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Yeah, Al. Probably the Fairchild FH-227, a version of the Fokker F-27 Friendship.

They were flown by several regional carriers, including this Britt Air one, which later became a Continental Express carrier, and Ozark Airlines, which was absorbed by TWA.





The Ozark ones were a little shorter. Those Rolls-Royce Dart engines were screamers. (Loud, not fast). I used to refuel a lot of the Ozark ones when I worked on the flightline at Champaign. IL.
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The U.S Army Golden Knights Parachute team used the F-27 for a jump plane. This one was at the Dayton 100 Years of Powered Flight airshow in 2003.



They later upgraded to a DeHavilland Dash 8 here at Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport.

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Wow! So much info.

It was a long time ago, but the size, the landing gear and close proximity to the ground look familiar.

Thanks.
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Curtiss Hawk III

My father flew one of these against the Japanese in China before Pearl. They're quite nimble but were slower than the Japanese bombers they're going after.
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I earned my pilots license when I was 17 and wracked up just under 200 hours of aerobatics.
(650 hrs total)

So I'd love to fly an F-22 just for the speed and maneuverblity, but for sheer excitement utilizing the plane for what it was made to do (fly low and blow up stuff) the A-10 Thundrebot "Warthog" is my plane of choice.



Give me a full pitcher of Gatling Gun, followed up with a couple of Maverick chasers, capped off with a full speed run down a crazy valley (maybe in Scotland), wins the day for me every time.

Flying with my 2nd favorite plane.
Not designed for air-to-air combat, but...

"As Swain described Wednesday’s episode to pool reporters, the pilot of the observation plane, Capt. Jon Engle, confirmed that the black dots were helicopters. Swain took off in pursuit. One chopper peeled off to the north and escaped. The other headed south, with the A-10 on its trail.

Swain said his AIM-9 heat-seeking missile would not lock onto the small target racing 50 feet above the desert floor. So he switched to the seven-barrel, 30-millimeter cannon mounted in the nose of his plane.

“I started firing about a mile away,” Swain said. “Some of the bullets ran through him, but we weren’t sure if it was stopped completely. So I came back with the final pass, hit it and it fell apart.

“On the final pass, I shot about 300 bullets at him. That’s a pretty good burst. On the first pass, maybe 75 rounds. The second pass, I put enough bullets down, it looked like I hit with a bomb.

“We tried to ID the helicopter after we were done and it was just in a bunch of little pieces, so we can’t tell what type it was.”


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The A-10 actually shot down 2 Iraqi helicopters during that conflict. If given the opportunity to fly just one USAF aircraft, I would chose the A-10.



A-10 Breech and ammunition loader.



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It was a long time ago, but the size, the landing gear and close proximity to the ground look familiar.
There is another similar-looking high-wing twin turbo-prop, the Short 330/360, but Mohawk didn't fly those.

When I started at Comair, their last Short 330 was leaving the property.



And this Mississippi Valley version.



Short later upgraded them and switched to a single tail. No matter which version you see, they all look like flying Winnebagos.



Al should be familiar with these, Simmons was base in Marquette, MI.
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I always thought the Piper Tri-Pacer was a neat airplane. Never got to fly one though.

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Sunbird flew the Shorts 330 and 360 out of Hickory, mostly a feeder line to Charlotte Douglas, Sunbird eventually became a Feeder for Piedmont as Piedmont Express.
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Funny you mention the Winnebago with wings. Reminded me of meeting s Swiss group that was flying one at Rhode island national guard airshow back in my younger days they called it the same thing.

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It's a pretty common name for those.


There's an old story, whether true or not, but I think it's funny.

Someone was flying a visual approach into an airport. The tower told them that they were following traffic ahead of them that was a Short 330.

The crew replied "We have the traffic in sight...no, wait, we lost him. He just flew over a mobile home park."
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Al should be familiar with these, Simmons was base in Marquette, MI.
I may have been on one on my infrequent trips. Alas I didn't really pay much attention to my rides other than wishing for better ear protection.
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I always thought the Piper Tri-Pacer was a neat airplane. Never got to fly one though.

Agreed. While I never got to fly one, I did get to fly in one. Pretty good short field performance, but kinda tight inside. Best if you're good friends with the pilot, or you're both Munchkins.
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There was a traffic reporter in Tampa that flew a Tri Pacer. It had somewhere around 20,000 hours on it. It was named 'Tilly the Toiler' I fueled it a LOT.
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Various Beech King Air business/charter planes.

C-90 at OSH



A 200 at the FBO I worked for



A 350 at OSH



An F-90. Like the C-90, but with a T-Tail



A Marine Corp version



An Air Force version for powerful govt. people



And a Navy version specially painted to represent the time of the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942

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