landing gear was coming in--full emergency response, foamed runway), so he filmed the whole thing. yes, film.

he later gave the footage to the pilot, who offered to take him up for a ride sometime. more words between them, and the pilot agreed to take up my cadet group one at a time with a parent.

so i got to fly in a small single engine plane before i had a drivers license . for no good reason, it remains the only plane i've ever been in. no fear, just don't care enough to bother fighting TSA to take the chance again.
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My Fiancée hates it when I write in cursive on the whiteboard wall... It's the proper way though. Damn millennials...

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