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J Boyle
J Boyle
With malice towards none
Last Activity: 23rd October 2018, 13:40
Joined: 27th October 2004
Location: Where you wish you were.
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  • J Boyle
    replied to HAC DH9 first engine runs at DX
    Considering their numbers and length of use, especially in the U.S., I'm surprised there aren't more DH 4 & 9 survivors and airworthy examples.
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    Last edited by J Boyle; 23rd October 2018, 13:40.

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  • J Boyle
    replied to P51 Shark
    The high-end warbird market is global. Aircraft cross the ocean (don't worry usually in containers) all the time.

    I'm a proponent of aircraft going to where they'll be most appreciated, if that means its country of origin, so be it. Also, if an airplane will be shown and displayed in country...
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  • "...could "we" have stayed ahead"?

    Subsequent history casts doubts on that. It isn't that the UK had a technical shortfall with its airliners, rather a political/economic one. The nationalized nature of the industry, which gave too much power to government bureaucrats...
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    Last edited by J Boyle; 17th October 2018, 16:57.

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  • And your point is...?
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  • I note he is gowing in the "peak" tourist season when flights and accommodations are at their highest.
    Since I don't believe they are actually renting a boat to search the Channel (if they were, the budget would have to be considerably higher), I don't think the trip is weather dependent....
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  • J Boyle
    replied to Fancy a Huey flight?
    Speaking of which, my first helicopter flight was in a military 212 (UH-1N) while in university.
    While no Spitfire...If one considers themself a fan of historic aviation, a flight in a Huey is well worth doing...despite its lack of significant use/history in the UK.
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  • J Boyle
    replied to *Video* ride on the Ford Trimotor
    I was asked by our local EAA chapter (actually volunteered by a friend) to provide a combined preflight passenger briefing/history talk on the Ford when that example was on tour in 2016.

    As a reward for my efforts...some 36 talks over two days, boy, was I hoarse...I got a chance to fly...
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  • This topic reminds me that the allies would have been "up a creek" without the DC-3 to turn into the C-47. I can't think of another existing aircraft the could have filled that role.
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  • Stephan, I think the topic was discussed here before and the consensus was that it's not true.

    Remember, the Connie (f.f. Jan 43) and DC-4 (f.f. Feb 42) were essentially done before the U.S. entered the war. The transport aircraft the UK produced just before the war were soon to be obsolete...
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    Last edited by J Boyle; 12th October 2018, 12:03.

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  • J Boyle
    replied to B17 Pilots Seat - farmyard find
    It would be nice if instead of gathering dust in someone collection, the owner would make it available, at a fair price, to one of the B-17 rebuilds efforts underway.

    That way the seat could be used for its intended purpose.
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  • J Boyle
    replied to Tigh Fit Or What ?
    And their combined value is about that of a new Gulfstream. Oh well...I know which I'd rather have.
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  • J Boyle
    replied to TIGHAR Coming to the UK...
    Since the group has said that an airplane crashing and sinking (in the South Pacific) was unlikely (huh? Look at a map), I suspect they'll search the channel islands.

    The path to publicity and riches is easy...find some bones... or better yet, the mere measurements of bones (made by...
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    Last edited by J Boyle; 5th October 2018, 23:12.

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  • I believe there was an ancient (pre-internet) conspiracy theory that guessed that he died in a Paris (or perhaps London) brothel and the entire plane crash story was a hoax.
    Some people will believe anything.
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  • J Boyle
    replied to 'Black Hawk Down' 25 Years Ago Tonight!
    The type certainly qualifies as historic...ff.1974...some 44 years ago.
    2019 will mark its 40th year in service. A youngster compared to the Bell Hueys and Boeing/Vertol (Piasecki) Chinooks, and the H-53 family...all of which remain in service.
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  • J Boyle
    replied to Piper L-4 unit codes
    Perhaps Air Britain or one of its members has a list.
    Many years ago they published a book on Pipers, I suspect there is a marque enthusiast in the group that keeps an eye on UK L-4s.
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  • J Boyle
    replied to Forum Setup
    I've had trouble correcting posts.
    Sometimes I make a change, push the button, a pop-up "working" appears telling me the computer is thinking about it..then nothing. After a couple of minutes, hitting the refresh symbol snaps it out of its digital lethargy.

    Another time...
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    Last edited by J Boyle; 3rd October 2018, 06:56.

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  • It's well worth a visit if you find yourself in DFW. It's close enough to the airport you could visit it If you happen to have a long layover.

    The early DC-3 is the highlight with its beautiful cabin. I could I help but think of Ernest Gann flying similar ships ( AA called them Flagships)...
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    Last edited by J Boyle; 3rd October 2018, 00:38.

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  • J Boyle
    replied to US Airforce A-11 watches
    I would not think so. Based on my experience,
    ​​​albeit long after WWII, you just signed a hand receipt.
    Is there a serial visible in the back of the watch?
    If not, no...As it would require the opening of the search to confirm serials.
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  • I suppose the Luftwaffe has an alibi?
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  • J Boyle
    started a topic TIGHAR Coming to the UK...

    TIGHAR Coming to the UK...

    In the latest installment of the group's newsletter, Gillespie has announced the group is headed to the UK next summer to continue their search for Glenn Miller who disappeared over the Channel in a UC-64 Norseman in December, 1944.
    This comes after an "initial review" of the case...apparently
    ...
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    Last edited by J Boyle; 1st October 2018, 18:36.
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