Anyone who is interested in the B 787 Dreamliner and would like to see the most incredible photograph ever of it............I just picked up the January issue of Smithsonian Air & Space at a Kroger Store last night, and on page 8 there is a 2 page spread photo of a 787 (still in Boeing livery) flying formation with, of all things, the oldest Boeing still in airworthy condition, and old Model 40. It's said to be the the earliest airliner. The thing is a big long open cockpit biplane, big single radial engine on the nose, and there are two small windows on the fuselage, just behind the wings. Apparently there are a few seats "inside" !
The Model 40 rendezvoused with the 787 and the Bonanza photo plane at 12,000 ft. near Mt. Rainier, where the photo was taken. The owner of the Model 40, Addison Pemberton said......."we were all dressed in cold weather flying gear, "but not enough".
When I first saw this incredible photo, I assumed it was a composite; I'm amazed that a 787 can go slow enough to fly formation with something this old; that old "bipe" can't have a top speed of much over 100 kts or so; ( I hope some of our knowledgeable folks on here can expand on this a bit. )
I have probably bought every issue of "Air & Space" for a couple of years now, and have been meaning to subscribe to it, but never seem to get around to it; after just "skimming through it" briefly, I can easily tell that it's the best issue I have ever seen yet, and I haven't even read it yet.
For anyone interested in the Space Shuttle, there is a photo and a brief story about the huge big mobile service tower at launch complex 17B; it says that when it was built, it has "two speeds"........slow and fast; but back in 1990, they had it in "fast", ( which is about 5 MPH ) and they had to make an emergency stop; then it went on to say that at the bottom it was "orderly", but up at the top, ( which is 16 stories high ), the abrupt stop made the thing sway violently ! After that incident, they would never put it in "high" mode again. Anyway, they are now in the process of doing away with the launch complex, and they were moving the service tower for the last time, prior to cutting it up for scrap. ( The guy writing the article is the Director of the whole launch complex ) As they were starting to move it, the "dedicated operator" decided to invite the big boss to drive the thing; he got some instructions, and started to drive; says they were "chugging along" in "slow" mode, and that he could tell that the men wanted to put it in "high" mode, so he turned it back over to the operator and said......."let her rip" ! Then they were "whizzing along" at top speed, around 5 MPH; then he commented.........all 1.6 million pounds ! It's hard to imagine a 16 story high, 1.6 million pound self -propelled "tower" going 5 MPH ! ( I just hope Ben was there to get some pictures of it ! )
Just as soon as I read this magazine cover to cover, I'm going to send in a tear-out card and get a subscription to it this time !