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Old 07-01-2017, 12:37 PM
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Wright got it. At first glance it appears to be a L to R crosswind and he waited to long to correct for the crab. However, once you see the tire smoke it becomes obvious that this is a small side slip to get to the runway with R to L crosswind. In my opinion (zero tail wheel experience which shouldn't matter here) he did a nice job on the landing. It doesn't appear to be a particularly strong crosswind it is just that the side slip wasn't recognized at first.

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Old 07-01-2017, 01:21 PM
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75 years ago today the F6F Hellcat made it's first flight.
The P-51 Mustang has it's fans, but the F6F Hellcat was "the ace-maker".
More F6F pilots made ace than P-51 pilots.
It aways looked kind of "basic" in design, not real sexy, but it certainly got the job done in spades.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grumman_F6F_Hellcat
Well, THAT link led to :45 reading time ...

... and an interesting 'kill' story:
"One particularly unusual kill was scored by Marine Lieutenant R. R. Klingman of VMF-312 (the "Checkerboards"), over Okinawa. Klingman was in pursuit of a Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu ("Nick") twin-engine fighter at extremely high altitude when his guns jammed due to the gun lubrication thickening from the extreme cold. He flew up and chopped off the Ki-45's tail with the big propeller of the Corsair. Despite missing five inches (127 mm) off the end of his propeller blades, he managed to land safely after this aerial ramming attack. He was awarded the Navy Cross."

Gun cam footage would be pretty interesting. Wonder what the nips thought?

This is interesting too:
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the Navy had burned all the B-29 records since they were not considered to be aircraft.
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Old 07-01-2017, 02:06 PM
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Wright got it. At first glance it appears to be a L to R crosswind and he waited to long to correct for the crab. However, once you see the tire smoke it becomes obvious that this is a small side slip to get to the runway with R to L crosswind. In my opinion (zero tail wheel experience which shouldn't matter here) he did a nice job on the landing. It doesn't appear to be a particularly strong crosswind it is just that the side slip wasn't recognized at first.

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Old 07-01-2017, 03:31 PM
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Yeah, grumpa, we screwed up.

Hmmm, in my world, being mistaken isn't a screw up. When I first watched the video I was mistaken like many others. Only after wrightflyer pointed out the obvious did I see the errors in my observation.
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Old 07-04-2017, 02:08 PM
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Some of you guys think you are good at reloading? Check out these guys!!!!

https://frontlinevideos.com/blogs/vi..._content=ah-64
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Old 07-04-2017, 06:28 PM
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He forgot to slap the op rod forward to chamber the first round!
Anyone know what they were doing? I'm trying to understand why they positioned the "strip", then pulled it away and loaded single rounds? Was there a defect in the mechanism?
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Old 07-05-2017, 04:32 AM
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He forgot to slap the op rod forward to chamber the first round!
Anyone know what they were doing? I'm trying to understand why they positioned the "strip", then pulled it away and loaded single rounds? Was there a defect in the mechanism?
I believe the "clips" were suppose to load the rounds but did wasn't working. That was when they started pulling the rounds and loading singles. Something wasn't working. Seems like a very complicated system to me and prone to something getting screwed up; which it did. Interesting though.
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Old 07-10-2017, 11:40 AM
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Lock and load!! Now, rock and thunder!!!! These are early P47's but they all packed a punch.

http://worldwarwings.com/after-assem...r=ww2-jug-fire
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Old 07-10-2017, 03:54 PM
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Speaking of Thunderbolts a newly restored P47 will be unveiled at the Warhawk Air museum in Nampa, Idaho August 26th and 27th at their warbird fly in. Google Dottie Mae and you can find out more information about her.
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Old 07-10-2017, 04:19 PM
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Speaking of Thunderbolts a newly restored P47 will be unveiled at the Warhawk Air museum in Nampa, Idaho August 26th and 27th at their warbird fly in. Google Dottie Mae and you can find out more information about her.
So they got her done? Awesome, I remember when she was recovered from her watery resting place.
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