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  1. allardjd

    Lyre Bird

    The chain saw blew me away...
  2. allardjd

    Canoe swim?

    Well, that's pretty neat. There are aircraft that cover that route, more or less, you know. And if you arrived at the door, you'd be recognized - and welcome... Two things occur to me here... 1) Le Havre? Why would it route you through Le Havre? I suspect there's a French programmer working for Google. (Is there any such thing as a French programmer - has anyone ever heard of a French programmer?) 2) This reminds me of a joke (most everything does...) A man is walking on a beach. He finds a brass lamp and rubs the lamp. Out pops a genie. The genie says, "You get one wish." After a brief arguement about only one versus the more customary three, the man settles down to think what his wish should be. After a time he tells the genie, "I've always wanted to take my family to Hawaii for a vacation, but I'm deathly afraid of flying. If there were a bridge to Hawaii, I could drive them there. I wish for a bridge to Hawaii." The genie, looking very irritated answers, "Oh, no! That's a long way, over some of the deepest water in the ocean. The materials alone would cost billions. Can't you think of something easier?" The man, disappointed, responds, "OK, well I've always wanted to understand women. I wish you would make me understand women." The genie asks, "Two lanes, or four?"
  3. Very nice aircraft. Loved the video in the last link. What a convoluted development though. It's amazing this thing got to the point of going into production. John
  4. Not yet, except in one place that you know of. John
  5. Happy Fathers Day, Mutley. I wasn't sure that was celebrated at the same time as here. Obviously so. I wanted to share a photo of my gift...my wife made up a T-Shirt with the logo of my favorite fictional air cargo company. :wink:
  6. Ouch! That's not good. Given earlier problems with FS9 and XP, far less common than the Vista difficulties, could there be a mother board or CPU hardware issue? I'm way out of my depth here, just trying to think outside the box. I'm also having very serious second thoughts about upgrading just yet. My video card is ancient and memory is at the hardware limit with 500 Mb, but it doesn't crash or lock up or give error messages. John
  7. Ad image in a field, supposedly "unauthorized". For being unauthorized it is fairly well executed. The straight lines are very straight, for instance. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,282592,00.html I though about putting this in Real World Aviation, but decided here was better. :wink:
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    My past shots

    Spectacular. Very nice. John
  9. Patrick AFB, KCOF, near Melbourne FL? Terrain looks about right. The only thing higher than the top of the fence is the tower. John
  10. For this leg, I've decided to try a new twist. I thought it might be interesting to see if I couldn't combine this ATWC leg with a Cargo Pilot flight. After some fooling around, it turned out to be not all that difficult. I did have to throw the cargo-generation dice three times before I got a cargo from KFFA to KSTL, but eventually one turned up and I've accepted it. After all, if I'm going to fly for over five hours, I may as well try to get some credit for it. So, with no further ado, join me now at KFFA, Kill Devil Hill, North Carolina, site of the Wright Brothers' first flight(s) in 1903 and current home of a museum and a monument commemorating that historic occasion. We've been informed that it will be some time before we can depart anyway, as there's a 747 on the strip. It's being dismantled and trucked away as we speak, so we'll have to kill a little time before the runway is clear for our departure. We'll be setting off on a leisurely walking tour of the site, taking in some of the highlights of this historic place before departing on our flight to St. Louis. Now, if you'll follow me, please... Martyn has already shown you the monument from the helicopter - great photos - so we'll skip that part. To pick up the tour where he left off, here's the house. It seems someone has misunderstood. This is the WRIGHT house, not the WHITE house. That big presidential-looking Boeing was supposed to have landed at Andrews, you see. Here we have the original sheds - arguably the first hangars ever. Very historic indeed, but not up to the studly standards we've all seen in some recent shed posts on a famous flight-sim website. Hmmm, I wonder how these would look in bright blue? Next are a series of stone markers, set out to illustrate the actual distances flown by the Wrights on that historic December day almost 104 years ago! You can see that the engravers used the popular Almost Legible Bold typeface for the stones. The longest of the 1903 flights was less than the wingspan of the behemoth that's being slowly dismantled on the nearby airstrip. Finally, we come to the museum. Please feel free to spend some time browsing and shopping - as much as you like. Taking a 747 down to truck- size pieces does require some considerable span of time. While we're waiting for our departure clearance, let's review some of the inevitable paperwork associated with a cargo flight, even such a minor one as this. First we'll look at the company generated flight plan. You'll notice on the manifest list near the bottom that we have only two items of cargo for this flight, one of which is rather unusual. It seems that the shipper has requested special handling for this one, at great added cost. This must be a valuable item indeed! As such, it will travel on the right front seat. Weight and balance being so important, the remainder of the cargo is distributed with both longitudinal and lateral CG in mind. Next are our route notes - in my own hieroglyphics. These were scanned after the flight so most of the waypoints are already scored out. The scoring stops where ATC vectors for the approach began. Here's our aircraft, a rather nifty little beast, if a bit dated. She's all ready for loading and pre-flight inspection. Contrary to what you may have heard, it cannot change directions in mid-flight. The Skymaster does have the reputation of being a very safe piston twin; an engine failure doesn't cause any asymmetric thrust. In a crash however, occupants of the cabin have a tendency to become the meat in an engine sandwich. We'll try to avoid that. The obligatory line-up shot. As you can see nothing remains of the Boeing - a massive truck convoy is on the road to Washington DC carrying it to Andrews AFB where all the king's horses and all the kings men will attempt to re-assemble it. A short run along the beach before climbing... I just missed a shot of a lady waving a bikini top - you should have seen it. This is some of the most picturesque geography in this part of the US, the North Carolina barrier islands. Once we turn west into Virginia, the scenery gets to be miles and miles of miles and miles. I won't bore you with many enroute shots of this part of the flight. They'd all look a lot like this one. This is a favorite though... We were initially filed for 16,000 ft, however that proved a stretch for this non-turbocharged aircraft. Upon reaching that altitude and taking a couple of ground-speed and fuel-burn checks it was apparent that we'd encountered severe headwinds and couldn't make St. Louis unless something was changed. The TAS advantage of being this high was doubly cancelled by the degraded engine performance and the effect of the headwinds. Since Cargo Pilot looks unfavorably on enroute fuel stops or just hitting the fuel and payload menu for a few extra gallons (resulting in the dreaded Simulation Penalty), something else is called for. After a quick call to Washington Center requesting a lower altitude we were promptly cleared to descend to 12,000 feet and found both better performance and vastly more favorable winds for the remainder of our flight. Our fuel state the rest of the way was "nervous", but proved to be sufficient. Our route of flight takes us across the southern part of the state of Virginia, passing some distance south of Washington DC. Eventually we cross into West Virginia, then northern Kentucky. We travel just south of the big hub at Cincinnati, WKRP, bringing us almost directly over the airport at Lexington Kentucky, site of a fairly recent fatal air-carrier crash. You may recall that a commuter flight was making a pre-dawn departure. After transiting an area where the taxiways had recently been re-configured, he mistakenly took off on an incorrect, too-short runway and crashed in less than a mile. You can read the details here: played by Loni Anderson. I couldn't resist slipping in a reference to it. John
  11. allardjd

    JF blogging!

    Been there already, read it, posted a comment. I like it. Especially good that you don't need a log-in or ID to comment. Comments are moderated, I assume, but that's a necessary precaution. Anyway, very interesting.
  12. All the tankers and support equipment are gone now. The summer rain patterns have set in and though many fires are still burning, most if not all are contained and will eventually be put out by the near-daily rain. I didn't generate much interest about piston + jet aircraft, but here's what I found in a reference - there were four types, all from about the same time period.... B-36 Peacemaker C-123 Provider P2 Neptune Avro Shackleton The latter was a ringer - only the later versions had the jets and they were fitted into the aft part of the inboard engine nacelles - thus were not very obvious. John
  13. Martyn, You're going to be a tough act to follow and I won't be able to match it, much less top it. Those are stunning graphics and very nice photos. Does George Bush know you've borrowed his airplane? Did you really get the aluminum overcast stopped on that strip? Light or not, and even with a good headwind, that is an excellent piece of flying. I've resorted to a piston twin to get the baton (...and a quantity of something else) back out of there. I'm working on the next leg, but will let you bask in the feedback for a couple of days before following up with my humble offerings. Nice work. John
  14. Hmmm. I can see I'm going to have to keep a close eye on you. I was buying that story, hook, line and sinker. John
  15. allardjd

    Doctor What?

    Interesting story - I had to look it up. Check here.... http://www.titanic-whitestarships.com/T ... 0Story.htm I'm quite at sea with this thread, by the way.... Is it a Monday program? It was pretty quiet in here yesterday. John
  16. Hello, reef, Welcome to the friendliest flight sim forum on the web. Did he warn you they allow Americans in here? John
  17. Well, it has a fence. I like it already.... John
  18. allardjd

    Doctor What?

    "Guess the first doctor I remember? " Dr. No? (James Bond)
  19. Can't find "here" hot spot....is this how I vote? Yes, I like it. John
  20. Hi, Mut. Great finale! Very good shots, as usual. Re your text... Foggy Bottom also commonly refers to the State Department, which you might call the Foreign Office, I think. I believe it is located in the area you described. The connotation is that they are in the fog and usually cannot see what is plain to others. As for proximity to the Pentagon, one of the normal approaches to DCA, Washington Reagan is at least as close as your shot shows, though you would be quite a bit lower than in your shot. Great trip, great photos, great airplane... John
  21. Martin, I'm impressed with your lapping operation, actually. Well founded on good engineering principles and, from the description, well executed. Nice work.... John
  22. allardjd

    One for John

    Thanks, Dave, If you look closely you can see me standing next to the fence... :eyebrow: John
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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