Victoria Flying Club
Reflections of a Victoria summer - Ian Malcolm flies photographer Rob O'Brian
in GSN on a beautiful August day.
Letters to the Editor
In My Travels
Patrician Newsletter of the Victoria Flying Club
OCTOBER 2007 Editor:
Eleanor Eastick PatricianEditor@shaw.ca Advertising inquiries: Bob Mace (250) 361-6996 or email@example.com Publisher: Seaside Designs firstname.lastname@example.org (250) 383-7777 Published monthly. Unsolicited articles welcome. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 24, 2007.
Board of Directors President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Directors
Paul Levie Doug Marin Lloyd Toope Jeremy Prpich Colin Dormuth Don Goodeve Eleanor Eastick Dennis Arnsdorf
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S hort F inal The Club’s Indian Summer Party of September 2nd was held not only to acknowledge our Indian students, but also to hold out the possibility of an Indian Summer – well, it worked! Not only was it fun and fabulous, but we have had some pretty darned good weather during the last month. For the past two weeks I have been RV-ing, as they say, with my husband and managed to make it over a collection of potholes and washboards to Holberg, way up by Port Hardy. During the Cold War, the Royal Canadian Air Force established RCAF Station Holberg, a Pinetree Line radar base. The many radar stations on the Pinetree Line from the 1950s to 1990s employed thousands of Canadian and American service personnel. After a 53 km drive over a rough road, it was a little disappointing to see no sign of the base, save an old barracks-like building. However....the next stop was Coal Harbour, reached by a paved road and here there was a seaplane base, where only a few days before, a memorial to the RCAF stationed there during WW II had been dedicated. The memorial was to honour the crew of Stranraer 951 who were lost most tragically. This story starts in August 23, 1942, nine months into the Pacific war, when a Stranraer flying boat from RCAF’s 120 Squadron, operating from Coal Harbour on Vancouver Island, disappeared on a patrol flight. They were forced down onto heavy seas, and although they were spotted from the air in the still floating aircraft, rescue was impossible. The plane broke up and sank and all its crew perished. No trace of the large twin-engined aircraft and its eight crewmen was ever found. All were declared missing and presumed dead. The operator of Air Cab aircraft charter, a busy little operation in Coal Harbour maintains a small museum featuring aviation and whaling artifacts, whaling (UGH) having been the main occupation of the town until the late ‘60s. Pictures say more than words, so here’s a selection:
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Letters to the Editor Hi Eleanor, I’m pretty sure that is an old Lockheed constellation. Liam
The mystery plane is the Super Constellation built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. Cal
That’s gotta be a Super Connie Eleanor? Vi flew to Canada in 1948 in one of the first ones converted for civilian trans Atlantic service. That tail is a giveawy! Al
Hi Eleanor, The aircraft pictured is a Lockheed Constellation, or “Connie”. As near as I can tell that specific aircraft is in the US Air Force livery. Matthew G.
Hi Eleanor! This is an easy one! It’s a Constellation (can’t tell you what model, though). Affectionately known as the “Connie”, these much beloved aircraft were used extensively by the US military and civilian airlines, including Trans-Canada Airlines (although quite briefly). The Super Constellation was rapidly phased out by the onslaught of many jet powered aircraft, and they were then relegated to cargo duties and secondary airlines. Back in 1967, I recall seeing one at Downsview in Toronto with the markings “Canairelief ”. I still have a photo of this one somewhere. It was a Connie used to fly food relief to Biafra, a state in Nigeria which was attempting to secede from Nigeria. More recently there was a huge controversy with a derelict Connie at Pearson airport in Toronto. This aircraft could be seen from the 401. It had been used by TCA but had been purchased by the Boeing Museum of Flight. There was quite an uproar to keep this aircraft in Canada. I don’t know what was the final outcome of this battle. Also of interest was actor/pilot John Travolta for a while owned one of the very few remaining Constellations still flying. Finally, the tail photo shows a U.S.A.F Constellation operated by the Military Air Transport Service, or MATS, which later evolved into the MAC or Military Airlift Command. Today, it’s known as the AMC or Air Mobility Command (a merger between the Strategic Air Command and MAC back in 1992). Many believe this to be the most beautiful piston engined airliner ever produced. Walt Salmaniw Lockheed Super Constellation! I came across one while visiting aerodromes in Australia. It was absolutely beautiful. I was wondering whether it was static or flying, so I went inside and found out that it had been up the previous day. http://www.hars.org.au/fleet/constellation/index.html Bob Wootan GenAv Systems Ltd. It’s a Lockheed Constellation. The MATS version was a C-121. Shorry Adams The tail section shown in the picture is from a Constellation. Cheers Chris Staples
Hi Eleanor: The September mystery is hardly a mystery to anyone with an interest in historic airliners. It’s a Lockheed Constellation or “Connie” as it was affectionately called then. Here’s a little tale about one family’s first-and-only flight in a Super Constellation: At the time of this 1960’s happening, I was editor of Canada Track & Traffic magazine (Canada’s first consumer car mag) and a part-time race driver. My bosses at CT&T decided to arrange a travel tour from Toronto to Nassau for the annual Bahamas Speed Week. Naturally, I purchased a ticket for myself, my wife, and our 6-month old son. Skeptics criticised our decision to take a baby boy along but Maggie (now my ex) was quick to make friends with a Bahamian lady who became our reliable babysitter. This being an aviation newsletter I won’t go into race details except to say that drivers like Stirling Moss, Dan Gurney, Innes Ireland, and a trio of Canadian favorites (Grant Clark, Dan Shaw, John Cannon) were competing. Oh, and the parties! Well, Bahamas Speed Week, a non-championship offseason affair was more about having a good time than winning. Our return flight was to be in a Trans-Canada Airlines (pre-Air Canada) Constellation. I was delighted. Though it would be many years before earning a pilot’s license I’d loved airplanes since I was a kid and regarded the Connie as pure “design art” for its elegant shape. Just short of the “no return” decision-maker I noticed that the starboard outboard propeller was no longer propelling and we were beginning a slow 180 to the right. (As a flying enthusiast I had, and still have, a preference for window seats, so was deeply engrossed in all that was happening.) I mentioned my observations to the tour guide who loudly informed me and the rest of her passengers that pilots often did that in order to rest the engines. Um... excuse me? Even as an amateur flying enthusiast I knew better. Ignoring the tour guide I did my best to inform Maggie that all was well. The captain then informed us that one of the outboard starboard
engine’s cylinders was overheating and for safety reasons Miami was now the alternate. He would be dumping fuel in order to reduce our in-flight weight. That resulted in the only scary moment in our journey. Looking out at that broad wing as red aviation fuel poured into the sky even I, in my ignorance, felt some trepidation. “What” I thought, “if he can’t turn off the tap?” But by then the tour director was in a state of near-panic and I had to reassure she and Maggie that all was well. Which, indeed, it was. We landed safely in Miami, got an extra night in a luxury hotel, flew back in a DC-8, our first-ever jet experience. To this day I think the Constellation was the most beautiful airliner, although the Vickers VC-10 is a close second. We flew New York to London in one of those, many years later. A tale for another day.
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Hi Eleanor With that triple tail I’d have say it looks like a Lockheed Constellation to me. Or, as it was affectionately called, a Connie. As a bit of trivia, it shows up in the movie American Graffiti. Cheers Colin
Thanks to all who wrote – the Connie is certainly an old favourite. An acquaintance of mine told me he used to live in Slough, just west of Heathrow Airport as it is now called. Back in the ‘50s, the Super Connies, taking off westbound and fully loaded, passed quite low over his parent’s house and actually shook it! No wonder - Max takeoff weight: 137,500 lb, powered by four Wright R-3350-DA3 Turbo Compound 18-cylinder supercharged radial engines, 3,250 hp each. - Ed
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On a final, note, Rob Shemilt of Island Blue is kindly supplying, free of charge, 50 hard copies of the Pat for whoever gets to Dispatch first to collect one. The beautifully printed magazine is very popular, and herewith I offer a bit of praise from Al Whalley: Hi! Eleanor
Thanks for the hard copy Patricians! Super!! What a difference a magazine makes! Layout/presentation and ease of a relaxing read! Everything jumps right out at the reader. Very good of the printers to provide the extra 50 copies. Vi is reading them cover to cover and has never been able to read them off the internet. I too am reading things I missed ! Thanks again. Al That’s it for this month. Blue Skies.............Eleanor #202-31 Bastion Square Victoria BC V8W 1J1
The Beauty is in the Landing
irplane watchers. You can see them almost any Sunday afternoon, outside the airport security fence at the end of the active runway. They bring lawn chairs, blankets, lunches, beverages, loud music, and their friends, and they congregate under the flight path of landing aircraft. Many airports accommodate these people by constructing a quasipark, or at least an open field. Vancouver International (YVR) has a great approach park on the east end of 08-26. The fence is very close to the runway too. Even better. Yes, I’ve spent some time at various “approach parks”. Seems even those who fly the planes like to watch ‘em. Landings are always the best. I’ve often sat in front of the hangar and spent the afternoon watching the student pilots in the circuit, practising the endless touch-‘n’goes. I’m always fascinated. The landing seems to be the part that determines the success or failure of a flight. Determines whether it was a good day or a bad day. Most pilots never comment on their ability to hold an altitude or heading, or navigate at low levels in the mountains. But they’ll tell you about the smooth touchdown when they got to where they were going. Everything else is foreplay. The landing is the real thing, the big event. Landing an airplane is more a work of art than a science. And if that’s a true statement, then taildraggers and floatplanes are Academy Award nominees. In my logbook there are a few hundred hours in tailwheel aircraft, some on pavement, mostly on gravel and grass. There is also one ground loop noted, a harmless, lowspeed affair when I let one get away from me in severe, gusting crosswinds. And it wasn’t early in my career. Experience means nothing to the airplane. The taildragger is like a cannibal, just waiting for a chance to bite you. The prettiest landings in my opinion, are on floats. There’s a really active seaplane base in the Nanaimo, B.C. harbour where you can sit at a waterfront cafe and watch planes come and go all day. Several companies, Harbour Air and West-Coast Air among them, routinely land and depart numerous times every hour. I never tire of the show. These pilots nurse their planes down, holding just inches above the water until at just the right moment the floats ‘kiss’ the surface, they bring the power slowly back, and the plane skims, settles, and
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finally digs in as the nose comes up. I don’t have much float time, but would be doing it again if the opportunity ever came up. The instant the floats touch the water is always satisfying. The feeling is like a gentle ‘tug’ on the airplane, rather than the ‘bump’ when wheels touch pavement. The sea plane pilots tend to land on wheels using the same techniques as on floats. They hold a slightly nose-high attitude, and control the descent with power. With a lot of practice, they become true artists, painting the prettiest picture a plane watcher could ever see. On a flight into a grass strip in the mountains one day, I used that approach. And it was really nice! As the wheels skimmed then delicately settled in the turf, the sensation was like landing on water. Not even a bump, until about half way through the run-out and at nothing more than a high taxi speed, one wheel dropped into a depression around a gopher hole. The effect on the
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plane was more of a deceleration than a jolt such as you’d feel on a hard landing. Because ELT’s are designed to trigger on horizontal impact, the gopher hole was just enough to set mine off. After congratulating myself on such a smooth landing, I couldn’t believe the ELT signal blaring in the headset was from my aircraft! Flying an airplane never killed anybody. It’s the landing that does it. Some say any landing you walk away from is a good one. No one who thinks about that statement would ever say it with conviction. I’ve walked away from many, many landings that were bad ones. They can’t all be good, but I never stop trying for perfection. Barry Meek email@example.com
The Indian Summer sun came out in all its radiance for the party of the same name, held in the lounge on September 2nd. The afternoon was a bit iffy and it got downright nasty with some rain, but as the guests began arriving for the feast, the sun broke through, the sky cleared and made the rest of the day bright and warm. It couldn't have been better! Cold drinks and hot food were enjoyed by all.
photos by Doug Marin using Renee Kraft's camera
In My Travels
by Larry Dibnah
T HE G RUMMAN G OOSE
The Grumman Corporation, also referred to as the Grumman Iron Works at one time, is probably best known for its tough, reliable line of WW2 carrier-borne naval aircraft such as the Avenger and the ‘Cat’ series of fighters – Wildcat, Hellcat, Bearcat and Tigercat. But Grumman also produced an equally famous line of amphibious aircraft fittingly named after water birds such as the Duck, Widgeon, Goose, Mallard and Albatross. Most of Grumman’s ‘birds’ became familiar sights along BC’s West Coast over the past five decades but it is the Grumman Goose that was the most numerous, the longest serving and the one that, for some reason, people can best relate to. Perhaps it’s because the aircraft conjures up fantasies of past south sea adventures during the romantic era of the flying boat. Anyway, Grumman’s line of twin engine, cantilevered high wing amphibians started off with the design of the G-21 Goose in 1936. Intended as a commercial aircraft, the Goose introduced all metal construction and a two-step hull based on the central float design of the earlier, single engine J2F-1 Duck. A familiar story indeed, Grumman’s Goose design caught the interest of the US military who soon ordered 54 copies of the aircraft including eight civilian versions that were pressed into service. In Army, Navy and Coast Guard service the Goose was put to work as a transport, an observation C-FIOL once owned by MacBlo plane, a target tug, a photographic plane and as a search and rescue plane. A further fifty of the JRF (Navy designation) were supplied to the Royal Air Force as the Goose 1A and served with No. 24 Squadron for ferry and anti-submarine duties. The Royal Canadian Air Force also acquired 31 copies of the G-21 Goose between 1938 and 1956 and flew them as general purpose aircraft including at least one with No. 120 Squadron at Sea Island Station - now Vancouver Airport. Altogether, a total of 350 Goose amphibians were built by the Iron Works.
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The G-21/JRF-5 Goose is powered by two Pratt & Whitney R-985 –AN-6 radial engines of 450 hp each. Its wingspan is 49 feet, length is 38feet 4 inches and its gross weight is 7955 pounds. The Goose has a cruise speed of 191 mph, a maximum speed of 201 mph @ 5000 feet and an initial rate of climb of 1100 fpm. The service ceiling for the Goose is 21,000 feet although most are flown below 10,000 feet. Range is between 500 and 600 miles depending on the amount of fuel on board. The Goose can seat 9 passengers along with the pilot and co-pilot.
Post war, the majority of surviving G-21 Goose amphibians were quickly bought up by small airline companies and private owners throughout North America. Most have been upgraded with retractable wing floats, tailfin extensions and newer P&W engines with three-bladed propellers. A few examples were tested with gas turbine engines but for the cost, didn’t offer much of an advantage over other available aircraft types of similar performance. Because the Goose amphibian is well suited for the rugged conditions of British Columbia’s coast the aircraft has been popular as a corporate transport, a Government transport, a charter aircraft, a regional airliner and as a private aircraft. Some of the local airlines that have operated the Goose over the years include Air West/Air BC, BC Airlines, Queen Charlotte Airlines, Trans Provincial Airlines, Waglisla Air, and currently, Pacific Coastal Airlines. For many years, the MacMillan Bloedel Forest Company used a Goose as their company transport aircraft throughout British Columbia as did the RCMP. TimberWest of Port Alberni, BC still uses a Goose as a spotter plane for their giant Martin Mars water bombers.
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In My Travels contâ€™d from p 7 My one and only flight in a Grumman Goose was back in 1974 when my job took me to a series of community meetings in the Queen Charlotte Islands. From Prince Rupert airport we flew at about 500 feet above the waves in a Trans Provincial Airlines Grumman Goose to remain below the overcast. We made a landing in rough water at Queen Charlotte City, BC then the pilot lowered the gear and taxied the rugged amphibian up the ramp to the terminal building where we disembarked. What a thrill that was!
Today there are only about 50 Grumman Goose amphibians left in the world, either flying or in museums. Fortunately these survivors have garnered plenty of TLC from their owners to keep them around for a while yet. References: Air Classics magazine, June 1994 issue, Grummanâ€™s Water Birds BC Aviation Museum Library Goose Central website Photos: Larry Dibnah
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Virtual Aviation by Liam Aloni
Hobby: an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation. That is what most of us do at the VFC. But for those who are in training or pilots who want to do more flying than their financial budget allows them, there is flight simulator. Flight Simulator is a computer program that allows you to fly any plane in any airport at any time with any weather. You can fly anything from a 747 in Hong Kong to a C172 in Victoria! You can do ANYTHING! As a training aid/game, flight simulator is a dream game for airplane lovers everywhere. There are many combat flight simulators, but there are only two general aviation simulators; X-Plane for Macs and Microsoft Flight simulator for PCs. If you decide to Get MFS, buy version 2004. There is a new FS called Flight Simulator X, but it is a “Computer Killer”. If you want a realistic experience when you fly buy a joystick as well. They range from $30 to $175, the higher the price the more realistic your flights are. Once you are used to flight simulator you can start adding to your flight simulator programs. You can download almost any kind of plane, from hang gliders to the A380. You can also download more detailed airports, new sounds and new cockpits. And the best thing is IT’S ALL FREE! Have you ever wanted to fly for an airline, fly the big jets and get a rank? Well, here is your chance. Virtual Airlines are all over the net. You can fly for a real world airline or a made-up airline. Most are free, so if they charge a fee, don’t join. A virtual airline will ask you to fill out a registration form. Some VA’s will ask you to fill out a small test before you register. After you join you have to use the airline’s airplanes from their site. Some airlines will ask you to “book your flight”. After that just fly! After your flight you will have to file a pilot report. There are also virtual flying clubs. They work the same as virtual airlines but without the pilot reports. You can buy a plane or book planes from the virtual flying club.
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OCTOBER Mystery of the Month Hi everyone. The October ’07 mystery aircraft was a product of the A.V. Roe Company of the UK and started out as a twin engine aircraft. The addition of two extra engines improved performance immensely. Eventually this aircraft was mass produced here in Canada. The final version served with the RCAF right up until 1965. I look forward to hearing from you. Cheers! Larry Dibnah
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An interesting story with this aircraft. Does it look a little unusual? Look closely at the nose....not quite right, isn't it? Well it's N877MG, a DC-3 with a long history. The nose was modified to house a weather radar. I knew that something wasn't quite right. There's some interesting write-ups about it if you Google the registration and some interesting videos of a transcontinental flight earlier this year. It's fun to spend an hour watching and reading about this particular rather unique aircraft!............Walt.
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