Saturday, February 2, 2013

Uncommon visitor


Just before I left work a few days ago, this Beech Staggerwing dropped in for a visit. Built in 1941, it flies for Mid Continent Instrument, a firm that builds aircraft instruments.



There are two places for general aviation aircraft to park at LAX, and he chose the one that's not terribly convenient to access; otherwise I'd have gone over after work for more photos. Instead, I offer you links to photos taken by other (real) photographers elsewhere on the web:



FlightAware Photo
Photo Courtesy of FlightAware.com




13 comments:

  1. My brother learned how to fly in one of these based at TOA. He said it was a great thrill to fly it.

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    1. I've gotten to sit in a Staggerwing, but have yet to ride in one. They're beautiful aircraft, but like most beautiful objects, they're kinda spendy.

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  2. What a beautiful airplane--great to see a Staggerwing still flying. You sure have a great view of the runways and traffic!

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    1. As well we should -- although you'd be surprised at how much we can't see!

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  3. OH Lord Captain Vector....You might want to put an arrow pointing to the precious 'staggerwing'...almost...missed it...at first glance......!!!
    and LOL......your web link on the delta jet is hilarious!!!!!!!

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    1. I almost missed it too - and I knew it was there!

      And yes, I was particularly proud of that bit of handiwork!

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  4. What a beautiful bird.
    In the middle picture, on the upper left there is a strange truck with a trailer with
    what appears to be a pressurised tank. What is it? And what does the red-and-white
    checkered flag mean?
    Last picture: nice comparison between the Challenger and the Global Express.
    First picture: Why was the Runway cordoned off?

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    1. The flag marks the truck as one of the construction vehicles. They are usually marked that way to make them more visible to pilots, although they normally shouldn't be where a pilot has to look out for them. The tank most likely is either water, used for dust control, or herbicide for weed control. Looking closely, I can see that it's got some sort of machinery on the front of the trailer - most likely an engine that powers a pump for the hose on the side of the tank.

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  5. Did an earlier attempt to answer on this page disappear? I'll try again.

    What a beautiful bird. There is a kitplane inspired by it, the Lionheart, built in composites, and lacking the struts and braces. One aircraft suffered the loss of the upper wing!

    My attention was drawn to the background of the second picture. What is the truck trailering in the upper left? And what does the red-and-white blocked flag mean?

    In the first picture, RWY 25R seems to be blocked?
    --Filip



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    1. No, your comment just suffered some jet lag . . .

      I remember the Lionheart, but haven't seen one in quite sometime. I recall thinking that it was going to be a very expensive and laborious project to build one.

      Runway 25 Right is blocked, as it was closed for construction at the time this occurred. That's why the El Al B777 is where you see it on Taxiway Golf - that was the taxi route we had to use to get departures to Runway 25 Left, as everything east of that point - particularly Taxiway Foxtrot - was closed.

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  7. Hello Captain Vector,

    Thank you for taking a picture of me landing at LAX. I had to taxi to Landmark
    Aviation to visit a customer at Standard Aero. I hope I was not too much of a problem. It's been a long time since I've landed at LAX, back when I used to work at MGM Grand Air. Thanks again for all of your great work, it was a lot of fun coming in!

    -Pilot for N79091

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    1. No problem at all; it's not often we get to see something really special like this - A couple of our newer folks had never seen a Staggerwing before - thanks for stopping by!

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