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2014-08-13 06:39:25 PM  
www.cmc-versand.de

i.telegraph.co.uk
 
2014-08-13 07:32:17 PM  
awesome
 
2014-08-13 08:30:21 PM  

smells_like_meat: awesome


Sums it up
 
2014-08-13 08:47:47 PM  
Can two planes really fly in a "formation"?
 
2014-08-13 09:14:13 PM  
There's a program called Wings of Freedom that occasionally tours in the US, I think they made Fark a few years back when they tragically lost a B-29. I took my nephew to visit them when they were in the vicinity. (pretty sure the nephew had nothing to do with the loss.)

I can't claim any sort of personal connection, I certainly never flew one, I can't even say "my pappy flew one back in 42" or anything like that. I'm not even that big on planes in general, but it's well worth the visit if you get a chance. They are just amazing bits of engineering. Plus the nephew liked the machine guns.
 
2014-08-13 09:37:25 PM  

maxheck: There's a program called Wings of Freedom that occasionally tours in the US, I think they made Fark a few years back when they tragically lost a B-29. I took my nephew to visit them when they were in the vicinity. (pretty sure the nephew had nothing to do with the loss.)

I can't claim any sort of personal connection, I certainly never flew one, I can't even say "my pappy flew one back in 42" or anything like that. I'm not even that big on planes in general, but it's well worth the visit if you get a chance. They are just amazing bits of engineering. Plus the nephew liked the machine guns.


I think you're talking about "FIFI", which has been the only airworthy B-29 for many years. It had an engine failure during a show in 2006, and it was several years before the CAF got it airborne again. They had to break down the original engines and built custom hybrid engines using parts intended for Skyraiders and Flying boxcars.
 
2014-08-13 10:42:42 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: Can two planes really fly in a "formation"?


With practice, they can form a perfectly straight line.
 
2014-08-13 10:53:48 PM  
The Canadian Lancaster flew over my house a number of years ago and the sound it made was incredible. The drone of the 4 prop engines is nothing like you have ever heard. I just cannot imagine the sound that hundreds flying overhead in formation would have made during WWII.
 
2014-08-13 10:55:00 PM  
That's nice. Burn them.
 
2014-08-13 10:59:19 PM  
UNC_Samurai:

maxheck: There's a program called Wings of Freedom that occasionally tours in the US, I think they made Fark a few years back when they tragically lost a B-29. I took my nephew to visit them when they were in the vicinity. (pretty sure the nephew had nothing to do with the loss.)

I can't claim any sort of personal connection, I certainly never flew one, I can't even say "my pappy flew one back in 42" or anything like that. I'm not even that big on planes in general, but it's well worth the visit if you get a chance. They are just amazing bits of engineering. Plus the nephew liked the machine guns.

I think you're talking about "FIFI", which has been the only airworthy B-29 for many years. It had an engine failure during a show in 2006, and it was several years before the CAF got it airborne again. They had to break down the original engines and built custom hybrid engines using parts intended for Skyraiders and Flying boxcars.


I am sure I'm wrong on the details, couldn't say other than this was a bit more recent than 2006 and involved the pilot's death.

I also got to hang out with some guys in Addison TX who were rebuilding some old warplanes, that was kinda cool.
 
2014-08-13 11:14:40 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: Can two planes really fly in a "formation"?


Yep.
There's "Lead" and "2".
 
2014-08-13 11:34:18 PM  

maxheck: I am sure I'm wrong on the details, couldn't say other than this was a bit more recent than 2006 and involved the pilot's death.


Kee bird?

upload.wikimedia.org

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kee_Bird
 
2014-08-14 12:14:01 AM  
Where's the video?
 
2014-08-14 01:42:29 AM  
Years ago while taking a lunch break outside my place of work in Ottawa I heard a very distinctive rumble. Before I even looked up I knew it would be the Lancaster from Hamilton because it was scheduled to appear at the air show the next day. What I didn't expect was the Spitfire flying beside it.

If anyone wants a Lancaster, just go to this location on Melville Peninsula in Nunavut:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/68%C2%B036%2709.4%22N+82%C2%B040%2 70 *1­%­22W/[nospam-﹫-backwards]86*6026119,-82.6680909,360m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0

Just be aware that the engines have been removed.
 
2014-08-14 02:09:01 AM  
They should fly them over Germany just for a larf.
 
2014-08-14 02:13:11 AM  

Reaperman: The Canadian Lancaster flew over my house a number of years ago and the sound it made was incredible. The drone of the 4 prop engines is nothing like you have ever heard. I just cannot imagine the sound that hundreds flying overhead in formation would have made during WWII.


i.imgur.com

"Got some good news and some bad news."
"What's the bad news?"
"We're in an aircraft that's almost 70 years old and maintained by volunteers. There's only a thin layer of aluminum between your us and all four engines, and because it's unpressurized, the exhaust we're smelling is as close to fresh air as it ever gets!"
"What's the good news?"
"It's a beautiful summer day, we're not freezing to death, and nobody's shooting at us!"

The audacity of flying a Lanc across the Atlantic in 2014 is exceeded only by the fact that tens of thousands of people flew the very same aircraft type in conditions that were, by modern standards, unimaginable. The crews/passengers of 2014 get to come back home or they don't take off. Those of 1944 had no such guarantee.
 
2014-08-14 02:16:46 AM  
My grandfather and the rest 9 the crew in front of his Lancaster in WW2.
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2014-08-14 02:25:51 AM  
Very cool.
 
2014-08-14 02:25:53 AM  
I remember as a lad having one of the last Lancs in the RCAF landing crabwise over my head just off the end of the runway, an impressive sight and sound. I've seen the Canadian one a few times, always a treat. Story could have said it is the Mynarski memorial plane, because of this guy:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mynarski
 
2014-08-14 03:01:20 AM  
I bet there are a few sitting in the Boneyard near Tucson, ready to go in short order.
img.fark.net
 
2014-08-14 03:53:21 AM  
Yadda yadda

Here in Britain we literally can't walk out of the door without a Lanc flying over at some point.

And Spitfires buzzing around constantly, something to do with Reginald Mitchell been born around here or something.

Noisy buggers.
 
2014-08-14 05:09:37 AM  

SickAsAParrot: Yadda yadda

Here in Britain we literally can't walk out of the door without a Lanc flying over at some point.

And Spitfires buzzing around constantly, something to do with Reginald Mitchell been born around here or something.

Noisy buggers.


I wish.

I love the sound of them, they're phenomenal. In a strange way I wish I could have been around in WW2 to see the sight and hear the sound of massive waves of aircraft flying overhead, engaging in combat. I bet it was something to behold. Just have to make do with BoB memorial flights, and Spitfire waves at Goodwood. If you'll forgive the poor camera work.
 
2014-08-14 05:30:25 AM  

Gecko Gingrich: Can two planes really fly in a "formation"?


Can they not?
 
2014-08-14 05:37:12 AM  

Reaperman: The Canadian Lancaster flew over my house a number of years ago and the sound it made was incredible. The drone of the 4 prop engines is nothing like you have ever heard. I just cannot imagine the sound that hundreds flying overhead in formation would have made during WWII.


When I was a child the airlines still had prop planes. My house is under the approach path to Newark Airport (it will always thus be, not the stupid new homeland name) so I grew up used to the sound of prop engines.

It was when jet airliners started being used more often that it became scary for me. They sounded like bombs dropping. I watched Combat and Twelve O'Clock High a lot.

Especially in March, when they flew low because of the high winds.

Some time ago a B-17 flew directly over me, low, and it was impressive to hear those engines.
 
2014-08-14 05:53:20 AM  

Reaperman: The Canadian Lancaster flew over my house a number of years ago and the sound it made was incredible. The drone of the 4 prop engines is nothing like you have ever heard. I just cannot imagine the sound that hundreds flying overhead in formation would have made during WWII.


Vera used to fly over Ottawa Nov 11, I love the sound of the old props more than the sound of military jets. During the war my grandfather was in the air force and his job was maintaining the Lancasters. When the war ended he moved out to Nelson BC and set up his garage as a mechanic.
 
2014-08-14 07:56:13 AM  

rikkards: Reaperman: The Canadian Lancaster flew over my house a number of years ago and the sound it made was incredible. The drone of the 4 prop engines is nothing like you have ever heard. I just cannot imagine the sound that hundreds flying overhead in formation would have made during WWII.

Vera used to fly over Ottawa Nov 11, I love the sound of the old props more than the sound of military jets. During the war my grandfather was in the air force and his job was maintaining the Lancasters. When the war ended he moved out to Nelson BC and set up his garage as a mechanic.


I live in Hamilton and every summer weekend this and/or many of the other flight worthy craft are up in the air.  With the amount of noise the Lanc makes can you imagine several hundred on a run?
 
2014-08-14 07:56:45 AM  

maxheck: UNC_Samurai:

maxheck: There's a program called Wings of Freedom that occasionally tours in the US, I think they made Fark a few years back when they tragically lost a B-29. I took my nephew to visit them when they were in the vicinity. (pretty sure the nephew had nothing to do with the loss.)

I can't claim any sort of personal connection, I certainly never flew one, I can't even say "my pappy flew one back in 42" or anything like that. I'm not even that big on planes in general, but it's well worth the visit if you get a chance. They are just amazing bits of engineering. Plus the nephew liked the machine guns.

I think you're talking about "FIFI", which has been the only airworthy B-29 for many years. It had an engine failure during a show in 2006, and it was several years before the CAF got it airborne again. They had to break down the original engines and built custom hybrid engines using parts intended for Skyraiders and Flying boxcars.

I am sure I'm wrong on the details, couldn't say other than this was a bit more recent than 2006 and involved the pilot's death.

I also got to hang out with some guys in Addison TX who were rebuilding some old warplanes, that was kinda cool.


Well then it wasn't a B-29. It's been 50 years or so since anyone died in a B-29 crash
 
2014-08-14 08:08:33 AM  
There was a fatal P-51 crash last year, a Corsair crash and a Bearcat crash each killed the pilot in 2012, and back in 2011 there was both a collision at Reno and multiple fatalities within the Red Arrows.

http://www.worldwarbirdnews.com/tag/crashesaccidentsmishaps/
 
2014-08-14 08:35:23 AM  

Reaperman: The Canadian Lancaster flew over my house a number of years ago and the sound it made was incredible. The drone of the 4 prop engines is nothing like you have ever heard. I just cannot imagine the sound that hundreds flying overhead in formation would have made during WWII.


This. The Canadian Lancaster flies a few times a summer over downtown Toronto, and the sound of four Merlins (the same engine as was used on the Spitfire) is unmistakable, even to someone like me who built WWII airplane models decades after the event. If I hear it, I always try to rush outside to catch a glimpse, because let's face it, how many more times will it be seen? It's like looking out the window of a time machine.
 
2014-08-14 08:37:17 AM  

Twilight Farkle: Reaperman: The Canadian Lancaster flew over my house a number of years ago and the sound it made was incredible. The drone of the 4 prop engines is nothing like you have ever heard. I just cannot imagine the sound that hundreds flying overhead in formation would have made during WWII.

[i.imgur.com image 850x577]

"Got some good news and some bad news."
"What's the bad news?"
"We're in an aircraft that's almost 70 years old and maintained by volunteers. There's only a thin layer of aluminum between your us and all four engines, and because it's unpressurized, the exhaust we're smelling is as close to fresh air as it ever gets!"
"What's the good news?"
"It's a beautiful summer day, we're not freezing to death, and nobody's shooting at us!"

The audacity of flying a Lanc across the Atlantic in 2014 is exceeded only by the fact that tens of thousands of people flew the very same aircraft type in conditions that were, by modern standards, unimaginable. The crews/passengers of 2014 get to come back home or they don't take off. Those of 1944 had no such guarantee.


Huh. Odds are good that my sailboat is in the left upperhand side of that photo.
 
2014-08-14 08:57:46 AM  

Twilight Farkle: The crews/passengers of 2014 get to come back home or they don't take off. Those of 1944 had no such guarantee.


Ermmmm ... I know what you are saying but no, there is never that guarantee. Life does not work that way. They do the best they can, but once they are in the air, it all depends on Fate.
Why yes, I am old and bitter, how'd you know?

I was out to see Vera off from Hamilton that Monday, Aug 4, 2014.  Funny enough, the fully-tested engine #2 refused to fire up delaying their departure from Hamilton by a day.  The mags were replaced overnight, and she flew the next day.
 
2014-08-14 09:06:20 AM  

SickAsAParrot: Yadda yadda

Here in Britain we literally can't walk out of the door without a Lanc flying over at some point.

And Spitfires buzzing around constantly, something to do with Reginald Mitchell been born around here or something.

Noisy buggers.


Funny you should say that as I was at my parents place a few weeks back and a Spitfire was just flying about, got a free 10 minute display and the sound of the Merlin engine humming around.

Lovely!
 
2014-08-14 10:07:26 AM  

Reaperman: The Canadian Lancaster flew over my house a number of years ago and the sound it made was incredible. The drone of the 4 prop engines is nothing like you have ever heard. I just cannot imagine the sound that hundreds flying overhead in formation would have made during WWII.


I've seen the Canadian lancaster up close and personal a few times at CFB Trenton, and the museum in Hamilton.  The museum in Hamilton is awesome, they have one of the worlds largest flying collections. Almost every piece in the museum collection is flight worthy.
 
2014-08-14 12:06:01 PM  
For a fee, you can get a ride in the Lancaster at Hamilton.

Think they said it was about $2000 per person to go up.

I've been inside the Lanc at Hamilton and what struck me was how *small* the interior actually is.   Movies make it look like there is far more room than there is.
 
2014-08-14 02:04:38 PM  
I really really want to see and hear a B-36 peacemaker flying.   It would be even more awesome if someone could get two of them flying.  Maybe one with 11 power plants on-board.  (will never happen)  Honestly though I hear that there were people assigned for years to B-36 units that never saw every engine on the thing running at the same time.
 
2014-08-14 02:11:34 PM  
 
Ehh
2014-08-14 05:37:11 PM  
 
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