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#61 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 29 August 2018 - 0234 AM

Give it a go. I want the right hand control column if you find it, so take a screwdriver. :)


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Posted 02 September 2018 - 1157 AM

B-17 with turbo props.

 

https://youtu.be/ANuDjDJWdtE


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Posted 02 September 2018 - 1622 PM

B-17 with turbo props.

 

https://youtu.be/ANuDjDJWdtE

Back then, I thought, 'COOL!'  Now I cringe at the hard use of those irreplaceable aircraft... :mellow:  Still, that's what kept many of them out of the smelters until they could be restored and appreciated--those that didn't crash.


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Posted 03 September 2018 - 0730 AM

Does anyone complain about TurboDaks?
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Posted 03 September 2018 - 0754 AM

Does anyone complain about TurboDaks?

I cringe anytime I see a turbo conversion of piston a/c, but there's no arguing with utility--Just PLEEEZE don't use them in WWII movies!  The Westland Wessex standing in for a USMC UH-34 in Full Metal Jacket was eye-painful enough...


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Posted 03 September 2018 - 1408 PM

 

Does anyone complain about TurboDaks?

I cringe anytime I see a turbo conversion of piston a/c, but there's no arguing with utility--Just PLEEEZE don't use them in WWII movies!  The Westland Wessex standing in for a USMC UH-34 in Full Metal Jacket was eye-painful enough...

 

 

Are there any piston-engined S-58s still flying?


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Posted 03 September 2018 - 1510 PM

 

 

Does anyone complain about TurboDaks?

I cringe anytime I see a turbo conversion of piston a/c, but there's no arguing with utility--Just PLEEEZE don't use them in WWII movies!  The Westland Wessex standing in for a USMC UH-34 in Full Metal Jacket was eye-painful enough...

 

 

Are there any piston-engined S-58s still flying?

 

I think there are 1 or 2, but my Google-fu was too weak to find any recent cites.


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Posted 08 September 2018 - 0640 AM

Another recent youtube article about a fire fighter pilot shortage shows CalFire using OV-10 Broncos as spotter and lead aircraft for their S2T light bombers, but also taking over a number of C-130H.

https://youtu.be/ZWf-H9vnBjY
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Posted 08 September 2018 - 0949 AM

The Broncos are way better than the Barons the Forest Service uses.


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#70 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 09 September 2018 - 0204 AM

I read somewhere the Marine Corp are due to divest themselves of the last ones. They were apparently brought back into service from the Border Agency IIRC, and outfitted for the WOT. Might be a good option for someone doing fire spotting.


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Posted 10 September 2018 - 1526 PM

I read somewhere the Marine Corp are due to divest themselves of the last ones. They were apparently brought back into service from the Border Agency IIRC, and outfitted for the WOT. Might be a good option for someone doing fire spotting.

 

Stuart, aren't those the ones that just got given to the Philippines?


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 0743 AM

On reflection, I think you are quite right Chris. I just cant remember if they have already given them or are just kicking the idea around.

 

There was something about it in the last Airforces Monthly, Ill take a look and see what it says.


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Posted 15 September 2018 - 1723 PM

There was a tender out there fro knocking them down, creating them up and unpacking and reassembling them upon arrival.
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Posted 19 September 2018 - 0815 AM

I'm not sure if the palletized firefighting set for the Transall is still in service; it was employed on Sardinia in 1983 and in the Borstel moor fire of 1988, but with the strain of modern-day deployments and the changeover to A400M, there might be no capacity left.

 

Moor fires are an iron-cast bitch, by the way.

 

Firefighters struggle to control fire sparked by German army missile

 
DPA/The Local
 
18 September 2018
13:17 CEST+02:00
 
A fire has been burning for two weeks in northern Germany after soldiers shot a missile out of a helicopter onto a tinder-dry stretch of moorland.

 

Roughly five square kilometres of moorland have been consumed by a fire on the Bundeswehr testing ground in Meppen, Lower Saxony after soldiers fired missiles from a helicopter. An army fire vehicle was supposed to immediately drive to the scene to quell the flames, but it malfunctioned. A backup vehicle was undergoing repairs.

 

A Bundeswehr spokesperson explained that the fire had since burned up to a metre deep into the moorland, leaving the fire services with a formidable task on their hands. Roughly 5,000 litres of water have been pumped onto the area each minute since Friday, broadcaster NDR reports, but the fire is still burning.

 

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https://www.thelocal...by-army-missile


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Posted 19 September 2018 - 0836 AM

Yup, yesterday you could smell it to Hamburg and Braunschweig. And Meppen is near the dutch border!  At first I thought plastic was burning somewhere. Burning rubbish bin or something. But then when the smell intensified, it reminded me of peated whiskey.  ^_^

 

 

Best hope is, that heavy rainfalls extinguish it. Smouldering peat, sometimes underground, is really hard to put out. Drenching in rain is the best possibility to get at all nests of fire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

trivia: the gunnery range was originally built for Krupp to test his guns. Then taken over by the Bundeswehr as testing area in the fifities.


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Posted 19 September 2018 - 0914 AM

Regarding range fires, some shooting ranges in the American SW ban steel/bimetallic cartridges, as sparking off steel targets poses a significant fire hazard
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