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  1. Rickendiver


    Yolo County Airport, sometime in the early 1980's
  2. Exactly- Besides being VERY easy to track, there’s the problem of what happens if it gets shot down, or blows up on the launch pad. Nevada Test Site back in the 1980’s & 1990’s was like a time capsule of forgotten Cold War projects just lying around in the desert. Pluto, Plowshare, MX train system, etc. I worked there occasionally on the underground nuclear test program, and the subcritical tests after the Cold War ended.
  3. Sorta been done before. A bit before my time, but I knew people that worked on this project. REALLY stupid things require government funding. I've visited the remnants of this project. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Pluto
  4. Bay Area Skydiving in Byron is also a good option. Great aircraft and great vibe. I've jumped at all 3 and you really can't go wrong at any of those 3 DZ's,
  5. Pacific Skydiving Center ( the one in the middle). Two Supervans, good operation. No FBO’s on the field that I could tell. Army still owns the airfield so no alcohol allowed🤨 Numerous vacation rentals across the road, but not sure about camping facilities.
  6. Give it a shot! I started at age 55, and am nearly 700 jumps in. You'll have tons of fun
  7. We do them every year at Byron, too. Normal jump run at 13k offset by an "average" tracking distance. No tracking suits allowed, everyone under an open canopy by 3k (IIRC), novice class & open class. We draw exit order by lot, and jumpmaster sends us out 1 at a time with a couple of seconds in between. Judges are positioned on the ground to spot. It helps to note canopy colors prior to contest.
  8. That album is "Bloodshot". Still have mine! Peter Wolf vocals, Magic Dick on harp
  9. From this link, it looks like there were 2 DC-3's used in the movie. The one painted white is clearly not Southern Cross. Southern Cross has Wright R-1820 engines & not the P&W R-1830's that the one in the movie has. The pictures of the one in camo aren't clear enough for me to tell http://www.impdb.org/index.php?title=Drop_Zone
  10. I loved watching his "Energy Management" routine in the Shrike. Dead stick aerobatics followed by landing and taxi up to the announcer stand without using power or brakes.
  11. Flying legend has flown west today http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2016/10/bob-hoover-one-of-nations-greatest-pilots-dead-at-94/
  12. That looks like the "City of Chicago" a Stinson Detroiter fitted with a 300 HP Wright J6 radial engine, during it's endurance record flight in 1930. He is greasing the rocker arms on each of the 9 cylinders. In-flight refueling was accomplished by another aircraft lowering gas cans to them. They stayed airborne for more than 500 hours! Yeah, pretty bad ass
  13. Engines on light twins are routinely shut down during training. With centerline thrust, there aren't the usual single-engine controllability issues normally associated with conventional twins due to assymetrical thrust/drag. As long as judicial use of cowl flaps, power and mixture settings are used it shouldn't be too detrimental to the engine. Besides, the air baffling on the rear engine of a Mixmaster is so poorly designed, it rarely makes it to TBO anyway
  14. Not to mention it's proven ability to ruin a perfectly great Scotch