Pilot Rank & File

Discussion in 'Hangar Talk' started by SoonerAviator, Apr 1, 2020.

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Who's Top Gun

  1. Muti-engine radial tail-dragger

    38.2%
  2. Single-engine radial tail-dragger

    14.7%
  3. Taildragger (SE piston or Turbine)

    8.8%
  4. Whirlybirds

    29.4%
  5. Glider/Balloon/LTA

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Seaplane

    5.9%
  7. Nosewheel Bugsmasher

    20.6%
  8. Flight Simmer

    11.8%
  9. Drone "Pilot"

    8.8%
  10. Cirrus Driver

    11.8%
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  1. SoonerAviator

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    Thread to discuss the hierarchy of pilots. Discuss.

    1. Muti-engine radial tail-dragger
    2. Single-engine radial tail-dragger
    3. Taildragger (SE piston or Turbine)
    4. Whirlybirds
    5. Glider/Balloon/LTA
    6. Multi-engine turbine/piston (MU-2 goes here, Ted)
    7. Seaplane
    8. Nosewheel Bugsmasher
    9. Airbus driver
    10. Flight Simmer
    11. Drone "Pilot"
    12. Cirrus Driver

    edit: added poll, ran out of poll choices.
     
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  2. kayoh190

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    Seaplanes don’t even make the top 10?
     
  5. kayoh190

    kayoh190 Administrator Management Council Member PoA Supporter

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    That's a good call - I think they should be up there. Even better, radial engined seaplanes!
     
  6. Ted DuPuis

    Ted DuPuis The pilot formerly known as Twin Engine Ted Management Council Member

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    We're forgetting the MU-2, which should be well up there in the list... ;)
     
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    Someone has to say it:
    1. Me.
    2. Chuck Yeager
    3. The Wright Brothers
    4. All y'all - you can fight out the specifics amongst yourselves.
    And I'm pretty sure Chuck Norris and Neil Peart should be high on the list...
     
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  8. SoonerAviator

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    Fixed. Good call.
     
  9. Ted DuPuis

    Ted DuPuis The pilot formerly known as Twin Engine Ted Management Council Member

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    @SoonerAviator the MU-2 clearly doesn't belong with other mere multi-engine turbine/piston - it's the only one in that category that got its own SFAR.

    I think it belongs between whirlybirds and gliders. :)
     
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    A whirlybird taildragger. Best of both worlds.
     
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    I dunno man, helicopters are weird.
     
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    Hang glider? Powered parachute? It's not like you're landing your Cirrus in the McDonald's parking lot. Sheesh.
     
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    Well, that would depend on when you pull the chute.
     
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    Don't forget Sky King.
    Yeah, they almost need an asterisk next to them like baseball players who used steroids.
     
  15. SoonerAviator

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    You already get to upgrade in notoriety because you have the balloon.
     
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    D'oh!
     
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    This made me chuckle.

    In the mid 80's I worked on software for a private flight school for F-5s. GE built the school in Tempe, AZ so they could pick up trainees from the 425 Tactical Fighter Training squadron based at what was then Williams AFB. The director of the school was a retired F-4 pilot and all of the instructors were also retired (or separated) Air Force fighter pilots. While I was there, Yeager's autobiography ("Yeager") came out. I don't know if you've read it, but regardless of who he was/is as a person, he was one heck of a pilot (and also lucky!). I remember several of the instructors, including the director, passed it around and read it. Their comments, at the most generous, were "He was pretty good." Not how exceptional he was.

    Those boys (and at that time they were all boys) had egos as big as all out doors. After reading "The Right Stuff" I get it. Without that much confidence, no sane person would have been flying military jets in the 50's and 60's-much less fighters.

    For those on POA that did these things, my hat's off to you.

    John
     
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    A drone is arguably harder to fly, and lacks a parachute. So I can excuse this.

    I was going to admonish the inclusion of those flying beasts, but some of the best James Bond scenes (we'll pretend Brosnan and Dalton Bond films don't exist) were shot in helicopters.. so I'll forgive its inclusion

    I'm just glad Cirrus made the list and the Skyhawk (the Toys 'R' Us of planes) did not
     
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    Skyhawks fall under #8 Nosewheel Bugsmashers. 4 Spots above the Cirrus. Cirrus driver will have buy a drone, get into flight simming, and get type-rated in an Airbus before he's as cool as a Skychicken flyer.
     
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    Where does a Dornier do 28 fall? It's a ME piston tailwheel, #3 is only SE piston or turbine tailwheels.
    do28d2_kp.jpg
     
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    I'm curious what the design advantages of that plane are..
     
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    Beech 18 drivers.
     
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    So my dad's grumman widgeon, of which I have a couple of hours in, would rank pretty high, lol. Right below the PBY I assume.
     
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    It's German, they lost the war. They don't get a say in where it falls. :)
     
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    FIFY
     
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    Fineeeeeeeeee, what about the de Havilland Mosquito or the Avro Lancaster? These surely should be in a different and much higher category than the MU-2.

    artifact-avro-683-lancaster-x.jpg de-Havilland-Mosquito-British-airplane-World-War.jpg
     
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    I dunno. I think helicopter pilots don't belong on this list since helicopters don't actually fly. They just beat the air into submission.
     
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    I thought helicopters were mostly a bunch of loose rivets and panels being blown in the same general direction by a big fan.
     
  30. Ted DuPuis

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    Like a helicopter, it's so ugly that the Earth repels it. This means you don't have to spend as much effort on aerodynamics and it operates from shorter runways.
     
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    0. Biplanes!
     
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    Hey at least we're not last!
     
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    "Fixed wing" implies they were previously broken. Just say'in.

    It's just too bad more ordinary pilots can't be rotary wing aviators. :p
     
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    I’m thinking whirlybird, tail dragger, with 30mm chain gun and Hellfire's...but I am jaded
     
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    I think the D models are less appealing. The A and B models look better to me. Here's my friend's that I maintain and fly. They're a short field airplane that can haul a good load. Leading edge slats, 55 degrees of flaps, 40ish mph stall. But they don't go terribly fast, think 182 cruise speed on 30 gph.
     

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    And the ability to taxi backwards.
     
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    And the ability to land right in front of your hangar! ;)
     
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    Interesting, thanks

    it certainly has some appeal to it and would attract a crowd at the next fly in or burger run
     
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    What about our tailhookers?

     
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