StudeDave From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 422 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1985 times:
Today I went took a short StudeDrive down to Paine Field's General Aviation day.
I'm not gonna talk about the show much, because that would be a trip report.
I am gonna ask a few questions about a few things, though...
1) Did I REALLY see a De Havilland DH-114 Heron do a fly-by, and then land just before things kicked off?
2) Whose is it, and where did it come from? (or is it based at Paine)
3) How many of these fine birds are left in the World today, and how many fly?
The announcing could've been alot better, to say the least. I heard no mention of that bird at all.
I took pictures, but we'll have to see how they turn out-- some folks don't know how to play well with others.
At one point I thought I'd have to break up a fight because of some folks' attitudes-- but that's for the trip report...
Classic planes, Classic trains, and Studebakers~~ what else is there???
UTAH744 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 176 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1888 times:
Wow. That is a treasure. I just figured that any surviving Herons would be the Lycoming or Continental conversions. You can tell a long time Heron pilot by his/her well developed left thumb which he/she got from using the pneumatic brakes.
There is one based in JER in original Jersey Airlines colors, owned by a company call Duchess of Brittany (Jersey) Ltd registered G-AORG.
There was an article about the Heron in the last Airliner World magazine if you are interested in this aircraft. I dont seem to remember getting the impression there was one airworthy other than AORG though, so this is interesting.
Quoting KPDX (Reply 1): Maybe one of the two Heron's (ony in flying condition) based at S12 (Albany, OR)?
maxpower1954 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 994 posts, RR: 6 Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1756 times:
My left thumb is finally normal after 600 hours of Heron time in the late 1970s out of Miami. Interesting airplane - but I have no desire to fly one again. The lousy maintainence of the commuter I flew them for probably has something to do with it...
OK, StudeDave what Studebaker do you have? I've owned a '63 GT Hawk and '64 Avanti for many years now. Russ Farris
maxpower1954 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 994 posts, RR: 6 Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 1320 times:
I believe this Heron belongs to a friend of mine's buddy - I loaned my old Heron flight manual for them to copy a few years back, even though it was for the Lycoming powered Riley conversion I flew.
I had more scares flying that thing than any other airplane in only 600 hours. Two engine failures, a cabin door opening in flight and a total brake failure taxiing out for 9L at FLL. I had to add full power to number four and groundloop it to the left to avoid hitting the blast fence at the approach end. This was back in 1978. Today, the F/Os I fly with get to hear this thrilling "there I was" story every time I approach the same spot in the Airbus. I sound like the old geezers I used to fly with...
Now the Heron content is done - StudeDave 57 great to see you here, sounds like we have some common interests. I used to have seven Studebakers but frankly that's too many for me to work on at my advanced age of 55. Two is what I have, but I'd like to find a nice Lark V-8 to make it three! BTW, I'm Maxpower1954 on the SDC forum. Russ Farris