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  •  Right? I had no idea, either! (2+ / 0-)
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    It was a trainer originally, I guess.  Removed the fuselage fuel tank and put in a second position, complete with all controls. Regular sized canopy.

    For the sake of air tourists, there was no stick, but the rudder pedals were there. I was allowed to rest my feet lightly on them, but was asked not to "try to control the aircraft." Heh. There was also still an airspeed indicator and altimeter.

    "'club America salutes you' says the girl on the door/we accept all major lies, we love any kind of fraud"--The Cure, "Club America"

    by Wheever on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 09:01:31 PM PST

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    •  Actutally, the TF-51 is a rare beast... (2+ / 0-)
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      ....what you generally see is an actual P-51, minus the amazingly large and heavy WW2 -era radio/communications gear, and a seat fitted into that space. Modern electronics being what they are this is quite viable.

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 09:09:23 PM PST

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      •  I thought it was a fuel tank removed. (2+ / 0-)
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        The instrumentation and whatnot was clearly pretty old, I would have said contemporary to the age of the plane, but I guess that's not the case. There were full controls, although the rear stick had been removed for this purpose. It was a full flying position, minus some of the engine controls.

        This is the very plane in question, and it appears you are (of course) correct that it was not manufactured as a trainer. However, it doesn't say when the rear seat was added.

        "'club America salutes you' says the girl on the door/we accept all major lies, we love any kind of fraud"--The Cure, "Club America"

        by Wheever on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 09:23:57 PM PST

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