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  1. I'm not that negative about CGI, as long as it's...

    I'm not that negative about CGI, as long as it's well done with people who are knowledgeable about aircraft and how they fly. I thought the "Dogfights" TV series did pretty well.

    The fact is,...
  2. I always like the poster for the 1976 version of...

    I always like the poster for the 1976 version of "Midway"....
    http://www.wanttaja.com/midway_1976.jpg

    One thing that gets me about this...is the "island" on the carrier on the wrong side? ...
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    Oopsie. It's fixed, now. Ron Wanttaja

    Oopsie. It's fixed, now.

    Ron Wanttaja
  4. Yep, that's the major one. It's also showing gun...

    Yep, that's the major one. It's also showing gun flashes come out of the wing roots of the SBD (Dauntless' forward-firing guns were on top of the cowl) and what looks to be a P-51 going down in...
  5. (Nit)Pick the Errors in the New "Midway" Poster

    Here's one of the posters for the new "Midway" movie coming out this fall. It's apparent the art department at the studio doesn't have any airplane buffs in it. I see one major and at least three...
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    Dunno, Joe. AC20-27G defines "Replica" as an...

    Dunno, Joe. AC20-27G defines "Replica" as an "...Aircraft with the same external configuration...of a small aircraft built at least 30 years ago" (Table 5, page 21).

    It says configuration, not...
  7. Thread: Normandy

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    To quote Monty Python, "You're no fun any...

    To quote Monty Python, "You're no fun any more...."

    From the "Wichita Fokkers" of the "Wings" to this year's "Midway" (coming out this fall), I love picking out the efforts of the moviemakers to...
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    BTW, Floats, did you realize they used BF-109s...

    BTW, Floats, did you realize they used BF-109s (actually Spanish Buchons) as Hurricanes in "The Battle of Britain"?

    They only had three flyable Hurricanes, so they painted up some of the Buchons...
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    http://www.bowersflybaby.com/placard.jpg Ron...

    http://www.bowersflybaby.com/placard.jpg

    Ron Wanttaja
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    They weren't available in the US at the time...

    They weren't available in the US at the time "Fighter Squadron" was made, and, as they were at time front-line fighters for the Spanish Air Force, the Spaniards weren't likely to lend the American...
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    Fighter Squadron (movie)

    I'm shifting this conversation from the "Normandy" thread.... the discussion centers on the use of P-51D Mustangs as Messerschmidts in this 1948 movie.


    One problem with using actual combat...
  12. Thread: Normandy

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    I agree it's silly to anyone with an IQ above...

    I agree it's silly to anyone with an IQ above room temperature (and 90% of pilots, too :-).

    But...what else COULD they use?

    T-6s? Awfully recognizable, too.

    Hellcats? A better choice, but...
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    The father of a friend of mine was a glider pilot...

    The father of a friend of mine was a glider pilot at Normandy. He had been a reporter at his local paper in civilian life, and wrote an article about his D-Day experience. I'm traveling right now,...
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    My wife and I visited Normandy a few years back. ...

    My wife and I visited Normandy a few years back. Here's a PDF version of the presentation I gave at my EAA Chapter.

    http://www.wanttaja.com/normandy.pdf

    It was spooky to stand next to the...
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    Churchill was a soldier in the Boer War as well. ...

    Churchill was a soldier in the Boer War as well. At the beginning of WWI, he was a prominent politician, but returned to active duty for three months after leaving his ministerial positions in late...
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    My old tech counselor built something similar...

    My old tech counselor built something similar using a bilge pump. Did work pretty slick; didn't take much time to pump the entire five gallons.
    http://www.wanttaja.com/bilge.jpg
    I was always a bit...
  17. Yes, there is a rise in pilot judgment accidents...

    Yes, there is a rise in pilot judgment accidents after forty hours, which I call "cross-country errors." Forty hours is the typical Phase 1 period, so folks start going places...and running out of...
  18. Well, there's this: ...

    Well, there's this:

    http://www.wanttaja.com/rate_time.jpg

    This kind of illustrates how quickly the auto-engine issues arise:

    http://www.wanttaja.com/eng_hours.jpg

    Ron Wanttaja
  19. I figured I'd have the peasants coming for me...

    I figured I'd have the peasants coming for me carrying torches, when that article came out.

    Ideally, one would prefer the accident rates between engine times to be based on comparing the total...
  20. It's hard to make those sorts of calls, for a...

    It's hard to make those sorts of calls, for a number of reason.

    The first is the fleet size. A lot more Cessna 150s were built than AA-1s. When you look the raw number of accidents, the 150's...
  21. You bet! Sounds like a good deal. Ron Wanttaja

    You bet! Sounds like a good deal.

    Ron Wanttaja
  22. Marty may have been exaggerating a bit, but I...

    Marty may have been exaggerating a bit, but I don't think he's that far off. Being rare doesn't necessarily make it valuable. Three types of markets for this:

    The first is someone who owns or is...
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    That might not be a bad guess. Stahr is based in...

    That might not be a bad guess. Stahr is based in Oregon, and the photo was taken at the Arlington (Washington) Fly-In.

    Ron Wanttaja
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    RV-6 Paint Job Question

    Was whipping through some of my old (print) pictures and came across an interesting one.

    At casual glance, I thought that someone had been tuft-testing this RV-6. But looking at the black lines...
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    What does it stall at in that bank angle if...

    What does it stall at in that bank angle if you're not trying to maintain altitude? The wing stalls at a given angle of attack, not airspeed.

    Ron Wanttaja
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