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Just out of curiosity - Airplane Guys

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Downeaster, Jan 25, 2019.

  1. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    The Mosquito was primarily plywood, wasn't it?
     
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  3. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    It was plywood made in situ. The birch sheets were laminated over a mahogany mold... effectively making "plywood." In between the inner and outer laminates was a balsa core. So yes, not sheets of plywood, thin sheets of birch laminated into plywood.
     
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  4. Here's a bit of airplane trivia. In the Led Zeppelin song, "Going to California," he says, "Took my chances on a big jet plane, never let them tell you that they're all the same!" Yes, they bought a 727 in the early 70's, but what was he referring to? Anyone? Marty?
    I also thought the 727 was cool with 3 engines in the back! Very sleek!
     
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  5. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Was a line and flight mechanic on 727's for about a decade. It was a tough, reliable airplane. Still one of my favorites.
     
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  6. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    More pics from my hard drive cleanup...
    My sister in law standing in front of one of my 727's... circa mid to late 90's. Yes, we were contracted to the Postal Service.

    Dawn in front of a 727.jpg


    Giving one of her kids the nickel tour. Don't think she was too impressed.


    Amber in a 727.jpg


    Neither was her boy... Pre-glass cockpit days.


    Dawn in a 727.jpg
     
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  7. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty What should I put here? XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I did line maintenance on them from 1984 until until they retired. I liken it to an old F100 (truck) or a Timex watch. Takes a licken......

    I don't know what the song means. :shrug: Three engines back there was a lot of weight. As a mechanic, to taxi or tow it meant putting a lot of fuel in the center tank if you were going to do it safely. Taxiing on a hyperextended nose gear invites a strong pucker factor.
     
  8. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Ever back one up Marty? Rule #1.... feet flat on the floor. Never EVER touch the brakes. To stop you go to forward thrust. If you touch the brakes, you'll sit on your ass. :yikes:
     
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  9. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty What should I put here? XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Yes, but in the right seat running the radios. Light on fuel and drawing up the seat cushion! :laugh: I expect other times, but that one I did not forget.

    My favorite 727 story involves takeoff power runs on Engine #1. The mechanics in the cockpit had failed to secure the cowlings on Engine #2. Old Fred drove up, plugged in the headset and gave them the all clear. A moment later he gave the FIELD GOAL signal as the cowlings cleared the blast fence! Now THAT, was funny! (Except to the responsible parties) I can only imagine sitting there with the throttle pushed way up and seeing that seasoned mechanic standing out in front of the airplane with his arms raised straight up. It had to be that feeling you get way down in your gut when you know you just screwed up real bad.
     
  10. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I suspect that over a few beers we could swap some tall ones. ;) :cheers:
     
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  11. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty What should I put here? XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I do believe we're going to have to make that happen!
     
  12. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I don't know about all that stuff. I do know about, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and FA-18 Hornet, Strike Fighters. Great little bird in a knife fight! Gulf of Hormuz Highway Patrol. Jet Mech SCPO. Doesn't get any better!
    Knife fighters.jpg
     
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  13. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty What should I put here? XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Near the end of my military career, I was stationed at Patuxent River Naval Air Test Center. The FA-18 was a new airplane there in testing. It was fun to see some of it.
     
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  14. Grimly

    Grimly XS650 Addict

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    Turned out almost none of the 'drive for scrap' aluminium was used in the war effort.
    Piles of it were sold to scrap dealers after the war.
     
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    Grimly XS650 Addict

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    The airframe fitters loved the Hurri, as it was so easy to repair. The Spit, on the other hand, was a total bitch to fix, with panels needing to be removed laboriously, damage fixed internally, then panels laboriously fixed back on.
     
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  16. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    "Course.... in the last few yrs they had plenty of German aluminum just layin' around the countryside for recycling. ;)
     
  17. Grimly

    Grimly XS650 Addict

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    Any of that left after hordes of small boys looted it for souveniers.
     
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  18. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    And girls. My Mom lived in London during the blitz. Said she was right in there among 'em when it came to pickin' over the bones... :D
     
  19. The 727 was always my favourite. I think it was DB Cooper's favourite as well.
     
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  20. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty, Demi & Gretel: I ask, THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    aaahhhhh....Uncle Bill’s three-holer
     
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