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July 17, 2016


Did you go watch the T/O live?

Stu--No, I did not. I've enough experience with first flights to know how much time can be wasted accomplishing nothing. (I've observed from ground/observation deck level and from another aircraft on several first flights.) Hunky Husband said that he heard Doc while he was out for his run, but did not see. Doc wouldn't have been allowed to fly over Derby.

P.S. The last flight that I went to observe was the GlobalFlyer, Burt Rutan's airplane financed by Richard Branson, in which Steve Fossett flew solo, nonstop, un-refueled, around the world.

Oh, the GlobalFlyer would have been cool to see. I mean a B-29 is cool too, but there have been lots of those fly before.

I saw the round the world (Rutan/Yeager) plane flying at Oshkosh. Must have been 1984.
Some where I have a photo of it.

Ingineer--Yes, that was cool. He took off from Salina KS on 2/28/2005, landed on 3/3/2005, and Hunky Husband and I were there for both. I never had a connection to the B-29; but, of course, I was interested in aviation 'way back when they were coming off of the production lines. During WWII, we lived in Missouri, Texas, and Oklahoma and saw lots of airplanes. Mom worked at on the A-24 at Douglas, in Tulsa, while Dad worked at Ryan aviation. Elder Brother and I spent a lot of our time drawing hangars and runways on our driveway in Tulsa and building stick airplanes to operate from them. I also recall wandering the deserts in Texas looking for scraps of boards and nails with which to build stick airplanes - which would have been when I was three/four years old since we wound up in Tulsa when I was four.

Stu--The Voyager was something else, wasn't it? (Please see if you can put a date on that trip, if you get a chance.)

Sometime between 1983 and December, 1986, when the record-setting flight was made, I visited Burt Rutan's operation at the Mojave airport and was given the grand tour - including the Voyager. I didn't know what it was at the time but I also saw the scaled prototype that Rutan (I can't keep track of which company or company name Rutan used at any given time!) built for the Fairchild T-46 Eaglet. A few weeks later, it was (as I recall, at least) on the cover of AW&ST. Come to think of it, that would place my first visit to Mojave in (probably) 1983 since the Eaglet was cancelled in 1986.

27th july 1984. I was single engined transatlantic in 1 PA28 in 6 hops, all beyong PONR.
(Home, Stornoway, Iceland, Greenland, 2 places in Canada, Oshkosh)
NASA has a photo here : https://archive.org/details/C-1984-4819

Stu--Not that the Voyager isn't an exciting plane, but I was more excited that the link would show photos of your own flight! That must have been some flight in a PA28!

There is something majestic in watching a big prop plane like that fly - not quite the same with today's jet engine planes; although I still love to see them (modern planes) and look up whenever I am outside at work. The Manchester airport isn't too far away and at times the take-off flight path is directly over work. Sometimes I get to see an early flight go across as I am driving to work, and can't help but smile.

Well put, Bogie! Goodness knows you saw enough airplanes in your youth - not only flying, but on static display in museums in several states, including the Smithsonian.

Good point Bogie. I love the sound of a large multi engine prop plane or anything with a radial engine overhead. We used to get many of them over the house, but now they are pretty rare.

Ingineer--Nothing sounds like the B-36!

I bet that would sound different than everything for several reasons.

I don't recall ever hearing a B-36 with the added jets; but, the six prop engines put out a really low, low bass throb. They were felt as much as heard.

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