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Plane & Pilot December 2017

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7 min.
mitchell bombers and demographics

Last Friday, I got a call from Jerry Gregoire, founder of Redbird Flight and currently as retired from hard work as is possible for a person with seemingly boundless energy, which is to say, he’s not very retired at all. His current passion is the work of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Wing at San Marcos, Texas, and specifically working to help out in any way he can with what is clearly his favorite plane in the fleet there, a North American B-25 bomber called Yellow Rose. Jerry, who just got type rated in the B-25—congrats!—wanted to know if I’d like to go for a ride along on the plane the next day. Yes and next question. I just didn’t know how big a deal it would wind up being…

2 min.
women in aviation

First woman to receive a pilot’s license, worldwide: Raymonde de Laroche, March 8, 1910 (France) Other aviation accomplishments: women’s altitude (12,869 feet, 15,700 feet) and distance (201 miles) records Death: killed co-piloting a test flight, July 18, 1919 First woman to receive a pilot’s license, U.S.: Harriet Quimby, August 1, 1911 Previous career: Journalist/writer Quimby’s license number: 37 Other historic accomplishment: First woman to fly across the English Channel, April 16, 1912 Length of flying career: 11 months—killed in plane crash July 1, 1912 First woman to fly solo across the Atlantic: Amelia Earhart First female airline pilot: Helen Richey (Central Airlines, 1934) Other aviation accomplishments: 10-day endurance record (with Frances Marsalis - 1933), international altitude record (1936), first female air mail pilot, first CAA-licensed woman flight instructor, commandant of the American wing of the British Air Transport Auxiliary (1942),…

4 min.
accident briefs

CESSNA 182 SKYLANE Mackay, ID: 2 Minor The pilot reported that, while flying in mountainous terrain around 9,500 feet mean sea level (700 to 1,200 feet above the ground), the airplane encountered a downdraft. He added that he immediately turned away from the mountainside in a right turn, added full power, selected 10º of flaps, and pitched the nose up to maintain the airplane’s maximum angle-of-climb airspeed (VX). Subsequently, the airplane was unable to climb, and it then impacted wooded, snow-covered terrain along the mountainside. The fuselage and both wings sustained substantial damage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The calculated density altitude near the flightpath was about 10,339 feet. According to the Federal Aviation Administration Koch Chart,…

4 min.
holiday gift guide

F-4 Phantom II Engine Blade The F-4 Phantom II Engine Blade ($120) is a little piece of aviation history. This isn’t a replica—it’s the actual blade of a General Electric J79 turbojet engine that once kept a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II fighter jet airborne. As one would expect from a piece of metal that spent time as part of an engine, each blade is unique in appearance. First flown in 1958, the Phantom II was used extensively in the Vietnam War. More than 5,000 of the supersonic, twin-engine fighters were built. It is the only aircraft to have been used by both the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Each blade is cleaned and polished before being mounted on a circular aluminum base. The base is finished in…

2 min.
what makes airplanes fly?

THE MYTH While flying is something that creatures other than people have been doing for millions of years, we’ve only been actively exploring this realm for around 200 years and flying heavier than air machines for just over a century. But just as we know how gravity behaves and how to make good use of it, the same is true for that thing that allows us to fly, which we refer to as lift. We know what it does but have been working hard all this time to understand how it does it. The two physicists whose names are conjured most often in the defense of one theory or another are Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), the legendary English scientist who described the behavior of solid materials in great detail, and Daniel Bernoulli…

6 min.
tripped up by stepdowns

Back in the day, vertical guidance on final approach was reserved for the Cadillac approaches, which almost always meant an ILS. Airports whose tax base or FAA grant status didn’t cut it were stuck with non-precision approaches. Without vertical guidance, we’d cross a fix and step down to the next altitude, fix after fix, until stepping down to the minimum descent altitude (MDA), where we’d level off and peer hopefully into the murk looking for an airport. If we got lucky, we saw it before it was directly below us, and too close to descend further and land. GPS changed all that. RNAV (GPS) approaches often have an option for “Localizer precision with vertical guidance,” or LPV. This offers ILS-like guidance and minimums using only GPS. It requires the more accurate WAAS…