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    Quote Originally Posted by Worldtraveller View Post
    Nice set of pics. Cool to see those F-4s taking off in the background as well.

    The Pima Air Museum has a very nice B-36 in their collection. I believe it is slotted for a full restoration again sometimes next year (2019). Even though a large part of their collection is outdoors, the desert environment isn't too harsh on the airframes, and they do regular restorations on all of their aircraft. They just received the very first 777 that rolled of the production line when Malaysian airlines retired it.
    Glad you enjoyed them. As for the B-36 in the Pima Air Museum, I believe it is the same one in my photos. What a difference a few tens of thousands of hours of restoration make:


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    I wish I were allowed a camera here at work. I get some real up close looks at the A-10s and F-35s. I climb around on A-10s on a weekly basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Worldtraveller View Post
    I wish I were allowed a camera here at work.
    I wish you were too.

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    I still haven't sat down and sorted through all the photos from the big airshow. I'm moving to a bigger place this week, so I'll be sorting stuff for a while longer.

    The good news...related to this thread...is that I've found a coworker who owns (partial ownership) of a powered aircraft, and several gliders! Once the weather gets nice, we're gonna go flying quite a bit, I expect.

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    That's a pretty spectacular aircraft.

    I was a bit surprised that the horizontal tails weren't connect across the center (like a large P-38). Both halves would have to be really well calibrated and synced to avoid crazy torsion on the center wing panel.

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    So, last Friday, I got a tour of the AMARG. (https://www.dm.af.mil/Units/309-AMARG/) aka "the Boneyard".

    If you go to google earth, or google maps satellite view, and search for Davis Monthan AFB, you'll see thousands of airplanes parked in the desert there. That's the boneyard.

    I just happened to get a personal tour of the boneyard, from the commander of the boneyard.

    She's trying really hard to get me to move back to Tucson and work for her. I did take a few pictures, but nothing spectacular, as I didn't have my good camera on me, and I didn't want to keep asking her to pull over so I could go walk around the planes and take pictures.

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    Darn it, Airbus has just announced it is ending production of the A380. I've flown on the A380 a number of times and thought it was a fantastic plane. Better than the Dreamliner in my opinion. Obviously they will still be in service for years to come but it's a shame to see it end but understandable.

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