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C-47's, DC-3's, War Birds,.......that get flight time. The Red stripe aircraft is a legend from scrap to flight in something like 156 days.........Come on, there is a year of video talking all about it with a Northern LEGEND of a man that helped keep them going.........all with heart.Nice tour, plowboy, thanks for the pics!
Those beauties are DC-3's, is that right?
Do you know if they're airworthy? Do they get flight time?
Are you coming up here or do I get to bring some essential steel down? Essentially, I'll have 3 blocks off frames and 1 going back on so if I do the math right, I should have 4 spares.Are all of those engines on metal frames? I'd be interested in some of the frames to put engines on, so don't scrap them.
Have not posted in a long time. Looking at a couple posts back, I miss the DC-3 days, spent a few years working on them here in the states and in the Congo.
Goose is looking good, sure would like to get up to see you when and if the political climate gets better. Would like to get together with Ben and Paul, when Paul comes up this summer.
Well I got me an M104 trailer for my Deuce that I sold, O WELL. GO FIGURE.
Always enjoy your posts.
Are you coming up here or do I get to bring some essential steel down? Essentially, I'll have 3 blocks off frames and 1 going back on so if I do the math right, I should have 4 spares.
I thought of you because my neighbour of 28 years asked "When are you going to scrap that stuff?" I guess I'm not good at throwing scrap out.
I was going to email this DC-3 story back to you Merle but let's share it here and you can tell me if it's ever happened to you.plowboy
Send me your e-mail and will work up a bio the next few days.
Those engines looks sweet. I fired the deuce up the other day...brake pedal went to the floor. I am waiting to hear back from the engine machinist on my spare 302. Ready to start making headway on that projectI was going to email this DC-3 story back to you Merle but let's share it here and you can tell me if it's ever happened to you.
Dad flew to Whitehorse after the war to build an airport and on one of the flights they took a DC-3. The seats were configured down the side of the aircraft walls and he described it more like a long canvas bench. Dad decided to sit near the back of this long bench and until the aircraft was airborne the seat sloped downhill towards him. Once the plane was rolling the tail would come up and it was supposed to be a very comfortable ride. There was a young lad that sat next to Dad and he seemed to start fidgeting when they were getting ready to land. Pop's discovered what happened to the young man's bladder when the mains hit the runway and the tail started to drop. A warm liquid began to flow and pool under Dad's pants that he wouldn't feel until he stood up, ......first at the door,........ in front of everyone.
The G749 farm is almost done planting food so we found time to do some trimming on the 302 herd.
We have one engine left to tear down and they've all looked like this so far. I've found a couple of fellas that want rolling engines for rebuilds. I'm guessing the last one looks like this too and as a landscaper I appreciate the color, texture, harmony, rhythm and balance of the dirt but I don't know my pistons.
These look done to a landscaper but........Are these done or will they be pistons again with a clean up an a soak? How can this be prevented?
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So BOTH of them (the young lad and also your dad), got the same "thrill" from that flight?!Dad flew to Whitehorse after the war to build an airport and on one of the flights they took a DC-3. There was a young lad that sat next to Dad and he seemed to start fidgeting when they were getting ready to land. Pop's discovered what happened to the young man's bladder when the mains hit the runway and the tail started to drop. A warm liquid began to flow and pool under Dad's pants that he wouldn't feel until he stood up, ......first at the door,........ in front of everyone.
.I stood on Gracie's bumper for at least an hour before the new owners showed up. I hooked up chains, dragged her around.......I never saw the wasp nest. Just a few minutes after the new owners arrive their dog walks under the truck.......and he gets stung. I got lucky twice ...so far.
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I didn't have time to turn Gracie over before the transport arrived so the new owner's husband and I got to work together to see if she'd fire. I'm not sure which one of us was more surprised but we primed the carb and Gracie started like a new truck. The in-tank pump gave me grief before so instead of pulling it for repair we were ready for the 1 gallon bottle trick and all I had to do is run over to Piglet and grab a hose from under the hood.
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Third swing of the day and the luck just kept pilling up. I'll say that the heat made my situational awareness drop and miss the first wasp nest warning but I whipped open this hood like an idiot. I was already standing on the bumper and probably could have just listened for a second or opened it slowly....but I was in a hurry. The hose was on the right side of the engine and the nest on the left so I didn't notice until about thirty of those flying biters filled the peripheral. I launched off the bumper, landed,.......and ran like a headless chicken. No stings....no hose....but no stings.
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After improvising with a different hose, Gracie fired right up and I had the pleasure of the last drive off the G749 farm. The odometer read 6614 miles when it was loaded on the trailer. With the condition of the original gear, that may be right.
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I'm almost certain that it won't be the last time we see Gracie. There's even talk about getting George and Gracie together again just north of the border between Medicine Hat and Saskatoon. For now, the last shots of Goose with his old buddy.
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Settle down George,
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