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Infinitesimal
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Icon 1 posted March 04, 2012 04:39      Profile for Infinitesimal     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
So today I took another flying lesson and was sneakily told just before the runway that I would be taking it off. Let me tell you take offs are way more fun when you have the controls.

I highly recommend it for the more adventurous souls.

[Smile]

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Icon 14 posted March 04, 2012 13:51      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
That is so cool! I wish I had it together enough to learn to fly.

[Applause]

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Icon 1 posted March 07, 2012 17:15      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
What a rush as you open the throttle and release the brakes, put a little pressure on the elevators and now you are looking down.

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Icon 1 posted March 20, 2012 04:12      Profile for Infinitesimal     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Heck yes, and a bit of rudder to keep her going straight.

The even bigger rush is landing the thing, it looks like you are diving at the runway and at the very last few seconds just cut the power pull the nose up and float glenty onto the wheels.

only another 37.2 hours minimum to go [Razz]

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Icon 1 posted March 20, 2012 19:12      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Infinitesimal:

The even bigger rush is landing the thing, it looks like you are diving at the runway and at the very last few seconds just cut the power pull the nose up and float glenty onto the wheels.

As an observer I always find the landing the far more unnerving experience. †

Takeoff has always been my favorite part of flying - I think it ties into the primeval sense of "More power!"

† Part of that also simply has to do with the pilot, plane, and perhaps airline. I recently flew JetBlue and was reminded of how much I love them. Fun takeoff and thoroughly calm landing. A Continental flight I took last year had me thinking a fierce stream of expletives...bleh.

Props to you, Infi! [Big Grin]

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Icon 14 posted March 21, 2012 12:10      Profile for macmcseboy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Roger that Infi! One day I will have at the controls. Need to find the dough for that. Been co-jo on a coupla flights. Flying in a 172 is always fun.!

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Icon 1 posted March 22, 2012 13:41      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The best take off I ever had was a winch launch on a glider. It is amazing how steeply they climb!
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Icon 1 posted March 23, 2012 18:36      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
You guys ain't lived until you are riding in a A1E Sky-raider being shot off of a Carrier. 250ft and you have airspeed.

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Icon 1 posted March 24, 2012 18:00      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
You need a machine to fly?
Amateurs!

@Infi: I am full of envy. I was all set to learn ultralight flying some years ago, but She Who Must Be Obeyed vetoed the project.

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Icon 1 posted March 25, 2012 05:23      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
TFD, Build or buy a Hovercraft or Ground effect ship. Not really flying but not bound to lakes, rivers, and oceans. The acceleration is a hoot, much different than an auto-mobile, Dial up the power and you start forward slowly then the pace accelerates until near sixty mph then starts to fall as speed continues to build.

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quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
TFD, Build or buy a Hovercraft or Ground effect ship.

Can I just have a really cool submarine instead?

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Icon 1 posted March 26, 2012 06:48      Profile for Infinitesimal     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
You guys ain't lived until you are riding in a A1E Sky-raider being shot off of a Carrier. 250ft and you have airspeed.

Some how I doubt the US navy would let me, no matter how nicely I asked, If you can wrangle my a trip up in either an F-18 or an F-15 that would be fantastic [Wink]

Hell I'd take an F-86 or the maritime equivalent for that classic feel [Wink]

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Infi. Over powered prop. planes get the closest to that feeling. On the carriers most of the prop. pilots did not Salute the Cat Officer at full power but at half power, because the prop. planes could and often would bolt ahead of the Cat. getting unhooked (called a Short Shot). The jets built power much sower, their biggest acceleration came in the last half of the shot. Get a ride in a citabria they have a very good power to weight ratio.

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