Wednesday, August 31, 2005


"Locked Out" At South Eagle Lake.........

This morning I flew Al Harley (formerly from Riverton), Paul Roberts, and 2 buddies into South Eagle Lake, as they were going fishing until Friday. South Eagle has an abundance of walleye, and a basic cabin. The weather was supposed to turn "shitty" by about noon, so we weren't in a hurry, but we weren't having a "crib tournament" before we left, either.

After a half hour, we were on the water at South Eagle, spotting a moose on the landing approach! As we unloaded, I noticed "the boys" had beer, but I queried whether they had enough. They said they did, but when I said "you know, when in the bush, beer tastes twice as good, goes down twice as fast, and lasts half as long", they looked at me, then each other, and didn't say much. Maybe they were doing "mental math". We shall see Friday, when I pick them up! If they are out of beer, I will tell them "Rookie Mistake!"

Al Harley carries his cooler of beer to the cabin at South Eagle.......... Posted by Picasa

The interior of the cabin at South Eagle. Spartan, yet functional. You don't need all the comforts of home. You have lots of good water in the lake, an LP range, LP fridge and freezer, and a good old woodstove. That is all you need. Posted by Picasa

For the bedrooms? 2x4 constructed bunk-beds with 4" foamy mattresses, and bring along a sleeping bag. Posted by Picasa

I did a quick check of the cabin, and everything was fine, the boys had lots of mixed gas and propane, and the fridge and freezer were working fine. I figured I would take a photo of the "vista" off the point at South Eagle Lake.

Look at the absolute amazing colour of the water! Posted by Picasa

HYB peeks from around the corner........... Posted by Picasa

My horse awaits.............. Posted by Picasa

1000 "screamin' Clydesdales"............... Posted by Picasa

As I was leaving South Eagle and "the guys", I noticed them all "huddled" around the screen door entrance to the cabin. Apparently, it had accidentally locked, with everybody outside. Typical start to a fishing trip! Time to have a beer and contemplate how to get back in! I chuckled and bid "the boys" adieu!

The "cat burglars" attempt to gain entry to the cabin at South Eagle! Posted by Picasa

As I sign off, a question for Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. What are we as Canadians doing to help our best friends south of the border? Our military should be mobilized to help them, and all our aviation and rescue assets should be co-ordinated so as to be at their disposal. This is a crisis of major, unheard of proportions! Or, are you side-tracked trying to install an FLQ sympathizer as Governor-General? .........Just wondering........

Check this out, and do some research......

"Governor General Elect's Connections to FLQ Marxist Terrorists"

It isn't funny anymore.....

Steve Taylor

(I am not sour on law-abiding immigrants, but isn't there a Canadian-born person with a long family work history in our great country that would be better suited for Governor General, instead of "another" CBC employee? For "shit's sake, come on".....................


Steve's Video Of The Day: "F-4 Phantom" vs. "Thick Concrete"

Tests were done in the past to determine what damage a nuclear reactor's thick concrete walls might sustain if an airplane was flown into them. Check out one of the tests!

VIDEO - "F-4 Phantom" vs. "Thick Concrete"

Tuesday, August 30, 2005


New Orleans Under Attack...............

No, not by hurricane Katrina anymore, although the flood-waters continue to rise, but by filthy coward "looters". My solution! Shoot them! A serious mistake was made in Iraq when Paul Bremer disbanded the standing Iraqi Army, and the Marines stood by while "scum" looted every government building, hospital, armoury, and museum in Iraq. Now we pay for it. Looting is now close home, on top of the humanitarian crisis. In critical times like these, I feel any citizen or visitor should realize that a "bullet" should be their reward for their actions if they are looters! There has to be a public display that there is "Law and Order"! "Filthy Scum"!!! (Don't be a bleeding-heart, a looter in times of National distress is a "filthy criminal"!)


"Hockey And Airplanes", Steve's Idea Of A Saturday Well-Spent!

Dawn on the Icelandic River, Riverton. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005. I was up early, due to the "Bush Pilot Alarm Clock" that rings off in my head every 4 AM. Today I was taking my son to a hockey camp in Gimli, for Bantam-aged prospects for the Interlake Lightning Midget "AAA" Hockey Team. We left home early, and headed for the rink.

I love hockey rinks, especially the smell, first thing in the morning. Looking at the fresh ice, before there is a blade mark on it, seeing the clock turned on, and watching the young lads "hit the ice", to me, is time well-spent. Anyways, all the boys were quite talented, and the coaches put them through some intensive drills. After an hour and a half, the boys were spent and would receive a 3 hour break before the next session on ice. We had lunch, and looked for an interesting place to kill some time. Guess where we went?

Shane underneath Curtiss Commando C-46 C-GIBX! Posted by Picasa

I have posted previously about C-GIBX and sister ship C-GTPO, including this spring, when both aircraft were missing engines. Read about them here, Spring!! Finally!! These aircraft are owned by FNT First Nations Transportation Inc.. The aircraft serve communities in northern Manitoba and Ontario, hauling massive amounts of freight. We wanted to get a look inside, and were escorted by a FNT employee. So, how do you get over-sized freight "up north"? In a "C-46", of course!

A typical C-46 load, looking from the cargo door towards the cockpit. Posted by Picasa

Look at this cockpit, WWII-era vintage! This is a real,
working airplane. What a beautiful sight!! Posted by Picasa

Love that control-quadrant! Posted by Picasa

A view from the cockpit rear-ward............. Posted by Picasa

As we exited C-GIBX, a Canadair CL-215 belonging to the Manitoba Government taxied by............. Posted by Picasa

I knew that FNT Transport owned a Douglas DC-3 also, but had never seen it. So, Shane and I went looking for it, and didn't have to go very far!

Shane scowls and faces into the wind from a "squall" that blew through while we were on the apron, in front of beautiful DC-3, CF-FTR!! Posted by Picasa

I love these old airplanes. Big tail-draggers with radial engines! Posted by Picasa

Not as big as the C-46, but nonetheless a thing of beauty! Posted by Picasa

Two of my favourite "specimens"............ Posted by Picasa

The DC-3 had two 895kW (1200hp) Pratt & Whitney R1830S1C3G Twin Wasp 14 cylinder twin row radial piston engines driving three-blade variable pitch propellers, or two 895kW (1200hp) Wright SGR1820 Cyclone nine cylinder radials. These are the Pratt and Whitney 1830s.
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Technology 70 years old. I would love to fly it, and make noise, and spew oil! Posted by Picasa



Two 895kW (1200hp) Pratt & Whitney R1830S1C3G Twin Wasp 14 cylinder twin row radial piston engines driving three blade variable pitch propellers, or two 895kW (1200hp) Wright SGR1820 Cyclone nine cylinder radials.


Max speed 346km/h (187kt), economical cruising speed 266km/h (143kt). Initial rate of climb 1130ft/min. Range with max fuel 2420km (1307nm), range with max payload 563km (305nm).


Typical operating empty 8030kg (17,720lb), max takeoff 12,700kg (28,000lb).


Wing span 28.96m (95ft 0in), length 19.66m (64ft 6in), height 5.16m (16ft 12in). Wing area 91.7m2 (987sq ft).


Flightcrew of two. Seating for between 28 and 32 passengers at four abreast or 21 three abreast.


10,655 built in the USA, including 430 for commercial operators prior to US entry to WW2. 2000 or so built in Russia under licence. More than 400 remained in commercial service by 1998.
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Then Shane and I figured, if we looked hard enough, we might find an old relic somewhere around the airport. Sure enough, it didn't take us long to find................

A Saunders ST-27 carcass! Posted by Picasa

The Saunders ST-27 was a deHavilland Heron converted by Saunders Aircraft of Gimli, Manitoba, in the 1970s. Modifications to the aircraft included lengthening the fuselage and replacing the Heron's four Gypsy piston engines with two Pratt and Whitney turbines. The aircraft had (2) 770 HP Pratt & Whitney PT-6 turboprop engines with a cruising speed of 211 mph and a maximum range of 986 miles. The Saunders ST-27 is 58' 10" long and has a wingspan of 71' 6". Only 14 were ever produced, as financial backing dried up. Too bad.

Empty nacelles where the "Pratt" turbines should be............ Posted by Picasa

Quite "skookum" nose-gear! Posted by Picasa

Actually, a very sleek-looking airplane. Posted by Picasa

Interior looking rear-ward, still in zinc chromate primer...
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Cockpit bulkhead.......... Posted by Picasa

Looking in the unfinished cockpit............. Posted by Picasa

I looked at my watch. "Holy shit, Shane, let's head for the rink"! We burned rubber, and Shane dressed for his second session on the ice that day!

Anyways, Shane played in 2 inter-squad games Sunday, and it was a great experience during the weekend. I love the old radial-engined airplanes, and long for the days when the skies were full of them. As I sit and type, I must admit, this past weekend was time well-spent!

Till next time...........

"Kaun ba bi"!