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  •  A factoid I did not know. (6+ / 0-)

    I never realized the tin benders got hold of the venerable Moth.  

    I used to know a guy whose nickname was "Crash."   He owned a Tiger Moth, and was infamous for having to make emergency landings on roads and pastures, where he had to replace the spark plugs.  He always carried several sets of plugs and a plug wrench when he flew.  He made a point of never flying over large expanses of water.

    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 05:25:44 PM PST

    •  They only got to the fuselage frame, OS.. (3+ / 0-)
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      ...most of it was still wood, with plywood and Irish linen composing the rest.

      Sounds like 'Crash' had a bad 'Gipsy' engine; the scraper rings must have been shot - it badly needed a rebuild!

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 05:43:05 PM PST

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      •  He blamed it on the inverted engine design. (3+ / 0-)
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        I blamed it on the nut which held the joystick.  If it ain't broke don't fix it.  However, if it keeps quitting on you at inopportune moments, maybe it is broke.

        I never did find out what happened to the airplane.  I did not go around that airport for a couple of years, and when I went back, the airplane was gone and no one had seen Crash in many moons.  

        The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

        by Otteray Scribe on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 06:46:54 PM PST

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