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Question Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation
What's the secret of flying this plane over 5-6 minutes without complete engine failure? Not just one engine at a time, but all at one time. I've always had a place in my heart for them, especially when a totally navy grey, recon type (with the big spinning radar disc) would fly over our house out of the Naval Air Station my dad was stationed.
Thank you for your answer. I know it's in the instructions - to - operate, (within the "read-me) not to exceed a certain RPM usage following take-off, but that's impossible.... it just falls to the ground; needs all the power to stay up. Now all I have to do is figure out how to share pix with you guys.
Again, thank you PAYSON
Just tried the open cowl flaps.... after warm-up she climbed slow to 4K, made a turn back to base. Eight into the flight, vacuum gauges started to go low one by one. Soooo, after 8 minutes, she dropped like a stone. But, hey, that's a record. Thanks for the info though, I appreciate it.
I'm a "few" FB groups for FSX. I'll ask around for ya Even got a few buddies who are proficient in flying the B-17, so I'll check with them too The Connie is the next bird I'm adding to the VA's fleet, once I get the rest of our birds paid off.
I got enough now to pay off the 767-200ER, which leaves the two 748Fs and the two 772LRs. Our 744LCF and the 748s are our major money makers, though the 772LR when a suitable payload flight comes up can bring in a rather sweet paycheck lol In fact the next decent one isn't until August and of course by then, I should have all the birds paid off lol
Wow Ghost... sounds good and thanks for the concern. Aaaaah, B-17's. I usually ride in one any chance I get. If you ever get a chance to ride one known as " The Aluminum Overcast", do it. (if you haven't already) She was built late in the war and taken to England. As fate would have it, the war ended on her arrival. So, never used in the war effort. It's absolutely magnificent inside and out. All wooden walkways and tail gun trolley like never used. Look it up on line to see where it will tour. If you get a ride, be first in line (I did and got to lift off and land in a jump seat right behind the pilot), and definitely bring your good camera.
From a README file for the connie. Follow these and you will be fine. You do have to adjust PROP for proper RPM to keep you out of trouble.
(5) Right-click the check-mark simicon to call up a detailed status window
showing essential engine and flight readouts.
(7) Engine failure is likely to occur when the engines are operated at
2800+ RPM for longer periods of time (watch out for this especially
after take-off) or if Spark control = ADVANCE at 2400+ RPM. Depending
on altitude, engines may fail within three to five minutes. Use the
Prop pitch master lever or the Engine pitch simicon to adjust RPM as
required for the current flight situation (see checklist). On the
Status panel, the engine h.p. readout uses the following color codes:
white - OK, no danger of engine failure;
yellow - the current power setting will cause damage if left too long
in this configuration (even after throttling back or adjusting
RPM it will remain yellow until the internal engine failure
Counter is back to zero (may take a couple of minutes)
red - immediate action required – reduce throttle and prop pitch.
tnig.... thanks for the info, but one question - have you ever really done this? No offense, but I tried it and never climbed past 1200 ft. from warm-up on runway. It's probably just me, but it's the only one I have a problem with (35 - 45 planes from this area). That includes some of the largest boeing, lockheed, or the Russians have to offer. I think I met my match and it crushed me. I think "brand x" has one to offer. I'll give it a go, if I fail (RIP), tell my wife she was right.
Again, thanks and regards, PAYSON
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