MD-80’s are retiring

After many years of venerable service, the MD-80’s in the American Airlines fleet are being retired. I had a great flight aboard one recently and had the good fortune to make his short video:

The pilots were great guys, giving me the opportunity to capture footage with my Osmo Pocket camera. Thanks to them and American Airlines.

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F4u Corsair

The F4U Corsair stands as one of the most effective aircraft of its time. Designed by┬áRex Buren Beisel, it fought in various roles in various wars. Here’s one with her wings folded.

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And another view from the front:

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Behind the Corsair stands a P40 Warhawk. Both aircraft are on my bucket list to fly someday. Not sure if that will ever happen, but when I have time (and money) I look for opportunities for just such adventure. By the way, take a look at this wing folding mechanism:

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Sheer genius at work there. For you aviation enthusiasts, enjoy the airshow circuit which will be getting busy soon. Always do your checklist.

Lyon Air Museum

While in California, I stopped by the Lyon Air Museum, which is located adjacent to the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana. They have a collection of World War II airplanes and period vehicles that are definitely worth a look, such as this Mitchell B-25 in excellent condition.

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There there’s a B-17, which you see in the next photo.

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And a couple of DC-3’s including this one in American Airlines livery.

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I’m told that all these aircraft fly. Judging by the visible condition, I would agree. They’re in excellent shape and the runway is right there. Many of these are on my aviation bucket list. I hope to fly them some day.

Diamond DA62

Diamond Aircraft paid a visit to my local airport to show off their new twin, the DA62.

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That’s a sleek looking aircraft to be sure. This model had the Garmin G1000 instrument panel, which is another handsome feature.

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Having used the G1000, I can say it has all the features that make flying that much easier, safer, and fun. Note the center control stick, which is rather unique these days. I’ve flown with both a yoke and a stick, actually prefer the stick. Even from the flip side, this airplane has lots of style as you see in the next photo.

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Here’s another perspective just for fun.

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It will be interesting to see how this airplane performs in the marketplace. There’s plenty of competition. Looking forward to a ride someday, too. Always do your checklist.