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The Flying Banana walkaround — 1 of 2

24 August 2015

39° 59′ 32″ N / 75° 34′ 46″ W

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum with a Sikorsky Sea King for size comparison — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

The Paisecki CH-21 Shawnee, with the Sikorsky H-34 Choctaw, led the way in U.S. Army Aviation to modern helicopter tactics regarding envelopment from above as well as gunships. The Shawnee was the latest in tandem twin rotor design by Piasecki which — would be absorbed by Boeing into Boeing Vertol – the evolution leading to the CH-43 Sea Knight and CH-47 Chinook.

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum showing its nickname of Flying Banana — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum (note the hole in each fuselage side is for engine access, rear drive shaft access and engine cooling — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum view down the left fuselage side — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Piasecki CH-21C Shawnee at the American Helicopter Museum looking up the left fuselage side — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

The “Flying Banana” was powered by a single radial recprocating Wright R-1820 engine of 1425 hp, located aft of the main landing gear. Designed for arctic environments Shawnees suffered in the humid heat of Vietnam but could be relied upon to lift 20 troops or sling cargo until Hueys and Chinooks arrived in theater.

This helicopter is displayed on the grounds of the American Helicopter Museum and the next post completes this walkaround :)

 

Armed Forces History Museum revisit

21 August 2015

Armed Forces History Museum revisit

Armed Forces History Museum

Armed Forces History Museum

Armed Forces History Museum

Armed Forces History Museum

Armed Forces History Museum

Armed Forces History Museum

Armed Forces History Museum

Armed Forces History Museum

Armed Forces History Museum

Armed Forces History Museum

 

 

 

 

Sikorsky R-6 — vintage helo from WW II being renewed

19 August 2015

 

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum looking through the nose into the cockpit — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Helicopters first saw military service during World War II and this Sikorsky R-6 Hoverfly II could have been one of them. The American Helicopter Museum is again showing its ambition in its airframe-up restoration of an R-6 — one which had been a former swamp resident.

The first Hoverfly II accomplished its inaugural flight in October 1943 with the type entering service with the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1045. Several also flew for the U.S. Navy and the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm.

The pilot and observer/passenger could travel at up to 100 mph as high as 10,000 feet with the three rotor blades and tail rotor powered by the 240 hp Franklin 0-4-5-9 air-cooled reciprocating engine.

Frank Zook, of the museum, took me into this restoration space and allowed these images to be captured. Frank, we cannot thank you enough :)

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 Hoverfly II during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum right-side view, note the three-point landing gear design and straight tail boom (differentiating it from the Hoverfly) — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum detail of right-side fuel tank — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum looking forward along the right hand side of the fuselage — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum detail off the rotor mast — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum view of rotor mast and engine bay — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum aft portion of the right hand side of the fuselage — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Sikorsky R-6 during restoration at the American Helicopter Museum, the Hoverfly II’s rotor blades — Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

 

Laird Baby Biplane replica extraordinaire

17 August 2015
Laird Baby Biplane — photo by Joseph May

Laird Baby Biplane — photo by Joseph May

Dean Tilton built this replica of Matty Laird’s Baby Biplane which Laird completed during 1912. It is on display at the Florida Air Museum and looks perfectly preserved as if it is the original.

Laird Baby Biplane — photo by Joseph May

Laird Baby Biplane — photo by Joseph May

Air Show Consultants Photos

14 August 2015
Ross Sharp/Principal, Air Show Consultants (and excellent photography as well) — formal contact information omitted but email and Twitter handles are given below

Ross Sharp/Principal, Air Show Consultants (and excellent photography as well) — formal contact information omitted but email and Twitter handles are given below

Ross Sharp, aside from being the Director of Engineering & Airframe Compliance on The Peoples Mosquito (a challenging and unique project which is building a flying de Havilland Mosquito for the public trust) as well as a professional air show coordinator is an excellent curator and photographer. The Peoples Mosquito has been written about often in this blog and Ross has been a great help for this blog (as well as in aviation’s history) and he has shared these recently captured images for us to enjoy :)

RCAF Snowbirds — copyright Air Show Consultant:Ross Sharp

RCAF Snowbirds (all nine of them!) in Canadair CF-114 Tutors — copyright Air Show Consultant:Ross Sharp

USN Blue Angels — copyright Air Show Consultant:Ross Sharp

USN Blue Angels diamond formation flying Boeing F/A-18 Hornets — copyright Air Show Consultant:Ross Sharp

GEICO Skytypers — copyright Air Show Consultant:Ross Sharp

GEICO Skytypers reverse pass flying North American T-6 Texan aircraft — copyright Air Show Consultant:Ross Sharp

Grumman F=14A Tomcat — copyright Air Show Consultant:Ross Sharp

Grumman F-14A Tomcat — copyright Air Show Consultant:Ross Sharp

RCAF CF-18 Hornet — copyright Air Show Consultant:Ross Sharp

RCAF Boeing CF-18 Hornet — copyright Air Show Consultant:Ross Sharp

Wild Side — copyright Air Show Consultant:Ross Sharp

Screamin’ Sasquatch, Jeff Boerboon flying. A 1929 taper wing jet Waco (a P&W 985 radial and a GE CT610 turbojet slung along the bottom) — copyright Air Show Consultant:Ross Sharp

USN Blue Angels — copyright Air Show Consultant:Ross Sharp

USN Blue Angels gear down hook down pass — copyright Air Show Consultant:Ross Sharp

USN Blue Angels — copyright Air Show Consultant:Ross Sharp

USN Blue Angels tight and right — copyright Air Show Consultant:Ross Sharp

More information regarding, especially obtaining, these photos is easily done by contacting Ross Sharp using airshowconsultants@gmail.com :)

The case for the de Havilland Mosquito

13 August 2015
The case — © Air Show Consultants:Ross Sharp

The case — © Air Show Consultants:Ross Sharp

As a member of the distinguished cadre of The People’s Mosquito — the project building a flying de Havilland People’s Mosquito for the public trust — Ross Sharp (Director Engineering & Airframe Compliance) could not resist purchasing this business card case. And why not with the gorgeous artwork of de Havilland Mosquitoes in the low level attack? But where did this artwork come from to distinguish this case? Roy Cross is the answer! Noted aviation and maritime artist who impressed model kit maker Airfix so much he was engaged to create box art for untold numbers of kits.

The case — © Air Show Consultant:Ross Sharp

The case — © Air Show Consultants:Ross Sharp

 Aviation artist Roy Cross at a book signing for his The Vintage Years of Airfix Box Art — © Air Show Consultants:Ross Sharp

Aviation artist Roy Cross at a book signing for his The Vintage Years of Airfix Box Art  book (one of three he has authored) — © Air Show Consultants:Ross Sharp

Sabre Dog on the lawn at McChord — walkaround 2 of 2

12 August 2015

47° 07′ 53″ N / 122° 28′ 58″ W

North American F-86D Sabre at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

North American F-86D Sabre at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

North American F-86D Sabre at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

North American F-86D Sabre at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

North American F-86D Sabre at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

North American F-86D Sabre at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

North American F-86D Sabre at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

North American F-86D Sabre at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

North American F-86D Sabre at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

North American F-86D Sabre at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

North American F-86D Sabre at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

North American F-86D Sabre at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

 

 

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