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Spin_Drift
01-26-2009, 05:14 AM
I found this old photo of me and my airplane when I was going through the drawers
of the computer table yesterday.

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/Family/IMG_1194.jpg

It brought back some memories of the fun times I had flying...

Some scary times too...

Boy I would have some tales to tell of "white-knuckle-moments" in the history of my flying....

:eek:

Spin_Drift
01-26-2009, 05:15 AM
Back to packing...


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;)

The Bigfella
01-26-2009, 06:10 AM
Nice one Spinner. Packing? I thought the movers had been?

Tar Devil
01-26-2009, 07:34 AM
I never flew a Lark. Never even see them any more.

Good old days, huh Spinner!!

Spin_Drift
01-26-2009, 07:47 AM
Nice one Spinner. Packing? I thought the movers had been?

Back for a bit.

Many things were left behind. I'm giving most of it away, but packing the stuff I still want to send. Lots of photos and papers to go thru...

Some antiques to sell and many, many things to give away...

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Spin_Drift
01-26-2009, 07:57 AM
I never flew a Lark. Never even see them any more.

Good old days, huh Spinner!!

I'm impressed that you knew the plane.

I went to the registry of planes and it was not registered anymore.

I wonder what happened to it...

Those were good old and wild days. I can't believe the the things I did with that plane and the Beech B19 Sport 150 I flew.

...and some of them I thought to be great fun...:eek:....

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Hwyl
01-26-2009, 08:19 AM
You've certainly changed your look over the years. You look more of a tomboy with the plane

Spin_Drift
01-26-2009, 08:36 AM
You've certainly changed your look over the years. You look more of a tomboy with the plane

My hair was back and under a scarf...;):) and I'm older now. :eek:


I guess I really do have the tomboy side too... It's funny as I'm very comfortable with jeans and shirt, climbing hills, walking in the forest, fishing, boating, working with horses, etc., but I can easily go to a formal evening gown and perfect manners...

I fit in both worlds...but prefer the relaxed one with jeans...

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Phillip Allen
01-26-2009, 08:50 AM
looks like some bits fell off

Hwyl
01-26-2009, 09:24 AM
You've certainly changed your look over the years. You look more of a tomboy with the plane


looks like some bits fell off

I was implying she'd grown some "bits".

Tar Devil
01-26-2009, 09:37 AM
I can't believe the the things I did with that plane and the Beech B19 Sport 150 I flew.

...and some of them I thought to be great fun...:eek:....

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I'm quite fond of the Beechcraft 19/23/24 family. This was my business ride for my early sales days...

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff298/TarDevil/Airplanes/eff876fd.jpg

After it was sold, I bounced around in several corporate birds, including the retractable 24 and some Piper birds. After I made management the President found this thing sitting in some weeds and let me rebuild it. I liked it but would've swapped it any day for my old model 23...

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff298/TarDevil/Airplanes/f18fc163.jpg

Spin_Drift
01-26-2009, 11:06 AM
I was implying she'd grown some "bits".

:eek::(

I didn't know that that's what you were implying...

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Spin_Drift
01-26-2009, 11:10 AM
I'm quite fond of the Beechcraft 19/23/24 family. This was my business ride for my early sales days...

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff298/TarDevil/Airplanes/eff876fd.jpg

After it was sold, I bounced around in several corporate birds, including the retractable 24 and some Piper birds. After I made management the President found this thing sitting in some weeds and let me rebuild it. I liked it but would've swapped it any day for my old model 23...

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff298/TarDevil/Airplanes/f18fc163.jpg

Fun planes to fly.

Much easier to handle than my old Aero Commander with a much narrower wheel span and nothing automatic...

Spin_Drift
01-27-2009, 04:15 PM
Tar Devil, just wanted to ask you, -do you currently have an airplane? :)

Do you still fly? :)

On the post above I was referring to my Lark having a much narrower wheel span and nothing automatic..



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Tar Devil
01-27-2009, 04:43 PM
Tar Devil, just wanted to ask you, -do you currently have an airplane? :)

Do you still fly? :)

On the post above I was referring to my Lark having a much narrower wheel span and nothing automatic..

No airplane. I don't have a current medical but I have a friend with a C-172 that lets me brush up now and then. For many years I had access to B737, A320 and DHC-8 full motion simulators and racked up several hundred hours in them (mostly B737). You mentioned "automatic"... the engineers constantly pestered me to utilize the autopilot flying cat II approaches, but I always hand flew. I don't think I ever learned how to couple the auto pilot. Most of my time in the simulator was spent doing low level aerobatics.

I really miss my airport days. While managing a municipal airport I became friends with a couple of guys that owned an American Yankee. It never flew and when I asked them why they admitted being scared of the plane. He commented, "It needs to fly." I raised my hand and he gave me the keys. Fun ship. Really fun ship. Became on of my favorite rides.

I took really good care of our customers, and they took care of me by letting me get stick time in some great birds: North American T-6, R-680 powered Stearman, Thorp T-18, Bensen gyrocopter, Aeronca Champion Lancer (weirdest one of the bunch), even a few of the corporate birds like C-310, Aerostar and BE-90 King Air.

I really miss those days...

paladin
01-27-2009, 04:46 PM
Which Aero Commander did you have. I flew John Kennedy's old Aero Commander that he campaigned in. It was purchased by Ferdinand Marcos for his "Presidential plane" when he took over in the Philippines. A piece of trash....whoever maintained it before did a crummy job of it. The wiring in the instrument panel and the autopilot system was a nightmare.

Paul Pless
01-27-2009, 04:50 PM
R-680 powered Stearman.that's some kinda sweet...

http://www.warbirdalley.com/images/Stearman-04July05-overRFD-3.jpg

like chuck says, real airplanes have round engines...

Tar Devil
01-27-2009, 04:51 PM
Which Aero Commander did you have.

That Lark up in the first photo.

Tar Devil
01-27-2009, 04:53 PM
that's some kinda sweet...

http://www.warbirdalley.com/images/Stearman-04July05-overRFD-3.jpg

like chuck says, real airplanes have round engines...

That's the Continental W-670 version, I think. If you haven't seen him, check John Mohr's show in his stock 220 hp Stearman on youtube sometime.

paladin
01-27-2009, 05:32 PM
Lark? is an Aero Commander....I seem to remember something like an imitation Cessna that they built for a while, started as a homebuilt, then they took the Meyers 200 and manufactured it as a competitor to the Beechcraft...I think of Aero Commanders as the undersized cockpit twin engined jobs...

Spin_Drift
01-27-2009, 05:51 PM
Lark? is an Aero Commander....I seem to remember something like an imitation Cessna that they built for a while, started as a homebuilt, then they took the Meyers 200 and manufactured it as a competitor to the Beechcraft...I think of Aero Commanders as the undersized cockpit twin engined jobs...

Here is a lot of info on the plane. It was a

"North American Rockwell 100 Darter/Lark Commander" (Aero Commander.)
You find all the specks and other info in this link.

http://www.airliners.net/aircraft-data/stats.main?id=341


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Spin_Drift
01-27-2009, 05:55 PM
It was a good plane for me. I loved it and the best part of it was that it was MY plane...

You know how I came about buying it.

I'll tell you in a bit. Got some PM's to answer first and it's 1 am here...

paladin
01-27-2009, 09:48 PM
This is the Meyers 200, design purchased by Rockwell/Aero Commander in 1965 as I recall and rechristened the Aero Commander 200A and 200B...only 77 were built after acquisition.
http://i407.photobucket.com/albums/pp154/paladinsfo1/meyers200.jpg