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  1. Darn, the photo didn\'t upload Mike
  2. Whole crew heard the Nav scream when this came at him Mike
  3. On my checkride (of course) hit 3 ducks. One just inboard of #2 and one at the right wingbase. #2 immediately lost power and was feathered, #1 throttle was a little stiff. On rollout, got every overheat light on the right wing on. 7 of 8 engine control cables on left wing had to be replaced and throttle cable for #2 was broke. Coordinator was at 9 degrees with throttle in takeoff. (got lucky on that one) Overheat lights were from the right wingbase. Bird took out an overheat sensor and wire bundle. When we slowed down and got less airflow into the hole in the leading edge, the wires swung down and shorted out the overheat system. Lots of OB\'s and what ifs before we got that bird home. Mike
  4. Neat concept. I remeber reading a similar article on a COIL laser system several years ago in a Boeing 747 proposed to be used as theater missle defense. Zap the missles while in the boost phase. The drawback was number of times the COIL could fire. Limited due to the volume and weight of the chemicals needed to generate the power. Wonder how many shots the 130 version can cary. Mike
  5. Hunter wrote: It\'s been a while, but I thought the underfreq holding relay was wired through the starter buttons. This allowed the ATM to stay online in an underfreq condition during self contained starts and timed out 4-5 seconds after the starter button was released when the ATM was able to get back on speed. The underfreq time delay should not be a factor if the ATM was turned off with the Gen still on. Haven\'t worked on ATM birds in a while so feel free to tell me if I am full of it. Mike
  6. Merry Christmas to all the folks who can\'t be with their families this year while serving. Thankfully you don\'t depend on the govt. to run the holidays. Mike The President has authorized the Department of Defense to assist Santa With the Twelve Days of Christmas. Status of acquisitions follows: Day 1- Partridge in a pear tree: The Army and Air Force are in the process of deciding whose area of responsibility Day 1 falls under. Since the partridge is a bird, the Air Force believes it should have the lead. The Army , however, feels trees are part of the land component command\'s area of responsibility. After three months of discussion and repeated OpsDeps Tank sessions, a $1M study has been commissioned to decide who should lead this joint program. Day 2 - Two Turtle Doves: Since doves are birds, the Air Force claims responsibility. However, turtles are amphibious, so the Navy-Marine Corps team feels it should take the lead. Initial studies have shown that turtles and doves may have interoperability problems. Terms of refererence are being coordinated for a four-year, $10M DARPA study. Day 3 - Three French Hens: At State Department instigation, the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs has blocked off-shore purchase of hens, from the French or anyone else. A $6M program is being developed to find an acceptable domestic alternative. Day 4 - Four Calling Birds: Source selection has been completed, with the contract awarded to AT&T. However, the award is being challenged by a small disadvantaged business. Day 5 - Five Golden Rings: No available rings meet MILSPEC for gold plating. A three-year, $5M accelerated development program has been initiated. Day 6 - Six Geese a-Laying: The six geese have been acquired. However, the shells of their eggs seem to be very fragile. It might have been a mistake to build the production facility on a nuclear waste dump at former Air Force base that was closed under BRAC. Day 7 - Seven Swans a-Swimming: Fourteen swans have been killed trying to get through the Navy SEAL training program. The program has been put on hold while the training procedures are reviewed to determine why the washout rate is so high. Day 8 - Eight Maids a-Milking: The entire class of Maids a Milking Training Program at Aberdeen is involved in a sexual harassment suit against the Army. The program has been put on hold pending resolution of the lawsuit. Day 9 - Nine Ladies Dancing: Recruitment of the ladies dancing has been halted by a lawsuit from the \"Don\'t Ask, Don\'t Tell Association.\" Members claim they have a right to dance and wear women\'s clothing as long as they\'re off duty. Day 10 - Ten Lords a-Leaping: The ten lords have been abducted by terrorists. Congress has approved $2M in funding to conduct a rescue operation. Army Special Forces and a USMC MEU(SOC) are conducting a \"NEO-off\" competition for the right to rescue. Day 11 - Eleven Pipers Piping: The pipe contractor delivered the pipes on time. However, he thought DOD wanted smoking pipes. DOD lost the claim due to defective specifications. A $22M dollar retrofit program is in process to bring the pipes into spec. Day 12 - Twelve Drummers Drumming: Due to cutbacks only six billets are available for drumming drummers. DOD is in the process of coordinating an RFP to obtain the six additional drummers by outsourcing; however, funds will not be available until FY 05. As a result of the above-mentioned programmatic delays, and due to a High OPTEMPO that requires diversion of modernization funds to support Current readiness, Christmas is hereby postponed until further notice.
  7. On UARRSI birds the FE also can control the \"manual drain\" valve, now controlled electronically as well as able to be manually opened. At the end of the drain time with the drain pump, residue fuel is dumped overboard where it evaporates. Note: don\'t drain unless you are pressurized since the fuel often runs along the fuselage and comes in through the rt paratroop door or ramp hinge. Now you have fuel fumes in the cargo comp. Mike
  8. Gary, Have access to most of the old ones. Let me know which ones you need. Sent you a message to your profile with my email. Klattmandu
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