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Discussion in 'AviatorChat.com' started by F1tommy, Mar 14, 2019.
Thanks for sharing your experience. I always enjoy reading your posts.
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I got to thinking about all of the PT's and I think that my favorite for easy flying was the PT-23 for being crisp, stabile, and nice to fly. Of course, it is impossible not to like the Stearman for smoothness, strength and predictability. I learned a lot of flying maneuvers on my own in a Stearman because it always came out of whatever contortion you put it in and it wanted to fly as much as you did. The Ryan was not for someone with low flying hours. The swept back wings made it dangerous at low speeds if you got it a little sideways. It was the fastest and hardest snap rolling airplane I ever flew and spins were quick and tight. Altitude and airspeed were your best friends with this airplane.
You sir have one F-chat.
Coolest thing I have seen on this site WOW
Look at this one for sale, with under 250 hours since restoration....Has to be a blast to fly.
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I suppose one problem with late-model Spitfires is that there are far fewer Griffon-powered warbirds flying, so finding spares is probably much harder than for the Merlin-powered examples.
That is just amazing.
They have a spare Griffon for 150K Pounds!
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Wow! Thought this thing crashed years ago..12 million..yowza..
What about boneyards ? It seems like some of these aircraft could be sold to collectors, instead of being chopped up for scrap.
Remember Walter Soplata? He had his own warbird boneyard, and it's where that XP-82 came from. His son has written a book about the enterprise:
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Saw it at Oshkosh last summer...gorgeous plane...
A PT-22 is not difficult to maintain and fly as long as you fly it the way it was designed to fly. Meaning, don't go out and buy one and expect to fly it like a cub because it will bite your arse. They're nimble, noisy, a hoot to fly (my personal favorite) and smooth on the controls. They land smooth as well with the type gear they have. You just never want to find yourself low, slow, and uncoordinated, that is where that bite I mentioned before comes in.
You'll putt around about 105 mph at about 1625rpm and 14gph grinnin' all the while. It won't break the bank in maintenance as there's not much to em'. Keep in mind that they came with a few variants of the Kinner, some with grease fittings for the rockers and those with an oil system to lube that area. The pump isn't the best and often the top cylinders don't get the oil they should. If you buy one, DO a pre-buy and pull the rocker covers and check the rocker shafts for rust, especially the top 3, if they sit around a lot, that is a trouble spot. Make sure the engine is sound, check the cylinder base nuts with their Pal nuts, the studs like to loosen up. They only have 165HP new so plan ahead on all your maneuvering. Of the 400 odd hours in warbird trainers, this was my favorite to fly even over the Stearman, just something sexy and nostalgic about it I guess.
These particular trainers are getting more rare as time goes by due to attrition so if you've never flown one, get some training by someone who is well acquainted with that model and maybe some time in a PA-20 Pacer, that'll keep your feet busy.