@chariotoflove Indeed. I had the SR, which I do not recall surviving more than two flights. The X-15, which landed on a roof during its maiden flight but was recovered by a kindly painter some weeks later, took several more missions and is in a box somewhere, but is not in flight condition (the motor retention ring fractured). I remember painting a Der V-3 (so much red....), but not the launch, which leads me to think it didn't go well.
I recall having an uprated motor that I figured I'd put into trusty Old Blue, because I ran out of the recommended ones. Boy did it go! But I couldn't find it. It spent a couple weeks in a corn field a mile away before the owner of the property came across it. That was its last flight.
@just-jeepin Thanks. I went to physio and started an exercise regime, so it has healed up remarkably well. I agree about spares on roofs; there's no way I could get one down safely. I don't think I could get the spare off the rear door of my car without dropping it and I doubt I could get it back on.
@bman76 Yeah, that's why I love doing these still; even now I pick up something I hadn't known before. The Whale being a stealth test bed I knew, but the connection to JSTARS was something I had not known until now.
@ttyymmnn Wings I got, because it was also designed to operate in an atmosphere, but the engines themselves would have needed to be advanced enough to not need air intakes because even to Little Mr.Ontop they spent most of their time in space.
"All Change Points, from Xerxes to the last presidential election, create worlds with clean, efficient Zeppelin traffic. Changing history may produce Zeppelins as an inevitable by-product, much as bombarding uranium produces gamma rays. Often, the quickest way to tell if you are in an Alternate History is to look up, rather than at a newspaper or encyclopedia. From this premise, it is not outside the realm of Plausibility that our history between 1900 and 1936 was, in fact, an Alternate History. It would, at least, explain a lot."
— Kenneth Hite, "An Alternate-Historical Alphabet," January 14, 2000
Often abbreviated as Hite’s Law: Alternate histories always have Zeppelins.
@ttyymmnn Yeah, planes are, in general, larger than you'd expect, and getting the size of even fighters across is hard sometimes. I also try to limit myself to royalty/copyright-free images, so that makes it challenging. Here's a shot off Flickr that kinda does a better job:
Really, an unspeakable tragedy all the way around. I wonder if it's a bit like the unbelievable slaughter on that road out of Kuwait. The allies knew they had won, it was pretty much over, but there were still lots of bullets to be fired. And nobody could stop them.
I've never read his work. The reviewer does call him out for a few things, and it sounds like you might agree with him. The educated reader, though, will be able to see through the hyperbole to find the meat inside. Hopefully he is at least an engaging writer.
@roadkilled That's a reasonable asking price for a TBF in full military trim like that. Not having done time as an ag or fire fighting ship is a bonus too. It wouldn't be a fun, toss-it-around-the-sky type of warbird but on the other hand you could take a few friends along for the ride. It has a carb alright but it's a pressure carb. Those operate on a completely different principle than the ones we're familiar with. I still remember having to learn how they function when taking aviation maintenance training - and the instructor saying "You're probably never going to see one in person and even if you do all you'll be allowed to do to it is adjust the idle - but Transport Canada insists you guys learn this" One of my glider club L-19 Bird Dog tow planes had a pressure carb until it was changed over to a regular carb during overhaul to make both planes identical and to simplify maintenance.
Fuel costs alone would knock me out though, even if I had $500K to spend... especially with almost all my 1400 hours having been in a glider not burning an gasoline.