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  1. steelypip

    309th Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group

    Good catch. I'd forgotten seeing that one by the time I got to the posting window. Yes, I'm sure this is either an arctic rescue airplane or an antarctic resupply airplane. I suspect its logbook is full of interesting stories.
  2. steelypip

    309th Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group

    I was a little surprised to see some stuff so old still intact. Like the radial-engined Navy "mail plane," among other things. The DOSAS airplane was a nice touch, too.
  3. steelypip

    309th Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group

    I perceive that you've never made it 10 miles west to look at the Connie in Udvar-Hazy. Yes that's an EC-121, which is the airborne filler for gaps in the DEW line. My dad sent me an email with a story about him regenerating a C-54 out of AMARG back in the '60s for a special project. I...
  4. steelypip

    309th Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group

    You guys really were at the forefront of reduce/reuse/recycle. It's 1961, and you need a structure to shelter the dismantling of aircraft. It needs to be easy in, easy out, cheap, and protect from sun. Solution: use the nose docks for a recently obsolete aircraft type as your source of...
  5. steelypip

    309th Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group

    I think this is probably the only time in history when so many B-36s were in one place at one time. If we assume 10 planes/squadron(ref), then the most on a base at one time was at Carswell, with its two wings of three squadrons each. There are nearly 100 visible in the photo, which means the...
  6. steelypip

    309th Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group

    I think the P-3 Orion might make the Lockheed L-188 Electra the most successful of all of the big turboprop airliners. Certainly by years of production (1957-1990), and probably by cumulative flight hours (padded by lots of slow motion 12 hour patrol missions) and numbers produced (757 P-3...
  7. steelypip

    309th Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group

    The theory behind the F-35 goes all the way back to Kennedy's Whiz Kids of the early 1960s. See also Sec Def McNamara and the F-111. The idea is that you take all of the different roles for an airframe that are somewhat alike and then build a compromise airplane that can do all of these...
  8. steelypip

    309th Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group

    The F-15E Strike Eagle was specifically designed for all weather ground attack. As flying in bad weather is a full-time job, they included a second seat so somebody besides the pilot could keep track of commo, bad guys, targets, ordinance, navigation - you know, all that stuff that you don't...
  9. steelypip

    309th Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group

    I wonder how long it will be before we do something that requires un-mothballing the Strike Eagles. There's not really anything else in the inventory that does what they do, and there never were a lot of them. Pretty much the fast-moving all-weather sibling to the warthog, just as useful, and...
  10. steelypip

    309th Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group

    It's a mongrel: A Fiat G.222 equipped with engines and avionics from the C130J. Sold to USAF by L3 Communications in small numbers before they were cancelled when USAF realized it had more C130s than it could use and that a C130J was cheaper over its lifespan. Good for USCG picking them up...
  11. steelypip

    309th Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group

    The F-106 was a real upgrade from its predecessor, the F-102. Not only was it usefully supersonic, it also had a pretty decent fire control radar and state-of-the art (for 1959) missiles. Later on, a cannon and optical gunsight were added. They were still front-line interceptors at SAC bases...
  12. steelypip

    309th Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group

    Ah, the Delta Dagger - also known as 'how to keep Convair in business for another five years...' Airborne RC target was about the most useful thing that airplane ever did.
  13. steelypip

    309th Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group

    A Florence! They were always remarkable on SAC bases, being neither silver nor camo, but sleek shiny white. There was usually a shiny white T-37 around for checkflight to maintain flight pay, but the tweet was memorably small and whistly, rather than sleek. There can't be many DC-9-30 variants...
  14. steelypip

    309th Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group

    I hadn't carefully read the suffix to the BUF picture when I first saw it back in December. Now that I look more carefully, I see that it's a veteran of 42 BMW during Linebacker II and Arc Light. Chances are excellent that my dad flew combat missions in this acft...
  15. steelypip

    309th Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group

    Very cool! My dad had a little to do with certain long-wing B-57s when he was a young LT in TMO at Kirtland. Neat to see that they're still getting it done. Will forward the story on to him.
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