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Flying is full of surprises

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Bill Powell, Oct 10, 2004.

  1. Bill Powell

    Bill Powell Cross Member CLM

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    I read a book once about the birth of the air mail service, and the dangers connected with it.

    One story dealt with a guy with a sack of mail that needed to go I don't remember where. He got caught up in a nasty storm, and could see nothing past the end of his nose. He new that eventually he was going to run out of fuel, and all he could was fly it til it quit.

    He started a slow descent, hoping for the best, and praying he would see an obstruction in time. When the plane quit, he just continued his descent til the wheels touched the ground. He killed the power and drug it to a stop, thanking whoever was responsible that he did not hit anything. He climbed out of the plane, started around the nose, and ran into a wall. There was one off his left wing tip and his right. He crawled back in the plane and slept til morning.

    When he woke up, and the weather cleared, he discoverd he had landed in an open top silo.


    Years ago, I think in the Barstow, Calif area, a guy was propping his plane. He had no blocks, the brakes were on, sort of, and his throttle was set way too high. Anyway, he yanked the plane's crank, the engine started, and he barely mamaged to get out of the way. The plane taxied across the runway, and dis-appeared over some low hills.

    They grabbed another plane and took off, following the last known heading of the plane. They found it, fifty or sixty miles away, parked in a smooth river bed. It had run out of fuel, and made a perfect wheels down landing.

    Another case of going in smelling like fecal matter, and coming out smelling like a rose.



    Next will be Monte and his Bamboo Bomber.
     
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    This is about Monte and his Bamboo Bomber. No, not he Englishman every one loves to hate, but Jack Montgomery, a retired oil field supply specialist.

    When Monte was but a wee lad he started hanging around the airport in his home town in Oklahoma. That usually leads to flying lessons, and access to all kinds of cool planes. Since this was in the forties the planes were really cool.

    one day he was told to go to a little about twenty miles and get some parts. Off he went, and everything went great til he started to land. As he was ready to touch down this horrible scraping noise started coming from beneath the plane, so the aborted the landing. What had happened was he forgot to drop the landing gear, and that noise was the tips of the prop blades hitting the runway.

    The plane was still running, with some annoying vibrations, so he flew back home base. This time he remembered the gear and when he landed he discovered the tips of the prop blades had bent forward about three inches.

    He is the one who used to deliver newspapers in a little Aeronca.
     

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    Those are interesting stories. Where did you get them from?

    John


    Edited to remove the word "tale" because it offended Bill Powell.

    John
     
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    Monte lives about two miles from me, and he has photos. The Barstow thing I think was in Flying Magazine.

    The Air Mali thing was a book.

    The newspaper delivery was Monte.

    Tale implies flights of fancy. The only time I post a story that is not documentable is in the Lighter Side, or in a smart assed answer to someone else's thread,
     
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    Sorry...I did not mean to offend. I was just wondering if there was a book containing more stories.

    I'll edit the offensive word,

    John
     
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    JCM298, you did not offend. After re-reading what I said, I can see where you might think I was all ticked, but I wasn't, but I was prepared to be, as I have had some interesting responses in the past.

    The air mail book was excellent. I'll try to locate it. The are a couple more I would suggest you read, just as soon as I find them...................bill
     
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    JCM298, you did not offend. After re-reading what I said, I can see where you might think I was all ticked, but I wasn't, but I was prepared to be, as I have had some interesting responses in the past.

    The air mail book was excellent. I'll try to locate it. The are a couple more I would suggest you read, just as soon as I find them...................bill
     
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    JCM298, you did not offend. After re-reading what I said, I can see where you might think I was all ticked, but I wasn't, but I was prepared to be, as I have had some interesting responses in the past.

    The air mail book was excellent. I'll try to locate it. The are a couple more I would suggest you read, just as soon as I find them...................bill
     
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    JCM298, you did not offend me. I re-read my response and saw where you could get that idea, sorry.

    I'll try to find the air mail book. Not all the stories ended as happily.
     
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    Good. I do not like to fly, but I will if I have to. I'm old enough to have flown in DC 3's, DC 4's, and, my favorite, the Constellation. I've also been a passenger in most modern jets.

    I did go up in a glider once and the pilot let me have the controls for about 10 minutes. I've been in a few Jet Rangers and I don't know how many single engines, and a few twins.

    I still would rather drive but every once in a while it's necessary to put my life in the hands of a pilot, about whom I know nothing.

    I do enjoy reading about the early days of flying,

    John
     
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    If you like Connies, you da man. I think that is the most beautiful passenger plane ever built. I was on one 36 hours once, from San Francisco to Yokahama. Stops in Hawaii and Wake.

    I found a thing yesterday with five pages of Connies, some airplane web site.

    When I get to be dictator I'm gonna outlaw the funky jets. I, too, have flown the DC-3, C-54, and in a Bamboo Bomber. I still think the most fun I've had in the air was in a plane that wouldn't do more than about 75 or eighty MPH. It wouldn't climb worth a crap, and you couldn't dive without fear of tearing the wings off, but you could pick flowers of the side of the hill as you flew by.
     
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    JCM298, I see that I answered you three or four times. I must have really been serious. I sometimes suffer from the elevator button syndrome. If nothing happens right away I push it again, and again, and again.

    I went to Google images and typed in constellation airliner. Two pages of beautiful Connie photos.
     
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    I love those old stories and especially WWI
    and WWII
    and come to think of it just about any aviation stories. :)

    Like this picture, one of my wallpapers. I don't know where I got it but I'd like to know the story behind it.

    [​IMG]
     
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    That's a sweet pic, do you have a big copy of it? As to what's going on, he's taking off. The rings are condensation in the tip vortecies off the prop. Only occurs at high power settings in low temp/dewpoint spreads.
     
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    Ya, I know what they are doing, what I meant is I wonder when and where they are doing it.:)

    I have this one and another of a bunch of pilots at the tail of a Hellcat. 800X600

    If you'll PM me an e-mail address I'll send them to you.
     
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    Uggg... reminds me of my first trip to Guam in 61; Travis to Hickam to Wake to Guam. Roughly 36 hours. ;Q

    1st trip to Guam - DC6
    Last trip stateside - 747

    What a difference! ;)
     
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    Travis to Hickam, to Wake, to Japan, and C-124 to Korea.

    Walked out on that tarmac at Travis, and there was that white and red Constellation, with SLICK AIRLINES painted on the side. We sat there in those seats, waiting for Smiling Jack to come aboard, with his crushed down aviator's cap, a pipe, and a jaunty grin. In the words of Shelley Berman, "Daddy's gonna take us for an airplane ride."

    Somewhat over half way to Hawaii one of the engines exploded into flame, blazing gloriously trailing fire for half a mile. Since it was a charter flight we landed at Honolulu International. They did not have another plane on the island, so while they fixed ours they put us up at the Moana Hotel, on the beach. Took them a day and a half to fix the plane.

    Then to Wake, nothing eventful.

    Then to Japan, where they put me on the wrong bus, and instead of going to the transient billets, I went to the R&R barracks downtown.
    Took them a long time to find me, then on to Korea.