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Name: Larry B
Aircraft Type: 1948 Cessna 140
Occupation: Retired Automation Engineer, Nothing to do and all day to do it.

DC3 Time!

Post by 8452 » Mon May 13, 2019 8:09 pm

I got a little right seat DC3 Time today. It was only about fifteen minutes on the controls. But I will never forget it. I wasn’t expecting the seat time. I was allowed to sit in the jump seat for take off. Once he climbed out and turned West over a lake that is about 35 miles long, the copilot got up and pointed at his seat since I didn’t have a headset. He climbed out and I climbed in, buckled up and put on the headset. The pilot gave me the controls and I finished the climb out while following the winding lake. At the end of it, I did a slow turn 180 and followed the lake back to the airport and descended to pattern altitude where the pilot took it back and landed.

It was not nearly as heavy on the controls as I thought it would be, but I didn’t make any hard maneuvers. It felt like I was just hanging at the windscreen since there was no nose to see.

A great day!
Larry Bible

Returned to the club after three years away due to life’s changes
1948 Cessna 140, O200A, Ragwing, Custom IFR Panel
1966 Mooney M20F/J

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Name: Randy Thompson
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Re: DC3 Time!

Post by 6298 » Mon May 13, 2019 9:17 pm

Very Impressive Larry!
Randy Thompson A&P IA Pilot
Hold STC SA547EA for installation of O-200 engine in Cessna 120/140 and 140A"s
Overhaul small Continentals

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Location: Florida
Name: Mike Smith
Aircraft Type: 1950 140A
Occupation: Aerial power line patrol and semi retired.
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Re: DC3 Time!

Post by 6183 » Mon May 13, 2019 9:26 pm

Know what you mean Larry. I got a similar opportunity when I lived in California and Sherman Smoot (Reno Race Pilot with Czech Mate Unlimited Racer) owned a Beech D-17 Staggerwing and handed me the controls. Nice airplane.

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Re: DC3 Time!

Post by 2066 » Tue May 14, 2019 10:30 am

...could almost see my skin turning green with envy as I read your post, Larry! :mrgreen:

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