Dakota ahoy!

Arch

Married to Night Train
Location
Salford, UK
Skived off with a mate yesterday to the Elvington Air Museum, where they were having a series of events to fit in with the Festival of Science. We intended to hear the talk about the Halifax bomber, but that was cancelled, so instead we had a look round a Dakota...

Amazing - the one we were in had 54 years flying service. Taking a quick look in the cockpit, we couldn't help thinking, how hard would it be...

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I mean, I understand what most of the dials mean... And Simon has a half hour lesson in a Tiger Moth under his belt...:smile:

Apparently, they are amazingly sturdy and forgiving - there is a story of one where the crew bailed when the fuel ran out, and the Dakota obligingly landed itself in a field...

Even better though, I spotted this ad in a facsimile newspaper:

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I always knew I was right about chocolate counting as a vegetable...:ohmy:

We also heard a talk on Barnes Wallis - there's an amazing man!
 

Unkraut

Master of the Inane Comment
Location
Germany
Which control sets off the windscreen wipers?
 

ChrisKH

Veteran
Location
Essex
Having a mad pilot for a brother, I once participated in a (real) flight simulator session for a big plane; 737 or the like, It is really hard to coordinate hand, feet and eyes on dials if you're not used to it. Great fun though.
 
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Arch

Arch

Married to Night Train
Location
Salford, UK
Unkraut said:
Which control sets off the windscreen wipers?
Actually, I don't remember seeing any....

Trivia: There are half a million rivets in a Dakota: laid end to end, they'd stretch 3 miles.

Also, anyone know what they made the gas bags inside the R100/R101 of, in order to be gas-tight? (Without looking it up...)
 

Unkraut

Master of the Inane Comment
Location
Germany
Arch said:
Also, anyone know what they made the gas bags inside the R100/R101 of, in order to be gas-tight? (Without looking it up...)
17 million turkey bags. Laid end to end, they would stretch from Dover to Berwick-upon-Tweed.

You can tell it's getting towards home time and the weekend ....
 

NickM

Veteran
ChrisKH said:
...really hard to coordinate hand, feet and eyes on dials if you're not used to it...
So if you can play the organ you'll be all right?

I can just see the air hostess announcing "Ladies and Gentlemen, our pilot and co-pilot have coincidentally both dropped dead. Is there a pilot on the plane? No? Anybody played a Wurlitzer, then?"
 

NickM

Veteran
Arch said:
...anyone know what they made the gas bags inside the R100/R101 of, in order to be gas-tight? (Without looking it up...)
Rubber?
 
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Arch

Arch

Married to Night Train
Location
Salford, UK
Elmer Fudd said:
Sheep intestines ?
Cow actually... Well done, a prize of virtual cake to you!

NickM: what's the worst that can happen? Oh...

Apparently these things have survived mid air collisions and limped home ok. They're like the battered old Transits of the air...
 
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