CMB56 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 7915 times:
Read the article with great interest. I recall the efforts to bring back a B-29 from Greenland that ended tragically. Back in 1985 I was in Abilene, TX when the CAF came in for a weekend show. Sunday morning the whole fleet including the B-29 flew around town at about 1000 feet. Really great. Jets and turbines may rule now but it is impossible to beat the sound of the big old recips. Inline or radial they all sound great.
nomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 2079 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7272 times:
Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 7): Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 6):
Wanted to replace the bad looking electrical connectors in the whole plane
Does she still have her original 1944 wiring?
I know a lot of instruments had been rewired but most of the bundles looked pretty old and the connectors looked older than me. The connector I replaced looked like a poorly installed Radio Shack special, which it probably was.
Did they use that flat waxed string to wrap the bundles back then?
fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2124 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6627 times:
Quoting CMB56 (Reply 1): Jets and turbines may rule now but it is impossible to beat the sound of the big old recips. Inline or radial they all sound great.
I totally agree! And I have a particular fondness for WWII aircraft. I am very happy for the CAF; those folks work very hard to keep great aircraft in the air. I hope to be able to see Fifi at the World War II Weekend at the Mid Atlantic Air Museum!
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
747fan From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6444 times:
Fantastic news, I remember seeing FiFi back in 1995 at the Clark County Airshow at JVY (Louisville area). Can't beat the sound of those 4 big radials.
Not only was the B-29 there, but also a B-17, B-24, B-25 & B-26. Fantastic airshow, shame that the show the following year in 1996 was the last.
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12319 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 6342 times:
Quoting 747fan (Reply 14): Can't beat the sound of those 4 big radials.
Wrrrrrrrr, putt, putt, putter, putter, potateo, potateo, potateo, Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, and of course the initial burst of smoke and fire from the exhaust pipes.
Always loved that. Early in my USAF career, we still had a few C-47s, C-97s, C-54s, C-118s, HU-16s, T-29s, C-131s, and C-123s. The ANG was also still flying the KC-97s, too. At airshows, I have heard the B-17, C-47/R4D, B-25, P-40, P-47, P-51, F4U, and a few other radials or inline engines. I just love the sound of the old Merlins on the P-51s.
HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2161 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (5 years 3 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6312 times:
Glad to see she's flying again! I've seen her a couple of times, the last of which was around 7 years ago here at DAB. She was on Yelvingtons ramp, along with local P-51 Obsession (gorgeous!) and the local replica Fokker Dr.1, plus 2 Stearmans. Got to go up inside of it as well. It is a beautiful plane.
TICO airshow in Titusville used to bring in the B-17 and B-24 regularly, but not so much anymore. Now I get to see them when they do their annual maintance at very nearby New Smyrna EVB every year, plus the B-25.
TICO is still great for hearing/seeing B-25's, T-6's and T-28's by the dozen, a P-51 or two, Dick Foot in his F4 Wildcat, a Skyraider and that's about it as far as radials as far as I can remember. Used to have a lot more 20 years ago...