From: De Eye-lands, Mon
ORIGINAL: Joe D.
Yep, you are right. You are totaly right. Sorry I ever said anything.
Why are you being so apologetic? No one chastised you for having a contrary opinion.
But if you were being sarcastic, consider that several other WW II war birds earned bad reputations: the unsightly Consolidated Liberator was referred to as "the box the B-17 came in" and the Dauntles Dive Bomber was called S.O.B 2nd Class by its own crews.
And I'm sure there were were more.
Was being overly sensitive, perhaps. Wasn't directed at you, or anyone else. If you got that impression, I apologize. Wasn't meant that way.
I get a wee bit of a woodie when the community piles on with apocrypha and wikipoedia, to get game changes in their behalf; game code changes have already reached the unacceptable level for our purposes. Dr Deming said it best, "To chase a value ensures the value will never be reached, and the harder you apply the controls, the more non-linear and counter-intuitive, your results."
Dad (step Dad, as if..) was a pilot. He wasn't some Ensign from a V-12 program, he was a pilot. So he had that birdman thing in his soul. He told me the F4U was the sweetest thing he ever flew. Like him, I too am a pilot. I'm exactly the same kind of pilot; know the bird, know your limitations and the plane's limitations and just ... fly. In fact, after moving to Alabama, I hooked up with some of the X-plane guys from Pensacola, and knew I would have to learn a new paradigm. Have a thirty year old private license, but took a Sport Course from some friendly Lts from P'cola because otherwise, I would have killed myself, and Beaudy the Wonder Dog would have been righteously pissed.
Point is, planes don't kill. A$$holes in the cockpit do kill; mostly themselves, but they have crew too. I have flown on several B-26s configured for civilian service, and thought nothing about having a vodka-tonic, a cuban sandwich, and a nap. Had some time in the right seat and it was very similar to an Mu-2, except for the flare.
People need to understand airplanes. Not just look on wikipoedia, but know how to fly, and know how a machine responds to inputs. But that's probably asking too much.
[ed] thing is, for threads like this, soon as anybody who knows shoot from shinola, posts, all the liddle kiddles scurry for cover like roaches when the light goes on, and the thread dies. But this is a good thread, so as long as the liddle kiddles can be kept at a distance, I think this thread has some value.
< Message edited by Symon -- 2/8/2013 9:35:09 PM >
Nous n'avons pas peur! Vive la liberté! Moi aussi je suis Charlie!
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