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  1. 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
  2. Added to the check that's in the mail from Fred, you might have a tidy sum.... John
  3. Aircraft in a turn, leaving a contrail, some distance away...?
  4. 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 anal
  5. 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 ver
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. allardjd


    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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Not a clue about the field, but the aircraft could be a Hawker Siddeley Andover...
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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 colloqu
  21. Mut, That was fantastic. What a great theme! I appreciated the Meigs flyby as I've always had a soft spot for that field and resented it's demise in a political play. The flashback screens were amazing. I'd forgotten how cheesy they were and how far we've come. The foreground buildings shown in the shot are, left to right, Soldier Field (home of the Chicago Bears), the Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium (the domed one). The interior surface of the dome is the screen upon which the planetarium
  22. Mut, You do indeed have a piston + jet bird. I suspect they did it in the Neptune to try to make them carrier capable and probably also to get them off conventional runways with as large a fuel load as possible. They routinely flew these on some very long ASW patrol missions. At one time one flew from somewhere in Australia to the central US un-refueled, obviously rigged with a lot of non-standard auxillary fuel tanks. It held the record for many years until the Rutan Voyager trumped it. I've seen a photo of a Neptune taking off from a ca
  23. New shots of the latest arrival...a Lockheed Neptune. The Navy referred to them as P2. They were replaced in the long-range ASW patrol role by the other AC type you see in the background, the P3 Orion, which still serves with the USN and flies daily from Jacksonville FL, about 100 miles NE of here. Not sure what made me think this was the same livery as the Orions. Obviously a different company and different livery altogether. This is the Montana state flag. Jets plus radials…very unusual in the aviation world. Anyone give any though
  24. Thanks. That helped a lot. John
  25. Yes, I'm a Floridian now, approaching four years here after a lifetime in frigid Michigan. Best thing I ever did, except possibly convincing my wife that I was worth taking a chance on... There are wildfires in Florida every spring, but this has been a bad year, the worse since 1998. Scrub and low lying vegetation is the problem. The state has an ongoing program of controlled burns to try to keep it down, but budget shortages, tree huggers and the NIMBY folks (Not In My Back Yard) tend to limit it far below the level required. One in a hundred controlled
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