What’s Up? Doc!

OK, we already showed you Doc’s first flight, cut short by an indicator light (better safe than sorry in a 70-year-old, fiendishly complex airplane). But this video by professional videographer Scott Slocum was shot from a chase plane (an RV-8? Not sure), and it is, in places, breathtaking.

You can click on the “vimeo” link in the lower right to go to the Aero Media Group’s website and see some more of Scott’s fine work. Along with some cool sailing stuff, there’s P-40 and B-17 video also.

But here’s one more B-29 video: Doc’s sister ship FIFI, the Commemorative Air Force’s bird, shot this year also, in amazing crepuscular light.

If we had a B-29, we’d want Scott and his camera in the chase plane. Wouldn’t you?

9 thoughts on “What’s Up? Doc!

  1. DaveP

    Such a pretty war-machine, a odd dichotomy. I wonder if the decision to not cycle Doc’s gear was made before TO or in-flight when the light went off?

    I’m gonna have to make time for more of the AeroMedia vids.
    HN, are you multi-engine rated?
    And, if you haven’t been there, consider flying in to Owl’s Head and checking out the Transportation Museum when your rig is built.


    1. Hognose Post author

      It’s fairly common not to cycle gear on first flights of retractable-gear aircraft. Any flight test plan has an element of crawl-walk-run to it.

    2. Hognose Post author

      Dave, Owl’s Head is a favorite museum. I used to actually have a membership a few years ago, but let it lapse. For the readers, it is a museum at the Rockland County, Maine airport, which has airplanes and motor vehicles strictly from before World War II. The one WWII-era exception is a Stearman trainer. They have several replicas of very early aircraft, most of which were once airworthy and which flew into the airfield under their own power.

      1. DaveP

        OHTM has been under a new director for a few years and has put much more emphasis on getting as many exhibit vehicles up and in running condition as is possible and practical. Burn-outs in the parking lot with the track cars, and the planes seem to be up more and driven a bit harder than in the past. Flying gets done primarily before the noon shore breeze makes things sketchy.
        Highlight for me recently was catching their repro Etrich Taube aloft – never thought they flew it.


  2. John McG

    Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is well worth a trip. It’s in the Hudson Valley near Albany. Real and reproduction Great War airplanes. They fly airshows every weekend during the summer. I read about it in National Geographic when I was a kid and was very excited to find it still in existence. Very glad I went.

  3. John M.

    Owl’s Head, Old Rhinebeck: memories of my childhood in New England with a plane buff/flight instructor father.

    -John M.

  4. Dan Kurt

    I was in Seattle for a week circa the 4th of July this year. My wife and son and I saw an apparent B-29 pass over our heads, about 2,000 to 3,000 feet in altitude as it crossed directly over us and over Lake Union as it gained altitude. We were on the North side of lake Union. It made a hell of a racket as it flew over. We assumed it took off from Boeing Field and headed North. Didn’t have any Binoculars at the time, drat it. Never saw or heard it return.

    Dan Kurt

    1. Hognose Post author

      Strange, the calendar shows FIFI in Alabama and FL for a spring tour in Mar-Apr, and then the first summer tour kicking off in mid-may in B’Ham, AL, then up to NJ, NA, PA & NY. Week prior to the 4th it was supposed to be in South Bend, and then west to IL, IA, WI (for Oshkosh, where the plane is supposed to be today). apart from Doc which is just barely flying, that’s the only one in the world.


      There are a couple of B-24s and several B-17s touring. They’re impressive — I recall watching a -17 holding for me to clear a taxiway in Portland, ME six or seven years ago. We exchanged a wave but I bet the flight crew was not interested in trading rides!

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