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Lou - STORIES
Feb 21st, 2011 at 5:11pm
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Lou
I enjoy reading your posts as much as I do flying the planes, you are an amazing source of information, thank you!

Now I have a request, how about some 'stories' from your past airline experiances? I would love to hear them, I know you must have 100's! �Wink
  

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Reply #1 - Feb 21st, 2011 at 9:04pm
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Thanks! Glad you like my rambles...



Here I am with my old plane. OK, it's been a few years since this photo was taken, but none the less here it is!  Grin
This is a North American AT-6-G with a P&W R-1344 -650 HP engine that converted gasoline directly into noise.

I'll come up with a few stories from time to time, maybe some of the things should not be told!  Wink

Here is a short story I wrote back in 1996 soon after TWA flight 800 crashed. The story is about some special people that were brought into the sadness of the event and how they live. My wife and I remain very close friends with the folks in this story and I hope you enjoy reading about them. The story is in .pdf format.

http://home.comcast.net/~lou.lynn/800.pdf


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Reply #2 - Feb 22nd, 2011 at 2:24am
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What a great story, thanks for sharing! I hope more are coming.

I envy you that T-6. Every once in a while I get to Kissimmee and spend an hour in one at Warbirds Adventures. What a fun plane to fly, especially when there are 2 of us and we get to 'dogfight'   Cool
  

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Reply #3 - Feb 22nd, 2011 at 1:53pm
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Thanks for the article Lou. I love that T6 must be a hell of a ride compared to the C172 that I fly  Cheesy
  

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Reply #4 - Feb 24th, 2011 at 10:47am
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Thanks for the reading too, Lou. "So many questions" as one tenor there .. just like in the forums, huh?  Smiley
Sadly, TWA 800 is another example of the learning process in aviation which often enough causes some tragic outcome in the first place and, later, some learning and changes.
I remember some crash investigator getting quoted with "aviation is a constant consideration of security needs and the costs for it". Do you remember the first years of the DC-10 for example?  Embarrassed

Concerning the plane shown in your pic. "engine that converted gasoline directly into noise" sounds really good, but I think she's not alone in the skies (although nowadays, she would be more or less).
  
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Reply #5 - Feb 24th, 2011 at 5:10pm
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Folks,

The North American AT-6 was one of the nicest planes to fly. It was just a big Cub. The "G" model had a P-51 tail wheel which made it very civilized on the ground, but it still wanted to show you who was boss every once in a while. The wing on the T-6 was a scaled down version of the DC-3. In military dress it weighed in around 6,500 pounds, but in civilian use it slimmed down to around 4,400 pounds. That made for a very nice short field plane. There were three of us in the area with T-6's and we would do the air show rounds in the summers. We had a smoke system on the plane and one of the guys had fake guns in the wing that shot a gas and oxygen mix that was very loud.

During an air show they would provide a special oil for the smoke. It was some "non" polluting type oil and was kept in a ten gallon tank under the rear seat. We would often have some left over after the show. This day I was returning home from the show and had quite a bit left in the tank. It was a beautiful clear day, so as I headed home I asked ATC if they had time to make a call for me. I gave them the number and told them to tell the lady who answered that there was a message in the sky for her. Now as you remember the T-6 excelled in converting avgas directly into noise. If you were not careful on takeoff the prop tip would go supersonic and make a very loud noise so you would bring the propeller back just a bit to avoid this. On the way back from the show I flew right over my house at around 4,000 feet and ran the prop up to full RPM. My wife was in the basement of the house and told me later it was very loud indeed. As she left the house to look up in the sky she grabbed the camera and shot this photo...



I was just finishing my message as you can see. 4,000 feet was a bit low to do sky writing since the air gets too roughed up and the smoke gets torn away, but I just made it! Cool

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Reply #6 - Feb 24th, 2011 at 6:00pm
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A pilot AND a romantic!  Wink
  

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Reply #7 - Feb 24th, 2011 at 9:05pm
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Lou and all - should I move the thread to General section? Will it be more convenient?
  
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Reply #8 - Feb 24th, 2011 at 9:29pm
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OK by me...  Wink

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Reply #9 - Feb 25th, 2011 at 1:02am
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Captain Sim 2 wrote on Feb 24th, 2011 at 9:05pm:
Lou and all - should I move the thread to General section? Will it be more convenient?


Sure
  

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Reply #10 - Feb 25th, 2011 at 10:22am
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Done! It is always interesting to read your stories, Lou!
  
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Reply #11 - Feb 25th, 2011 at 5:36pm
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Hey, Lou. I've showed the "smoking story" to my girlfriend and it made her smile the way I like it.
So I'm currently attaching some smoke machine to my .. ok, it's only a sim aircraft, but who knows?  Cool

However, do you know about this old war between fighter pilots and the airliner folks?
So, who are the best pilots then? Fighter guys or tubeliner folks?  Tongue
  
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Reply #12 - Feb 25th, 2011 at 7:09pm
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CoolP,

You are already smoking something!  Cheesy

Try doing some skywriting in maybe the Extra. It's harder that you think.

As for who makes the best pilot... It's the pilot with a fire in the belly for flying that makes the BEST pilot - hands down!

Lou - too old to fall for that trick.
  

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Reply #13 - Feb 26th, 2011 at 4:20pm
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too old to fall for that trick.

Seems like that question has some potential of some kind when you avoid the answer.  Tongue
But no problem of course, Lou.

So, from your long Boeing experience, what was or still is your favourite plane from that company?
The latest and greatest or something in between where the character came together with amazing capabilities or some welcome evolution from its predecessors?

Or what's the most annoying thing you can remember to be present on some plane. Something where you always though "why the h... did they do it like this?".
  
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Reply #14 - Feb 26th, 2011 at 4:54pm
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" who are the best pilots then? Fighter guys or tubeliner folks? "

I'm sure most have heard this before, but for those that havent....

A F16 was escorting a C 130 on a long flight and got bored so he pulled in front of the 130, got on the radio and said 'Watch this!' He then did a couple of ailerons rolls, pulled vertical, did a loop around the 130, then pulled up along side again with a huge grin on his face, and asked the 130 pilots what they thought about that.

Not to be outdone, the 130 captain said 'watch THIS!' For 5 minutes the F16 pilot sat there but nothing happened. Finally the 130 pilot came back on the radio and asked the 16 pilot what he thought. He said he didnt see anything, what was so special? The 130 pilot replied.......

"I got up from my seat, walked back to the galley, had a drink and a nice lunch, stretched my legs, and visited the head, and had a smoke, what do you think about that?"

Not another word was spoken on the radio   Smiley
  

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