02-01-2012, 02:21 PM
Coolest thing I've seen in a while!
02-01-2012, 05:24 PM
Totally nuts, but I bet no one else has done it (or even thought about doingit) :)
02-05-2012, 10:07 PM
Well, everyone needs a hobby. How many of us had to endured the stares of others in our family or friends as we sit at our computers trying to land, well, anything. LOL ;)
02-06-2012, 03:17 AM
That was totally awesome. I flew on a 1982 Pan Am 747, I was very sad to see them go, I admired them very much.
I was going to build a Beowulf cluster super computer, at one point had 135 computers. Muuuhahaha muuuhahaha! I just admired Cray super computers. I recycled most of them, mom can only tolerate so many, but I did put it on my resume. I recycled maybe ten monitors also, now I only have eight monitors in front of me, and behind them about 13 fully operational computers, have maybe 5 to 10 more operational computers downstairs, and maybe 15 empty cases. Perhaps one day I'll have a neural interface like Reginal Barclay in Star Trek Next Gen episode the "Nth Degree" my favorite episode. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nth_Degree_(TNG_episode)
My father nearly bought two P51's when he was young, when they were decomissioned. His family said, "Where are you going to park them????" They talked him out of it, he has regretted it all his life. He heard of an F4 Phantom training squadron being decomissioned so he told me to hurry up and try to buy one or two. I could barely afford gas at the time, however I went ahead and wrote to the President and explained my father's past and directions. Never heard back. Guess he must have been busy, fighting some war or something, darn.
I've been studying off and on 747 flight manuals, have been seriously considering trying for an airline career. A little discouraged however over the idea that 747's and their huge salaries go to senior pilots. Not like the military where you can be wet behind the ears and fly a C-5 or 747. BTW I've asked many times for pilot jobs in the military or NASA, but I'm just chopped liver to them, once you hit 25 and the rapid slide downward from there you might as well be drinking your Geritol, Ensure, prune juice, and collecting your pension. One bright point is, 757's are OK, my coach said I would be perfect for a 757. Another time he jokingly mentioned owning my own 747 and flying cargo. That would be fun, emergency cargo deliveries of Eskimo Pie icecream bars from Nome Alaska to Dallas TX. I would probably need an Astrodome of Wheaties box tops to be able to buy one. Perhaps I've thought about that possibility, but I've definitely wished I could own a Gulfstream 4 or 5, just have to continue being ambitious and who knows. When I was younger, right after the somewhat cold shoulder from the Air Force about a fighter pilot position, I nearly struck it rich in biz and had intended to buy a Learjet. So you see, one must always dream big.
People can have flamboyant exciting hobbies. One kid owned many hundreds of vacuum cleaners. Another kid started studying cancer research papers and came up with one method to cure cancer! I did something similar in advanced scientific research but mum's the word.
I've thought about having a full sized airline cockpit simulator, but then thought maybe just monitors to depict a full cockpit because then you could change cockpits with every plane. The person in the video mentioned his neighbors not liking a real Pan Am staircase in front of his house, not to mention a 747 in his garage is a bit unique. Neighbors can really be intolerant, I know I had a cadillac in need of repair, I was harassed without end until I spent a ton of money to repair it. It seems to me to be able to really get going in an eccentric hobby that you would have to be out in the country, or desert, or wide open spaces where intolerant neighbors won't run you out of town with torches and pitchforks. When I was younger I had dreams of decorating the house interior in early American sci fi spaceship, but you know you get a little older and those priorities fade. Any way I try to behave myself and refrain from wearing Kleenex boxes for shoes...
Edit: PS: This guy has a really nice 737 cockpit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiThNYfiwCA&feature=related
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