g38 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 229 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Considering what the CAF had to go through to get Fifi back in the air, and the delays that the Doc crew have so far experienced, do you think Doc will actually ever fly? I think it would be absolutely awesome if it did, but as always, with enough money you can do anything, and the project isn't getting any cheaper. Whats the current status? Last I heard, they were waiting on a hanger opening.
maxpower1954 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 1353 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
One of the issues with flying the old metal is the aging of the pilot group that has any kind of experience in the airplanes.
The Airline History Museum in Kansas City is on the verge of getting the TWA Connie airworthy, but the retired pilots who used to fly it are getting up there, and some previously involved don't have any interest flying it anymore.
cpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4907 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Quoting maxpower1954 (Reply 2): The Airline History Museum in Kansas City is on the verge of getting the TWA Connie airworthy, but the retired pilots who used to fly it are getting up there, and some previously involved don't have any interest flying it anymore.
There is another Connie that is airworthy and flies - I'm sure they can arrange some sort of training/instruction?
It'll be nice to see another B-29 take to the skies again too. I'd certainly like to photograph one in the air.
taxpilot From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 101 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
When I flew the C/EC121 (USAF Super Connie) in the 1970s , we only had a 50-50 chance of getting an engine to 100 hours. Both aircraft used variants of the Wright 3350. "If God had intended the Connie to operate on four engines, he would have given her five."
At the time USAF no longer re-built the big radials. We used civilian contractors.
Seems the age, rebuilding and reliability of these engines would be huge obstacle. I am afraid their time is passing.
cptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
I should suppose that flight crew and maintenance training would one of the more minor worries (we won WWII with teenagers and twenty-somethings in the warbird front offices, no?), plus current CAF guys could be of great assistance.
Dollars large will be the real factor for success. The old saying "we can rebuild ANYTHING with an unlimited checkbook and a data plate" will probably ring true.
I wish them all success. Can you imagine seeing her formating with "FIFI", a couple of B-24s and B-17s. Now THAT would bring chills. best regards...jack
P.S. Anyone up to speed with Kermit Weeks' B-29 resto?
zanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3748 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Goal for Doc: Oshkosh 2014!
"And that flight could come next year, according to some of the volunteer crew working to refurbish Doc in a borrowed Wichita hangar. Jeff Turner, chairman of the nonprofit group Doc's Friends, said the goal of flying Doc to Oshkosh in 2014 is in sight, but as much as $2 million more needs to be raised to make it happen.
Cadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1893 posts, RR: 3
Reply 25, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 26474 times:
I came across a video of a flight in "Fifi" and it looked like the pilot was using an iPad for his maps. There's something so wrong about using modern electronics in a classic warbird - at least in my opinion.
diverted From Canada, joined May 2014, 353 posts, RR: 0
Reply 41, posted (4 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 14065 times:
My only experience seeing a B-29 in person was seeing Enola Gay at IAD. Massively impressive.
Huge props (no pun intended) to all the men and women who volunteered their time and expertise to preserve a piece of history in a flying state, allowing us younger generations to get a first hand encounter with her. Seeing a Lancaster, Spitfire, P-51 or any of those old war birds really brings it a lot closer to home than looking at old pictures and images.
Hearing my grandfather's stories of air raids and all the other horrors of WWII, and then actually seeing and hearing those same aircraft types really brings it closer to home.
Again, huge respect to all of those who have served, are serving, and those that have paid the ultimate price.