NoPolitics: Airplanes you like that no one else does

fholbert

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An old TV show filmed in Apple Valley CA. Sky King chased bad guys in a Bamboo Bomber, an aircraft the lead actor owned. In the second season Cessna gave the show a sexy Cessna 310.
 

knot4u

Repeat Offender
Oh YES!

I would love to have one!
Parts might be hard to buy. Back in the olden days when all I had to worry about was the part that controlled the spinny bit out front either on the wings or on the nose warbirds were a significant source of income for the company, but props and controls for C-130s and P-3s were what paid my salary and kept the lights on. Well maybe that and the warehouse full of OEM new WW2 prop and prop control parts and assemblies that the owners father purchased just after the war. Anyways, we did a good portion of the entire nationwide and a bunch of international firebomber propeller work and the OV-10 had gained popularity as either a lead plane or command plane, apparently the prop governors were hard to get. I was told there was only one test bench and it was at NAS China Lake, my bosses looked at this as an opportunity to profit. A search for a test bench began, because even if we could get the bits and pieces we needed to either repair or overhaul these units it made no sense to pursue it if we'd have to send them to China Lake for certification. The search was fruitless, that bench out in the desert produced a product absolutely unavailable anywhere else, this news seemed to only excite the owner when our sales guy told him we couldn't do it and a meeting was called. The owner told us, the sales guy, my boss ( a dear friend, RIP. ), the other shop foreman and me that we would build our own test bench from scratch. He would hire engineers to accomplish this he said, this was met with some resistance from us. We were accustomed to using surplus OEM test equipment, there was zero grey area. The bench I used for a C-130/P-3 control had the footprint of a huge sectional couch built for a giant and went almost to the ceiling. The bench I used to test the valve housing from that control by itself was probably 2/3s the size of the big bench. There were a couple of other benches in that room, a machine to test the synchronizers for the piston stuff, and of course the governor test bench. Point is these machines were all built by the manufacturers, the governor bench had been testing governors since the war ( I used it to test P-38 governors, Curtiss Electric, when was last time you heard that name? ). The owner was the sort of person who during his divorce lived in his backyard in a tent and would occasionally show up in a '46 MG with a giant teddy bear in the passenger seat, which would have been funny if he did it once. We built the bench, and I built and tested governors. Customers were happy, I hated everything about it so I quit with no prospects. Sometimes you just can't. After almost 7 years they were talking about me taking over my bosses job, Sorry nope. Sadly they went out of business.
 
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Apophis

Resident Iconoclast
ATR’s.

Carrying 65 passengers and a buttload of cargo into a 3700’ runway?

It may be slow and ugly and not like ice very well, but for a good portion of the world it’s a really cheap transporter of stuff.

And you actually get to fly it into some pretty awesome places:

I get to fly it with 0 passengers and an even bigger buttload of cargo into pretty boring places.

But I still like it.

And for a turboprop, it’s actually pretty good looking.

If you want ugly, may I refer you to literally any Shorts product ever built.
 

zmiller4

Well-Known Member
I get to fly it with 0 passengers and an even bigger buttload of cargo into pretty boring places.

But I still like it.

And for a turboprop, it’s actually pretty good looking.

If you want ugly, may I refer you to literally any Shorts product ever built.
I think most high wing turboprops look pretty cool. ATR’s, Dash’s...but the Dornier 328 is the baddest ass looking airplane ever.
 

Nark

Macho Superpilot
Spent a lot of time in these. Sexy, crazy fast, amazing handling, and incredibly prone to breakdowns. Cessna only built around 150.

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My hangar neighbor did a great write up between the 400, TTx and the SR22. The 400, dollar for lbs of usefulness is your best bet.
I can’t wait for him to acquire one, and zoom around in it.
 

Pilot Fighter

Well-Known Member
My hangar neighbor did a great write up between the 400, TTx and the SR22. The 400, dollar for lbs of usefulness is your best bet.
I can’t wait for him to acquire one, and zoom around in it.
I need some rich friends in this hemisphere.

The 400 is an excellent aircraft, other than the Mexican ones that weren't glued together quite right.

That said, $200K buys you a nice pretty nice Bonanza.
 

fholbert

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Spent a lot of time in these. Sexy, crazy fast, amazing handling, and incredibly prone to breakdowns. Cessna only built around 150.

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Never understood why Cessna bought that model only to destroy it.

I was 5 miles from landing at PHX Chandler one morning, 160 knots across the ground on a wide base when I heard.

“Columbia 12345 reduce to 160, you’re following a Bellanca.”

The Local Controller almost sounded annoyed. I felt so rejected Viagra wouldn’t have worked.
 
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