Yearly Archives: 2002

/2002

Rigging a Turnbuckle for Cable Tension

Turnbuckle adjustment to get the right tension on a cable is a pretty simple task. With a wrench in the left hand place it on the left fork or eye fitting of the turnbuckle. With another wrench in the right hand, place it on the right fitting of the turnbuckle. [...]

By | November 25th, 2002|Flying-Wire|Comments Off on Rigging a Turnbuckle for Cable Tension

The Kaydet Plate

Years ago I bought a Stearman crop duster to restore. It was a typical worn out, damaged, corroded, paint encrusted sprayer. It was originally an USAAC PT-17 that was manufactured on 2-9-43.  But there was one unique item I found on disassembling this plane.  On the rear bulkhead behind the [...]

By | November 16th, 2002|Flying-Wire|Comments Off on The Kaydet Plate

Your Stearman: STC’s/Field approvals/337’s, What you need to know

Confusion often surrounds STCs (Supplemental Type Certificates), FAA Field Approvals, and 337s (FAA Form) as they relate to aircraft modifications.  When are they used?  How are they used?  How can you tell the difference between them? As Stearman owners, we need to understand these methods of making approved modifications to [...]

By | November 16th, 2002|Flying-Wire|Comments Off on Your Stearman: STC’s/Field approvals/337’s, What you need to know

Jungle Rescue

Somewhere in the India jungle a B-29 crew was down. A little Kaydet trainer flew through the monsoon to find and save them.   Northern India during the monsoon season is rough country for a little Kaydet to be flying over. But the Wichita-built Boeing trainer was braving heavy winds and [...]

By | November 15th, 2002|Flying-Wire|Comments Off on Jungle Rescue

Obscure Technical Tips in Restoration

There are at least five places in the Stearman that utilize screws with thread types that are not often found in the assembly.  These are 1/4 inch, #8 filister slotted, drilled heads, and 36 threads per inch. One place is the two screws that hold the collar on the end [...]

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Flying Through Time

Two years ago I flew my Stearman across the country touching down at each of the eight bases that it was stationed at during the war years. The bases were strung out all the way across the country from California to Florida and up into the Carolinas.  The flight netted [...]

By | November 15th, 2002|Flying-Wire|Comments Off on Flying Through Time