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Old 07-11-2012, 09:06 AM
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Macci Castoldi MC72 Seaplane 448 mph in 1931-- still the world’s record for a propeller seaplane. Two 12 cylinder engines, the shaft of the rear engine driving the front propeller through the hollow shaft of the front engine. What a gorgeous aircraft! But can you imagine the sound in an open cockpit?
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wow!!! thats just too cool
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I see you're in Racine. Have you seen the Sikorsky S-38 replica at Johnson Wax? I got a ride in it in Miami when it was on the way to Brazil (in 1999). An amazing vehicle considering it was 1928 technology, sad that it hangs in a museum now.

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Yeah but my 1920 single shot Coey 22 took two crows yesterday at 102 yards with iron sights. 2 shots, 2 kills.

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Originally Posted by drkptt View Post
I see you're in Racine. Have you seen the Sikorsky S-38 replica at Johnson Wax? I got a ride in it in Miami when it was on the way to Brazil (in 1999). An amazing vehicle considering it was 1928 technology, sad that it hangs in a museum now.

Yes I work at the airport in Racine. I was lucky enough to have flown and landed it in Lake Michigan. How did you like those rattan seats in the S-38 ?
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wow!!! thats just too cool
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Yes I work at the airport in Racine. I was lucky enough to have flown and landed it in Lake Michigan. How did you like those rattan seats in the S-38 ?
They were very cool. I seem to remember something about the cabin restoration, that they didn't have good drawings or photos to work with and they might have made the replica nicer than the original. Google came up with the website of the woman that did the rattan work and she did have an original seat to copy.

Found this photo of the other S-38 replica; cabin looks about the same as the Carnauba.



I went to Indonesia on the search for the original plane and helped with filming the part of the documentary shot there.
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Macci Castoldi MC72 Seaplane 448 mph in 1931-- still the world’s record for a propeller seaplane. Two 12 cylinder engines, the shaft of the rear engine driving the front propeller through the hollow shaft of the front engine. What a gorgeous aircraft! But can you imagine the sound in an open cockpit?
Wow... That plane is fast! I bet that plane has about 3000 horespower. Insane!
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ya for a 1931 aircraft it is impressive. I am trying to find out more info on it, but does it not look like a turbo charger between the 2 12s??
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Very impressive machine, don't care what year it was!

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the shaft of the rear engine driving the front propeller through the hollow shaft of the front engine.
Did they have an gear griven offset driveshaft? Thats what it looks like. I can't figure how else they could accomplish it..
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Up on Moosehead Lake they had a DC3 with pontoons that I've seen fly only a few times. It requires a very long and loud run to get out of the water and into the air. Very impressive to see. It's currently up at the airport.
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I have seen that DC-3 it was leaking oil bad when I saw it.The door to the cockpit must be 25 feet off the ground!
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Two 12 cylinder engines, the shaft of the rear engine driving the front propeller through the hollow shaft of the front engine

Wow....that's a hell of an engineering feat in 1931. Yeah the sound of the counter rotating props chopping the air must have been deafening.
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I have seen that DC-3 it was leaking oil bad when I saw it.The door to the cockpit must be 25 feet off the ground!

Yes they blew an engine a few years ago so you must have seen it at Folsom's Air Service on the water. We have attended the International Sea Plane Fly In for the past 17 years. Believe it or not the airport is the place to be. Tons of action and displays of some very nice new and vintage planes.
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yes it was at folsoms
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I wonder why they didn't go with an enclosed canopy. I bet they would have picked up a few knots and made the pilot a little happier. 448 mph couldn't have been much fun with an open cockpit.
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