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wierdscience
07-08-2008, 11:41 PM
Tripped over this-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7rAUu8djZ4&feature=related

winchman
07-09-2008, 03:23 AM
I had to laugh the other day at a segment on "Risk Takers". A pilot was talking about how he had saved his plane after flying into a high voltage power line while taking pictures or something. The commentator was saying how great a pilot the guy was.

Hey!! What part of "flew into a power line" don't you understand? :D

Roger

Evan
07-09-2008, 07:17 AM
I liked it when they flew F4s. The F4 is a big mother of a fighter with a 30 ton max takeoff weight. Carries 9 tons of whatever you can hang from the hard points. I saw them many times when I lived in the Bay Area.

However, for precision flying nobody can beat the RCAF Snowbirds. They routinely fly with separations of 2 to 3 feet. I snagged this pic of a partial formation when they stopped here for fuel. Wherever they stop they always do a couple of fly-overs.

http://vts.bc.ca/pics/snowbirds.jpg

derekm
07-09-2008, 08:33 AM
[QUOTE=Evan]
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However, for precision flying nobody can beat the RCAF Snowbirds. ...


Red Arrows! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG3JEXLZelA)

SGW
07-09-2008, 09:47 AM
(Curmudgeon mode on)

Yeah, but try living in a house about half a mile from the Brunswick Naval Air Station, when the Blue Angels are practicing for a show. Impressive as their flying is, I think their shows are unbearably annoying and a total waste of money. With the fuel they burn in an hour, several people could probably heat their houses for a year.

(Curmudgeon mode off)

A.K. Boomer
07-09-2008, 10:51 AM
I feel honored to have been in the right place at the right time a couple of decades ago, I used to live way out in the boonies, it was between penrose and pueblo and it was under the area of air space where these fighter jets from colo. springs train, there was generally two of them and it seemed as if one would lead and the other give chase -- they would go through the wildest maneuvers to try and lose each other -- this is typical and always fun to watch, but this one day i hiked from my house to the top of this bluff, then I noticed these guys were out and about --- I seen it dozens of times and was just doing my thing and notice they were getting close and then it got my attention so I started really watching them, I have no idea if I just got lucky or if they spotted me and were putting on a show but i would think that it would have to be the latter as it seemed to be too good to be true, they flew real close off to the side of the bluff and did a massive high speed bank - they then circled around --- it took miles im sure, but then all the sudden they stabelized and they were coming directly at me --- i mean right on the money, I could barley see them because it was more like looking at the thin end of a razor blade, I was so caught up in the moment that there is no way I could control my balance --- as the first jet BLASTED over me (very very very close) I fell on my ass backwards and just lay on the ground, I was shaking and scared to death with excitement --- it was soooo close I remember thinking how could they take that kinda chance with their lives and all that jet (money) as they had to actually pull up at the last second, I stayed on the gorund for quite some time just shaking but in total awe, so much so that I forgot about the second jet (which can be separated by miles form the first) I stood back up just in time for it to happen all over again !!!

It was totally awesome, I fell on the ground backwards a second time and just lay there --- I seen the red glow from the back of the engines and everything, I'll never forget it, Im in awe of those guys -- they are in a league which many people cant even comprehend - including myself - I got just a little taste of what it must be like and have to say that those catz are living the dream, the amount of power was just unreal, it still boggles me.

Edit; for what its worth here's the google earth coordinates of where I got Buzzed; 3819'49.39"N latitude
10454'29.88"W longitude

Both Jets came directly at me going almost dead east ( I would have guessed north before I looked it up on google earth)

airsmith282
07-09-2008, 11:56 AM
I liked it when they flew F4s. The F4 is a big mother of a fighter with a 30 ton max takeoff weight. Carries 9 tons of whatever you can hang from the hard points. I saw them many times when I lived in the Bay Area.

However, for precision flying nobody can beat the RCAF Snowbirds. They routinely fly with separations of 2 to 3 feet. I snagged this pic of a partial formation when they stopped here for fuel. Wherever they stop they always do a couple of fly-overs.

http://vts.bc.ca/pics/snowbirds.jpg



my best friend has been the snowbirds leader the last few years now. robert mitchell ,,hell of a pilot. we have been friends going on almost 30 years now..

andypullen
07-09-2008, 12:21 PM
I'm surprised at all the "traffic" in the water during the flybys.

We have the annual show every year for Commissioning Week here at the Naval Academy and the Severn River is cleared of all traffic and the bridge accross the river is closed, too.

I also saw the F-4 team back in the '70s. Still impressive, though.

Andy Pullen

Weston Bye
07-09-2008, 02:11 PM
I liked it when they flew F4s. The F4 is a big mother of a fighter with a 30 ton max takeoff weight. Carries 9 tons of whatever you can hang from the hard points...

Lived aboard carriers with them. The Blue Angels came to perform at NAS Albany while my Vigilante squadron was ashore between cruises. I was participating in a FOD walkdown of the main runway the afternoon before the airshow. They did a mini performance of some low altitude, high speed formation flying - entertaining the FOD walkers. They flew close enough, had the canopies been missing, the pilot could have reached up and grabbed a tailhook. They then did a tight formation landing - simultaneous touchdown.

The airshow performance the next day was tame by comparison.

recoilless
07-09-2008, 02:14 PM
I live right on the southern tip of Lake Michigan and get about 50% of traffic going to both Gary and Chicago air shows. I've yet to see the snowbirds but even the Red Baron Pizza guys do one hell of a job. F-4, quite a plane and could break mach 2 IIRC. The two birds that always blow my mind are the C-5 Galaxy( Looks way too big to be flying...I know the Russians have something bigger) and the B-2 ( it appears to be only two dimensional and makes no sound, your mind is saying it's not a plane, it's something else).

Evan
07-09-2008, 04:27 PM
I like the Harrier. When you see it hovering a couple of hundred feet off the ground, just hanging there, it reminds me of a science fiction movie. Then it accelerates. A Harrier can do zero to 600 in under 30 seconds. Not bad for something with zero traction.

torchroadster
07-09-2008, 05:55 PM
I was fortunate enough to attend the Paris air show in 1995. The most impressive part was the Harrier that did a Cuban 8 over the runway, with a stop and hover at the end. Probably 400 knots to 0 in the length of a runway without touching the ground!

http://www.flightsimbooks.com/jfs2/chapter3-1.php

Willy
07-09-2008, 06:30 PM
I've always been fascinated with military aircraft. The F-4 Phantom, aka Louisville slugger, has always impressed me for a plane that entered production in 1958 and is still in active service today.



http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j31/250willy/800px-1997_F-4_Heritage_Flight_over.jpg

For those with a fat wallet you can take flight training (http://www.collingsfoundation.org/tx_f-4dphantom_training.htm)in one today as long as you pass the medical.
I think the tough part would be writing the check and not passing out.:D
Although as much as I am in love with these beautiful birds of prey, and would jump at the chance to go for a spin, my cookies would probably end up on the inside of the canopy.:eek:

Evan
07-09-2008, 06:54 PM
BTW, if you think about it, zero to 600 in 30 seconds is zero to 60 in THREE SECONDS ten times continuously. :eek:

wierdscience
07-10-2008, 12:43 AM
Yup F-4's one of my favs too,my Dad served on the Indy about the time they first went into service,it was/is still a hot rod of a plane.

Evan
07-10-2008, 02:57 AM
The loudest plane I have ever heard was the RAF Vulcan, also known as the Aluminum Overcast.

It's amazingly maneuverable and can do a 360 within the confines of the airport.

http://vts.bc.ca/pics2/av1.jpg

However, when it comes to the all time favorite there is no contest.

http://vts.bc.ca/pics/sr71.jpg

Weston Bye
07-10-2008, 10:29 AM
My favorite, mostly through guilt by association:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f5/RA-5C_Vigilante_RVAK-3.jpg

But my relationship with the plane was more like this:
http://k53.pbase.com/g3/37/548337/2/66422384.irVbycSz.jpg


The RA-5C was generally the last aircraft launched from a carrier during an operations cycle, since it was one of the fastest aircraft the Navy had. The Vigilante was heavier than the F-4 Phantom but used the same engines, so the RA-5C had a poorer thrust-to-weight ratio than the F-4, making it underpowered on paper. However, the Vigilante always flew "clean", unencumbered by external stores, which was never the case for a combat-configured F-4. The Navy assigned F-4s to protect the valuable RA-5Cs from North Vietnamese MiGs, as well as provide additional "eyes", since a Vigilante pilot's rear view was nonexistent. F-4 pilots often had to call to the Vigilante pilots to slow down so the fighter could keep up.

http://www.vectorsite.net/ava5.html

boslab
07-10-2008, 11:24 AM
[QUOTE=Evan]
..
However, for precision flying nobody can beat the RCAF Snowbirds. ...


Red Arrows! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG3JEXLZelA)

they are touring the US for the first time in thier history at the moment, i personaly think that they are 'reasonably good' lol, but so are all the formation teams, lets face it they dont use the worst pilots do they.
remember seeing them do a head on crash when i was a kid, thought it was part of the display!
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