(Originally posted Aug 1, 2015 on as /archives/10506)
Here’s a video about becoming the fastest woman on Earth
I dig land speed record videos.
What’s with the fighter-pilot-oxygen-mask?
Is it for cooling (not oxygen) like on a racing helmet?
Pilots use oxygen to fly unpressurized planes at high altitudes. Why do that? If there’s a stronger tailwind up there, then they can save time and fuel. I read a story about a check-delivery-pilot that did this, but became oxygen-deprived by mistake. Most military flying requires oxygen masks too.
A commercial pilot is not what many people think it is.
(The rest of this post is USA-centric.)
The people that fly for the airlines, need an Air Transport Pilot License (ATPL). The ATPL requires 750 to 1500 hours (depending on your training) of flying. The people that we usually call “commercial pilots”, are actually ATPs. The commercial pilots license is different.
Where will our future pilots come from?
That check-delivery-story reminded me of my concerns about where the USA will get its future pilots.
How does a pilot get 750 to 1500 hours of experience, which is just one of the requirements for the ATPL?
I usually only accept my images when they “make a good picture”. These walkarounds have a different priority. In this case it’s to get as much detail as possible for modelers: free flight, paper, RC, styrene kits, all types.
This post is for the Cessna Bird Dog and similar warbirds (including a Piper AE-1). The bird dog was most famously used in Vietnam to find targets. There were Airforce pilots in large propeller planes, and fast jets, but then there were the people that flew these tiny little airplanes at low level, while being shot at, to find targets, and downed pilots.
I remember my father building a model of this plane. The instructions claimed that it could carry five troops. But Tom Yarborough, who flew the plane, and wrote the book, never said anything like that about that much luggage space, and too much weight in the back of an airplane is dangerous. (Although you can find drawings on the web showing five people back there: four sitting, and one standing. Maybe with no weapons, and no external fuel tanks?)