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Old Yesterday, 22:13   #51
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RSS, did your family have Agwagons? those things were amazing. I never played with one much, just a couple hours. My spray time was in Pawnees, a totally acceptable glider tug

But for a nice handling taildragger, nothing beats a 185 on wheels with a Robertson kit. It's one of life's great pleasures. After that, the Otter was a lump, and the 46 a trash truck.
Honestly I am not at all certain CDN
To me a Duster wasn't all that interesting, it was like a Grain Truck compared to a Sports Car if you get my meaning. Deal was I used to spend summers flagging his and his brother's dusters as a kid. Both wives were utterly opposed to their boys flying so both decided maybe they could groom me into that trade.
Between those two brothers they had like five or six different radial Bi-Planes. Generally at least two were out of commision up in the machine sheds at any given time and all seemed different. Again this was early 70s, long time ago. I'll have to ask Pops if he remembers what they had. I don't.

When I was maybe 13 I took the front gear off landing...scared me to death, I know I sometimes sound ten feet tall but that experience was enough for me and their grass strips.

Played a bit with a local bush pilot and his De Haviland Beaver float plane, that unnerved me worse yet on landing. Ski planes were pretty cool though
All were seriously dangerous machines
we lost all the old hands up here. Couple hit dead head floaters in the Lake, one other nailed a upright pressure ridge on the winter ice during Ice Fog.

Cars, cycles race sleds never scared me, aircraft always has.

Like I mentioned to Mike the EAA still does Tri-Motor rides out of their Oshkosh museum complex. Think it's like $30 odd bones if you are a standing member, back in the 70s it was under a tenner a ticket. Been thinking about bringing Dad back there, he's mid 80s and just loved the Ford rides we took together years ago. Their warbird and vintage collection these days is pretty awesome, I know he'd love it.

P38s
Yeah I remember the "jump seat" being close quarters even for my ten ? year old ass. Then again, have you ever attempted to assume some of the gunners positions in a B17 ?
I have, super duper tight in the belly turret, totally claustrohobic.
B25 Mitchells were super tight in places as well.
Again, no clue on the model of 38' I went up in but it was a 38'
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Knew a guy out of Medford that had one....lost power on takeoff.....ended up a quadriplegic and died a few years later of complications. They are just waiting to bite you in the ass.....
Yup. They're a serious runner. Hell, the French made a ground attack fighter up of them, and the USAF and others flew them in Nam as a night interdiction fighter, for Fukk sake.
Just a teeny step this side of a Mustang.
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You wanna talk B-25s or T-6s, Stoney's your guy.
DC-3s, it's Crofton.
C-46 is me.

I never did nothing after the 46. Burned out. Tired of the freight game but loved it all the same. Then some buddies got killed.
It seemed everyone was cutting corners, and there was no real weather shitty enough to not fly unless it was total white out for 600 miles.
We'd go even if we couldn't see 3 runway lights ahead as long as they said the weather was good or forecast to be good at the first stop. Usually it wasn't but you landed anyway because the weather was shittier at your alternate.
We were fukking invincible until guys died. Never us though. Usually 185 pukes and the training wheel 206 crowd.
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You wanna talk B-25s or T-6s, Stoney's your guy.
DC-3s, it's Crofton.
C-46 is me.

I never did nothing after the 46. Burned out. Tired of the freight game but loved it all the same. Then some buddies got killed.
It seemed everyone was cutting corners, and there was no real weather shitty enough to not fly unless it was total white out for 600 miles.
We'd go even if we couldn't see 3 runway lights ahead as long as they said the weather was good or forecast to be good at the first stop. Usually it wasn't but you landed anyway because the weather was shittier at your alternate.
We were fukking invincible until guys died. Never us though. Usually 185 pukes and the training wheel 206 crowd.
Had a friend come by last week from Alaska who did about 15 years there in everything. He said now a lot of pilots were buying the farm in Cessna Caravan 208's. He though they were trying to fly them with Super Cub or 185 mindset when in fact they i would be light twin or heavier.
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Geez you guy's. Salute the bird, mourn the fallen and prove to all that you could have done it better. Jus sayin
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