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Re: Big cargo plane at airport

Postby snoqueen » Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:27 pm

I saw the four engine jet come in for a landing Thursday. "What is that?" I says to myself, "It's not a 747".


It's not a jet! It's a nine cylinder radial engine (cylinders mounted radially around the drive, not in line or in a V like on your car). If you think of an old 40s or 50s car, that's basically the level of technology they had in the 1940s -- no electronics to speak of, and nowhere near the metallurgy we have today. The four engines on the B-17 were Wright R1820s, and (I had to look this part up) each one had 1823 total cubic inches of displacement and a six inch stroke. In other words, they were HUGE and they were HEAVY. But the plane was still famous for being flown home with only two, or even one, engine and very extensive damage to the body after a bombing run. The whole thing was a pretty amazing feat of engineering.

(damn plane just flew over the house again while I was typing, too)

For people who love mechanical stuff and old guys as much as I do, here's one of numerous YouTube videos showing and describing the engine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbPrfqfCg7I
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Re: Big cargo plane at airport

Postby bdog » Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:39 pm

snoqueen wrote:It's not a jet!

Reminds me of a funny gag from "Airplane!" - the propeller sound from the jet engines.
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Re: Big cargo plane at airport

Postby HeyZeus » Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:49 pm

We were at Demetral Field Thursday night and saw that monster fly in.

Big and loud.

I know someone with the WI-ANG. I'll have to see if he knows.
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Re: Big cargo plane at airport

Postby Ingabinga » Sat Jun 18, 2011 7:18 pm

It probably has something to do with the guard unit that just returned from deployment. I saw it yesterday and today too.
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Re: Big cargo plane at airport

Postby Henry Vilas » Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:52 am

Ingabinga wrote:It probably has something to do with the guard unit that just returned from deployment. I saw it yesterday and today too.

Only if the Guard deploys with Ukrainian cargo planes and WWII bombers.
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Re: Big cargo plane at airport

Postby Ingabinga » Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:47 am

Henry Vilas wrote:
Ingabinga wrote:It probably has something to do with the guard unit that just returned from deployment. I saw it yesterday and today too.

Only if the Guard deploys with Ukrainian cargo planes and WWII bombers.


Ahh. I only saw the cargo plane and not close enough to discern nationality.
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Re: Big cargo plane at airport

Postby Henry Vilas » Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:57 am

Ingabinga wrote:I only saw the cargo plane and not close enough to discern nationality.

Did you read the opening post?
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Re: Big cargo plane at airport

Postby Ingabinga » Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:09 am

Henry Vilas wrote:
Ingabinga wrote:It probably has something to do with the guard unit that just returned from deployment. I saw it yesterday and today too.

Only if the Guard deploys with Ukrainian cargo planes and WWII bombers.


Turns out the Guard does in fact deploy with at least one Ukranian cargo plane.
"McHenry said the An-124 was being used to ship cargo by the 115th Fighter Wing of the Wisconsin Air National Guard at Truax Field."

(http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/ ... 23997.html)
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Re: Big cargo plane at airport

Postby Marvell » Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:41 am

As long as we're sharing obscure facts about enormous planes:

My old man, born and raised in San Pedro, CA, is one of the handful of people who witnessed the one and only flight of Howard Hughes's infamous 'Spruce Goose' (as portrayed at the end of Martin Scorcese's The Aviator).

Given that my dad was a teenager at the time, and is 80 years old now, it's entirely possible that he is the last person alive who witnessed this event.
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Re: Big cargo plane at airport

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:21 pm

I saw the State Journal article too. Who would have thunk that our National Guard uses Soviet era cargo planes.

On another aside, the mention of the B-17 brought back memories of my father's service in WWII. He was a navigator on B-17s and B-24s, flying out of England with the 8th Army Air Force. Luckily for him (and eventually for me), all his missions were round trip. A lot of his comrades-in-flight didn't make it back.
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