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Old 10-08-2006, 20:21   #1
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It appears we don't have this thread anymore but I thought I'd post this picture for those who might be interested.

I just got back from a cruise up into the Straits of Georgia (inside Vancouver Island) And found this old plane in the Pender Harbor.

Appearently, the 80 year old ex-Navy flyer still takers her out for a spin once in a while. I guess it makes quite a bit of racket as she comes in and he has to bring it in at and angle just so he can see when he's touching down.

Had a nice sunny trip with lots of wind..................................._/)
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Old 10-08-2006, 22:19   #2
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Hmm, and we thought sailboats was high maintenance..?

That yellow thing there, if operated in saltwater, would beat anything.

Probably 10 hours of maintenace for every hour of flying.

Pretty much like my boat...
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Old 11-08-2006, 11:03   #3
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Yeah! You're probably right.

From what I was told, the guy is always out there working on it. The locals say it comes in popping and back firing. The wings are canvas covered and the thing must have 10 coats of paint. The old Pratt & Whitney has heads like an old 80 Harley. It's on a rail so when the weather gets bad he runs it into a shed. They get plenty of snow there in the winter.

And he flys in the back seat so he can see down to land, or should I say ski in....................................._/)
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And I'll bet he's the envy of the NAS Whidbey Island Officers Club!
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Old 11-08-2006, 22:48   #5
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Actually, he's in Pender Harbor, B.C., Canada.

But, everyone there knows him.



If you look realllll close you might be able to see a yellow spot left of the marina, that being the plane............................._/)
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Cool!!!

A pre WW2 bi-plane. Very nice condition. Very nice!!
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Looks like a very nice museum piece to me , I have flown a biplane 35 years ago , a tiger moth but wheels and skid equipped and that was a real pain to fly, so this one must be something, just the old pratt and whitney uses 3 hours maintenance for each hour flown let alone the rest of the plane.The owner must like to get his hands in the oil.
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Absolutely FANTASTIC! I applaud the guy's long-term determination and perseverance.

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Many years ago I was anchored in Port Ludlow, and I was surprised to have a sea plane land next to me, proceed to the beach, and continue on to the shore, where it proceeded to climb the beach. It had floats with wheels in them, which I had never seen nor heard of.
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Many years ago I was anchored in Port Ludlow, and I was surprised to have a sea plane land next to me, proceed to the beach, and continue on to the shore, where it proceeded to climb the beach. It had floats with wheels in them, which I had never seen nor heard of.
You should come over here to Kenmore at the N. end of Lake Washington. It's the base camp for most of the seaplanes in the area (Kenmore Air).



Kenmore Air | Flying the Pacific Northwest Since 1946 | Welcome to Kenmore Air

And here's what happens when they forget to put the wheels up for a landing .



And how to launch a float plane when there isn't any water.

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Many's the time I have sailed and kayaked on Lake Union in Seattle, which must be a close competitor with Kenmore for the title of "seaplane central." It takes a while to lose the flinch as they fly close overhead when landing or taking off. Re the landing on water with wheels down-Ouch!
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