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Old 01-03-2012, 05:46 PM   #631
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On the move

On the road again.
(Photo 1 & 2 ) Leaving Sequoia Field at Visalia CA.
( Photo 3 & 4 ) Arrive Castle Airport Atwater CA.
Back to work today.
IF YOU LEND SOMEONE $100 AND NEVER SEE THAT PERSON AGAIN,IT WAS PROBABLY WELL WORTH IT.
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:12 AM   #632
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Great photos and stories Jim. Thought you might like to see this video on the first jet aircraft flight. A friend retired from Boeing sent it. Course, you might have been there and seen it first hand, yes?


Americas first jet flight, Oct 1942.

THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE PIECE OF AVIATION HISTORY.

This is a very interesting little piece of historical film. It covers America's entry into the Jet Age with the Bell P59A.



America's First Jet Flight, October 1942 - Videos - AircraftOwner Online
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Old 01-04-2012, 05:57 PM   #633
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Great photos and stories Jim. Thought you might like to see this video on the first jet aircraft flight. A friend retired from Boeing sent it. Course, you might have been there and seen it first hand, yes?


Americas first jet flight, Oct 1942.

THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE PIECE OF AVIATION HISTORY.

This is a very interesting little piece of historical film. It covers America's entry into the Jet Age with the Bell P59A.



America's First Jet Flight, October 1942 - Videos - AircraftOwner Online
NICE! I Missed it by 11 years I started in 1953
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:37 AM   #634
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Sorry

Sorry it as been a slow week.Not much to say.
All I did is work and it was not as productive as I would have like.I got my money,BUT for the folks that pay me I wish I had done better.In other words it was not the best of productive week by me.
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:26 PM   #635
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This week I had to do a Fuel controle unit (FCU ) change on # 2 engine.On a "A" model C-130 this is a REAL job that will try any mechanic.
I think that the engineer that designed this must have found a aircraft mechanic in bed with his wife and wanded to get even.The later models are not as bad to change.For you folks that know old aircraft stuff this is harder than a cylinder change on the old round Wright 3350 engine.
THIS WILL REALY MAKE YOU COWBOY UP AND IT WILL MAKE YOU BLEED.SO WHEN YOU LOSE, DON'T LOSE THE LESSON.SOME TIMES YOU GET AND SOMETIMES YOU GET GOT.
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:59 PM   #636
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Old 01-27-2012, 07:49 PM   #637
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Gtc it

Well I spent the last week or so working on a GTC test stand.We have made a few mod's to it.
The GTC (Gas turbine compressor) on the older C-130's furnishes the air to start the engines and to run the ATM(Air turbine motor) that supplies electrical power and hydraulics to the aircraft on the ground.
The test stand is used so we can check the operation of the GTC after repairer or over haule before we put it in the aircraft.The GTC is the black thing in the center of the yellow trailer in photo 1 & 2.
NOW don't that sound neat.
IF YOU TELL THE TRUTH,YOU DON'T HAVE TO REMEBER ANYTHING.WHEN YOU GET OLD THAT IS A BIG HELP
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:12 PM   #638
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Boondocking

Just so you kolks dont think it is all airplanes yes we are still boondocking.Boondocking at an airport is better than boondocking in a Wal-mart parking lot,BUT not as nice as the pine trees or the BIG Q but it does pay alot better.
(Photo 1 & 2) My trailer
( Photo 3 & 5) is the view from my EZ chair.Photo 5 is the old cold war SAC B-52 alert bunker when Castle Air Force Base was a SAC base.
(Photo 4) One of are C-130's in the hanger.
Just to brake up the week on Thur.I took a run down to Mojave to pick up from one of are customers 7 C-130 Tires and wheel assy. A nice 500 mile round trip.
THE WEST IS MY HOME AND I ROAM IT AT WILL BE HOLDEN TO NO MAN.THE SKY IS MY ROOF,THE STREAMS MY WELL,THE WOODS MY LARDER,THE CAMPFIRE MY KITCHEN.
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Just so you kolks dont think it is all airplanes THE WEST IS MY HOME AND I ROAM IT AT WILL BE HOLDEN TO NO MAN.THE SKY IS MY ROOF,THE STREAMS MY WELL,THE WOODS MY LARDER,THE CAMPFIRE MY KITCHEN.
You are proof that there is something West of the Hudson River......and boy do I love it out here.....having lived in several parts of this magnificent country...and each place is what you make of it but most of the time.....life is easy here.....just some hiccups with fire storms and earthquakes to keep us on our toes....paula
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:49 PM   #640
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Well today this OLD cowboy is real MAD.I hate to use the forums for this kind of stuff BUT I think we all can learn from this and maybe stop some of it
How many of you ever look at the tax and $hit that is added to the bottom of ANY receipt that you get?Well bellow is one I looked at today and this is why you have to pay $100+ per hour shop rate when you have your Airstream or tow in the shop for work.
Today we got bottles of nitrogen that we have used for 50 years to fill airplane tires with.(You may even now have it now in you Airstream or tow)The coast $59.32. BUT the Energy and Fuel charge $22.12, Hazardous material chage $8.45,is nitrogen really a hazardous material?(They dont have the gut to call it a tax). State tax CA $8.80, Local tax .30, OTHER tax .61.NOW who is other tax? Now THAT is $40.28 in tax on a purchase $59.32.
NOW the kicker is it coast $31.50 to have it deliverd.
NOW you all know why you have to pay BIG $$ to get any type of work done.
IN THE OLD DAY'S WE USE TO SAY WE WHERE BETWEEN THE BUNK HOUSE WALL AND THE MANUE PILE. LOOK LIKE SOME THING NEVER CHANGE, WE STILL ARE.
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I can feel your pain. By the time a loaf of bread makes it to the kitchen table theres over 100 taxes on it. Sal.
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Old 02-10-2012, 05:25 PM   #642
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Well if if nothing changes,Monday I will take this load of C-130 tire and wheels down to Mojave about 500 miles round trip.
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Old 02-10-2012, 05:33 PM   #643
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I can feel your pain. By the time a loaf of bread makes it to the kitchen table theres over 100 taxes on it. Sal.
THIS IS EVERY ONES PAIN.But most folks never look at it.Even fewer care.Thay just pay and pay and pay and the Government just keeps spending it.
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Shut-up

Ain't nothin like ridin a fine horse or your Airstream in new country.Just not this week for me. It has been a slow week here so I guess I will not miss a good chance to Cowboy up and shut-up.Cowboying up means to rise to the occasion,not to give up,and to do it all without whining or complainin.
NATURE GAVE US ALL SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON,AND SOONER OR LATER WE ALL LAND FLAT ON IT.
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