Welcome. The idea was floated that a ‘talk amongst yourselves’ blog would be a good addition to for the Non-Facebook Crowd. Here it is.
How many of you remember your first ride in a 707? For me it was 1962 – going back to West Virginia. I was on a TWA flight. I can remember asking the pilot how much it cost – it was the astronomical sum of $7 million.
This was sent to me by my Air Force friend….
It happened in Germany in 1965, in Germany. I was a new brand-new USAF co-pilot . Therefore I thought I knew, everything there was to know . . about ‘ zooming ‘ around in an airplane.
And I was frustrated by pilots . . like my Aircraft Commander.
He was one of those by-the-numbers types, no class, no imagination, and no ” feel ” for really zipping around. A pilot who knows that he’s the ‘ real deal ‘ needs only to be ‘ in tune ‘ with ‘ that airplane ‘ neath his hands and feet.
So what if your flight altitude is a little bit off? So what if the glideslope indicator is showing that you’re off a few hairs from having a picture-perfect relationship with its indices?
If it feels okay ‘ round your ‘ bones ‘. . hey man . . just do it.
Every time he let me make an approach, even in VFR conditions, he demanded perfection. Not the slightest deviation would he allow. ” If you can’t stick those needles like they’ve been painted on those dials . . when there’s no threat to deal with . . you surely will not be able do it when a ‘ pucker factor situation occurs,” he told me.
Then told me again.
Over . . and over.
A lot of times, I think the only thing that has gotten me through this life is a sense of humor.
I have liked to work on cars since I ….well, had a car, a 1967 Chevy Camaro – in 1969. Had a 327 – Corvette high compression heads and an “executive” option of which 6,000 were made.
Wish I still had that car.
Big Family Event last weekend. The reason for lack of posting…….It was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WW2 aviation enthusiast Jim Slattery has a wonderful restoration of this iconic WW2 classic. I learned a few things.
Landing an aircraft successfully, with the wings retracted. The only other time that I am aware of was around 1968 with an F8. This article mentioned that it had happened a couple of times before (with an F8).
The Lexicans are a diverse group with a vast access to knowledge, and one of them on the F/B page got the history of this Phantom. A H/T to him!