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  1. Martin, I'm impressed with your lapping operation, actually. Well founded on good engineering principles and, from the description, well executed. Nice work.... John
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    One for John

    Thanks, Dave, If you look closely you can see me standing next to the fence... :eyebrow: John
  3. Fred, Very enjoyable walk, and good photos. From your photos and Mut's, and the shed posts, Britain looks quite different from here. It's all so civilized. Buildings get character as they age there. Here they just get seedy...or bulldozed and replaced with a new shopping center. Not sure about pairing up with the French though. Have they really thought that through? :mrhappy: John
  4. Happy Birthday, Mut. I hope you have a great day, and a great week to follow. :mrhappy: Dave, the illness usually FOLLOWS the party. :!: John
  5. Yes, O'Hare... There was a short piece of amatuer video that caught it slowly rolling as it disappeared behind nearby hangars - I think there was what looked like smoke visible near the missing engine, actually fuel and hydraulic fluid atomizing in the slipstream. They must have shown that clip a thousand times. They analyzed the accident later in the simulators and said that with practice and foreknowledge of what was faulted, it was survivable, but barely. In real terms, the deck was so heavily stacked against the crew they had no real chance. A particularly ugly accident, caused by human error but not theirs. John
  6. Mut, Great photos, as usual. Nice of you to let Dave ride along. I trust the supply of burp bags was sufficient? I can't see a DC-10 without thinking of United 191. We lived fairly close and it got wall to wall television coverage for days. That said, it wasn't the fault of the aircraft, but some "creative" maintenance techniques. John
  7. Added to the check that's in the mail from Fred, you might have a tidy sum.... John
  8. Aircraft in a turn, leaving a contrail, some distance away...?
  9. Mut, If that's the case, you should try the Mackinac bridge, between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. (pronounced Mackinaw - I think it's an Indian word for "...fleece the tourists...") KMCD, the airport on nearby Mackinac island is a good place to start. Someone has beat you to this, though. I'm reasonably certain that a large USAF aircraft flew under it in the late 50s or early 60s, either a B-47 or B-52, I think. To misquote the captain in "Top Gun", he probably soon found himself, "...flying rubber dog s*** out of Hong Kong." Sorry, I couldn't resist the canine analogy.... :poster_oops: Nice pair of photos, though. The picture in picture is cool. John
  10. Gents, Am considering a new system. (You’ve seen my graphics… :mrhappy: :sadblinky: :???: :wink: :???: :roll: ) Two systems I’m considering list these as video cards. 1) NVIDIA GeForce 7500LE 256MB (512MB shared) 2) NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTS w/ 320MB, Dual DVI-I Dual link TV Out (Factory Overclocked) w/ VGA adapter I’m WAY out of the loop on hardware, and would appreciate your help/advice. • Are both of these dual monitor cards? • Are these cards high-end enough for FSX and likely to keep me compatible with new sim add-on products for the next few years? (I know - that’s a very subjective, open-ended question, deserving of a similar answer… still, I respect and value the opinions I get here.) • I understand that Direct X 10 compatibility is an issue and don’t see it mentioned in the specs for these systems. Is it important and are these cards DX-10 compatible? I’d be very grateful for any help or opinions any of you would care to post, or send privately. Thanks, John
  11. I really liked the shots. Several were spectacular. You seem to be your own harshest critic. I particularly liked the climb-out shot with the field behind; you caught it at just the right moment. I appreciate you sharing them. John
  12. Joe, Very nice shots and story line. The Tomcat is one of my favorite non-prop aircraft. Very efficient at converting kerosene to noise. It's a pity, but they're all gone now. The Navy has retired the last active squadron and the official last flight is history. There's a supposedly true story of a young F-14 pilot with a serious case of the nerves. He was attempting a night trap and had boltered seven times (!!!) and refueled twice. The Landing Signal Officer finally told him on the radio, "Son, you're going to have to land here eventually. This is where the food is." Anyway, nice post. Thanks... John
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    This is the Allard shed… It is 36 X 30. There are rollup doors front and back. It has a concrete floor and includes a porcelain convenience (small window, far right). The upstairs is a finished, air conditioned apartment, our guest house, very handy for when our daughter, son-in-law and the two grand-pups (cocker spaniels) visit. The only disadvantage of staying in the apartment is the old poop downstairs making all that racket.
  14. Mut, you've missed your calling...you should have been an advertising exectutive or a publisher. I really appreciate all your work packaging this and spreading the word. I think this might be considered a win for the home team at MH. John
  15. I don't think it's a turbo-prop. I believe it has piston engines. All the Douglas piston aircraft after the DC-3 had 4 engines, I think. John
  16. Joe, Very nice. I always look forward to your legs to see what A/C you'll pull out of your hat. Nice job. John
  17. Let me hasten to add that there's at least as much of Mut's creativity and effort in this little enterprise as there is mine. All I did was crank out the raw "galley proof" of the story. All of the graphics and all of the HTML work to package and present this are his work, plus, probably, a half-dozen other little chores that I'm too ignorant to even realize needed doing. I'm very much in his debt for this. John
  18. Convair 440, I think. It seems to be a twin-engine propliner, modern enough to have air conditioning and the parent company is in California. There are other possibilities, including a couple of earlier Convairs. John
  19. Martyn, I don't know what it is, but it looks like you're running the boost too high.... :mrhappy: Have some pity on those poor engines. :wink: John
  20. Not a clue about the field, but the aircraft could be a Hawker Siddeley Andover...
  21. I don't have a guess yet... I think I see a wood flight deck... That crook in the stick or control column is odd, but the perspective is hard to make out. I have the sense that we're seeing the copilot's left rudder pedal and the pilot's right, but not sure. If so, is there a similar crooked control column out of the shot on the far left for the pilot's station? Could the apparent lack of toe brakes indicate a flying boat? Now there's a thought. EDIT - Is it a Grumman Goose? John
  22. But, it would seem, without toe brakes. Is that a clue for anyone? It doesn't ring a bell for me. EDIT - Helicopter? Glider? John
  23. Wow, amazing stuff. You don't get that close at US air shows and there's a fence....always a fence between me and the good stuff. :sadblinky: Great photos. Thank for sharing them. Can't beat the sound of warbirds turning kerosene into noise. John
  24. I think Smeagol must be right. Windscreen's right for a Mustang, and it had a Packard Merlin, and there is an automobile by that name. I think he's got it. By the way, here SWAG is generally taken to mean Scientific Wild Assed Guess. Four and a half points, Mut. John
  25. Well, what can we infer from what we have.... 1) Zinc chromate primed interior suggests a military AC 2) Labelling the arm rest as "ARM REST" ditto...only a military genius could decide that was needed. 3) Piston engine, I think - only one. 4) The yellow demarcation of the primary flight instruments implies, "Hey, trainee, look here!" Therefore, training aircraft..? 5) The "look and feel" of what's visible on the the panel seems way post-WWII, '70s perhaps, possibly earlier. I'm going to take a SWAG (another American colloquialism, 5 points if you know what it stands for)... Is it a Beech T-34 Mentor? There was a piston version, though most had turboprops. EDIT Uh, oh! Liquid cooled engine. That resets things. Probably not a trainer, as most liquid cooled AC had BIG engines, Rolls or Packards or such. Um, Mut, yes, I'd be up for another clue. John
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