Effort to Save Ike's Constellation

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Effort to Save Ike's Constellation

Postby J » Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:37 pm

Here is a video about the first Air Force One that may be of interest.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/ehwvZXVKmPU

And here is a later video from last year showing the plane after a ferry flight from AZ for restoration by Dynamic Aviation in Virginia.
One of the engines looks like it is consuming a lot of oil.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noK9RCBh9iE

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Re: Effort to Save Ike's Constellation

Postby elaw » Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:29 am

Well... an engine that's consuming oil is an engine that's running... and that's better than one that's not!
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Re: Effort to Save Ike's Constellation

Postby flyboy2548m » Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:35 pm

If there is no oil UNDER a radial engine, that can only be because there is no oil IN the radial engine.
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Re: Effort to Save Ike's Constellation

Postby monchavo » Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:28 pm

That thing is a real beast!

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Re: Effort to Save Ike's Constellation

Postby flyboy2548m » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:29 am

Quite an undertaking, a restoration like that. Consider that it took Lufthansa (with all their resources) three airplanes to build one.
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Re: Effort to Save Ike's Constellation

Postby elaw » Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:03 pm

And once you've restored it, you have to maintain it!

I remember seeing an interview with someone from a group that had restored a WWII bomber - I think it was the Commemorative Air Force and the B-17. The guy said that altogether it cost about $20,000 an hour to operate the aircraft... ouch!
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Re: Effort to Save Ike's Constellation

Postby flyboy2548m » Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:43 pm

elaw wrote:And once you've restored it, you have to maintain it!

I remember seeing an interview with someone from a group that had restored a WWII bomber - I think it was the Commemorative Air Force and the B-17. The guy said that altogether it cost about $20,000 an hour to operate the aircraft... ouch!


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