I recently had an interesting variation of a close encounter of the third kind- no, it was not an UFO.
This flying object is well known, but not all to often seen.
Swiss Ju-52 „HB-HOS" made a three day visit to the „Weiße Möwe Wels". From the aerodrome Wels near Linz the „Tante Ju" took off for several pleasure flights, duration around an hour, leisurely sightseeing the Salzkammergut and flying unhurried around lake Traunsee,making the passengers on bord as, I assume, the interested observer on the ground a good time.
On July 13th I had the pleasure to get a ride for my wife , my father, who shares, by the way, the year of birth with this aircraft , and me.
Main impressions oft he flight have been: not much place to move and sit, the corrugated aluminium you see is the very same corrageted aluminum you see from outside, the noise level is so high you can hardly speak to each other.
Three BMW radials with 800 PS each make an very impressive sound, a sound you can feel all the time in your stomach. During flight, the Ju was vibrating and shaking,
I was impressed by the hard physical work pilot and co had to do. Not only during start and landing they had to constantly trim and adapt power settings.
After landing there was oppurtunity for an ample walk around, here some pictures from „HB-HOS".
The facial impression of this excited young gentleman makes obvoius: he still feels the rumbling of three times 800 PS!
31. July 2014, 12:22