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My all time favorite airplane ride...

August 15, 2019 04:25PM
Congrats, Ramsgator... you're a lucky man... and I am truly impressed.

I've been VERY fortunate in my lifetime. Working for an Air Race team here out of my home town I worked the Reno Air Races for many years... meeting nearly every great pilot that ever lived. Flew with Bob Hoover. Met Chuck Yeager, several times.

Got a ride in a B-17 once. Been up in a P-51 several times. Went up with the pilot who owned the plane I help with, a T-6... and flew a course with him pulling so many G's I grayed-out. Funny thing... I've done aerobatics... flips, loops, etc (not as the pilot)... but you don't really 'feel' those, at least not like putting a T-6 into a tight turn around a pylon.

A private pilot I've flown many different planes... C 182's and 172's... Piper Arrow - Cherokee, but of all those listed, (and there were many more)... my all time favorite was:

A J-3 Cub. Might do 100 with a good tail wind. laughing smiley Got a 'putt putt' sound to it..... gas gauge was a cork with a wire sticking thru the wing. Why? I think it's because it's the only plane I've flown in that comes closest to giving you a true sense of 'flying'.

I'm sure there are better... but I haven't tried them... like paramotoring, but the J-3 is my personal best. - JamesJM

  WOW!! Three checks on my bucket list in just over a month???

Ramgator69August 15, 2019 02:15PM

  My all time favorite airplane ride...

JamesJM37August 15, 2019 04:25PM

  When I think of C-182s....

Ramgator29August 15, 2019 05:25PM

  Did you ever go visit our old Air Force base

IowaRam37August 15, 2019 04:33PM

  Yes I did. The day we arrived in Chicago.

Ramgator27August 15, 2019 05:23PM

  Re: WOW!! Three checks on my bucket list in just over a month???

ferragamo7930August 15, 2019 05:24PM

  I hate bucket lists

waterfield32August 15, 2019 07:09PM

  I just start over again. (nm)

JamesJM28August 15, 2019 07:37PM

  Wait a minute

waterfield32August 15, 2019 09:32PM

  That's where senility comes in...

JamesJM29August 16, 2019 05:46AM

  Re: That's where senility comes in...

waterfield28August 16, 2019 08:13AM

  Do not see it that way.

Ramgator29August 16, 2019 04:47PM

  My bucket list tends to evolve with time..

sstrams37August 16, 2019 05:32PM