LH463 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 68 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4102 times:
I came across this video the other day and as I was watching it I noticed that the pilot chose a 0 degree flap setting for takeoff. As I am not familiar with DC-4 procedures I thought it was probably normal (Like an A300). As the airplane begins the very looooong takeoff roll the camera pans away from the wing, and a few seconds later the aircraft rotates. Once airborne the camera pans back to the wing, and it shows that the flaps were extended probably just prior or during rotation.
The only thing I can think of is that these guys were not going to clear the end of the runway and added some flap at the last second just to do so. This would also explain the very shallow climb out. Tell me what you guys think.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 3968 times:
First of all let me tell you that the video you shared with us is absolutely fantastic, great piece of art and the noise of those engines and all related with this old airliner is just great! But the plane actually is not a DC-4, it's a DC-6. Regarding the take-off and taking in mind what I've seen in the summer of 2003 at FAT when I saw some old airliners water-bombers flying out of this airport ( C-54's/DC-6/DC-7's ) I think those old airliners didn't need a lot of flaps for take-off, normally they would built speed on the runway and then then gently the plane started to "leave" the ground in a very flat attitude and then slowly they would climb. You can see this in this video, looks that the plane just leave the ground and then you can see some flap used but only when the plane is well off the ground. I think this procedure was also donne in a way to avoid the tail stricking the runway or ground.
Milesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2044 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3270 times:
It indeed is a Six and not a Four. Have you ever seen a C-54 or DC-4 with spinners? The sounds were great. It takes me back to 1968 and my last flight on a DC-6, and to 1973, and my last flight on any radial powered airplane, the Martin 404.
Isitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3224 times:
Great...simply great video. Did you notice all the prop planes in the background
during taxi? It was like we were back in the twilight zone. My fav was the C-46 and I noticed two of them.
Great video. This grey hair loves the props and the planes of yesterday.
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