Friday, December 11, 2009

It's a bird! It's a plane!.......No, it really is a plane!!

What a great place to have a club meeting! The Indy Hi-Winders car club, founded in 1962, hosted their monthly meeting at Signature Flight Support for December. The Hi-Winders are a very active group in Indianapolis and extremely passionate about the collector car hobby. Check out their website for more information: December's meeting gave enthusiasts a chance to see some vintage airplanes. We toured the famous Tom Woods collection. Below are some photos and some random notes I took on the planes. I apologize if some of the information is inaccurate.

Sorry for the bad picture, it was freezing outside and I wasn't about to get out of the car. This is the sign for 'Signature Flight Support'.

An overview of the airport hanger

Above is a 1944 Grumin Bearcat. It's 1 of 16 still flying. It can reach about 435mph top speed.

This is a North American F86 Sabor from 1952. It has a 'hot seat'. This particular plane burns about 500 gallons of fuel per hour and reaches top speeds of 600-625 mph.
I was able to sit in the cockpit of this plane. One thing for sure, you were in the wrong profession if you were tall and wanted to fly planes!

This is a B51 Mustang built by North American in 1944. The gentleman climing out of there use to fly these back in the day! The owner paid $25k for this in 1965 and today it's worth around $1.6 million. It has a 1650 cubic inch engine and pumps out an outstanding 1400 horsepower! There were about 15,000 built and today there are around 280 left, 150 of which are still flying.

Hello Mr. President! This plane is a Cesna Citation XL. It was bought new in 2000 for about $9 million. Let me repeat that.......$9,000,000!!! Today, it might bring $5,000,000 on the open market.

This is a North American built AT6 Tech Advanced Trainer (that may be wrong, I can't read my scribbled notes). Anyways, it has a 1,340 cubic inch engine and travels at about 155-160 mph powering out 600 horsepower.

A Beachcraft Bananza. It went new for $180-$225k.

This is a 1996 Experimental Home Kit with a Continental engine. It was used in a race a while back and averaged 342 mph. Apparently, it's difficult to get insured because people keep crashing them.

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