Chopper_nut's US trip July 2018

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Re: Chopper_nut's US trip July 2018

Postby emfrat » Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:37 pm

Cool Folland Gnat, beside the rumbly/roary hybrid :clap: :cheers:
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Re: Chopper_nut's US trip July 2018

Postby Splitpin » Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:15 pm

Go you good thing :rockon:
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Re: Chopper_nut's US trip July 2018

Postby Splitpin » Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:17 pm

Re ...the more to come.
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Re: Chopper_nut's US trip July 2018

Postby emfrat » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:26 pm

All top shots - what is that nice tri-motor tail-dragger with the red nose?
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Re: Chopper_nut's US trip July 2018

Postby chopper_nut » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:53 pm

Pima Part II

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Re: Chopper_nut's US trip July 2018

Postby chopper_nut » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:28 pm

emfrat wrote:All top shots - what is that nice tri-motor tail-dragger with the red nose?


Northrop C125. Lots of unusual aircraft there.
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Re: Chopper_nut's US trip July 2018

Postby Charl » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:54 pm

There's that Boeing YC-14, Upper Surface Blowing technology surely must come back someday!
And a Vigilante, no less... is there anything that is not on show??
A current Japanese B787 perhaps >acne<
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Re: Chopper_nut's US trip July 2018

Postby chopper_nut » Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:06 pm

There's a lack of 'enemy' aircraft particularly from WW2 but that doesn't take anything away from the place. I even missed out doing one hangar due to running out of time. There are virtually no ropes or barriers so you can walk up and touch most things, pets are allowed and there is simply a glut of aircraft. The only thing that I can say is that the main hangar is quite dark and so not great for photos.
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Re: Chopper_nut's US trip July 2018

Postby Splitpin » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:57 pm

Nick .... this is torture :( I look .... look again, compose questions ....and then you post again! :lol:
If nothing else, young man .... you have cemented Pima into my bucket list.
Again, thank you for taking the time to share.
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Re: Chopper_nut's US trip July 2018

Postby chopper_nut » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:23 am

You’ve got to get there. Blows the mind. There’s a bit of a gap in there. The convention in Tucson was amazing. Photos coming...
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Re: Chopper_nut's US trip July 2018

Postby chopper_nut » Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:45 am

Right so rewinding a couple of days to the convention in Tucson.

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These guys were making working AGCs and LGCs. Some out of alloy and some 3D printed.
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A real AGC that they're trying to get working for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

This chaps name escapes me right now but here he is using Google Earth type software to revisit the moon with Apollo 15 CMP Al Worden.
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Flight control panel. Left to Right - Chuck Deitrich, Sy Leibergot, Milt Heflin, Jerry Bostik and Dutch von Ehrenfried
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Shuttle astronaut Clayton Anderson salutes the old team
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Apollo Panel. Left to Right - Walt Cunningham, Al Worden, Jack Lousma, Vance Brand, Charlie Duke, Di O'Hara, Rick Armstrong (Neil's son)
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Walt Cunningham - Apollo 7 LMP
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Al Worden - Apollo 15 CMP
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Gerry Griffen - Gold Team Flight Director
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Hoot Gibson - Naval Aviator, Shuttle Commander, Airline Pilot, Racing Pilot and Good Bas*ard
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Fred Haise - Apollo 13 LMP and Enterprise CDR. Waving our hands in the air like pilots. I wanted to talk about flying the shuttle and he wanted to talk about helicopters.
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Re: Chopper_nut's US trip July 2018

Postby chopper_nut » Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:09 pm

Drove from Tucson to Alamogordo NM yesterday. Couldn't get into the White Sands Missile Range... US citizens only... Drove up to Albuquerque today and did the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Very surprising.

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Glass from the Trinity site

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Flag that was flying during the Trinity test. Damage is from the shock wave.

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Broken Arrow in Spain 1966. Two of the four actual nuclear weapons.

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WE177. British 'Bucket of Sunshine'

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Jupiter ICBM. Short version of the Juno II.... sort of.

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Jupiter tailpipe

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Titan II

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Business end of Titan II

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Injector plate

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The famous Minuteman

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Peacekeeper

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Thor.... YES A THOR!!!!

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Titan II reentry capsule

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B47 radome. Lots of leftover parts lying around

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B58 weapons package

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Trinity tower replica

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Under restoration. Looking good already. Damn I love this aeroplane. And yes... I know how dangerous it was.

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Re: Chopper_nut's US trip July 2018

Postby Splitpin » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:16 pm

:bow: Keep them inbound CN.
Convention looked amazing.
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Re: Chopper_nut's US trip July 2018

Postby chopper_nut » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:30 pm

It was. It really was
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Re: Chopper_nut's US trip July 2018

Postby chopper_nut » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:47 pm

Museum of Space History, Alamogordo NM. Quite a small museum but a surprising amount of quite interesting stuff. Worth the visit.

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Aerobee sustainer stage

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Rocketdyne H1 engine out of a Saturn 1b

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Mercury model

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Little Joe II. Used for testing the Apollo launch escape system

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V2

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Rocketdyne F1 engine out of the mighty Saturn V

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Apollo boilerplate

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Rocketdyne LR79 engine from a Thor

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F117 cockpit trainer

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XLR11 engine that powered the X1

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Lunar Module ascent engine

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Apollo telescope and sextant panel.

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Re: Chopper_nut's US trip July 2018

Postby chopper_nut » Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:48 pm

Hit the airport at Alamogordo this morning.. good thing we did.

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Re: Chopper_nut's US trip July 2018

Postby chopper_nut » Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:00 pm

Sorry about the lack of updates. Went and did the San Diego Air and Space museum and their annex at Gillespie Field. Some really interesting stuff at both. The main museum has the usual problem in not having enough space.

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Remarkably complete Stratocruiser cockpit

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Apollo 9

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Interior. Computers have been removed

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Heatshield

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Lots more at this museum.
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Re: Chopper_nut's US trip July 2018

Postby chopper_nut » Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:17 pm

Also did the USS Midway. If you're in the area, it's so worth it. Try to go on a weekday during the school year though...

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Painted on the nose of the A6

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First MiG kills in Vietnam

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Last MiG kills in Vietnam. Painted on either side of the F4

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Re: Chopper_nut's US trip July 2018

Postby chopper_nut » Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:45 pm

So it turns out that a lot of museums in the US are closed on Monday... strange. The only place that we could find was Planes of Fame at Chino. Insane number of aeroplanes in a small space.

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Re: Chopper_nut's US trip July 2018

Postby chopper_nut » Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:59 pm

Hit up the Classic Rotors museum at Ramona. Well worth the trip. Very much an enthusiast museum.

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The second NOTAR... I wanted to push it out and fire it up.

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Bell 47B... and it is a runner.

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Piasecki helicopters... both runners.

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Piasecki HRP1.. exceptionally rare... and it'll fly.

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