Vintage Vega Images

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Vintage Vega Images

Post by Tailspin45 » 21 Jun 2018, 00:34

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I don't understand the pedal arrangement at all. It almost looks like it's set up for dual controls!

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Re: Vintage Vega Images

Post by VH-MAL » 21 Jun 2018, 01:44

And thanks for sharing these great photos!

I wonder if my flying skills will see me in a similar state as the 4th photo down!

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Re: Vintage Vega Images

Post by Vitus » 21 Jun 2018, 09:23

Great selection of historical pictures. Some of those I've seen, but there's lots that my search didn't surface. Thank you for that!

As for number 4: Jimmy Mattern had a string of bad luck with the Vega. On one attempt to fly around the globe he crash-landed in the arctic tundra - I believe the picture is from that flight. He was in the middle of nowhere with only a few chocolate bars to eat. For a few days he sought shelter in the wrecked aircraft, then he made his way to the nearest river, hoping that someone would find him. He build a little grass-hut using his maps for insulation. He managed to hunt a duck, but it was stolen by seagulls while he went back to his aircraft to get an engine's cylinder he wanted to use as a makeshift pot. He thought that he'd have a better chance moving to a better position so he built a raft to sail down the river. But it capsized, throwing him in the icy water. So, he built a fire to warm him up, but his clothes caught fire so he jumped back into the river :lol:
After living in the wild for 14 days his campfire spread uncontrollably and soon burned down the whole river island he was living on, which luckily for him, attracted some local Inuit. It took a few more days to reach the next settlement, but he was finally saved, and had quite a story to tell.
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Post by Tailspin45 » 22 Jun 2018, 15:05

A nice collection of Altair detail photos

http://smg.photobucket.com/user/johnode ... t=3&page=1
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Re: Vintage Vega Images

Post by Tailspin45 » 22 Jun 2018, 15:08

Vega wing stress test

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Re: Vintage Vega Images

Post by Jarek » 22 Jun 2018, 16:23

Just my theory for the picture #1 - as this is very early stage of manufacturing, guys just took few pedals sets from the stock to see which will fit best. So what we see are 2 rudder sets and one brake set just stored in this aircraft. There is single attachment set in the middle, nothing is yet mounted and connected.

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Post by Tailspin45 » 22 Jun 2018, 22:09

Sounds right to me! Or they could just be making a joke (less likely). :twisted:
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Re: Vintage Vega Images

Post by Tailspin45 » 24 Jun 2018, 00:31

Heres the way they really are installed

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Re: Vintage Vega Images

Post by Tailspin45 » 24 Jun 2018, 00:33

Vitus wrote:
21 Jun 2018, 09:23
Jimmy Mattern had a string of bad luck with the Vega.
Wow, he sure did! Somehow I missed this post earlier! Great story (for us, not so much for him!)
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Re: Vintage Vega Images

Post by Jarek » 24 Jun 2018, 01:15

Some pictures of nicely preserved 1929 Vega 5B at The Henry Ford Museum. Used by explorer Donald MacMillan.

https://www.thehenryford.org/collection ... ct/240984/

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