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Old 14th Jul 2012, 07:02
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RFDS Barons

Not referring to Capt Wally in this case, but having a little wager with an "industry expert" who reckons that the RFDS only operated B58's.

I seem to recall the RFDS in WA operated Baron 55's with an extended baggage door at one stage.
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Old 14th Jul 2012, 07:06
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95-A55's VH-FDP and -FDK (WA Section and Goldfields Section) spring immediately to mind....
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Old 14th Jul 2012, 07:07
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I have a feeling they even operated BE95 Travelair's as one point or another too.
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Old 14th Jul 2012, 07:55
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I flew FDI which was a 55 with the big engines. It went like stink.
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Old 14th Jul 2012, 08:30
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VH-FDX still gets around.
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Robin Miller in a Westops B55

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Old 14th Jul 2012, 12:40
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I flew FDI which was a 55 with the big engines. It went like stink.
So do we mean a 55 with IO-550's or a 56?
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Is the Baron the best light twin ever produced?

I think so.
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Old 14th Jul 2012, 13:19
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I flew FDI which was a 55 with the big engines. It went like stink.
I flew 'an' FDI which was a SKA with the -41 engines & 3-bladers - it REALLY went like stink!!!

Current FDI is a new B200, STILL goes like stink, still in RFDS.....
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Old 14th Jul 2012, 13:23
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Jamair you should know better than that, . THAT FDI of which you speak (the old 3 blader), had -42 engines. But you're right, it did (and still does, just under a different rego) go like a shower of sh!t, for an oldie.

The new one though, ohhhh she goes nice, .
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Ahhh fuggit, was thinking of SKU, which WAS a -41. FDI is now FFI and still leaves the other B200s behind in climb.
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Showoffs.....
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So Stationair, question answered? Are we sharing the payoff?
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Old 15th Jul 2012, 01:23
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UPJwas a 95/55 which I flew in 1974 out of YPJT. Thought it was previously with RFDS in Alice Springs? Maybe Connellan?
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I used to fly with a bloke called Tim, who flew Barons for the RFDS. He had a story ...

... pick up for a patient, with a nurse, and it was a hot day. Tim says to the nurse - "It's pretty hot, it'll be bumpy - is there any problem climbing to 10,000' to get above the bumps?"

Nurse says "No, not at all."

Tim climbs to 10,000' for a bit of smooth flying, only to be tapped on the shoulder by the nurse ...

"Faeces!" she "whispers" (at a semi-shout) in his ear.

"What!?" Tim says.

"FAECES!", the young nurse repeats. Tim looks back, and the patient is indeed VOMITING lumps of turd!

So, it turns out that the patient had a blocked bowel, and the only exit under the reduced pressure of 10,000' was UP, through the stomach and out the mouth.

When Tim questioned the nurse about the decision to climb, she said "Oh! I thought all aircraft were pressurised!"
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Old 15th Jul 2012, 07:19
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Industry expert lost this one, and will be paying for a long liquid lunch.

Thanks gentlemen.

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Old 15th Jul 2012, 17:04
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There was FDJ that was a 55 in the early 70's. Later used for charter in Perth. Last seen in Perth mid 90's. Probably scrapped at YPJT.

Also FDN was a 58 and a very fast one at that. Story goes that when it was very new a hanger door badly damaged the tail section. After rebuild it was 10-15 kts faster than spec; around 190-195 ktas. Academy air charter had it at JT I thinks?

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Had the same experience with a 55 - rebuilt after cleaning up the HIAL, 190-195kx @ 65%.
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