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Old 05-01-2014, 04:24 PM   #1
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For All Those History Buffs-B-36 cockpit

Use your mouse to navigate the cockpit

http://www.nmusafvirtualtour.com/med...0Engineer.html

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Old 05-01-2014, 04:42 PM   #2
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I remember those guys. You could not mistake the sound of one flying over.
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Old 05-01-2014, 05:43 PM   #3
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So true on the sound. I can still remember when I was a kid (55 yrs ago?) playing in the yard with a friend. We heard a distant rumble. As it got louder and louder we began to wonder whether we should run, take cover, hide, ???? Then we saw it coming toward us and we were mesmerized. Flying at very low altitude and passed directly over us. Never saw or heard anything like it before or since. Certainly impressed us young kids then and I am sure it would this old(er) man today.

I think it was the B36 that went on display at the old Great Southwest International Airport of Ft Worth. It sat out there in front for many years before they eliminated that airport for the new DFW airport. Don't know where it finally went to.

Edit: after reading further it was moved to the Pima Air and Space Museum

B36 at GSW
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Old 05-02-2014, 06:57 AM   #4
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Were these used in WWII? If so, I think the guys sitting in them had to have PHd's to figure everything out!!
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:23 AM   #5
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Makes the Cessna I fly look like a glider. WHEW! That that was before all the warning lights. Find the gauge out of tolerance, he said. It's easy, he said.
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Were these used in WWII? If so, I think the guys sitting in them had to have PHd's to figure everything out!!
No, it was cold war era plane, flown from 49 to around 59. Now days, all those gages could be replaced with a computer less powerful than the one in your cell phone.
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Edit: after reading further it was moved to the Pima Air and Space Museum
B36 at GSW
Went to Pima Museum this past January...awsome place!
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Old 05-02-2014, 06:26 PM   #8
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While in Florida for the winter this year, Lakeland had an air show. I know nothing about airplanes but a friend said there goes a B-26 bomber over us. He said that is the only B-26 that still flies. It was an awesome sight. And the ground vibrated as it went over. Don't know if that is true or not.
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Old 05-05-2014, 08:28 AM   #9
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That was amazing. To think, men were trained to read and understand all those gauges? Shared that link to a young pilot friend. He was amazed. Asked him if he knew what a slide rule was used for, he said " what's a slide rule "! Lolrof.
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That was amazing. To think, men were trained to read and understand all those gauges? Should that link to a young pilot friend. He was amazed. Asked him if he knew what a slide rule was used for, he said " what's a slide rule "! Lolrof.
Would you believe that some slide rules have become collector items?
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I was at the tail end of that era. Even though calculators were becoming cheap in the late 60's, engineering students at the junior college were required to take a slide rule class. I still have two of them that were never used except for that class.
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I was at the tail end of that era. Even though calculators were becoming cheap in the late 60's, engineering students at the junior college were required to take a slide rule class. I still have two of them that were never used except for that class.
I took the first trig class at our local community college that allowed calculators for the final exam. I had a Bowman Brain that cost the princely sum of $80! It was just basic: add, subtract, multiply, divide and did percentages too. Before our final, I asked the teacher if we could leave once we were done. He laughed and said 'sure'. It was a four hour class, but 30 minutes later, I handed in my test. The teacher said 'wait a minute, you can't be done!'. He checked the paper, gave me an A and shook his head. Yeah, even those four simple functions made a huge difference! I bet the next years class had a lot longer final!
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That was awesome thanks for sharing, really amazing! I don't think I could be trained long enough to understand everything. LOL
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