Helicopter Maintenance

Aircraft require a tremendous amount of maintenance and helicopters take even more. I was flying about and landed at an airport where they refurbish the Chinook helicopters.

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There was a huge hangar just outside the frame where teams bring these machines back to full service. Was impressive to see. For now, I’ll stick with fixed wing craft.

Published in: on June 30, 2016 at 8:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Short Final 09

As long as we’re on the subject of airplanes, I had the good fortune to be invited for a flight aboard a Beechcraft Bonanza. It was a great day for flying, mostly blue skies overhead and light winds. After a jaunt about the area with a few stops for business purposes, we returned to our home airport. Here’s a POV on short final to Runway 09.

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The Bonanza is a stout aircraft. Less shoulder room in the cockpit than the Diamond DA-40 I usually fly. Still, with 300 horsepower up front, it’s a solid performer. Enjoy every flight.

Air Force One

Today’s post takes a look at Air Force One from the Reagan Era. This airplane now resides at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, USA.

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Here’s a lock at the cockpit, which is quite primitive compared to the panels in today’s aircraft.

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Lots of analog instrumentation there. Perfectly functional as the many years of service proves. Inside the passenger area, you’ll find rather spartan accommodations for a head of state. Sorry, I wasn’t able to snap any photos of that area.

If you enjoy vintage aircraft and American History, this is definitely worth a visit.

 

Marine One Helicopter

During a recent visit to the Reagan Presidential Library, I had the opportunity of walking through Marine One, the helicopter that transported the President. This short video shows you the helicopter inside and out:

Not my best quality video, but you can see how spartan the interior was. Granted, this craft is for short hops. More to come on the Reagan Library soon. Thanks for viewing.

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