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.

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Published in: on June 30, 2016 at 8:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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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.

Flying Time

Here’s some footage from a day out with a beautifully restored Piper Cub. Just got to the airport and opened the hangar door.

Was a great day for flying: light winds, clear sky, cool. And to think that aircraft was built in the late 1940’s is nothing short of amazing.