The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four engine bomber with a crew of 10 that the Army Air force flew during the Second World War. Used primarily during the European air war, the B-17 could carry up to 8,000 lbs of bombs and with a reduced bomb load had a maximum range of 2,000 miles. Its four Wright R-1820-97 Cyclone turbo supercharged radial engines produced 1,200 horsepower each. Its max speed is 287 mph and it has a service ceiling of 35,600 ft. Named the flying fortress it was heavily armed with 13 .50 cal M2 machine guns. The top instrument panel is from N390TH “liberty Belle” a B-17G which was lost on June 13,2011 just outside Aurora Illinois. “Liberty Belle had just departed Aurora when a fire broke out in the number 2 engine. Unable to extinguish the fire the crew made a forced landing in a farmer’s field and the ensuing fire destroyed the aircraft. Fortunately, all aboard made it out safely and no one was injured. The second instrument panel is from N3509G a B-17G named “Miss Angela”. The Palm Springs Air Museum is home for “Miss Angela”. Both aircraft are g models which have the twin .50 cal. chin turrets built into the lower nose. Boeing built over 8,600 B-17G’s and only twelve of these are still flyable.
The falcon 50 is a 3 engine long range corporate jet built by the French company Dassault. The falcon 50 can carry 8 to 9 passengers comfortably and has an enclosed lavatory and a galley. It’s powered by three Garrett TFE731-3-1C engines capable of 3,700 lbs of thrust each. It has a maximum speed of Mach 0.86, cruises at 475 kts and has a range of 3,500 nm. This aircraft has been retrofitted with a Universal Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI) 890 Primary Flight Display (PFD) and Navigation Display (ND) system.
Today’s air traveler has three options, buy an airline ticket, buy a private jet or charter a jet. The charter option gives you all the benefits of owning a jet without the downside of ownership. You get the convenience owners have without any of the ownership expenses or headaches. Thousands of air travelers have given up the frustration and inconvenience of flying the airlines for the hassle free experience of flying on a charter jet. FAA Certified Air Carriers or Air Taxi Operators provide a wide range of jet aircraft ready to satisfy the needs of today’s busy air travelers. Flying with a charter company comes with all the conveniences of owning a jet bu none of the downside.
Many charter operators have a variety of aircraft to fit varying missions and provide the aircraft and crew that best fit your needs. This type of flying gives you control over your travel schedule, privacy and access to thousands more airports than the scheduled airlines serve. Your jet departs on your schedule, there’s no frustrating check in process, and it takes you closer to where you want to go. Every seat is first class and many charter aircraft have ac outlets for portable electronics. On the day you’ve scheduled your trip, drive up to the aircraft. The crew will take your bags and you step from your car to your private jet. No waiting. Running behind; no problem. We’re leaving on your schedule not ours.
To set up your first charter flight, call your local airport and ask for the names and phone numbers of local Air Taxi Operators. They’re also referred to as 135 operators. When you call they’ll want to know where you want to go, time of departure, when you want to return, any intermediate stops you want to make, how many people are going, how much baggage you’re taking, catering requests if any, and if you need ground transportation arranged at your destination. Each operator call back with a quote and you select the company that best meets your needs. Be sure to ask about any additional fees like airport landing fees, overnight fees, pilot wait time, or hanger. Most operators charge by the mile or by the hour. You can expect to be quoted for the round trip whether you’re going one way or not and a minimum of two hours a day when the aircraft sits.
Three Army MH-47G Special Operations Chinooks do a hover check and then depart. during the first hover check the rotor wash almost knocked me over so I had to move back.
St Martin landings. An assortment of airliners landing at Princess Juliana International Airport in St Maarten. Airlines, corporate, and charter jets cross Maho Beach as low as 50 feet. This is a must see if you ever go to St Maarten which is also called Saint martin or Sint Maarten.
A Friend of mine takes a ride in a very nice North American T-6 Texan. The Texan was used by the US Army Air Force as an advanced trainer during the second world war. It was built by North American Aviation and powered by a 600 hp Pratt and Whitney R-1340 radial engine. Its normal cruise speed is 145 mph.
N941NA Aero Spacelines 377 SGT (Super Guppy Turbine) is currently owned by NASA and based at El Paso international Airport. NASA used it primarily to transport parts for the International Space Station. The super guppy was built from the cockpit, wings, and tail of a Boeing C-97. Unlike the previous guppies that used the C-97 fuselage, this version was built with a completely redesigned fuselage. It’s powered by four Allison 501-D22C turboprop engines that can produce 4,680 horsepower each and has a swing nose to facilitate cargo loading. This was the largest and last guppy built and is an important part of aviation history.
N4AZ is a one of a kind corporate jet built by McDonnell. The picture was taken in 2009 on the ramp at the El Paso, Texas airport. Anav8r.com has an excellent article on the 220 at http://www.anav8r.com/page03.htm
Cockpit view of a Beechcraft King Air 350 departing Tri-Cities Regional Airport on a stormy day.