Monthly Archives: November 2001

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The Southern-Most Stearman in the World

Well, this tale is one of fulfilling those lifelong dreams. Like quite a few flyers before me Iam sure, that fellow Bach  gave me the bug for flying two wingers before I had even seen one close up. I knew it would be a passion once I started and although gaining [...]

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A Sanitary Oil Screen Removal Tool For the W-670

Pulling and inspecting the screen in the high pressure housing on  a W-670  is not a task one can look forward  to.  Although there isn’t much oil in the screen housing (maybe a half a pint), by the time the job is over, it looks like at  least a couple [...]

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Ground Loops

When you’re instructing on PT-17’s your biggest headache is to prevent students from ground looping. By the same token, the merry-go-round characteristics of this airplane are the perpetual worry of the aviation cadet. Since so many thousands of instructors make their living in PT-17’s and since so many more thousands [...]

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A Stearman GroundLoop Trainer!!!

A few months ago while at the Evergreen fly-in, I met a very interesting gentleman Verl Buroker from the Portland area. He brought me photographs and an article regarding a project he was responsible for while based at Corpus Christi, Texas right after WW II. It seems that even the [...]

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Competition Results at Galesburg NSFI 2001

author unknown Silver Legacy Award  Restoration of vintage civilian Stearmans  Addison Pemberton, Spokane, Wash., NC485W, 1931 Stearman 4D Senior Speedmail.  Dennis Blankenbaker, Raveena, Ohio, NC6496, 1928 Stearman C3B, (previous winner of Deed Levy Award).  Deed Levy Award (for Stearman aircraft of historical significance):  Addison Pemberton, Spokane, Wash., NC485W, 1931 Stearman [...]

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The Soul of an Airplane

When I crank the engine of my Stearman, a puff of white smoke spits out the exhaust stack and pounding pistons find their rhythm in a strangely euphonious throbbing, signs of a periodically dormant artifact reawakening to the splendor of impending flight. This magnificent old biplane, emblazoned in the colors [...]

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