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[*] posted on 4-6-2018 at 09:46 PM
A funny thing happened on the way to Baja


I was given an offer I couldn't refuse.




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[*] posted on 4-6-2018 at 09:48 PM


And yes, it's as fast as it looks:coolup:



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[*] posted on 4-6-2018 at 10:11 PM


Is it seaworthy ??????



Since I've given up all hope, I feel much better
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[*] posted on 4-6-2018 at 10:13 PM


Pick me up at Palomar Airport and let's look for lost missions and Spanish graves from the sky!
Congratulations Mike!!




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[*] posted on 4-6-2018 at 10:15 PM


This is not my Baja although it would be a good one for the longer runway.
I can get it in and out of my baja runway but it too tight and to too scary.
My Cherokee six can use any baja runway.
I'm getting ready to start some trips.
I'm shooting for mid May-June.
The yellowtail bite should be got by then
If you ever wanted to catch a yellowtail... this is your trip!




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[*] posted on 4-6-2018 at 10:18 PM


I was wondering which dirt strips you think would be safe for a twin.



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[*] posted on 4-6-2018 at 10:26 PM


They're probably all ok for this. But we would use every inch of runway.
People do it...
This mini jet is better on pavement.
Loreto or La Paz would be fun.




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[*] posted on 4-6-2018 at 10:30 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Pick me up at Palomar Airport and let's look for lost missions and Spanish graves from the sky!
Congratulations Mike!!


I need to do some training flight to knock the rust of my flying skills. Palomar will be a good place to train. I let you now.
Maybe they have a cafe there and we can get lunch and plan a trip.




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[*] posted on 4-6-2018 at 10:47 PM


I have a book idea maybe you can help with if you want.
'The remaining 23 runways of baja" or something like that.
Kind of an update on Arnolds book.
I guess we will need to fly into everyone.




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[*] posted on 4-6-2018 at 11:06 PM


Cabo anyone.
O'dark-thirty departure to Cabo... or wherever you want.
This is an immaculate Beechcraft Super Kingair 200.
About 3 hours from Orange County.
Not mine yet. But it is available. And if I play my cards right maybe my buddy who flies will take me on.
He's copilot now but he is moving into the left seat. And this class of plane needs 2 pilots.
I'll be copilot if I can get "in"





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[*] posted on 4-7-2018 at 02:27 AM


That’s a lot of plane for Baja... I think your Cherokee may be more suitable for most applications.
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[*] posted on 4-7-2018 at 02:37 AM


Quote: Originally posted by BigBearRider  
That’s a lot of plane for Baja... I think your Cherokee may be more suitable for most applications.

Yep, but it's sexy. It's not really for Baja.
I did get a chance to fly the El Toro flying club's Cessna 310 to Loreto once.
It was fast and smooth.
3 hours to Loreto non-stop from the border. So it's perfect for that trip range.




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[*] posted on 4-7-2018 at 06:25 AM


What beautiful birds!



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[*] posted on 4-7-2018 at 07:57 AM


I found a 182 to be ideal for me. LA to Loreto in about 5 hrs, and pretty economical.
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[*] posted on 4-7-2018 at 08:05 AM


Last week, I saw a US-registered single engine plane in Egypt. I was curious how it got there. It was a Socata TBM 750. Never heard of it before. Very impressive stats.

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[*] posted on 4-7-2018 at 09:32 AM


It's not uncommon for aircraft to be kept on the FAA registry and operated internationally on a permanent basis. Europe is full of N-numbered aircraft.
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[*] posted on 4-7-2018 at 09:38 AM


Also, hope someone else is paying to care for and feed that thing. The shiny paint is nice but at the heart it's still a 50-year-old twin.
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[*] posted on 4-7-2018 at 09:39 AM


Quote: Originally posted by fishbuck  
I have a book idea maybe you can help with if you want.
'The remaining 23 runways of baja" or something like that.
Kind of an update on Arnolds book.
I guess we will need to fly into everyone.


You got a deal Mike.

Do you have this book from 1998?:





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[*] posted on 4-7-2018 at 12:59 PM


Palomar Airport does have a nice indoor/outdoor cafe.

In two weeks, the WW2 airshow will be there again. My 95 year old Marine pilot Dad flew one of those bombers in the pacific in WW2 that I saw there last year.

On that particular day, that bomber was giving rides and I wasn't able to climb around the inside like I did with the other ones. I did poke my head up inside for a look. As much as I would have loved to have gone up for a ride, the $ was too much for my pay grade.

Seeing those engines warm up for 15 minutes spewing smoke until the generated heat sealed things up for the trade off, was a trip. watching it taxi down the runway and lifting off the ground was thrilling.

Watching it land again a half later was just as much of a thrill. To imagine what my Dad went through in the Pacific and the constant uncertainty whether they would make it back, well, we are blessed to have had their kind defending our nation.

My Dad was shot down in the Coral Sea and was in the water for 12 to 15 hours before being rescued by a patrol boat. Everyone of their crew survived, even while being shot at from the island with machine gun fire. The Navy and Marine fighters were bombing and strafing those machine gunners on shore into oblivion.

Those fliers were tough back then and earned the greatest generation moniker over and over. Absolutely no comfort was a consideration in anyway those planes. I am 6' tall and had to bend over crawling around those other planes, squeezing through the tight walkways demanded me sucking in my gut.

I will be back in two weeks and going there with a cherished friend and WW2 Air Force pilot who is now 96 and still living independently. It is a good day to spend honoring our past generations who gave so much of themselves and so unselfishly.

Sorry to get off topic. I hope anyone who is within easy driving, will consider checking put these restored planes in two weeks. I wish my Dad was here so we could get him up in the pilots seat or even up for a short flight. BTW He is on this planet still chugging along. Tough old birds they all still are.

Thanks to all here. I hope to see some Nomads there in two weeks.
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was destroyed following a loss of power and forced landing about one nautical mile west of the Missoula International Airport (MSO), Missoula, Montana.


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