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  1. You might enjoy this one also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIjC7DjoVe8 Once at that address you will see many other videos of helicopters supporting power line maintenance. Enjoy!
  2. Lifejogger, yes, it can be very cold, and the winters are quite long: snow can start in September and easily last until June, although it then melted quickly. There were more than a few days that I walked the dogs in -20°F to -40°F weather. But the altitude - our house was at 6800 feet - helped with dry air so it didn't go into your bones the way it can in the eastern part of the US. Nevertheless, I was always glad for the hot cocoa when we returned.
  3. Back in 1979 I flew a Piper Navajo from Danbury, CT, to Seattle, WA, with a two-day stopover in Jackson. The Grand Tetons top out at just under 14,000 feet and we headed west through the pass at 10,000 feet on the way out (no oxygen on board). I then retired to Jackson in 2004. I can tell you that you and Orbx have captured the place beautifully; I highly recommend the Orbx KJAC as being very realistic for the time it was developed, including a parked Vice Presidential B-757. AND, back in about 2012 (I never could remember dates) the Blue Angels overflew the airport in the 6-plane formation en route to a show (never knew where). We were given plenty of advance notice and the place was packed. Of course, the weather had to be good - the "Hole" has seen its fair share of accidents, including a Marine C-130 many, many years ago - and they didn't land but it was a thrill...they are, after all, the Best!
  4. Just be careful of those power settings at airports with Noise Abatement procedures which might limit the initial climb altitude. When I flew the early DC-9-10 back in the late '60s, it was somewhat overpowered in anticipation of stretched versions; KLGA in particular was a real challenge because there was a 1500 foot altitude initial climb restriction which could be easily busted at takeoff power. Aircraft management was serious business as we would reduce power at about 1000 feet with the gear up but maybe still some flaps. A busy, challenging but rewarding flight experience. And, of course, be aware of the 250KIAS speed limit below 10,000 feet (at least in the US; I never flew overseas so I don't know about other countries).
  5. Yeah, I have it, too...got it from flying real world helicopters for 20+ years. When it gets too bothersome, I put on my headphones and crank the music volume all the way up...drowns out the tinnitus beautifully.
  6. Ah, yes...the need for speed is everywhere. Nicely done, John!
  7. My father was based at Bletchley Park during WW II. I have always liked Vera's rendition of "We'll Meet Again"; too bad they truncated it at the end of Dr. Strangelove.
  8. Jack, the twist is real, although I don't know that it is the reason the curtains were closed on your flight. During my co-pilot training on the -63 the curtains were left open and I could see the twisting moment during a climbing turn out of KJFK: the aft lavatory doors all but disappeared with the sideways movement. It certainly got my attention but was a great demonstration of the designed flexibility of that long body that was absolutely critical for safe flight.
  9. Well done, adambar! I flew the -21, -51, -61 & 63 for Eastern Air Lines but these pix make my mouth water for the -73...what fun that would have been. Thanks for the memories.
  10. I vote "yes", too. As a new pilot in the early '60's I was well warned about Charlie West and took great care the few times I went in there. It's been a long time but I clearly remember the look of the runway sitting atop the hill...very exciting indeed. A similar situation is at Flagstaff, AZ, but here the airport is up around 7000 feet so the challenge is even greater since airspeed control is so critical.
  11. Nice, Julio. I flew the civilian version of this sprightly beast in the New York/New Jersey area for a number of years and enjoyed it thoroughly. Flying corporate passengers we handled the aircraft quite tamely, of course, but you might enjoy this: Bo-105 Aerobatics.
  12. Looks like it ran aground trying to take a shortcut over the breakwater...
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