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Re: YouTube Junkie

Post by Mark Leavy » Mon Sep 20, 2021 8:46 am

Hal wrote:
Mon Sep 20, 2021 1:22 am
First Air Force 1.
If in a hurry, watch from 17 min mark
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je7sTk1oQMs
I'm not sure if I've seen that exact plane, but I've seen similar ones at Dynamic Aviation. They are a great company. Run by Mennonites and pretty much employ the entire local church. The whole place is different aged men and women and they can all do everything. And everybody in the company is a pilot. They specialized in outfitting Beechcraft King airs for government contracts and we did a lot of work together. I just had to remember not to cuss while on site.

I had this youngish woman (with the mennonite head covering) design and machine a mounting bracket for me, and when we were ready to try it out, she hopped in the pilot's seat and took us for a spin.
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Re: YouTube Junkie

Post by Xan » Mon Sep 20, 2021 9:03 am

Mark Leavy wrote:
Mon Sep 20, 2021 8:46 am
Hal wrote:
Mon Sep 20, 2021 1:22 am
First Air Force 1.
If in a hurry, watch from 17 min mark
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je7sTk1oQMs
I'm not sure if I've seen that exact plane, but I've seen similar ones at Dynamic Aviation. They are a great company. Run by Mennonites and pretty much employ the entire local church. The whole place is different aged men and women and they can all do everything. And everybody in the company is a pilot. They specialized in outfitting Beechcraft King airs for government contracts and we did a lot of work together. I just had to remember not to cuss while on site.

I had this youngish woman (with the mennonite head covering) design and machine a mounting bracket for me, and when we were ready to try it out, she hopped in the pilot's seat and took us for a spin.
Super cool!
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Post by dualstow » Mon Sep 20, 2021 10:12 am

Love it
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Re: YouTube Junkie

Post by Mark Leavy » Mon Sep 20, 2021 6:39 pm

Hal wrote:
Mon Sep 20, 2021 1:22 am
First Air Force 1.
If in a hurry, watch from 17 min mark
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je7sTk1oQMs
Okay. After watching the whole video I was a bit teary eyed. Seems like I should share some stories.

I don’t think I ever talked directly to Karl (the guy that bought the plane) but I saw him several times. He was revered by everyone around him. Not just for being a leader in the church and employing half the Shenandoah Valley, but also because he was a man of his word. When he gave you a schedule and a price, you could take it to the bank.

He was 70 something last time I saw him. He kept an old WWI biplane on site and everyone made sure it was spit shined and ready to fly at all times. He was still flying it several times a month back then.

About a dozen of the staff were certified flight instructors. He offered free instruction and flight time to anyone in the company that wanted a pilot’s license. Secretary, janitor, whomever. And if you didn’t have your license or were working on it you didn’t last long.

In watching that video again, the Air Force One was not on site while I was there. But the B52 that they used for photo shoot was. I saw it take off once but never got a crew slot.

This may be off… but the story I heard on how he started was that he bought about 200 King Airs in a military surplus sale for pennies on the dollar. The were all scrap boxed up in crates. He managed to build about 10 working planes by sorting through the mess. Then he built an airport on his land in Bridgewater VA. And then the rest was history.

There were only two roads into Bridgewater. One year the floods took out the old iron one lane bridge - which was the only sane way to get into town. The city decided to close it and give up on it. Karl sent his guys out one weekend and completely rebuilt the bridge from the ground up. He denied any involvement, but I was there at the time and happy to have an hour cut off from my hotel commute.

He died a couple years ago and it was a sad day for everyone.
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Post by Mark Leavy » Mon Sep 20, 2021 7:52 pm

The last plane I worked on in Bridgewater.
A De Havilland 7

Short take off and landing. Slow cruise speed.

Gorgeous plane. Beautiful work by Dynamic.


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Post by dualstow » Mon Sep 20, 2021 10:37 pm

Great story!
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Post by Desert » Fri Sep 24, 2021 5:04 pm

I just saw that William Shatner will be blasting into space aboard Bezos' phallic space rocket, and I'd like to post this video in honor of this historic event:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lul-Y8vSr0I
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Post by dualstow » Sat Sep 25, 2021 1:05 pm

RIP COLIN POWELL, 84.
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Re: YouTube Junkie

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Post by sweetbthescrivener » Wed Sep 29, 2021 11:59 am

This young woman discovered a surprisingly touching cure for wokeness:


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Re: YouTube Junkie

Post by Hal » Tue Oct 12, 2021 3:49 am

Nice little anime on ethics.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_rd7TZyqgQ

ps: My father lived near Peenemunde during WW2
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Re: YouTube Junkie

Post by pp4me » Tue Oct 12, 2021 1:38 pm

This clip of animals with high IQ's was amaziing.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pA0WFLF ... 1&index=49

There are two scenes of artistic elephants that I find almost hard to believe. One starts around 1:52 and the other around 7:45.
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Re: YouTube Junkie

Post by Kriegsspiel » Tue Oct 19, 2021 5:48 pm

And as for him who lacks the courage to defend even his own soul: Let him not brag of his progressive views, boast of his status as an academician or a recognized artist, a distinguished citizen or general. Let him say to himself plainly: I am cattle, I am a coward, I seek only warmth and to eat my fill.
Solzhenitsyn, Live Not By Lies
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