quarta-feira, 27 de janeiro de 2016

Curtiss TP 40N flies again after four and a half years


I recently got a chance to try a test flight in our TP-40N!

If you'll remember, the last time I flew it, FOUR AND A HALF YEARS AGO, the landing gear didn't want to come up so I immediately put it down and landed safely. I had already bellied in my other P-40E due to a problem and didn't want a repeat episode. I decided not to fly this one again until we re-installed an original emergency system, which for some reason in the past was taken out! This involved having special components made, pulling the fuel tanks out to install them, and then doing lots of gear swings. Finally we were able to get her out and take her for the test flight. She ran great! Check it out.

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