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Found 11 results

  1. Edited screenshot of Manfred Jahn's DC3-C47 in WWII Livery at runway of Shoreham-UK
  2. The Wrigley family, of chewing gum fame, operated a lovely C-47 for many years. I was lucky enough to have the (virtual) job of flying it around the West Coast.
  3. Today we start our first really long leg on the South Pacific tour. Plan was to stop briefly enroute on Robinson Crusoe Island about 360nm off the coast of Chile. For the record, Robinson Crusoe is a fictional character. A bad-ass, Alexander Selkirk was probably Daniel Defoe's inspiration for The Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, published in 1719. As a Royal Navy officer, he pissed off the skipper of his ship, challenging his judgment of its seaworthiness, and said he'd rather be put ashore. The captain obliged. Airborne at 1735Z, course 259M at 5,000,
  4. Almost busted my ass today. Locals said you could head south at 10,500, no problem. Not on the route I took. Didn't want to try dodging mountain peaks and ridges in the dark, and cool night temperatures would help the density altitude, so we planned takeoff at sun-up (0554). Pushed the power up at 0600 on the dot. No fuel in the eight 100-gallon internal tanks we have in the back, but even with 804 gallons in the wings, we used an awful lot of the two-and-half-mile-long runway. MP on takeoff was only 34", and density altitude was just over 12,000 feet! The Sky was gett
  5. A very long day, but a good warm-up for our next flights. DR and celestial with LOPs matched our eyeballs pretty close. Also got a two-line fix with sun and moon that was only off by about 2 miles. Good thing, too, because the NAV side of our radios crapped out completely. Low freq radio still works so we can use NDBs, but our tour of the south seas will be the old-fashioned way, no VOR, DME or GPS (we don't even have a handheld). Off this morning at straight up 0600, 9+53 planned. Followed the Andes all the way. They loomed on our left like a fog bank but m
  6. Our South Pacific oil exploration charter was delayed a couple days while we were AOG diagnosing engine failure, prop feather failure, and hydraulic pump failure. But we'll make it to Valparaiso and the Pacific islands yet! Turns out we were very lucky. A fuel line broke right at the carb where the crossfeed line Ts in, and the engine quit dead. When it happened so suddenly I didn't follow memory procedure, don't ask why, I simply turned the fuel selector to off, yanked back the mixture and prop, turned the mags off and then hit the feather button. So much for identity, verify, etc
  7. Great evening touring Guatemala City. The central park with the Palacio and church don't look a bit different and the people were as nice as I remember. (Even if the country has one of the highest murder rates in the world thanks to drug wars.) Off at a decent hour without hassles, planning to follow the west coast to the Panama Canal, then a sightseeing jaunt along the canal to the east coast and then back to the international airport to end the day. Didn't work out that way again, thanks to weather. Pretty morning, with the blue skies more like I remember them compare
  8. Another try to reach the Canal Zone from Managua. Weather was iffy, with a SIGMET warning of thunderstorms with tops to 53,000'. But that didn't turn out to be an issue. Leveled off at 5500', 31"/2050, trimmed up, cowl flaps closed, mixture auto lean, thinking about a drink of water. And the starboard engine quit, just like that. No warning, no instrument indications. And no feather. Totally dead. Overhead the airport at 2000'. Gear came down fine, and held the flaps till we had the field made with 8000' feet ahead of us and a good breeze ri
  9. Taking the new Douglas C-47 for a test flight from Wollongong to Merimbula (South coast of NSW) Taxing to the runway ready for take off taking off in the air looking up from below leaving Wollongong Running smooth Now were cruising short runway at Merimbula touch down A good test flight, sitting at 8500 feet, at 160 knots..
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