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Happy Hump Day!

If you don’t get it, ask your grandpa.

Image from rgsmithart.com.

  • fodder650

    We are going to have at least one pilot who flew the hump during WWII at the World War II Weekend in Reading Pennsylvania this year.
    http://www.maam.org/maamwwii.html

  • The Professor

    A pilot that only flies on Wednesdays?

    /just kidding

  • craigsu

    I remember flying on the DC-3 "Chief Tariri" owned by JAARS from Waxhaw, NC, down to Kingston, Jamaica, and back several years ago on a missions trip. As our route crossed over Cuba we had to take a very narrow, well-defined flight path over the island lest we rile the local armed forces. It was a very visceral experience to say the least. Ear plugs were recommended for the flight, although I really didn't sense the need for them. On the way back I got to stand at the cockpit cabin doorway as we made our approach through South Carolina. The weather was tense and we dodged both thunderstorms and tornadoes on the way in. Without a doubt the most fun I have ever had in a plane.

  • Number_Six

    I always associate the Humo with the Curtiss C-46 Commando because most of the WWII stories I read about the Hump mentioned them a lot.
    <img src="http://home.hiwaay.net/~magro/C46Acut.jpg&quot; width="500" />

  • OA5599
  • The Utah Guard outfit I was in was a Special Forces outfit (Nineteenth Group), which means of course that we were all jump qualified, even us truck and generator mechanics at Group level. Every other month, we'd jump, maintaining our jump status, usually from a C-130 from one Air Guard outfit or another. At one point during the nineties, there were no planes available whatsoever for us to conduct a jump, so the Guard hired a Gooney Bird from the Montana Smokejumpers to come down and conduct the jump. Yeah, a real C47. It was one of the most memorable jumps I've participated in, I felt like I was liberating Normandy. The plane was loud as hell, sounded like a whole Hells Angels chapter at WOT. These planes are small inside, at six feet I had to hunch my shoulders when I was inside. The anchor line cable was on the floor, instead of along the ceiling like in a 130, and you had to crouch to get out of the little teeny door. These planes fly relatively slowly, so it was a six second count for the chute to open, rather than a four second count. Six seconds of freefall, then a nice gradual opening shock. Great fun. I'll never forget seeing and hearing that plane flying away after my chute opened. What a great experience.

  • B72

    Naples Airlines and Provincetown Boston Airlines used to run DC3's in the 70's and probably into the 80's. I used to fly on them to go see my grandparents. The wings would flex noticeably in flight. The pilots would synch the engines by ear, and they would never be quite perfect. The whole flight you would hear the pulsing as they went in and out of phase with each other. The pilots would often fly with the cockpit door open. They were non pressurized, and the pilots had windows that opened. Because they were non pressurized, they couldn't go over thunderstorms like the jets. I remember one flight where we were flying through a storm that we couldn't go around, and suddenly I heard a stream of invective from the cockpit. I looked over and saw that the windshield gasket had failed, and water was pouring in, running over the instrument panel, onto the pilots lap, and running down the aisle back into our section. The plane landed without further incident.

    They are still my favorite airplanes to this day.

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