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XyZspineZyX
06-17-2003, 04:37 AM
Hey folks!

Went to the local air show this weekend.

There were A-10's, C-130's, a MiG-17, AT-6, P-51 and Zero replica used for movies. Not a real Mitsubishi. This one had an 800 HP engine.

Had my Boy's photo taken in the cockpit of "The Rebel", a P-51D-25 that served about 8 months in WW2. He is an average sized fellow for a 20 year old, and there wasn't a LOT of room in the cockpit. Great view to the sides and rear, but the view to the front was not great. The pilot said in the air it was a lot better, the Pony flying slightly nose down.

It had the stock Merlin, and if one ever hears the sound of a Merlin engine, it is never forgotten. Sort of like the smell of marihoonie.

There was a mock dogfight between the Pony and fake Zero. One thing that stood out was that the P-51 outzoomed the other plane easily, doing hammerheads at much higher altitudes than the "Zero" reached at comparable speeds. Anyway, the whole thing brought goosebumps up. I looked over and saw my son, Mike, just grinning from ear to ear. After all, his Grandpa flew Mustangs.

There was a flyby from a F-117. Couldn't hear it until it passed you. The quietest jet I've ever heard.

Standing next to the Pony and MiG-17 one is struck by how small they feel being close to them. One could also see, plain as day, how the laminar flow wing of the P-51 gets thick in the middle, not the leading edge.

Gad, what a blast. Acrobatic displays, mock dogfights, hammerheads, cuban 8's, loops, skydivers, a very very fun day.

XyZspineZyX
06-17-2003, 04:37 AM
Hey folks!

Went to the local air show this weekend.

There were A-10's, C-130's, a MiG-17, AT-6, P-51 and Zero replica used for movies. Not a real Mitsubishi. This one had an 800 HP engine.

Had my Boy's photo taken in the cockpit of "The Rebel", a P-51D-25 that served about 8 months in WW2. He is an average sized fellow for a 20 year old, and there wasn't a LOT of room in the cockpit. Great view to the sides and rear, but the view to the front was not great. The pilot said in the air it was a lot better, the Pony flying slightly nose down.

It had the stock Merlin, and if one ever hears the sound of a Merlin engine, it is never forgotten. Sort of like the smell of marihoonie.

There was a mock dogfight between the Pony and fake Zero. One thing that stood out was that the P-51 outzoomed the other plane easily, doing hammerheads at much higher altitudes than the "Zero" reached at comparable speeds. Anyway, the whole thing brought goosebumps up. I looked over and saw my son, Mike, just grinning from ear to ear. After all, his Grandpa flew Mustangs.

There was a flyby from a F-117. Couldn't hear it until it passed you. The quietest jet I've ever heard.

Standing next to the Pony and MiG-17 one is struck by how small they feel being close to them. One could also see, plain as day, how the laminar flow wing of the P-51 gets thick in the middle, not the leading edge.

Gad, what a blast. Acrobatic displays, mock dogfights, hammerheads, cuban 8's, loops, skydivers, a very very fun day.

XyZspineZyX
06-17-2003, 05:02 AM
Damn, I gotta get me to an airshow with props.

The last airshow I saw was a little depressing in '90 when two Blue Angels collided in mid-air. At least the one pilot made it.

Anyway, you're a lucky fellow, or rather your son sure is! /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

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XyZspineZyX
06-17-2003, 05:09 AM
The Zero Replica is actually an AT-6 Texan. . and while it looks sorta like a Zero its flight capability is quite different.

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