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      Yesterday, 07:21 AM   #595
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I wonder what it was like for pilots landing at that airport for the first time. Do pilots get sweaty palms?
They had, believe me.
Only pilots with several training sessions into simulators were allowed to land on Kai Tak and I agree, that was spectacular.
If you see a picture from today, you won't believe, that on this small spot were one of the busiest airport into the world.
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I wonder why Canada did not buy the F-106?
I believe that at the time the requirement called for a two man crew (REO/NAV ) to patrol and intercept Russian Bears (And other bogies) who were frequent visitors in the Arctic. The F-4 could have filled that niche.
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I believe that at the time the requirement called for a two man crew (REO/NAV ) to patrol and intercept Russian Bears (And other bogies) who were frequent visitors in the Arctic. The F-4 could have filled that niche.
That makes sense, although purchase of the F-4 probably would've meant additional delay in replacing CF-100s. The first USN squadrons did not get their planes until 1961 if I remember correctly and of course the USAF got in line shortly thereafter. A Canadian F-4 would've been awesome: Good interceptor plus strike capability for NATO. Ah well, hindsight...
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So....can we call this an "airplane" fit for posting within this thread?
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So....can we call this an "airplane" fit for posting within this thread?
I can’t remember which astronaut/pilot said it, but more like a flying brick is what I remember it being described as. The landing speeds and sink rates were nuts. Still amazes me that they could be going thousands of miles an hour and in minutes be at a full stop. Also amazes me they never had a landing mishap/nav error etc.

https://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley...unflyable.html
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So....can we call this an "airplane" fit for posting within this thread?
Well, if it doesn't qualify as an airplane by itself, it certainly qualifies as a passenger!



Footnote: I was very lucky to get this photo. I was recovering from a traffic accident while watching the news one morning. They announced it was flying from Sacramento to San Francisco so I hoped I would see it fly over. With both arms in casts and a head concision and a bit drowse from pain medication, I hurried to find my SLR and "run" outside. I get out there and off in the distance I see it coming escorted by a couple of fighter jets. It took everything I had to get the case open and get the camera up with my two casts on and get the shot. I made it just in time.
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