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Corsair_Fanatic
08-28-2007, 10:06 AM
So a friend of mine and myself (and our wives) spent the last week in the Toronto area on vacation. We'd scheduled a stop at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (http://www.warplane.com) to take some flights. Here are the pics of that excursion:

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To the left is a Fairey Firefly Mk. 5 ASR, and to the right is a Douglas Dakota.

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The Firefly is powered by a Rolls Royce Griffon 74. Which is what happens when you give a Rolls Royce Merlin a steroid injection and a serious attitude problem. One of the of the guides said it was by far the loudest machine in the museum's collection.

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This is an early example of a Sikorsky helicopter.

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...which just happens to be powered by a radial engine. This was some time before the development of turboshaft jet engines.

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Here's a shot of the Wright R-2600-92 Cyclone engine on the B-25J on display. 14 cylinders, 1700 horse power of air cooled radial goodness. Mmmmmm.

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This is the nose of a B-25J. Otherwise known as the "Strafe-O-Matic". Yes, that actually is 8x .50 caliber Browning machine guns in the nose.

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Here is the Lancaster Mk. X. Shame we werent there the day before, as we could have caught this bad boy in flight. This is one of 2 airworthy Lancasters on the planet, and the other one is in England.

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Here's a nice shot of it from the side. I think the people make the scale readily apparent.

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Here's the tail gunner turret with its 4x .303 caliber machine guns.

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This is a Canadair Saber Mk. 6. It's a license built copy of the F-86 Saber from North American Aviation.

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Here's a nice shot showing the detail of 3 of the 6 .50 caliber machine guns fitted to the Saber.

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And here's a shot of the business end of those same guns. The leading edge slat can also be seen on the wing.

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Here's a nice lighted shot of the Avro Canada Orenda 14 turbojet.

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Here's a shot of the de Havilland Vampire Mk. 6.

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This is a Spitfire Mk. 16

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Here's my friend admiring the nose on his Precious...He likes it. Oh yes, he does!

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This is a license built copy of the Consolidated PBY-5A. It was called the Canso in Canadian service.

Okay, now for the REALLY fun part:

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Here I am getting ready to step into the front seat of a Boeing Stearman PT-27 Kaydet

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Mind where you put your feet, now.

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Helmet? Check. Seatbelt? Check. Lets get this show on the road.


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Up we go!

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Here's a nice shot of the museum from the air.

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We're actually flying in a straight line toward the runway, never mind which way the nose of the plane is pointing. It was an interesting experience.

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Here I am dismounting from my faithful steed, having conquered the perils of open cockpit flying.

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One down, one to go. Time to climb into the Harvard.

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By now, climbing into these things is old hat.

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Helmet's going on. Remember, safety is always important when flying high performance aircraft.

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Okay, I'm ready. Wait a minute, dont I need a pilot for this?

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And here's a shot of the Hamilton, Ontario area from the air.

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Here's a nice shot of the Harvard's front cockpit.

That'll do for now. More to come later, possibly. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Wild.Bill.Kelso
08-28-2007, 02:35 PM
Ok, you just trying to make me jealous!

Skunk_438RCAF
08-28-2007, 02:48 PM
Awesome dude. I was at the Ottawa Museum's Flightworks rally last sunday, got to see one of them Harvards fly.

I visited the storage area too, man, how many of these are left in the world?

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And they had to get rid of the one that was in good condition!

VW-IceFire
08-28-2007, 03:43 PM
Excellent pictures! Thanks for sharing!

One thing...Hamilton doesn't look that nice downtown...certainly the area around Mount Hope is nice however http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Zeus-cat
08-28-2007, 05:18 PM
Great photos. They have a nice collection.