Flying Shoes

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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby rgstubbsjr » Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:19 am

I wear my old Air Force boots, hoping I'll get another chance to fly an F-4E.
sigh..... No luck so far.

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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby drseti » Wed Apr 29, 2015 1:32 pm

F4E? You're a youngster! In my day, they were F4Cs.
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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby MrMorden » Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:09 pm

rgstubbsjr wrote:I wear my old Air Force boots, hoping I'll get another chance to fly an F-4E.
sigh..... No luck so far.


I think that's the same reason Nomore767 wears ballet slippers. He's still waiting for his call from the Bolshoi... :lol:
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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby Nomore767 » Wed Apr 29, 2015 3:03 pm

MrMorden wrote:
rgstubbsjr wrote:I wear my old Air Force boots, hoping I'll get another chance to fly an F-4E.
sigh..... No luck so far.


I think that's the same reason Nomore767 wears ballet slippers. He's still waiting for his call from the Bolshoi... :lol:


I've actually been to the ballet... exactly once. In the frigid winter of 1972 some of our college politics and history course got a week in a very bleak Soviet Moscow.
The Bolshoi theater was under renovation so the performances were moved to the big conference center, theater, whatever in the Kremlin.
So we went in to see Swan Lake performed by the Bolshoi Ballet and I have to say even being a dumb college student fan of rock music I found the whole thing absolutely fantastic !
Never been to the ballet since assuming nothing in the ballet world could ever top that!

Thing is….I did decide NOT to wear the slippers though!! :mrgreen:
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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby Wm.Ince » Fri May 01, 2015 10:40 am

rgstubbsjr wrote:I wear my old Air Force boots, hoping I'll get another chance to fly an F-4E.
sigh..... No luck so far.



Now that's an airplane.
Shaking the ground around it. And that's no BS.
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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby MrMorden » Sun May 03, 2015 10:10 am

Wm.Ince wrote:
rgstubbsjr wrote:I wear my old Air Force boots, hoping I'll get another chance to fly an F-4E.
sigh..... No luck so far.



Now that's an airplane.
Shaking the ground around it. And that's no BS.


Loudest airplane I have *ever* heard was an RF-4C taking off in full afterburner from Dobbins AFB. As you said, shook the ground...my car windows...and everything else. Before I looked up I assumed I'd see a whole flight of F/A-18s or F-15s. Nope, just a single F-4 showing everybody else how it's done!
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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby rgstubbsjr » Wed May 20, 2015 9:41 am

We had the gun :mrgreen:
What a difference it made.

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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby MrMorden » Wed May 20, 2015 9:43 am

rgstubbsjr wrote:We had the gun :mrgreen:
What a difference it made.


It always does!
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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby Paul Z » Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:25 am

I use to fly with my regular tennis shoes. I went to Idaho and did some mountain flying. Preston Riley the instructor at Stick & Rudder recommended a thin soled shoe because when you are flying in a Tail dragger you are less likely to stiff foot it and get into the brakes. I was embarrassed a few times with some really bad landings. I hate to admit this, but I had one landing that was so bad Preston ended up taking over for the recovery. When I got back from Idaho I purchased these Nikes. With the Nikes I can curl my toes up and the shoe curls up. Ever since I got these I tend to have much better landings. I wore them for about 4 or 5 flight, then one day I forgot to put them on. I flew down to Lancaster airport, an on my first landing, I was all over the place, eventually ended up taxing thru the grass. Ever since, that really crappy landing, these are my flying shoes. Much better landings ever since, and I no longer get into the brakes in steering. With these thin soles, I can dance better on the rudders, and sometime smooth dance moves are required in a a stiff cross wind. This is a very good recommendation for anyone that flies tail draggers.
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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby chavycha » Thu Jul 09, 2015 1:05 am

I'm surprised I am the first to say this. If I'm alone (or with someone who won't throw a fit), I fly barefoot for all the reasons mentioned above. Works better on the 162 than on a plane with textured rudder pedals (172, etc.)
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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby SportPilot » Thu Jul 09, 2015 1:22 am

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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby MrMorden » Thu Jul 09, 2015 7:51 am

chavycha wrote:I'm surprised I am the first to say this. If I'm alone (or with someone who won't throw a fit), I fly barefoot for all the reasons mentioned above. Works better on the 162 than on a plane with textured rudder pedals (172, etc.)


I don't think there's anything wrong with that. As SP mentioned, it might suck in a crash or a fire, but those circumstances suck anyway. A buddy of mine has an Avid, and the footwell is really too small for the boots he usually wears, so he throws his boots in the back and flies in his socks.

My CTSW has pedals that are of the "bar" type instead of flat. I could see those being uncomfortable on the balls of the feet over long periods or at full deflection.

I have always just worn the sneakers I wear everywhere else.
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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby drseti » Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:01 am

I'm with SP. Been wearing sneakers every day, since long before I retired 8 years ago. Of course, we professors could get away with that - many even wear Birkenstocks in the classroom.

Andy, my plane also has rudder bars. Barefoot just doesn't work on those.
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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby chavycha » Thu Jul 09, 2015 3:54 pm

Ha, yes, I figure if there is a crash/fire I've got more important worries than whether I'm wearing fashionable footwear. :)
The 162 in particular has a nice little well in front of the seat where I place my shoes. Doubt it would take more than a few seconds to slip them back on if circumstances required.

I also tend to get sweaty feet if I fly in shoes. I don't know quite what that's all about, but barefoot is just more comfortable for me.
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Re: Flying Shoes

Postby drseti » Thu Jul 09, 2015 4:08 pm

chavycha wrote:I also tend to get sweaty feet if I fly in shoes.


Strange; most of my students get sweaty palms.
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