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    Default Couple of old aircraft

    My old high school girlfriend posted a couple of pix on FB of her dad for Veterans Day. Just curious about the hardware. Is the first one a Grumman Goose? What is the helicopter? Some forerunner of the Chinook?

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    A Piasecki "Flying Banana". Don't know the official designation.

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    Someday, I'm going to settle down and be a grumpy old man.

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    The airplane does appear to be a Goose.

    http://www.boeing.com/news/frontiers.../i_history.pdf

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    Agree P.I.S, I suspected I might be wrong about the Banana after posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Scheuer View Post
    Agree P.I.S, I suspected I might be wrong about the Banana after posting.
    Definitely a Flying Banana.
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    Notice how the fixed wing pilot looks clean and wrinkle free... then look at the helicopter pilot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianW View Post
    Notice how the fixed wing pilot looks clean and wrinkle free... then look at the helicopter pilot.
    Same guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    Same guy.
    It's the aircraft type.
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    Was NAS Seattle at Sand Point?
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    Applied for a job flying Grumman Mallards in St Croix. They weren't hiring at the time, and got offered a corporate flying job before they were.
    Tnings worked out better, but it woulda been fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
    Was NAS Seattle at Sand Point?
    Not sure. I guess I was thinking Whidbey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reynard38 View Post
    Applied for a job flying Grumman Mallards in St Croix. They weren't hiring at the time, and got offered a corporate flying job before they were.
    Tnings worked out better, but it woulda been fun!
    Was that with Antilles Air? Interesting group of people, that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reynard38 View Post
    Applied for a job flying Grumman Mallards in St Croix. They weren't hiring at the time, and got offered a corporate flying job before they were.
    Tnings worked out better, but it woulda been fun!
    The wing fell off one of their Mallards, I believe. Corrosion in the spar.

    You did OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    Not sure. I guess I was thinking Whidbey.
    I believe that's called NAS Whidbey.

    Looked it up: NAS Seattle, later known as NAS Puget Sound, now known as Magnusson Park. Built in 1923 closed in 1970. Mile long concrete runway. 400 acres of Lake Washington real estate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
    I believe that's called NAS Whidbey.

    Looked it up: NAS Seattle, later known as NAS Puget Sound, now known as Magnusson Park. Built in 1923 closed in 1970. Mile long concrete runway. 400 acres of Lake Washington real estate.
    Thanks, good to know. I knew about the field at Lake Washington, just didn’t know the nomenclature. There have been various stories about old wrecks in the lake, including Corsairs. Don’t know if they were recovered or are still there. I might look it up later, no time right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince Brennan View Post
    Was that with Antilles Air? Interesting group of people, that.
    I think that's want they we called before they were Virgin Island Seaplane Shuttle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P.I. Stazzer-Newt View Post
    Correct.

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    Thanks Dan. Good to hear from you. Are you getting any boat time at all anymore?

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    I remember when planes were still taking off from Sand Point

    As a boy scout/explorer, I had my only ride in a helicopter there. I think it was a Chinook. In any event the back opened up. We came down with three fewer than we went up with, Skydivers who hitched a ride. One of them did a back flip when leaving us. That impressed the hell out of me
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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    Thanks Dan. Good to hear from you. Are you getting any boat time at all anymore?
    Not on Betty. She's been sold long ago now. But I have had some good days out on others. Actually, I have had many, many more trips out on classics in The Bay Area in the last few years. In fact, hundreds of hours more. My eye is always out for the next one though!

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    One Corsair pulled up by civilians. The Navy tried to claim ownership, but the retrievers were able to prove that the Navy dumped it after fire/ rescue training,
    Second Corsair pulled up and is now in the Museum of Flight,
    There's also a patrol bomber down there somewhere.
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