Friday, August 10, 2007

Off to the Fly-In

We're driving to the "fly-in" but that's ok. Today was just another day at the shop; I completed a 100 hour inspection on an R-22 helicopter. Not too much was found wrong with it, so the inspection went pretty fast. Some of you might not know, but my Aircraft Mechanic's Licenses allow me to work on helicopters too, I didn't have to do any extra training in order to fix them.

Other than that, I serviced a light twin engine airplane, changed a starter, and went home a little early. But, not before visiting the flight line to see all the cool airplanes!!

Here's the A-10 "Warthog," the tanks worst nightmare, built to hunt down and destroy enemy ground units. Armed with one of the most powerful cannons ever, the Warthog fires armor piercing shells at a blistering 50 rounds per second! I'd be afraid of it too.

The U.S. Army's parachute team is a pretty cool sight to see. They jump out of a perfectly good airplane and do some stunts in the air before landing within a 15' circle...pretty good.

And last, but not least, the P-47 "Jug," arguably one of the toughest fighter/bomber aircraft of WWII. It's got a big, 2000 horsepower engine, and it's tough as nails. It "takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'"!!

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