View Full Version : Warbird landing (real)

06-28-2003, 04:47 PM
What's unusual about this unedited photo I took today of a landing Warbird?

06-28-2003, 05:22 PM
If the background is not tricked up by a wierd telephoto lens effect, then this is a very nice "SCALE MODEL".

Regards, Al :-wave

06-28-2003, 05:30 PM
Good guess, but, no, it is a full size aircraft with a real pilot and passenger.

06-28-2003, 05:38 PM
Looks like it's landing in someone's backyard. Nice trampoline back there.


06-28-2003, 05:52 PM
LAST EDITED ON Jun-28-03 AT 05:56PM (EDT)[p]I would add to that, the elevator position is suggesting a go-around? This therefore may not be a landing at an airfield, but a stunt in a local park?

Alternatively, the open canopy may suggest a forced landing?

In fact is it sinking in the ground?


06-28-2003, 06:18 PM
>I would add to that, the
>elevator position is suggesting a
>go-around? This therefore may not
>be a landing at an
>airfield, but a stunt in
>a local park?
Looks to me like the elevator's in that position to help see ahead, until low airspeed forces the tail to drop.

Maybe it's one of thos airparks where everyones driveway connects to a taxiway......?


06-28-2003, 06:26 PM
It's landing on grass (makes sense to me), and the pilot is keeping the tail up, possibly to protect the tailwheel, perhaps for visibility forward. Must be at an Air Park, since that's obviously a taxiway or runway light, yet people's houses are in the background. Full flaps, both canopies cracked open a bit, power apparently at idle. The closest thing to unusual is landing on grass next to pavement, but I don't consider that odd, either.

Larry N.


06-28-2003, 07:10 PM
Well....theirs a trampling in the background....


06-28-2003, 07:59 PM
It would seem it would be very unusual to have the photo aligned so perfect that only one main gear was showing.


06-28-2003, 08:09 PM
>It would seem it would be
>very unusual to have the
>photo aligned so perfect that
>only one main gear was
On my 22" monitor, I can see a bit of the other one..

keep guessing :)


06-28-2003, 08:09 PM
I was thinking either the markings on the aircraft maybe incorrect, don't know any history on that front so can't be sure.. Or is "cloudy" the passenger or pilot?


06-28-2003, 08:28 PM
Either you have good high speed film or that propeller isn't turning. I can see, clearly, parts of the hub that I shouldn't be able to see.


06-28-2003, 08:30 PM
Idle power and a fast shutter speed can account for that, Khir.

Larry N.


06-28-2003, 08:36 PM
LAST EDITED ON Jun-28-03 AT 08:37PM (EDT)[p]Why's he landing on the grass and not the pavement?

Who's that in the backseat?

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06-28-2003, 08:42 PM
"Why's he landing on the grass and not the pavement?"

Grass is much more forgiving when you're flying a taildragger. You don't need to correct 'perfectly' for a x-wind (though it helps), because you'll just slide sideways a bit, instead of the wheels biting into the pavement and getting large sideloads.

It's also just more fun :-)

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06-28-2003, 08:54 PM
Not quite sure but it doesn't seem to have a registration number. I'm guessing all operating aircraft must have one? Wait, I'm wrong right? It says MARINES...
Don't know, just guessing.

-Angel T.

06-28-2003, 10:23 PM
Well I know the Confederate Airforce was doing something this weekend but I don't see anything unusual unless the plane is a foriegn manufacture painted in Us Marine colors or something.

06-28-2003, 10:52 PM
Nope, that's a T-6 (or SNJ), made by North American and used as an advanced trainer by all U.S. forces, among others.

Larry N.


06-28-2003, 10:53 PM
I suspect the N-number is the unreadable white lettering under the elevator. Warbirds are allowed to have tiny N-numbers, to minimize spoiling the paint scheme.

Larry N.


06-28-2003, 11:11 PM
Good observations...
The pilot chose to land to the right of the runway on the grass today at Clow Airport in Bolingbrook/Naperville Illinois as a part of an antique aircraft and car show. There was a direct moderate crosswind from his right, though I don't know if that was the reason. There is a housing subdivision abutting the airport. Airport was there first. At least one home has a hangar adjoining the airport.
Spectators were assuming he would land on the runway, because he did the first time. What made this photo strange (to me) was the fact that, when first looking at it, it seems that the plane is above the runway -- that is until you see the front wheels obscured by the grass. The grass surface is slightly lower than the level of the runway, making it look like he's stuck there. A few seconds before that shot (see below) I thought for a split second he had lost his landing gear.

From my perspective, I thought he was over the runway.
Just by luck, I was positioned well for these photos. Photos were shot at 1/1000 sec with Nikon Coolpix 5700 digital camera.

The Clow Airport event was, in part, a fundraiser for a Wright Redux project -- a group is building an exact working replica of the first Wright flier.

I was happily able to contribute.

There were free ultralight rides. Here's a photo of my very first ultralight flight -- UNBELIEVABLY fun. Better than any roller coaster ride I've ever been on. I followed their advice not to take my camera up there because if it blew away, it could hit the prop.

Thanks for all your comments and guesses. Have a great weekend everyone, because I surely did.

06-28-2003, 11:16 PM
I know whats wrong. He just got back from an enjoyable flight with his son. He is now landing back at their lovely airpark home in the grass strip next to the paved taxiway. What's wrong is at his house in the background, his wife is not waiting outside with an ice-cold beer and his slippers waiting for him. Man, is she gonna get it!

06-29-2003, 09:14 AM
If you look closely under the stab you can see the letters. Probably the orignal pic would show the numbers clearly.

Why land on grass instead of pavement? Because it is fun!

06-29-2003, 02:36 PM
Interesting thread. Nice pic and a nice story too. I really couldnīt make my mind until cloud gave his last post. Thanks for posting.


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Campinas - Brazil