Yearly Archives: 2015

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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 [...]

By |2016-11-13T09:33:06+00:00May 19th, 2015|Flying-Wire|Comments Off on Virginia to California by Stearman

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 [...]

By |2016-11-13T09:33:07+00:00May 19th, 2015|Flying-Wire|Comments Off on Forty Years of Old Airplanes

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 [...]

By |2016-11-13T09:33:11+00:00May 19th, 2015|Flying-Wire|Comments Off on Mounting A Full Sized iPad

Boeing Stearman N2S-5 Kaydet

Antique airplanes just like other collectibles command a certain respect for what they are, from where they have come, for who they may have belonged to or for the history they might tell, if that were even possible... But unlike the artifacts that you may have stored in the living [...]

By |2016-11-13T09:33:12+00:00February 18th, 2015|Flying-Wire|Comments Off on Boeing Stearman N2S-5 Kaydet

Yes… It Was a Duster!

I was reading the SRA form and came across an interesting post. Thread Title: Old Duster Pilots. As is often the case, Boat gave the best summary. Most of the Stearmans were trainers for a few years, but dusters for many years. I helped license a Stearman in Germany. When [...]

By |2015-02-18T20:14:18+00:00February 18th, 2015|Flying-Wire|Comments Off on Yes… It Was a Duster!

Bendix-Scintilla Switches

Recently while installing the mag switch in my N2S-3 project I went looking for some wiring information about the Bendix Scintilla switch that many of us have. I combed the internet looking for some information for it and came up short, but while digging through my parts locker I found [...]

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