Hmmm..do you like low flying aircraft?....then here ya go!

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727 Varig Log - Low Pass - YouTube Varig Airlines Boeing 727 Low Pass.
Pretty amazing how much like a fighter a commercial plane can be. Especially when it isn't hauling 200 fatboys weighing in at 200 pounds each (40,000#) + another hundred pounds each (20,000#) in the luggage compartment! Sixty thousand pounds less makes a BIG difference.

I remember when I solo'd in a Cherokee 140 @ Monroe Airport. My instructor weighed about 225. He warned me when he got out and before he walked to the tower: "This plane is going to climb faster and float longer without my weight. Think about that and plan accordingly." It was amazing enough that I remember that today more than 40 years later!

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I keep thinkin of my Dads trials and tribulations and how I searched in the late
70's for anything about Waco CG4A gliders, talk about low!

He had more time at night in gliders than I had in powered aircraft back then.
Bless the memory of your Father, frank8003.

Night flying in a glider? NO lift at night (no solar, no thermals).

"Brass Ones" is right.
 

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Bless the memory of your Father, frank8003.

Night flying in a glider? NO lift at night (no solar, no thermals).

"Brass Ones" is right.
As one who has flown dead-stick at night, and also spent many hours soaring paragliders well past civil twilight, that is not technically accurate, but still that must have been a helluva adventure flying the Waco gliders!
 

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I remember when I solo'd in a Cherokee 140 @ Monroe Airport. My instructor weighed about 225. He warned me when he got out and before he walked to the tower: "This plane is going to climb faster and float longer without my weight. Think about that and plan accordingly."
My Father was Forward Observer for a battery of 8" Howitzers during WWII:

- There was as pilot assigned to the battery (dedicated? or shared by other batteries I don't know).

He flew a Piper Cub (I think that was the airframe, seating was fore-and-aft, pilot and the FO seated directly behind).

The aircraft and pilot were available when aerial reconnaissance was in order.

My dad told me once that the guy weighed something like your instructor (or maybe more (close to 300#'s?), the guy was just huge, as in fluffy, as I recall).

Dad said the guy's weight was just WAY over regulation, but that he was just so good on that stick that all in the command just looked the other way.

My dad said that the take-offs could be plenty "hairy", but that once in the air that he had total confidence being in that man's hands.

Wacky, right?
 

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As one who has flown dead-stick at night, and also spent many hours soaring paragliders well past civil twilight, that is not technically accurate, but still that must have been a helluva adventure flying the Waco gliders!
You are right, of course, VertigoPilot. "Not much" is a better choice of words. Thanks for the correction!

An amazing story worth the read is the British night landing (gliders: Wacos? I don't know), the night/morning of D-Day (WWII) to take the bridges that might have allowed German armor to reach the beaches:

- Read a book once by Ambrose about it, worth the read if you have time

Here's some background:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Deadstick
 

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You are right, of course, VertigoPilot. "Not much" is a better choice of words. Thanks for the correction!

An amazing story worth the read is the British night landing (gliders: Wacos? I don't know), the night/morning of D-Day (WWII) to take the bridges that might have allowed German armor to reach the beaches:

- Read a book once by Ambrose about it, worth the read if you have time

Here's some background:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Deadstick
CG- 4A Gliders - YouTube Here is a video with the story of the Waco CG4A Glider.
 
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