Anyone know what watch this Russian crew might be wearing?
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Russia you say? Surely it’s a “rare” and “jumbo” skeletonized pilots watch from the 1920’s
OMG, what watch is that?
One of the many Ukrainian dog’s breakfasts found all over eBay
Looking back at this watch, do you happen to know anything of the red arrow at just before 6 on the dial? It appears to be pointing toward an “N” presumably for “north”?
Asking because I’ve seen this red arrow on at least one other pilot’s watch from the mid century, and here again interested utility if any.
A Red Arrow ??? :0)
Some snaps from 'East Fortune Airshow' 2007
A day of mixed weather and that is my excuse for the poor quality images
Was having some oscillations in altitude hold with an old 400B autopilot. Did some digging and found a damaged pin from improper assembly of the plug after maintenance. Check out how level that sucker is flying now!
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And now for something completely different -- Westland Lysander
Oil change day for the J-3, along with re-torquing the wooden propeller and knocking out an exhaust AD…that revealed a stripped exhaust flange stud. An entire afternoon spent tracking down the proper helicoil and she’s back together. These old birds are basically farm tractors with wings!
Fixing a brake leak on a 560XL. The Gulfstream next to it was Earnhardt Jr's. You'd think I'd have taken a picture of it...but for some reason I didn't.
PSA to other mechanics & inspectors: don't be this guy
Not really savvy with the innards of planes but what's wrong in this picture? Is the big black pipe not properly secured?
The white-ish foam filter element (part number B-3-5-1...I know, it's a sickness) is not fully wrapped on the vacuum relief housing. They're typically jammed up right against the firewall. Lots of guys kill themselves (not literally) shoehorning themselves under instrument panels trying to install the thing with one hand. But it's so much simpler. Loosen the jam nut on the forward side of the firewall so the housing can be pushed aft, away from the firewall, the just reach in through the access panel on the firewall and replace the bit**. But this is why they pay me the big bucks
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2021 was a damn Mooney
Well here's a doozie. The image I posted previously was on a particular airplane. About an hour ago, I was working beneath a different airplane. One of my guys was under the other engine. I heard an engine start outside somewhere and go right to full power. I remarked out loud to my mechanic on the other side of the airplane: "yeah, go right to full power. That's a good idea."
The sound grew louder and by the time I could process what was happening, it hit. I got up immediately and when I turned around there was a wingtip protruding through the hangar door. I glanced at my buddy to be sure he was alright. Somehow he had gotten up onto the wing of the airplane we're working on to avoid injury.
When I walked outside, lo and behold the airplane that had struck the building was the very same airplane we had just done a pre-buy inspection on.
Here's the aftermath.
Did it cartwheel? - glad your were all ok.
Holy crap! Glad no one was hurt.
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