Marc's Public Blog - Flying


All | Aquariums | Arduino | Btrfs | Cars | Cats | Clubbing | Dining | Diving | Electronics | Exercising | Flying | Hiking | Linux | Linuxha | Monuments | Museums | Public | Rc | Sciencemuseums | Snow | Solar | Trips

This is a collection of my blog entries and experiences with flying, and learning to fly. Something I had been wanting to do for quite a while.
You can find all the pictures I've taken here, and read below for my experience.
Specifically, I have a page for my Trips to Oshkosh, the mecca for pilots

Table of Content for flying:

More pages: November 2018 October 2018 September 2018 June 2018 May 2018 November 2017 October 2017 September 2017 August 2017 April 2017 January 2017 December 2016 August 2016 July 2016 May 2016 February 2016 January 2016 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 February 2015 January 2015 November 2014 September 2014 August 2014 June 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 July 2013 June 2013 April 2013 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 January 2012 November 2011 August 2011 July 2011 April 2011 March 2011 November 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 May 2010 March 2010 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 March 2009 November 2008 August 2008 July 2008 May 2008 April 2008 December 2007 October 2007 September 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June 2006 May 2006 April 2006 March 2006 February 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 October 2005 September 2005 August 2005 July 2005 June 2005 May 2005 April 2005 March 2005 December 2004 September 2004 August 2004 May 2004 March 1999




2018/11/27 Pearl Harbour's Pacific Aviation Museum
π 2018-11-27 01:01 in Flying
As part of Pearl Harbour's visit, there is a small-ish aviation museum. Sadly, due to the rest we went to see that day, we only had 70mn to visit, which was barely enough. The place wasn't very big, so while I had to take a few pictures of text I read later, we barely got to see all the planes and displays:




actual bullet holes from the pearl harbour attack
actual bullet holes from the pearl harbour attack

















2018/10/19 Visitng the Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum
π 2018-10-19 01:01 in Flying
The museum is in an old hangar that used to be part of an air force base that is now way gone, with even its runway replaced by houses. There is a nice B52 parked outside, which feels surreal since it seems that there is no way it could have gotten there with all the streets and houses around:










a nice B1A lancer prototype
a nice B1A lancer prototype



a land speed record vehicle
a land speed record vehicle













As a special bonus, they had the actual X-Wing starfighter from the star wars movies:



The museum also had a small space portion:



So, I'll be honest in saying that it was not the best plane museum I've seen, partially because it was not that big (about 2H to get around it), but also because despite the big hangar space, planes were piled up in a way that it was hard to see them, which was kind of a shame. Still, if you are in the Denver area, it's still worth a visit.

2018/10/13 Madrid's Museo del Aire
π 2018-10-13 01:01 in Flying, Spain2018
Just outside of Madrid, Museo del Aire is actually a pretty good air museum. It is free (but accepts donations), so it does not have a lot of funds, and some of the signs were damaged by weather and waiting replacement. Nonetheless, what they had is worth the trip if you're interested in planes. Minus side is the opening hours that are quite limited: only 10:00 to 14:00.

Half the collection is outdoors and the other half inside hangars:

















Multiple hangars with more aircraft:


















Nice collection of engines:







The last (or actually first) hangar had world war 1 planes:





I also have to give them credit for recognizing the French inventor, Clement Ader, who made the first heavier than air flying machine (using a heavy steam engine), 6 years before the wright brothers. Sadly that machine didn't work well but it still flew:


The museum was definitely worth at least 2H if you care about flying things :)

See more images for Madrid's Museo del Aire
2018/09/14 Reno Air Races
π 2018-09-14 01:01 in Flying
Oh boy, it had been 11 years already since I last flew to the Reno Air Races with Jennifer. Arnaud nicely invited me to join him in his plane, so it was hard to say no, even if my schedule was super packed before and after that weekend.
His TBM got us there in no time:




Reno Air Races had nice static displays as well as planes on display when they were not flying:





some races used very small planes, less drag, more speed
some races used very small planes, less drag, more speed


purple, nice...
purple, nice...

looks fast
looks fast







Other static displays:


Brian Shul seems to be at all those airshows
Brian Shul seems to be at all those airshows

that is one big ass engine :)
that is one big ass engine :)

one vendor had a collection of lots of engines parts broken by overwork
one vendor had a collection of lots of engines parts broken by overwork

valve that fell into a piston and melted
valve that fell into a piston and melted

There were multiple airshows, they were not bad :)




biplane with propeller plus jet
biplane with propeller plus jet

honda jet demo, it was super quiet
honda jet demo, it was super quiet







And of course, they had races, that's what the whole event was about afterall :)







Great 2.5 days in Reno, thanks Arnaud.

See more images for Reno Air Races
2018/09/11 Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum North of Seattle
π 2018-09-11 01:01 in Flying
This was Paul Allen's personal museum at KPAE with his collection of aircrafts and some missiles, bombs and tanks (Paul just passed as I'm writing this). I had been there quickly ages ago, and it was nice to go back for a better visit with my friend Steve Podradchik from Seattle Avionics who came to join me for the visit.

The Boeing factory is on the other side of the field, so you get to see random planes that have just been built
The Boeing factory is on the other side of the field, so you get to see random planes that have just been built







Great to see a reminder of how big the V2 rocket was
Great to see a reminder of how big the V2 rocket was

The earlier V1 flying bombs
The earlier V1 flying bombs

I had never seen this V1 with suicide mission pilot (Rechenberg)
I had never seen this V1 with suicide mission pilot (Rechenberg)


The 2 atomic bombs dropped on Japan
The 2 atomic bombs dropped on Japan

a more powerful and smaller bomb
a more powerful and smaller bomb







It was great to re-visit the museum. Thanks to my friend Steve for joining me.

2018/09/11 Historic Flight Foundation North of Seattle
π 2018-09-11 01:01 in Flying
Just minutes from Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum by KPAE, is another small museum: Historic Flight Foundation. I went to check it out and because it was the end of the day, I got a private tour of some of their planes, which was well worth the price of entry :)





nice glass instruments in the middle :)
nice glass instruments in the middle :)








It's not huge, but definitely worth a quick visit if you are in the area.

2018/06/13 Seoul Airport and Nice 1st Class Seats on Korean Airlines
π 2018-06-13 01:01 in Flying
To fly back from Cebu, Philippines, we flew home with Korean Airlines. Sadly the first flight was a shit red eye that only lasted 4H, so no matter how comfortable, it sure didn't last long enough.
On the plus side, we ended up in the Seoul international terminal with access to the first class lounge to spend the day. It did not suck:




The Terminal was also quite nice:






They even had a room doing cool VR demos:





We then boarded our plane, we had the first front seats ina 747, they were second only to Singapore Airlines:

nice wooden table
nice wooden table

only 6 seats
only 6 seats


seats were big enough to allow 2 people to share the table
seats were big enough to allow 2 people to share the table

Food was not united food, it was good:


sure, I'll have the caviar, thank you
sure, I'll have the caviar, thank you


The flight was almost over too soon :)

2018/05/29 Philippines Air Force Aerospace Museum
π 2018-05-29 01:01 in Flying, Philippines
Ok, Aerospace is pushing it a bit, it has one replica of a space capsule, but otherwise it was mostly a small collection of planes related to the PAF. It's funny because many planes looked like they were USAF, and US got erased and replaced with Philippines :)

The Museum is a fair one at best, but then again it costs a whole 20 cents to get in. It's a 10mn walk from terminal 3 without luggage, and a bit farther than you'd want to walk if you do have luggage.
The indoor collection is a few planes and pictures, while the outdoor collection has a few planes and helis. It takes about 1H to get through both:

















2017/11/24 Thanksgiving Flight to San Bernandino, and Back
π 2017-11-24 01:01 in Flying
I was going to San Bernandino to attend Dreamstate Socal over Thanksgiving.
I was totally not going to be driving to or from LA during thanksgiving. Flying southwest to a nearby Ontario airport was actually a decent option, but I elected to fly my own butt there and fly directly to San Bernandino's now defunct military airport, which therefore has a very nice long runway as well as a great FBO (seriously, awesome FBO, I'm hoping they get enough traffic and customers to sustain themselves, given that San Bernandino is otherwise not really a closeby airport for LA).

It did cost about 2x more to fly my own butt there than flying Southwest at last minute rates, but eh, I got to a closer airport, and I got to leave on my own schedule for both legs :)

The flight there was definitely my best flight to Socal where I got to fly over all 3 of Mohave Spaceport, Edwards Airforce Base (where the space shuttle could land, and X planes are tested), and the unassuming Victorville which has a great collection in its airliner graveyard.

fly by Moffett
fly by Moffett

I don't think it was LA smog, I avoided the LA Basin
I don't think it was LA smog, I avoided the LA Basin



Mohave Spaceport
Mohave Spaceport



those plane bodies were stripped for parts/skin
those plane bodies were stripped for parts/skin


A cool little racetrack and dragrace strip nearby:


that got me excited :)
that got me excited :)

Then I made it to Edwards, which is usually closed airspace, but was open during thanksgiving:



the runways on the lakebed are my favourite part
the runways on the lakebed are my favourite part

Left, Center, Right, really? :)
Left, Center, Right, really? :)



Then, I made it to Victorvillle, which I circled once at lower altitude to picture all of the many planes parked there:




southest planes having fun :)
southest planes having fun :)





I then finished my flight to San Bernandino, arrived a bit late, but it was well worth it :)



sadly the airport is pretty deserted
sadly the airport is pretty deserted

The flight back was less scenic, the weather got worse (low-ish overcast and rain) as I got closer to Palo Alto. Got to land on runway 13, and no one else was flying with that low overcast and bad weather:





Apple's saucer :)
Apple's saucer :)

Home, sweet home...
Home, sweet home...

2017/10/30 Queensland's Air Museum
π 2017-10-30 01:01 in Australia, Flying
While visiting the Sunshine Coast, we did a quick stop by QAM, the local Air Museum. It's not huge, but it still has a few interesting planes and was worth 90mn on the way between our attractions that day.

lots of planes packed up on the main hangar
lots of planes packed up on the main hangar

F111 bomber
F111 bomber


remember this?
remember this?


the air truk is definitely a weird airplane :)
the air truk is definitely a weird airplane :)




cool beechcraft 2000A starship
cool beechcraft 2000A starship





they had a mirage III-O
they had a mirage III-O


'O' like 'Ostralia' :)
'O' like 'Ostralia' :)



triple folding wing, nice...
triple folding wing, nice...





See more images for Queensland's Air Museum

More pages: November 2018 October 2018 September 2018 June 2018 May 2018 November 2017 October 2017 September 2017 August 2017 April 2017 January 2017 December 2016 August 2016 July 2016 May 2016 February 2016 January 2016 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 February 2015 January 2015 November 2014 September 2014 August 2014 June 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 July 2013 June 2013 April 2013 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 January 2012 November 2011 August 2011 July 2011 April 2011 March 2011 November 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 May 2010 March 2010 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 March 2009 November 2008 August 2008 July 2008 May 2008 April 2008 December 2007 October 2007 September 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June 2006 May 2006 April 2006 March 2006 February 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 October 2005 September 2005 August 2005 July 2005 June 2005 May 2005 April 2005 March 2005 December 2004 September 2004 August 2004 May 2004 March 1999