Visiting the CAF Hellcat "Minsi III"
Spent this morning out at the CAF Museum in Camarillo with David P. and Chris McCampbell, son and grandson of Navy Ace of Aces Dave McCampbell. The CAF guys gave us a really nice tour, and even cranked up that loverly R-2800.
I can testify that the Hellcat cockpit is as tight a fit as it appears to be in models (I have no idea how a beefy guy like Wayne Morris crammed himself in there), but once you're in, everything falls to hand. This six-footer found my feet naturally on the pedals, put my right hand out and there was the stick, reached over to the side with my left and there was the throttle, very ergonomic. The panel is an easy scan, nothing gets in the way of any instrument, and vision outside is not that bad at all.
All in all, Walter Mitty had a fine old time, a fitting way to celebrate the return to the land of the living after being floored by the General Sherman Flu (it goes through you like he went through Georgia).
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