That was a really cool experience. We had 9 Dakotas at the 70th.
There are 34 Dakotas or “Daks” scheduled to drop paratroopers en masse in Normandy in less than two weeks time for the 75th Anniversary.
Unfortunately I can’t make it this year as I’ll jumping out of CH47 Chinooks at Leapfest for our NZ Team in Rhode Island later in July.
Can’t do it all.
The DC3/C47 is a really cool bird and the private effort to get them all together for this from around the world has been a Herculean effort.
The crowd at the 70th was estimated between 250-300k people.
This year will be far more.
Very positive experience to have been a part of, looking forward to seeing the photos/video.
Local news: http://newjersey.news12.com/story/40497087/12-fighter-planes...
Think about how ignorant you know journalists are on any technical subject you have expertise in, then keep that in mind any time you read a new article about a technical subject you have no knowledge in.
Luckily, the airplane has its own site (https://thatsallbrother.org/), but even that is fairly limited in its explanation:
”June 5, 1944:
Lead aircraft of the main airborne invasion on the eve of D-Day. Led over 800 aircraft dropping over 13,000 paratroopers behind enemy lines in Normandy.”
https://commemorativeairforce.org/aircraft/165, similarly, is too succinct.
I would have hoped to find out how we know that (scans of logbook, etc, but alas).
Based on what I found, what’s on those sites wouldn’t stay up on Wikipedia. Anybody have better links?
It also provides a reason why this plane was selected:
"Donalson's plane was in the lead partly because it was equipped with an early form of radar that homed in on electronic beacons set up on the French coast by a small group of paratroopers in "pathfinder" aircraft, Scales said. Some mountings of that electronic system remain on the C-47's fuselage."
Program info at https://www.daksovernormandy.com/
On the other hand, my father had some occasion to spend time traveling various places in C-47s during his time with the Air Force, and he describes it as a bone-shaking experience. So maybe beauty isn't everything it's cracked up to be :-D
Jet fuel is more common in airports than avgas, especially in a military context (this is why all NATO vehicles, including land vehicles, use diesel/jet fuel).
Spare engines and parts are a lot easier to find too. The PT6 turbine is still in production and widely used. The Twin Wasp radial hasn't been manufactured in decades, and I'm unsure if P&W still makes spare parts for it. There are less and less of them in existence every day.
Lastly, finding engineers with the required skills and experience to work on turbine engines is a lot easier than finding them for large radial engines.
He said maintenance on those huge radial engines (The Caribou uses pretty much the same engines as the old DC-3s) was phenomenally time consuming and expensive, and spare parts are increasingly harder to find.
Most turboprops also offer beta and reverse, which aids in stopping the airplane, contributing to both landing and rejected takeoff safety improvements.
Lastly, turbines burn Jet-A, which contains no tetraethyl lead, unlike 100LL avgas. Jet-A is typically more plentiful and cheaper per Joule as well, offsetting some of the fuel economy in gallons penalty. (The fuel economy in dollars is less unfavorable.)
There's a reasonable argument to be made that if the practical turbine were invented first, we might not have piston-powered aircraft.
Loved sitting there and listening to the roar of the radials and watch the pilots wrestle it through the air and marvelling that this thing was built when my son's grandfather was the same age as him (10yo).
Next time I hear someone refer to their car or other vehicle as 'she' I am going to humour them about it, enjoyably so and possibly pejoratively. There are many options, 'oh, so your car/plane/boat ovulates then?' probably being the most inconspicuous innuendo possible on HN.
There is also the class of individual that refers to vehicles as 'she' instinctively but then fails to get the gender right when it comes to living animals. You could introduce them to pet dog, e.g. 'Jake', for them to then ask 'what breed is it?' as if they see the dog is pre-op or something.
Needless to say there are instances of male/female use in electronics, my phone has a 'female' headphone socket and my charger is obviously 'male'. But I would probably let my pedantry be put aside if working in an all male engineering department when it comes to these things.