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Len Amaral

 

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Post  Posted 30 Jul 2020 4:35 pm    
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc1n-3sU660
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Bill Sinclair


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Post  Posted 30 Jul 2020 7:47 pm     What a woman!
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Put another log on the fire
Cook me up some bacon and some beans
Go up in a plane and walk the wing and change the tire...
Then come tell me why you're leavin' me!
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Jeff Garden


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Post  Posted 31 Jul 2020 4:14 am    
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Radio call from the desk at the FBO, "did you mean to leave this wrench here? It was next to that wheel you guys took with you."
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Bill Sinclair


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Post  Posted 31 Jul 2020 4:48 am    
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"If the prop falls off, you're on your own, boys!"
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Jeff Garden


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Post  Posted 31 Jul 2020 6:31 am    
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Here's the propeller changer at a practice session, Bill. Just waiting for the call...
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Joe Breeden

 

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Post  Posted 31 Jul 2020 12:52 pm    
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Do they still make ladies like that?
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Ian Rae


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Post  Posted 31 Jul 2020 1:23 pm    
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The ladies yes, the clothes no.
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Brooks Montgomery


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Post  Posted 31 Jul 2020 1:46 pm    
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Joe Breeden wrote:
Do they still make ladies like that?

Yes, you’ve seen the video of Sarah Jory changing a string on the fly?
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Jeff Garden


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Post  Posted 31 Jul 2020 2:42 pm    
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I didn't even know flies had strings, Brooks!
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Jim Fogle


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Post  Posted 31 Jul 2020 4:12 pm    
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There's a pretty amazing story behind the video Len posted the link to. I'm sure I'll get many of the specifics wrong but, here goes.

The pilot flying the plane with the lost wheel was flying a Sunday morning training mission and was inexperienced. The wheel dropped off during take-off.

The inexperienced pilot was directed to fly circles around the training base while a rescue mission was planned.

The pilots flying two of the three other planes were also inexperienced pilots. The third plane with the mechanic was flown by the training squadron commander.

The man toting the wheel was a off duty aircraft mechanic that had never been up in an airplane before. He volunteered to go up and install the wheel.

Because it was Sunday, all the participants were at home and had to return to the base because of the emergency.

Once a plan was formulated everyone was directed to fly over water "in case anything bad happened" civilians or property would not be hurt or damaged.

The biggest worry was of the inexperienced pilot loosing control of his plane because of the changes caused by the mechanic and wheel climbing onto the plane.
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Brooks Montgomery


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Post  Posted 31 Jul 2020 6:59 pm    
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Jeff Garden wrote:
I didn't even know flies had strings, Brooks!



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Godfrey Arthur


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Post  Posted 31 Jul 2020 8:43 pm     Re: Wheel put on airplane in flight
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Len Amaral wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc1n-3sU660


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Bill Sinclair


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Post  Posted 1 Aug 2020 7:39 am    
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According to the interwebs, Hollywood stunt woman Gladys Ingle who, unlike many of the wingwalkers of the 20's, lived to the age of 82.
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Len Amaral

 

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Post  Posted 1 Aug 2020 10:30 am    
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Jim, that in interesting back story on the video. It's good to see a happy ending to a potential disaster.
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Jeffrey Smith


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Post  Posted 2 Aug 2020 6:53 pm    
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That explains the newspaper release that day: More Than 20 Killed in Des Moines by Tires Falling From the Sky.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 2 Aug 2020 8:00 pm    
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Jim, I highly doubt that back story about an emergency situation. There are several cameras used in this video. There is even a camera in the plane with the missing wheel. The shot of the woman walking on the wing at 1:14 is taken from the plane with the missing wheel. So I believe this is a well planned stunt and not an emergency. Of course, the woman absolutely did what we are seeing and she's got nerves of steel to do it, but the multiple cameras and the production indicate that some careful planning went into making the film.

Bill Sinclair wrote:
According to the interwebs, Hollywood stunt woman Gladys Ingle who, unlike many of the wingwalkers of the 20's, lived to the age of 82.


True, and she performed this plane-hopping stunt hundreds of times with an aerial daredevil team. Not always changing a wheel, but various other stunts.
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