|"White 35", serial number 110639, Me 262B-1a two-seat trainer.|
Some Me-262 stats:
Maximum speed: 559 mph
Range: 652 mi
Service ceiling: 37,565 ft
Rate of climb: 3,900 ft/min (At max weight - single seat version)
Armed with 4 × 30 mm MK 108 cannon (Yes, that is the same caliber as the A-10 Warthog's gun)
Could also carry rockets and bombs.
I have seen a number of examples of the Me-262, my favorite museum (the Military Aviation Museum in Pungo, Virginia) has a flyable example. Of course, Pungo is my favorite because the majority of their aircraft are flyable. I don't know if they have any static display birds. It's nice to know that those birds can still take to the air. There's something a bit sad about seeing a flying machine which will never fly again.
Speaking of Pungo and the Me-262...
Nice Fw-190 as well!
|N1K2 Shiden-Kai (George)|
The N1K2-J Shiden-Kai proved to be one of the best dogfighting aircraft produced by either side. Along with high speed the Shiden-Kai offered pilots an agile aircraft with a roll rate of 82°/sec at 386 km/h (240 mph) backing four powerful 20 mm cannons in the wings. As a bomber interceptor the N1K2-J fared less well, hampered as it was by a poor rate of climb and reduced engine performance at high altitude.I should note that Genda Minoru (the proper order of his name) was one of the planners of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Naval Aviation Museum's write up of this display is here. I did a little digging, apparently the Air Force Museum has one of these as well. (Another place I need to go visit, and soon. Would have gone last year and met up with Juvat, but other things arose. Which involved hospitals, surgery, and pain. Lots of pain. But enough said about that, the better.)
The N1K2-J Shiden-Kai offered a formidable if demanding aircraft in limited quantities. As a result, the planes were distributed to elite units like the IJN 343rd Air Group (343 Kōkūtai Naval Fighter Group) constituted on 25 December 1944 and commanded by Minoru Genda. The new 343rd Kōkūtai claimed Japan's finest fighter pilots such as Muto and Genda.
Had a chat with The WSO yesterday, well we chat nearly every day, and she's enjoying her new job quite a bit.
What's that? What does she do? Ah, glad you asked.
LUSH is out of the Navy now but still works with the Navy. She's now gainfully employed at NAS Lemoore working the F/A-18E/F flight simulator. They're actually teaching her how to be a sim pilot so she can be the self-loading stick actuator in the front seat during WSO training.
Apparently on Tuesday they had her practicing landing in a 30 mph crosswind. Doing what she called a "half-crab kick out," as I recall. Sounds like fun. What's a crosswind landing? Check this out -
I've been on a flight or two where there was a wee bit of a crosswind, almost like I was in the front seat, even though I was well in the back. A bit more excitement than most people crave. I just realize that when it's "my time," then it doesn't matter where I am, or what I'm doing. So I just enjoy the ride.
(Though some of the landings/takeoffs in that second video are a bit too sporty for my tastes.)
I also like a bit of turbulence, gimme a bit o' bounce (yes, at altitude) and I get all excited. It's even more fun watching the less experienced passengers when the ride is bumpy. Not that I enjoy their misery.
(Am I evil? Or just a jerk? Who knows? Sometimes a bit of both I suppose.)
I need to get back into the air.