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  1. 13 minutes ago, Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619 said:


    Big dramatic scene near the end as Jimmy Stewart uses one cartridge after another without success, over the wild protests of the German model airplane designer (played by Hardy Kruger, who died only recently).


    I remember the scene - a real nail biter. I’m  almost certain this is a Hollywood contrivance. The only cartridge starting system I’m aware of is for early turbojets. Big piston engines as in the movie needed a big flywheel spun up by an electric motor or hand crank. 

    The airplane was custom built for the movie and actually flew. The pilot was a famous air racer and movie stunt pilot named Paul Mantz. (He and his partner Frank Tillman had a company called Tallmantz Aviation serving the film industry.)


    Unfortunately, Mantz died while flying the craft for the film. 


  2. 1 hour ago, Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619 said:

    Until I first watched the original Flight of the Phoenix (a great flick with an incredible cast) I never knew airplane engines were started with cartridges.....

    I could be wrong, but I’m not aware that cartridges were ever used in radial engines as in that movie. Good flick. 

    The best part was Barrie Chase in the hallucination scene. :wub:


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  3. 47 minutes ago, Pat Riot said:

    As for the zeppelin/carrier photo belong fake? I did a search and couldn’t find any site making that claim. I did find plenty of info that this event was the first and last time a dirigible landed on a ship. 

    The photo is a fun fake. This video shows how it was done. There’s no way they could have manhandled the zeppelin into that position without tearing it up on the island. Note the amount of commotion just to get the gondola on the afterdeck. Pretty amazing feat for the day!


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  4. Mike, I had triple bypass surgery at the end of May last year. Like you, I didn't have a heart attack and was mostly asymptomatic. It's a horrible thing to go thru, but well worth it. We'd be dead without it.


    Recovery has a lot to do with how active you were before, and how active you are now. It takes time. The random "chest pain" could be the healing of your sternum after what is an incredibly invasive procedure. Mine still bothers me a bit, but not too much anymore.


    As always, this is a lousy place to ask medical questions. If you have concerns, talk with your medical team.


    Good luck!

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  5. I don’t understand “same load”. This isn’t smokeless with all the variations in powder recipes. BP is load by VOLUME so the powder contacts the base of the bullet plus a bit of compression. That’s it. Don’t overthink it. You can use any BP Load by volume. 

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  6. 13 minutes ago, Buckshot Bear said:


    Its rare that the big (or smaller) stations don't have airstrips. 

    I always loved landing on dirt/sod instead of concrete. There’s something primal about it - like black powder instead of smokeless. :)

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  7. 28 minutes ago, Buckshot Bear said:
    The Anna Creek Station was bought by Sir Sidney Kidman, Australia’s so-called “cattle king”, who owned large areas of land across Australia during his lifetime.
    Kidman was thirteen when he ran away from his Adelaide home in 1870 with only 5 shillings in pocket and a one-eyed horse that he had bought with his savings. His teen years, Kidman worked as a drover, stockman and livestock trader, and made money supplying services to new mining towns springing up in outback. Eventually he had saved enough to buy his own station.
    Kidman began gobbling up one estate after another until he was the biggest landholder in the world by World War I. At one point, the size of Kidman’s properties exceeded the size of the entire United Kingdom.
    His family still owns more than 10 million hectares, or about three-quarters the size of England. With a herd of 185,000 cattle, S. Kidman & Co is one of Australia's largest beef producers.

    Looks like an airstrip on the edge of the property in the third pic. 

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  8. 1 hour ago, Pat Riot said:

    I just do not like the John Wick movies. Period. I don’t care about the politics of it or if so and so is a nice guy. It’s just BS. My opinion. 

    Didja like the Die Hard movies and just about anything else Bruce Willis did? He took a crap beating from beginning to end, but was still able to bust through a skyscraper window in his bare feet, hanging from a fire hose… :rolleyes:

  9. 10 minutes ago, Cold Lake Kid, SASS # 51474 said:

    I read somewhere that two or three destroyers were lost in that storm or one around that time.


    Yep, looked it up: The Hull; Spence and Monaghan were lost with all hands and a number of other ships wee damaged, including 5 aircraft carriers.

    Bless their souls+

    Yup, all because of Bull-Headed Halsey who ordered they maintain formation during a hurricane, - one he could have avoided with a change of course. 

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  10. 27 minutes ago, Turquoise Bill, SASS #39118 said:

    We have about 2' of chain attached to the re-set arm of our shotgun targets, then with a clip attached to 25' 3/8" bradded rope. We have replaced maybe 3-4 ropes in 10 years of use. 





    This, except we use braided rope of similar materials as water ski tow ropes. It gets rainy and really humid here. 

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