Monthly Archives: February 2002

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The Old Cloth Helmet

Just like most kids of all ages, I don’t particularly like to do some of the chores required to give the illusion of a neat, orderly house. But since society frowns on living in one big junk heap all of the time, I find it necessary to occasionally tidy up [...]

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The Stearman Landing GearIs yours Helping or hurting your landings?

General Functioning of the gear strut This Oleo-spring Aerol is designed to perform the following necessary functions during the landing of the airplane:  1.      Absorption of Impact Energy. The impact energy of the landing airplane is absorbed by the Aerol Fluid and by the compression of the spring during the [...]

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Cold Hands, Skinned Knuckles, and Blind Faith

I’d always wanted a Stearman.  I’d rebuilt a Stampe, a Tiger Moth, a Luscombe and several abandoned projects – but there was always something about  the PT17 that kept me wondering how I’d ever be able to afford one.  Writing a cheque out wasn’t an option.  To begin with, a [...]

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Drag and Anti-Drag WiresWhy are they in the Wrong Place?

The wings of a Stearman are constructed like a majority of wooden wing biplanes.  Stearman wings use wood, aluminum and steel to form a system that is capable of producing lift and transferring that lift into the fuselage of the aircraft to carry payload.  The various components of the wing [...]

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The Education

Learn to fly within a foot or two of your desired altitude. Learn to maintain headings solely by ground reference. Learn the importance of power control. Learn to put to use the basic ground reference maneuvers you learned early in flying. Learn stall recovery techniques from steep bank turns. Learn [...]

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Service Bulletin WSB-1 ,July 13, 1999, Loss of Prop Bolt Torque

author, Sensenich Wooden Propellers  Several instances of loose propellers in the last year have prompted a review of wooden propeller installation and operating procedures, in particular the proper technique for applying and maintaining propeller bolt torque.  All loose propellers have shown signs of burning on the hub mounting face, sometimes [...]

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