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Old 01-15-2011, 05:32 PM   #1
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A plane apart

Winter set in early this year. Normally I like to roll around in the idea that I live in a climate where I can ride year-round. But this year has been snowstorm after snowstorm. But today, the roads cleared up enough so that I could get off my street on 2 wheels.

I had a little bit of a suspicion as to where some local trails might be hiding. My hunch was a good one





Although I found 2 different areas, both seemingly pretty decent in size, my TKCs were no match for the melting snow and the soft ground, so I decided to poke about the airport for a bit (MQY).

Sneaky things hang around airports









On rare occasion, this runway welcomes an aircraft in for her very last landing.





For example…this one






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Old 01-15-2011, 05:40 PM   #2
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Old 01-15-2011, 06:30 PM   #3
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I’m not so sure what this is, but I suspect it played a role in the plane, err what’s left of ‘er, getting to her new home.




I love planes. I don’t care if they’re jalopies or jets or models or dreams. It just doesn’t matter as long as it’s a plane. It doesn’t even have to fly.

Everybody loves planes though. They’re functional art as well as an inescapable part of modern society. But it’s not every day we get to peer in on one with her clothes off.

Planes look so simple from a distance. The lines are sleek and curves sexy; there are no sharp edges. It looks fast just sitting there.

Peeling back some of that smooth, shiny, almost seamless skin most of us only see from a distance reveals some of the secrets to the nearly miraculous world of modern air travel. That idea of simplicity we find from far away or even the passenger terminal fades quickly as we begin to take a closer look.




Fuel hookup? It’s about 4 inches in diameter.





Inside the wing





























































Some doors just shouldn't be opened





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Old 01-15-2011, 06:48 PM   #4
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Nice pics!
I love airplanes also.
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Old 01-15-2011, 06:54 PM   #5
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:15 PM   #6
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Kickin’ it on the wing









I kept coming back to this fuel line. It’s just massive. And recent petcock work on my DRZ really put it in perspective. This line’s about the diameter of a fire hose…thirsty girl.










And just like that…I’m fresh out of airplane pictures.












How ‘bout a tank? Makes my DRZ look pretty mean, eh?








Not quite as cool as a plane, but it woulda been nice in the mud earlier. I wonder if they rent it for Halloween parties?











Flower vases on the side?











So like a big stupid bird I forgot to top off my camera battery which means this is about where this story ends. Twas a great little fart in the face of cabin fever and I’m glad you got to ride along!


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Old 01-15-2011, 07:18 PM   #7
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I did find a way IN the plane, but I'm saving that for another day
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Thanks! Told ya everybody loves planes
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I love airplanes too!

Wow! Looking at the innards of those big ones is amazing. Just imagine the engineering and production efforts.

That's why I like the little ones. I was at our local airport on Friday and found this image, just waiting for a photographer to find it.



And here is the same airport a couple of years ago.






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That Lost America web site is pretty cool, too. Yours?
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:54 AM   #11
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I was wonderind what kind of airplane that was until I saw the lavatory service instructions. Used to see a lot of those Boeing 727s. It was a three engined plane. Two engines mounted on the rear fuselage and a third on top of the fuselage under the verticle stablizer and rudder. Carl
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That Lost America web site is pretty cool, too. Yours?

Not mine - it's an attempt to balance out some of the crappier sig lines

One of his workshops is on the bucket list though.
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I was wonderind what kind of airplane that was until I saw the lavatory service instructions. Used to see a lot of those Boeing 727s. It was a three engined plane. Two engines mounted on the rear fuselage and a third on top of the fuselage under the verticle stablizer and rudder. Carl




I'm obviously not the only one to have taken pictures of this one and put 'em on the web...found quite a few through Google

Here's the cockpit. It's definitely the same plane 'cause the wood panels for windows on the left side are still there.






This plane's been sitting here for several years. I've just never gotten over there with a camera. There used to be another one sitting next to it, but it just up and flew away one day.















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Old 01-17-2011, 04:24 PM   #14
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Slick..sort of Urban Exploration ala airplanes..hope you have more...
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Old 01-17-2011, 04:35 PM   #15
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cool stuff! thanks for posting
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