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What aircraft (other than airliners) have you flown or flown on?

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  • Member since
    March 2010
  • From: Boston
Posted by mach71 on Saturday, December 19, 2020 8:38 PM

This aircraft?


The Trislander

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    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, December 20, 2020 12:23 AM

Northrop C-125 Raider?


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    March 2013
Posted by patrick206 on Sunday, December 20, 2020 5:42 AM

Hi - Yup, I was thinking of the twin engine Pioneer I saw in the UK, indeed it was the Northrop Raider that I got the ride in. Thanks for the information and letting me get it right.

One thing that puzzled me at the time, why would a high wing aircraft need so much dihedral?


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    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, December 20, 2020 8:27 AM

Maybe the center section is straight and dihedral is only from engines outboard?

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, December 20, 2020 4:25 PM

It is straight Don, but it looks like a lot of dihedral to me, too, in this three view.  But then, I've heard it didn't fly too right either.Surprise



But the Caribou designed to the same purpose is similar, if not so extreme.


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Posted by Blackpowder1956 on Sunday, December 20, 2020 5:47 PM

Piper J-3 Cub, Supercub, Cherokee 180, Arrow, Cherokee 6, Apache, Aztec, Vagabond, Tripacer

Cessna 150, 172, 310, and L-19



C-123, C-9 Nightingale, Sea Stallion, Huey, Gulfstream C-20, B-24

Starduster Biplane

Grandpa had a Piper dealership, soloed me and I flew for eight years. He and my Uncle built Stardusters and Pitts. I also served 8 years in the US Navy. We had a Navy flying club. I was an ER physician in the Navy. We utilized a Sea Stallion as a Medevac chopper. Most of the single engine planes I have piloted with the exception of the L-19 and the Beaver. The light twins flown as a passenger. Passenger or ER Physician on the military stuff. Joy riding paying passenger on the B-24. Lots of fun involved!

- Mike

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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, December 20, 2020 9:06 PM

Not too many, no military.

Collings B-24.

Freight only. No stick time on anything whatsoever.

Mostly corporate stuff.

King Air, Citation.

Fun one was a DeHaviland Dove corporate aircraft that belonged to BAC. We flew all over France and Britain back in the early 60's when my father was evaluating Concorde for United Airlines (spoiler: they didn't buy it). He flew in Concorde; I did not.

Jim Lovell's 421C which a guy I used as a vendor owned.





 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.


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    January 2020
Posted by Space Ranger on Monday, December 21, 2020 3:13 AM

Most of the Northrop Raiders wound up at Sheppard AFB where they were use as maintenance training airframes until they were sold as surplus. When I was in high school a friend and I found three disassembled examples behind the civil passenger terminal on the base and ruined our clothes crawling through them.

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Monday, December 21, 2020 3:33 PM

This could be quite a list. Some of these date back to the 1970s when I first started flying. A lot of these are right seat or back seat, but some I actually had the stick/yoke in my hand. Here goes...

Very first flight in a Boeing 707, after basic training, Feb 1967, San Antonio to St. Louis.

PT-22, T-6D, T-6G, Harvard Mk II, T-28, T-34

PT-17, PT-19, BT-13, Tiger Moth

P-51D "Color Me Gone", P-51D "Ge Ge"

B-25J "Chapter 11", B-25J "Killer B", B-25J "Pacific Prowler", B-29A "FiFi"

Grumman TBM, S-2 Tracker, C-47 "Tico Belle"

Island Airlines Ford Tri-Motor, EAA Ford Tri-Motor, JU-52 "Iron Annie"

Piper Super Cub, J-3 Cub, PA-11 Cub, Piper Tomahawk, Aeronca Champ

Piper Comanche and Twin Comanche, Piper Aerostar, Piper Cherokee

Cessna 150, 152, 172, 172 Straight Tail, 185 on floats, 206, 210,

O-2/Skymaster, L-19/O-1

RLU-1 Breezy, Vans RV-8

King Air, V-Tail Bonanza, Fuji LM-1, New Standard D-25, Rockwell Twin Aero Commander

Schweizer 2-33A, Grob 2-Seat Sailplane

Sikorsky H-34, Jet Ranger, Bell 47

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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    August 2013
  • From: Michigan
Posted by Straycat1911 on Sunday, December 27, 2020 5:24 PM

In the mid 1980's, I flew from KI Sawyer AFB in Michigan to Dyess AFB in Texas for a TDY. 

My ride was a old school water injection KC-135A tanker and that thing was LOUD. 

Coolest parts of the trip were watching them air refuel a group of F-106A Delta Darts on their way to Red Flag and on the landing, I was allowed to sit in the instructors seat to watch. 

Weird part there was wondering why they were coming in at an angle off to the side; I didn't know about crabbing into the wind at that time but I did know enough to keep my mouth shut while the pilots focused on their job. :-)

Would've loved to get a ride in a B-52 or a Six but I wasn't anywhere near a priority for getting an altitude card. Oh, well. 

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  • From: Vancouver, British Columbia
Posted by Bobstamp on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7:17 PM

Here’s one I forgot! When I was in the U.S. Navy, I got to fly in P-5 Marlin seaplane. Here’s a brief description of that flight, grabbed from a presentation I did recently for an adult ed class about aviation; the photographs are mine. Click on the image to see a larger version:

A few years later, after I had been wounded in Vietnam, I developed a seriouis bone infection in my right femur and was isolated in a sunroom at Balboa hospital. The sunroom overlooked San Diego Bay; I enjoyed watching Marlins taking off and landing. 

Kenny stayed in the Navy and eventually he became a rear admiral. Early in his career he had been a Grumman S2F submarine hunter pilot. He described aircraft carriers as looking about the size of a postage stamp when he was preparing to land on them. 


On the bench: 1/500 Revell S.S. Hope, being built as the hospital ship U.S.S. Repose; Academy 1/72 F-86F Sabre, and a diorama to illustrate the crash of a Beech T-34B Mentor which I survived in 1962 (I'm using Minicraft's 1/48 model of the Mentor). 

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    June 2007
  • From: New York
Posted by jcbitter on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:00 PM

Bell 47,UH-1,O-2,C-5,C-130,C-131,KC-135,C-141

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    October 2006
  • From: Lakewood, CO
Posted by kenjitak on Saturday, January 16, 2021 2:10 PM
My most interesting flight was an Aeroflot An-124 from Moscow to St. Petersburg, Russia, and a few Russian-made 727 copies in China.



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