DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by JP Schulze » Sun Jul 25, 2010 9:31 am

Ray W wrote:
steamtrainfan wrote:Now wouldn't it be fantastic if she was ready for her maiden flight on August 14???????????
That would be unreal - I've been watching, over time, how she's been worked on. It'll be good to see her in the air again even though it'll only be for a short flight to Wahlmansthal.
???? Why ????
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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by Le Chavalier du Ciel » Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:42 am

The Air Force Museum is hosting an airshow on the 14th of August, everybody has been hoping for a special vintage propliner appearance. Maybe someone should try to convince the OC to give the DC-6's a slot on the day!
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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by Walter105 » Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:05 am

Question is rather in what state of airworthiness she'll be when they are done with her. For her relocation to Swartkop she was barely airworthy!

And I wonder who will be tasked with flying her to her new resting place?
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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by AT6C » Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:36 pm

The guys have been doing a magnificent job in getting the DC6 airworthy for one flight!

Lots and lots of Buffalo's have been thrown at her to get her airworthy.

The methodical ironing out of snags is ongoing and she has done the odd taxi or two already.

Those engines sound great and it will be a pity to see her go on her last flight.

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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by Fat Frank » Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:03 am

Silly me but if it is going to its resting place, why spend all the money to fly her there. Why not take off the wings and just tow it.

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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by GooneyBird » Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:59 am

1. The aircraft is too large to move on the road with the outer wings removed.
2. Removing the fuselage from the wing centre section is a prohibitive cost if the aircraft is intended not to be (economically) irreppairably damaged. (i.e. If you want the aircraft to have a reasonable chance of ever flying again, its cheaper to prep it for a ferry flight and to do same)

I must comment though, that its a commendable effort, considering that its an aircraft which doesn't have a single piece of paper to its name! That means that its being saved for nostalgic/personal value only, as without its logbooks and history is worth only scrap value (in realistic commercial terms now). Its amazing and a pleasant notion that someone is willing to invest a large amount of money into something that is probably worth less than a nice family car, even if it is large, antique, beautiful, rich in history and can fly.
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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by Walter105 » Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:16 am

GooneyBird wrote:1. The aircraft is too large to move on the road with the outer wings removed.
2. Removing the fuselage from the wing centre section is a prohibitive cost if the aircraft is intended not to be (economically) irreppairably damaged. (i.e. If you want the aircraft to have a reasonable chance of ever flying again, its cheaper to prep it for a ferry flight and to do same)

I must comment though, that its a commendable effort, considering that its an aircraft which doesn't have a single piece of paper to its name! That means that its being saved for nostalgic/personal value only, as without its logbooks and history is worth only scrap value (in realistic commercial terms now). Its amazing and a pleasant notion that someone is willing to invest a large amount of money into something that is probably worth less than a nice family car, even if it is large, antique, beautiful, rich in history and can fly.
I'll second that! There are far too few people that are willing to do such things.
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Unread post by Dunesurfer » Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:49 am

So,what happened to its papers,just asking out of interest.
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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by kudu177 » Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:27 am

GooneyBird wrote:I must comment though, that its a commendable effort, considering that its an aircraft which doesn't have a single piece of paper to its name! That means that its being saved for nostalgic/personal value only, as without its logbooks and history is worth only scrap value (in realistic commercial terms now). Its amazing and a pleasant notion that someone is willing to invest a large amount of money into something that is probably worth less than a nice family car, even if it is large, antique, beautiful, rich in history and can fly.
Indeed. It is a real Fitzcarraldo effort (he was the guy who famously dragged a steamship over a mountain and through the Amazon jungle). The world needs more crazy romantics like the DC6 okes!

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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by goga » Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:20 pm

Took these last saturday.All four running well =D> =D> =D>
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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by flashfly » Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:28 am

SkySketch wrote:=D> =D> Would be great to have a formo with our Namibian DC-6
I believe yours is the only flying Dc-6 in the world. Is that correct?
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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by ZSAHT » Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:09 am

Excellent Work! To see this aircraft, only briefly with all its engines running, knowing that it will be silenced forever, just let my hart goes in sorrow. Pitty!
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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by kudu177 » Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:43 pm

ZSAHT wrote:Excellent Work! To see this aircraft, only briefly with all its engines running, knowing that it will be silenced forever, just let my hart goes in sorrow. Pitty!
Nothing to stop the new owners from doing ground runs from time to time, is there? As in running up the engines on the ground .... Need a big bloddy fan to keep them cool, though. :shock:
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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by Dunesurfer » Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:03 pm

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Re: DC-6 to fly out of Swartkop?

Unread post by Snitch » Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:09 pm

flashfly wrote:
SkySketch wrote:=D> =D> Would be great to have a formo with our Namibian DC-6
I believe yours is the only flying Dc-6 in the world. Is that correct?
There are 47 DC-6B still registered in the USA

N996DM is in Red Bull colours and seen very often in Europe
You can see pictures of a couple of those still flying on Airliners.net or Jetphotos.net
Eg N151 from Everts Air Cargo

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