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Plane Tales

Summary: Captain Nick Anderson, aka The Old Pilot, takes us on an aviation audio journey each week on the Airline Pilot Guy Aviation Podcast

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 The Ugly Ducklings | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:32

Whilst we are discussing quaint idioms, many of us trust that old American adage, “If it looks good, it’ll fly good” attributed to both Neil Armstrong and Bill Lear and is something that all pilots understand. There is something about a fine looking aircraft that makes it appear trustworthy and gives one confidence that it will perform well. Sadly, I know of one company, however, who seem to have looked at their aircraft through bottle bottom glasses… or perhaps they never got the memo. The Dunne D5   The Type 184 The Cardington Gasbag   The Shorts S38   The Singapore   The Shorts Empire flying boat   The Sunderland   The COW gun   The Sunderland's internal bomb racks   The Sunderland's rest facilities   The Bombay   The long legged Stirling   The unlikely looking Seamew   Hurel-Dubois Miles 106 Caravan   The Shorts SC 7 Skyvan   The Shorts SD360   The coolest Skyvan ever... Pink!     Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to Marinha do Brasil, Short Bros of Cardington, the RAF, Shorts, the Library of Congress, SADSM, George Jackman, the Royal Navy, Adrian Pingstone, Tomás Del Coro and those images orphaned or in the Public Domain.

 The Fall of American One | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:05

The aircraft was named ‘Flagship District of Columbia’ and was only the 12th Boeing 707 ever made. It was delivered to American Airlines in February 1959 so at the time America was taking its first steps into the void of outer space it was a mere 3 years old. It hadn’t long been out of it’s periodic inspection and with less than 8,000 hours on the airframe N7506A was expected to have a long and productive life ahead… a wish that would be dashed in a few short minutes. The New York skyline   An American Airlines Boeing 707 at LAX   Changes in apparent span and the effects of sideslip on a swept wing when yawed   The 707 rudder control system   Wreckage from American Airlines flight 514   The Calverton crash still smoking   A New York ticker tape parade   The flight recorder trace from the American One's final moments   A reconstruction of the track of Flight One   Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to Jon Proctor, San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives, the Civil Aeronautics Board and Ted Quackenbush.

 RAF Form 414, Vol. 15 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:27

The Royal Air Force’s Pilots Flying Logbook is a sturdy publication, cloth bound in blue with gold printing on the cover, on the inside of which are the instructions for use. Para 1, sub para (a) it states that the Book is an official document and is the property of Her Majesty’s Government… well, good luck trying to get this one back! The star of the Top Gun movie   The much admired RAF Phantom QWI badge   The island of Cyprus was famous for its rough red Kokinelli wine   The 20mm SUU23A Vulcan cannon   A typical Cypriot meze   Mrs A moving yet again   Receiving my 1000hrs Phantom badge       The F4 rear office   The arrival of son No1   Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to Gage Skidmore, Google Earth, Thomas Fedor and Cyprus Tourism.

 Don’t Upset the Jet 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:43

Last week we chatted about historic incidents that led to aircraft upsets. This week we talk to a newly qualified airline pilot who is undergoing advanced Upset and Recovery Training at a British training school. We also speak to the school's chief pilot and one of the instructors, an ex Mig 29 pilot.   Basem undergoing upset training at BAA in a Grob     One of the BAA's Extras   Basem off to be turned upside down!   Adrian... Basem's ex Mig 29 instructor   Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to Capt Nick Anderson

 Don’t Upset the Jet 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:38

With the arrival of jet powered airliners, commercial pilots entered a new world of high altitude flying in large swept wing aircraft at velocities approaching the speed of sound. They were often unprepared for the challenge and before long unexpected and unexplained loss of control events began to worry the world of aviation. These events initially occurred when an aircraft was upset from its normal benign straight and level environment and ended up in a high speed dive, something that was rare in the earlier days of straight winged, piston powered airliners. Hence, they became known as Jet Upsets. Coffin Corner!   Upsets involve extreme attitudes   Less than perfect cockpit design often contributes to upsets   A Pan Am B707       China Airlines A300   The tragic result of the China Airlines upset   Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to Boeing Company, Geni, the NTSB/CAB, Guido Allieri and the JTSB.

 Giants of Ukraine | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:13

In the world of Slavic folk tales there are giants in Ukraine but as aviators the ones we are interested are the giants that the fabled aircraft designer Oleg Antonov designed. This is his story. The OKA1 glider   Antonov at the Leningrad Polytechnic   The OKA38 Stork   The An-2   The An-12 Cub   The An-24 Coke   The vast An-22 Cock   The huge An-124 Condor   The flight deck of the An-124   The mighty Mryia, An-225, carrying a Buran project space shuttle   The destruction of a dream, the Mryia was a victim of the Russian invaders who recently attacked Ukraine   Oleg Antonov   Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to the Antonov Design Bureau, the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute, the Central Design Bureau for Gliders, Arpingstone, Igor Dvurekov, Dmitriy Pichugin, Toshi Aoki, Yevgeny Pashnin, Vasiliy Kob and Дизайнер: А.Безменов.  

 RAF Form 414, Vol 14 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:32

It’s logbook time again and you may recall that I was as freshly a minted A1 QFI as there could be and I had just left the training world to return to the front line on my old Squadron, the Fighting Cocks. I had been in Wales for over 4 years and in that time the faces I knew on 43 Sqn had almost all gone... it was like I was joining a unit of strangers.   The Q Shed   Additional armed aircraft ready to go onto QRA   The F4 tank limiting speeds   A Soviet Badger trying to sneak past at low level   An F4 tanking from a converted Victor V Bomber   Decimomannu Air Base   How the ACMI Air Combat Manoeuvering Instrumentation worked   The Men of Harlech near Llanbedr   The Jindavik target drone   A frame from the Jindavik cameras showing a Sidewinder about to impact the towed flare target   My new navigator, Coolhand   A 43(F) Sqn Phantom   Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to the RAF, the USAF, RuthAS and Mike Freer.

 Friedrich Karl von Koenig-Warthausen and the Crazy Baron! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:04

It was a grand sight to see another German aircraft there, a Junkers W33 with its distinctive corrugated metal skin and stylish enclosed cockpit, a far cry from his own flimsy machine. The German pilots greeted each other and marvelled at how, in 1928, they should have met in such a remote place… some 3,300 miles, 5,300 km, from the Fatherland. It is doubtful that the Junkers pilot knew much about the young 22 year old airman with his flimsy little aircraft, but the gaunt and weathered Baron was well known to von Koenig-Warthausen! The Junkers W33   Ehrenfried Günther Freiherr von Hünefeld   Alcock and Brown preparing for their transatlantic flight   Posing in front of the W33 named Bremen   The Bremen damaged but safely across the Atlantic   The flimsy, lightweight Klemm L20B   The Klemm airborne   Baron Freidrich Carl von König-Warthausen   The Baron renamed his aircraft after his countryman Hünefeld   Images under a Creative Commons licence with thanks to Monika Hoerath, Tomas Mellies, MIKAN, The Bundesarchiv, Edward N. Jackson, L'Aéronautique magazine, John Underwood plus images in the Public Domain.

 The Life Saving Bombers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:32

Instead of a cargo of bored business men and excited holiday makers, this aged DC-10 was carrying 12,000 gallons, thats 45,000 ltrs of bright red liquid in a huge tank attached to the centre of the fuselage. This is the story of the fire fighting water bombers.   A vast DC10 converted to flying tanker operations   A forest fire   Mixing fire retardant   A fire lookout   The Morton Lake hotshots   The dangers of a wildfire are considerable, even during an evacuation   The dangers of manoeuvring a big aircraft at low level are considerable   Other aircraft are converted into water bombers like this PBY-6A Catalina   Helicopters deliver water from buckets   One of the few purpose built water bombers, the Canadair Superscooper   The magnificent Mars water bomber   Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to the USAF, John McColgan, signal mirror, DarrenRD, Tim Peterson, the USN, SSgt Ed Drew, Pierre Bona and Alex Juorio.

 Rhumbas and Quarrels | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:59

On the last tale, Sidewinders and Sparrows we talked a little about the history of rockets and missiles but it’s a big subject so this week I thought I’d expand on the theme a little and as I'm going to mention lots of rattlesnakes and sparrows, I should probably use the correct collective nouns… rhumbas and quarrels!   Rules of Engagement   JTIDS   The result of a Blue on Blue engagement   An AIM 54 Phoenix launch   An AIM7 Sparrow in flight   The APG63 radar   Radar discrimination     AIM7 Sparrow missiles on an F15 Eagle   Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to the USAF, USN, Daderot and the DOD Media.

 Sidewinders and Sparrows | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:44

Despite their obvious differences, Sidewinders and Sparrows often went together because they aren’t just the names of flying creatures and slithering serpents… they are weapons of war.   The Sidewinder   House Sparrows   The Rapier missile system   Chinese Fire Arrows   The Tipu Sultan's artillery rockets   The RS-28 rockets fired by the Polikarpov I-16   The German R4M unguided air to air rocket   The nuclear AIR-2 Genie missile   A Genie launch   The AIM9 Sidewinder   The rotating reticule   The rolleron   Guidance   The warhead   An AIM 9 warhead effect demonstration   The AIM7 Sparrow   A QF4B killed by a Sparrow missile   Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to images in the Public Domain, UK Defence Imagery, Wubei Zhi, NASA, Juergen Schiffmann, the USAF, David Monniaux, RoyKabanlit, U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation and the USN.  

 Flight 574 and the Banning of Indonesia | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:35

It was New Year’s Day, 2007 and the 96 passengers booked on Adam Air Flight 574 from Java to Sulawesi boarded their Boeing 737-4Q8 for their 2 hour trip. The Indonesian government had adopted a policy of deregulation in the country’s aviation industry which had resulted in a boom of start-up airlines, many of which were low cost carriers. This decision wasn’t matched with an equivalent ramp up of government supervision and control… the result was fierce commercial competition amongst the new airlines with little or no oversight.   Competition amongst the many start up low cost airlines was fierce.   The incident Adam Air Boeing 737, ready for boarding.   An Adam Air B737 taxies out.   Debris from the flight is washed up.   The USN ship Mary Sears.   Adam Air flight 172.   Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to FLasset for logo, marlborotosca, Dmitriy Pichugin. the NTSB, the USN, the NTSC and ERRORHUNT.

 RAF Form 414, Volume 13 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:15

Another installment of tales from my RAF logbook. I’m about halfway through my 4 year sentence at RAF Valley instructing those RAF pilots destined for the fast jet world. The first couple of years had been far from without incident and I should probably mention that I nearly lost my greatest friend to an accident but someone was watching over him that day and he survived.   Our great friend, Glen, a USAF exchange pilot.   Flying in the Hawk   The laying on of hands by Central Flying School   The Hawk T1 trainer   The horrible Spinning explanation   The laziest A1 QFI in existence

 How it Starts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:25

How do you get a pilot going? Well, in the old days it started with a hand crank!   The Hucks Starter   ... Cowboy Land!   The Coffman Starter   A cartridge starter on the RB-57A   The DHC1 Chipmunk   The Arnold Benz Velo   The cycle of a jet engine   RN Seahawks simultaneous use of their cartridge starters   RAF Lightnings of No56 "Chicken in the Basket" Sqn at RAF Akrotiri   The SR71 Blackbird   The Riedelanlasser starter for German BMW 003 and Jumo 004 turbojet engines   Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to the Library of Congress, Jeff Dahl, NACA, US Patent Office, bomberpilot, Jeff Dahl, the IMW, the RAF, the USAF and Kogo. Attribution not possible for some images.

 Flying Over Christmas | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:12

Waiting for the arrival of the December flying roster was always a tense time. Those with big family gatherings are anxious to ensure they are at home with their loved ones whilst the more carefree crew, with fewer ties, might want to be down route somewhere exotic knowing that a bevy of party goers would be flying with them. I know of one crew who flew over Christmas with great excitement… at least I believe so! Their names were Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders, the crew of the Apollo 8 space mission. Saturnalia   Victorian Christmas   Father Christmas   The Apollo 8 Crew   The Zond 5 spacecraft   The emblem and launch of Apollo 8   Stage 3 jettison   The surface of the moon   Earthrise   A safe return   Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to Antoine-François Callet, Joseph Lionel Williams, Robert Seymour, Josiah King, Alfred Henry Forrester, the USSR Post and NASA.

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