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5th Apr 2021, 00:42
Replies: 30
Views: 4,116
Posted By tonytales

I had a long history of maintaining DC-8. First...

I had a long history of maintaining DC-8. First were Alitalia DC-8-40s at KIDL/KJFK. Then Iberia and Traans Carib DC-8-50's. I even got to work N808, the prototype which had been upgraded to a series...
4th Apr 2021, 23:44
Replies: 33
Views: 5,554
Posted By tonytales

I get itchy thinking about putting drained fuel...

I get itchy thinking about putting drained fuel back into the tank. When we defueled a transport jet prior to heavy maintenance, particularly those with foreign registry, it went into a fueling...
4th Apr 2021, 23:16
Replies: 22
Views: 2,202
Posted By tonytales

Growing up in WWII (I was 10 in 1944) the B-17...

Growing up in WWII (I was 10 in 1944) the B-17 was an American icon. When the B-29 came out it was awesome. Both airplanes looked huge in the films and pictures I saw. I made Strombecker wooden model...
26th Nov 2020, 22:12
Replies: 96
Views: 55,889
Posted By tonytales

Fan disc that fail are bad enough. Back, I have...

Fan disc that fail are bad enough. Back, I have seen the result of a front bearing internal fire and severing of both the main shaft but also the "fail-safe" shaft releasing the entire fan disc...
Forum: Tech Log
24th Nov 2020, 01:11
Replies: 55
Views: 6,418
Posted By tonytales

Fake Pilot No lift from hydrogen in its liquid...

Fake Pilot
No lift from hydrogen in its liquid form. If you use gaseous hydrogen as the fuel, you couldn't store enough to fly any distance, energy density is too low.
15th Nov 2020, 20:51
Replies: 34
Views: 4,037
Posted By tonytales

Akrotri bad boy Thanks for your accewptance....

Akrotri bad boy
Thanks for your accewptance. Woodward formerly Woodward Govenors, maee the Hamilton Standard govenors back in the piston days. They are now based here in Ft. Collins, Colorado....
14th Nov 2020, 01:23
Replies: 34
Views: 4,037
Posted By tonytales

I would like to nominate te Douglas A-26 as an...

I would like to nominate te Douglas A-26 as an old warhorse. In service in 1944 in WW-2 it was retsained and redesignated as the B-26 to the great confusion of many. It then was used through the...
4th Nov 2020, 20:45
Replies: 53
Views: 35,228
Posted By tonytales

There were on-board weighing equipment on several...

There were on-board weighing equipment on several aircraft including some B747 classics. One system was to check the gas pressure in the oleo struts. Pressue in the oleos goes up as weight increases...
1st Nov 2020, 07:44
Replies: 109
Views: 32,840
Posted By tonytales

As a Maintenance Instructor for Eastern Air Lines...

As a Maintenance Instructor for Eastern Air Lines at JFK, I got a pleasant duty to run some DC-8-63 training in SJU. They put me up in a pleasant hotel that ovewrloked a runway. Nice balcony on the...
5th Sep 2020, 22:25
Replies: 68
Views: 8,417
Posted By tonytales

Those old Bluebell//Wrangler and then Tradewind...

Those old Bluebell//Wrangler and then Tradewind CL-44 were retired and returned to lessor when Tradewinds acquired the one-off L-1011-1 N311EA. With no takers they languished at GSO for some years...
Forum: Tech Log
5th Sep 2020, 21:31
Replies: 16
Views: 2,203
Posted By tonytales

Ah yes. Once again the flying wing. I have no...

Ah yes. Once again the flying wing. I have no doubt that in this day of artifiial stability and fly-by-wire control it can be made to fly. However, as washout says in post #13 is, how do the people...
27th Aug 2020, 18:44
Replies: 46
Views: 6,604
Posted By tonytales

Became a maintenance instructor in 1966 anbd...

Became a maintenance instructor in 1966 anbd attended DC9-10 series school. Douglas was very aware of the problem. The DC9 did not have a "elevator boost control". Instead there was a "disagreement...
27th Aug 2020, 18:10
Replies: 68
Views: 8,417
Posted By tonytales

While working for Eastern Air Lines in Miami I...

While working for Eastern Air Lines in Miami I did get the opportunity to go down to Cockaroach Corner a few times. The Agro Air C-97 were very interesting. I asked how they managed to keep them...
25th Aug 2020, 05:26
Replies: 77
Views: 10,775
Posted By tonytales

I was Director of Contract Maintenance Service at...

I was Director of Contract Maintenance Service at Eastern Air Lines in Miami in mid-1980's. One of our customers was Mexicana with their B727-200's. A few of their earlier ones had been fitted with...
27th Jul 2020, 07:28
Replies: 87
Views: 12,248
Posted By tonytales

Considering how many B747 freighters were...

Considering how many B747 freighters were conversions from pax aircraft, wouldn't they have retained the fifth engine pod capability?
23rd Jul 2020, 02:39
Replies: 87
Views: 12,248
Posted By tonytales

I lived through the B747 experience at Eastern...

I lived through the B747 experience at Eastern Air Lines. I ran the Tech Service group at JFK. We leased from Pan American two aircraft for year around service and a third one for the winter when...
18th Jul 2020, 02:50
Replies: 56
Views: 27,141
Posted By tonytales

Cabin Crew not a Luxury

Hard to believe that Iceland's erquivalent the USA FAA wouldn't stop them from flying. Cabin staff are absolutely required on airliners. I went through the agony of obtaining FAA passenger...
12th May 2020, 00:55
Replies: 54
Views: 16,814
Posted By tonytales

Many moons ago when I worked at Lockheed Aircraft...

Many moons ago when I worked at Lockheed Aircraft Service at JFK we serviced those Lufthansa L-1649's. Later we also worked them for Transatlantica Argentina which had bought them, I believe, from...
14th Apr 2020, 00:52
Replies: 68
Views: 9,492
Posted By tonytales

It a source of confusion for me to see Orion...

It a source of confusion for me to see Orion Airlines being a British Company as I worked for Orion Air in 1986 but it was the American one. At one time it operated about 85 cargo aircraft, B747-100,...
30th Mar 2020, 05:01
Replies: 148
Views: 44,565
Posted By tonytales

I remember flying in a Heron from St Thomas to St...

I remember flying in a Heron from St Thomas to St Croix in the Virgin Islands. It had flat engines out there so had been re-engined. It was a smooth ride compared to some of the types I flew on down...
24th Feb 2020, 22:19
Replies: 74
Views: 49,812
Posted By tonytales

There can be no question that FODc in a fuel tank...

There can be no question that FODc in a fuel tank is an undesired condition. As seen in most accidents, it is not a single failure or condition that causes an aircraft to go down. It is the...
20th Feb 2020, 20:14
Replies: 74
Views: 49,812
Posted By tonytales

tank contamination, whether from swarf from...

tank contamination, whether from swarf from structural repairs, tools or equipment is an old, old story. Back in the fifties they were retrofitting L-1049 Connies with tip tanks. This required...
8th Dec 2019, 21:38
Replies: 13
Views: 4,279
Posted By tonytales

United Airlines passenger stung by scorpion during flight

Something more to think about when flying. Scorpions? Must have been on-board for a couple of legs since the flight came out of SFO. One doesn't usually associate SFO and scorpions.
Not unheard of...
6th Mar 2019, 00:47
Replies: 7
Views: 6,122
Posted By tonytales

I've seen this phenom before. An Eastern...

I've seen this phenom before. An Eastern DC8-51into KJFK right MLG wouldn't lock down. On a low flypast I saw the gear sway inboard as the plane banked. Crash and rescue including NYC Fire marshaled...
16th Feb 2019, 00:30
Replies: 78
Views: 36,696
Posted By tonytales

First, I have enormous respect for the B747 - a...

First, I have enormous respect for the B747 - a great aircraft to fly on.
It must be admitted however that the early days were quite tough for maintenance. The three leased Pan American -100 we...
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