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Stories from my log books!!!!

Discussion in 'Trip Experiences' started by Richard Wyeroski, Apr 16, 2021.

  1. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    Stories from these pages from the last 50 years of flying and working on aircraft!
    The great people one meets and all the fun and sometimes there is some tragedy, but that is this thing we call life!
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    Pete and his P-51 Mustang!

    In 1980 I kept my Viking Bellanca in a hangar at MacArthur Airport. Also in the the hangar was the P-51. A world War-II fighter that was a hell of an aircraft. 1940’s technology liquid cooled 1500 HP Merlin engine with a 14 foot propeller. Pete took the 400 gallon fuselage tank out and put an extra seat in the Mustang for passengers. Pete liked the Viking and of course I liked the Mustang and I flew in it with him every chance I could.

    One thing about a P-51, that Merlin engine was smooth with all those 12 cylinders firing away. It was liquid cooled and Pete cautioned me that if one of those coolant pipes failed it would literally fry the pilot with hot ant-freeze! A sobering though as a few of those pipes went by the passenger seat!

    The takeoff in the Mustang was fast and Pete had to accelerate to 125 MPH with reduced throttle to get rudder control. Then he would had power to keep the Manifold Pressure below a safe number as not to hurt the engine. On this day the take off was a little different and the tower knew Pete was going to give them a little show. As we rolled down the runway Pete kept the Mustang low and tucked up the gear and accelerated rapidly climbing out at an initial 6000 feet a minute while rolling the aircraft.........the tower loved it......and we climbed out east bound at almost 300 MPH. I was amazed at the performance......as time went by I flew with Pete in the Mustang numerous times and enjoyed helping him work on the aircraft. Hard to believe it was 40 years ago but the are memories fresh......in my mind! 88EFD9BF-BADC-4E18-B8E5-64FFDAEEC9FC.jpeg

    Here is a picture hanging in my basement of “BLACK CAT” That’s me in the back and a friend snapped this picture of Pete and I taxing out.

    PS for those interested in photography, the picture was reproduced from a 35mm slide. The film was a very fine with a ASA speed of 25. This allowed the little 1.5 inch slide to be blown up to 50 inches without affecting the detail!........

    Eventually Black Cat was moved to Florida where I believe it remains today......still flying!!
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    BTW here is a picture of my 1971 Viking Bellanca hanging in my garage. It was only 9 years old when I owned it. It is still registered and flying
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    Exuma Guy Hangar Silver Member VI

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    Hehehe.... Being as I'm still active in the professional pilot realm, I can't afford to be labeled a cowboy.
    Therefore y'all have to wait for my stories, unless you buy beers for my long-time buddies who remember most of my exploits that I have forgotten.
     
  5. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    I wrote it in my log books. Especially the first time joining the mile high club!........hehehhe in a Cessna 150. Almost crashed and burned!

    Actually it was the first time I landed in Denver ...............!
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    BTW the Mustang engine was a work of art. 1500 HP and a 600 hour TBO for overhaul
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    The Bellanca was built by hand. Wood and fabric built the old way with a steel fuselage. It would even float in water because of the wood wing!

    Never tried that out though:cool:
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    Great memories Rich. Somewhere along the line you and I must have crossed paths at MacArthur or Farmingdale. I was hanging out with my TWA pilot buddy who was teaching me to fly from 1980-1981 and I would hang out with him a lot on Sundays when he wasn't flying commercially until 1984 when I moved up to Dutchess County. We would rent a Cessna 172 from Cosmopolitan, I would pay for the plane and fuel and my lessons were free. The P-51 is a beautiful aircraft. Glad to hear it still flying. Did not know that about the construction of Bellanca. I never did join the mile high club. Did a lot of things in life but missed that one.
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    I knew of Cosmopolitan at Farmingdale but never flew with them...I remember the Convairs they were operating as an Airlines....They also had the first aircraft show room and motel at the airport too!
     
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    I remember Cosmopolitan forming the airline that flew to Atlantic City and Boston using the Convair 440's with the two Pratt & Whitney piston engines. Blew my mind when I first saw them because I had by that time flown on Allegheny's and North Central's Convair 580 with the Allison 501's. I remember an article in Newsday saying Cosmpolitan was trying to start a shuttle service to Boston and maybe DC I don't remember how much traction they got flying out of Republic.
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    I was amazed watching them take off literally using the whole runway to get airborne. The copilots were not paid at all. I heard they paid Cosmo $25 an hour to get the heavy Multi time?!
     
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    Tryin to start a library Rich?
     
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    That's where ya learned how to properly set the 'trim' right? :D PS: 'Flaps' up or down? Grass strip or paved?
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    :D:)........that’s it!
     
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    I got the beers! Say when and where.
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    Come on Guy

    Write a good story .....especially LL is buying the bears!!!!!!

    I was attacked by a wild animal at the airport!!!!!!!
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    BEERS, not bears! and yes, I have been 'attacked' by a wild female I flew next to on our way to a 'layover' at ATL from Sarasota. It was a very enjoyable 3 hrs in an airport hotel. :D:cool:
     
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    The best doesn't need to be expensive. If ya'll want yer beers wrapped in dead squirrels or wabbits, bring yer own specimens, lol
    The best is what I got!
     

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    Mix bear (beer) with ginger ale!.......yeah!

    Heeeeheh I us to bye one bottle of Don Perone can’t spell it because it is an expensive wine and when it was empty fill the bottle with “RIPPLE” an el cheapo wine and give it to the girls........actually I found the empty bottle !!!!They never knew the difference and the effect was the same!!!:cool:
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