I'd guess hand mikes stowed low and out of sight.Hmmmm... headsets with no boom microphones or contact (throat) mics?
Cool, you got the inside tour! Was that at Evergreen? I or to tour it at Long Beach... it’s an incredible plane. Did they let you up into the room in the rudder, out through the wing maintenance walk, or up on top?I'd guess hand mikes stowed low and out of sight.
You can see the jacks on the panel in the foreground in this picture:
Label over the left jack says, "Airplane Inter", the right jack is labeled, "Transmit," and the center are says, "Flight Deck Inter."
Need notice that "Howard" looked steely-eyed out the left and right windows as he did a control check. Mind you, all the control surfaces were out of sight. But it certainly might have just been force of habit.
Evergreen. Got a set of in-laws just 40 minutes away, and I usually duck out to the museum when visiting. I'm a member of Seattle's Museum of Flight, and they have reciprocity, so I get free admission.Cool, you got the inside tour! Was that at Evergreen? I or to tour it at Long Beach... it’s an incredible plane. Did they let you up into the room in the rudder, out through the wing maintenance walk, or up on top?
That’s one of the things that really struck me about the plane is the incredible view the pilot had out of those huge windows.More Spruce Goose photos:
Photo taken down the length of the fuselage. I believe the beach balls were meant for additional flotation (these aren't originals, of course).
I think someone told Howard that he'd need a lot of balls to fly that airplane....BTW, were the beach balls added as the result of an Airworthiness Directive, or were they getting ready to fly an emergency supply mission to some south seas beach?
if it rotated down to the seat level it could be a relief tube. .....but with an aircraft that big one could get up and walk around to something similar to what is in an airliner, or in those days probably just a seat over a hole out the fuselage.Actually the end was pivotable, and it could be adjusted to be near the pilot's face. I'm guessing it was for ventilation. Might have been a communications tube, like ships used to have, but the end funnel is too big for that.
Your first inclination was correct. The tubes were added to provide a fresh air supply to the pilot. I think it might have been out of concern because of the onboard gasoline-powered generators.Actually the end was pivotable, and it could be adjusted to be near the pilot's face. I'm guessing it was for ventilation. Might have been a communications tube
Is reverse thrust really reverse thrust, if it's not reverse at all but just deflected downward to create more drag? Is a black box really a black box, when it's not black at all, but International Orange?Is your lawn art really a glider if it doesn’t glide?
Thanks Adrian. Great video!Wellington airport opening:
Exactly sixty years ago ... the official opening of the new airport, and Paul will never forget the heart-stopping moment when a giant delta-wing Vulcan bomber almost crashed right in front of him. There were other near-misses in the gale-force northerly winds of that day, most notably when a Sunderland flying boat making a low pass actually hit the runway, punched a hole in its keel and almost sunk on its return to base.
There may be a lot of female pilots and builders on HBA. Maybe they just see the gender thing as not especially relevant to building and flying. They might just want to be known as builders and flyers, no other tags needed.12 minutes of Female Pilots - you won't find them on HBA