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"J" Declared loss


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I just now got around to reading about the "J" model that was declared a total loss (even though they flew it home) and something troubles me about that write up. There was mention of pilot confusion due to being struck by loose equipment. Back in the stone age when I was a wee airman working post dock at Pope there was a test pilot and his crew that preformed a test flight after the aircraft was pulled from the dock; I forget what dock inspection it was (hours of flight, etc.), but it was an extensive visit to the dock. Anyway, that AC wouldn't move the aircraft 'till every piece of moveable equipment was secure, including the navigators paper and pencil. Makes me wonder just what it was that was flying around loose in that flight deck....

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