Monthly Archives: May 2002

Measurement of Landing Gear Strut Extension

As a follow on to the article on landing gear struts in the February Issue, we devised a method of determining with pretty good accuracy,  how far the gear strut is extending after liftoff.  As the article points out, if the strut is not extending all or most of the [...]

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Fly-In Retirement Party

For every professional airline pilot there is a date indelibly ingrained into their mind and career from the very first day of “New Hire” school. That is the date of their 60th birthday when they are required by FAA mandate to retire. For me that day was April 6, 2001. [...]

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Getting a Stearman to Follow You Around the Hangar

In the process of redoing the Greek Stearman, there is always the need to move the  plane around in the hangar to reposition it under a hoist or for a variety of other reasons. This is always a chore when working alone, even if the wings are off. In looking [...]

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Fuel Tank Restoration

I have often thought how nice an exposed gas tank looks on an authentic Stearman restoration. How did they get it so smooth? Was it one off the shelf after all these years? Was it one of D & S new tanks? Well, I was going to do an exposed [...]

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Early Aviation History

The following informal highlights about early aviation history, by  Mr. Denham S. Scott, was sent in by Cindy Macha-Skjonsby, President of AWSAM (Association of Western States Aviation Museums), who found it in the correspondence files of Dr. Ira E. Chart, retired Northrop historian. This talk by Mr. Scott about "The [...]

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