Short Final 09

As long as we’re on the subject of airplanes, I had the good fortune to be invited for a flight aboard a Beechcraft Bonanza. It was a great day for flying, mostly blue skies overhead and light winds. After a jaunt about the area with a few stops for business purposes, we returned to our home airport. Here’s a POV on short final to Runway 09.

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The Bonanza is a stout aircraft. Less shoulder room in the cockpit than the Diamond DA-40 I usually fly. Still, with 300 horsepower up front, it’s a solid performer. Enjoy every flight.

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Air Force One

Today’s post takes a look at Air Force One from the Reagan Era. This airplane now resides at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, USA.

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Here’s a lock at the cockpit, which is quite primitive compared to the panels in today’s aircraft.

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Lots of analog instrumentation there. Perfectly functional as the many years of service proves. Inside the passenger area, you’ll find rather spartan accommodations for a head of state. Sorry, I wasn’t able to snap any photos of that area.

If you enjoy vintage aircraft and American History, this is definitely worth a visit.

 

Pulling and Pushing

I haven’t seen one of these aircraft in a long time. There are two engines, but both on the centerline, one pulling and one pushing.

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And here’s a look at the aft engine between the tail booms:

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One of these days I have to go up in a plane like this. Would be interesting to experience the flying characteristics and see how it handles. Blue skies above, prepare for takeoff.

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