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Old 12-23-2004, 09:21 PM   #151
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Not in that shot, did all the training but very little of the work. Didn't break my heart either.
that job smells of excessive responsibility.
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Old 12-23-2004, 09:34 PM   #152
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Old 12-23-2004, 09:34 PM   #153
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Old 12-23-2004, 09:36 PM   #154
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See my earlier post in this thread.

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Old 12-24-2004, 12:30 AM   #155
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Very cool thread. Very nearly did West Point so I could play with helo's. Opted out when I talked to gunship pilots who told me that 6'4", 225 does not a gunship pilot make. At 17 years old I wasn't interested in flying anything else and went to off to a state school instead.

Every time someone reposts that GB, sr. pic, I hear George's voice in my head... "Holy shit! I'm standing next to Brad Vardy!"
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Old 12-24-2004, 07:32 AM   #156
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Mornin' all. Nice photoshop, TREE

Back in Labrador - the Newfoundland Telephone site on Monkey Hill near Makkovik. We would go spend the week on the coast servicing these sites and keeping the phone system running. I wrote in my log that day that the temp was -45ºC and the wind was approx 40 kts when we landed on the hill. At the time, the charts were calling the wind chill -92, but the more modern charts calculate it to be -72. Either way, it was a chilly place to spend the day.


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Old 12-24-2004, 07:38 AM   #157
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Old 12-24-2004, 08:23 AM   #158
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Mornin' all. Nice photoshop, TREE

Back in Labrador - the Newfoundland Telephone site on Monkey Hill near Makkovik. We would go spend the week on the coast servicing these sites and keeping the phone system running. I wrote in my log that day that the temp was -45ºC and the wind was approx 40 kts when we landed on the hill. At the time, the charts were calling the wind chill -92, but the more modern charts calculate it to be -72. Either way, it was a chilly place to spend the day.
yo vardy. how do turbines run at -90?
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Old 12-24-2004, 08:27 AM   #159
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yo vardy. how do turbines run at -90?
Like a charm if you can get them started The fuel is like jelly, especially Jet A series. In those days we used Jet B but it's not widely available anymore. I think in Voisey we used Arctic Diesel.

On the hills you'd have to uncover and start the aircraft about every half-hour to keep it warm, then cover it up again in a howling wind. It was hard bloody work, lemme tell you.
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Old 12-24-2004, 08:32 AM   #160
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Like a charm if you can get them started The fuel is like jelly, especially Jet A series. In those days we used Jet B but it's not widely available anymore. I think in Voisey we used Arctic Diesel.

On the hills you'd have to uncover and start the aircraft about every half-hour to keep it warm, then cover it up again in a howling wind. It was hard bloody work, lemme tell you.
guess its not like heavy machinery where you start them in september, and shut them down in april. can you say excessive hours?
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Old 12-24-2004, 08:37 AM   #161
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guess its not like heavy machinery where you start them in september, and shut them down in april. can you say excessive hours?
I hear ya. I spend some of my early adulthood running heavy equipment. Trying to get a V12 Deutz twin-turbo running at -35 is not small feat.

This was our drill camp at Swampy Lake Manitoba in the winter of 88. What a shithole. Minus 30 to minus 40 every day. Some of the drillers didn't wash for two months.

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Old 12-24-2004, 09:09 AM   #162
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I hear ya. I spend some of my early adulthood running heavy equipment. Trying to get a V12 Deutz twin-turbo running at -35 is not small feat.
deutz, eh?.......

the ship i did my apprenticeship on had deutz power. great big jesus inline eights. 500rpm peak... huge horsepower... like a few thousand. when it got cold in rupert, or where ever we were. they were "special" to start.

first you had to hand pump oil pressure. that in itself could take hours if it was really cold.

while that's happening you're pumping up air pressure.

pop the injector breaking pressure over to "drool" rather than "squirt".

once you have both air and oil you give the big turbos (24" turbine inlet) a wee shot of ether and yank the starter. ... if she hits on one hole she's probably gonna go.... knock, knock, bang, knock, knock, bang...... and she hammers away for about an hour or two. don't let her get above 100rpm, or the oil pressure is gonna break something.

use the warm water from that first engine to heat up the oil in the other ones (3 mains, 2 auxilliary, and 2 generators)... and they will start a bit easier.

if she didn't fire with that first tank of air... it's gonna take a while to get this shit going... took about a day to get things up and running in cold weather. what fun!

especially fun when you have to warm up engines with propane tiger torches just to take oil from a solid state to a liquid.

god i miss that shit.
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Old 12-24-2004, 09:15 AM   #163
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god i miss that shit.
One of the best jobs I ever had.
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Old 12-24-2004, 09:21 AM   #164
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Old 12-24-2004, 09:24 AM   #165
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That blows.

I don't have a scanner. I was using the one at the office

You've had the digital for a while - you must have some more stuff to share??
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