Discussion in 'Jet Aviation Discussion' started by JetForums, Apr 8, 2016.
Seriously precious metal, contra-rotating props on a P-51 Mustang...
That is a mean looking machine. This counter rotating prop setup will delete the awfull amount of torque of that large prop and powerfull engine of the P-51 during takeoffs and slow speed goarounds. Below a certain speed, giving more than 55 % power was pretty deadly.
But my "ancestors" were working on something like this too.
Obviously too late . But honestly, flying a modern combat jet is much easier than one of those animals.
The old fighter bases were built as big square fields for those reasons.
I started this thread to test the image upload function following this week's migration, but forgot to remove it. All the better, it could be a great thread with the contributions you bring the forums HTM!
Short story from a long time ago... on my 30th birthday I was given the ultimate gift; a ride in one of Don Whittington's P51 Mustangs. At the time, I rented a T-hangar on Ft. Lauderdale Exec that was owned by Whittington and had become friends with his corporate pilot. For my b-day, he arranged to put me in a P51 training variant that Whittington had recently restored. No contra-rotating props on this bird, but enough torque to twist the plane inverted if given full throttle at slower speeds. I'll never forget how loud it was in the cockpit!
Fast forward to the precious metal pic at the top of this thread, I had the opportunity to meet Kermit Weeks at his museum in Homestead a few years later, just before Hurricane Wilma turned some of his airplanes into scrap metal. I haven't had the opportunity to visit the new Warbird Adventures museum in Central Florida yet, but it's on the bucket list!
I had one backseat ride in a P-51 in Wichita Falls, TX during my Undergraduate Pilot Training in the early seventies at Sheppard AFB. It was a backseat ride in a single seater !!! This aircraft had a recess in the fuel tank behind the cockpit, forming a jump seat. When strapped in in this seat, you could reach over the shoulder of the pilot and grasp the stick. The owner took me for a short ride in that aircraft. Me, the young Lt, flying the migthy T-37 (200 Kts), the 6000 lbs dog whistle, was pretty impressed by the performance of this WW II piston engine aircraft. The owner could fly about 25 hours per year with this a/c as he had only a few sets of spark plugs available, of which some were always in factory overhaul.
Below a picture with me in my mighty machine, perceived about 100 years ago .
And I 100% agree, we need some more of those threads on JF. We have many members here with great stories to tell and pictures to post. Norseman for example could probably fill a complete book with his flying stories.
After graduating from UPT at Sheppard AFB and before I was sent to Luke AFB in Phoenix, Arizona for the advanced pilot training on the F-104 Starfighter, our class was tranfered to Homestead AFB for Sea Survival training. The practical part of that training took place near the cooling water outlet of a nuclear power station .
We had to dress with our green flight suits, white tennis shoes (for protection against sharp shellfish and corals) and when in the water, we had to wear black socks above those shoes (for not atrackting Barracudas, they said). I think, those instructors made a fool out of us young, f....... and inexperienced lieutenants. YFLs was even our nickname behind our back.