Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Renovation of N613S

This is a story about the renovation of a vintage WWII Stearman. It begins with the partners, then discovery of the airplane, restoration, test flights, flight training and sustained operations. The Partners There were three of us, all Pratt & Whitney engineers stationed in South Florida, who had daytime jobs [...]

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Virginia to California by Stearman

Many tried to convince me that the Stearman would be a handful. (And then I wanted one more than ever!) I was encouraged to consider the Waco, Gipsy Moth, Tiger Moth, Cub, Citabria, but the only one of the bunch I would even remotely consider was the Gipsy Moth, and [...]

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Forty Years of Old Airplanes

I spent 5 years at United Airlines Maintenance Shop at San Francisco Airport as an apprentice mechanic, graduated after 4 years and lived 8 miles from the airport. It took 45 minutes on day shift to get to work in 1969 ! I quit United and moved up into the [...]

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Mounting A Full Sized iPad

I fly a lot of cross-country trips and not only has the price of paper charts been slowly increasing but perhaps as annoying it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find FBOs that carry charts with coverage beyond their local areas. Because of this I decided to devise a way to mount [...]

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