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Old 02-15-2011, 03:14 PM   #1501
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Tracking an old friend

I flew all over the South Pacific and Alaska on this plane. One of two which Reeve Owned, was a United/Wein airline lineage;



When Reeve went out of business (since 1932) they sold Tillie (N832RV) and re-painted her.



Now in South Africa as a freighter.


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Old 02-15-2011, 03:33 PM   #1502
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Our Lockheed Electras were great Alaskan planes

These planes could fly when most others were unable. Amazing crosswinds on Attu and Shemya. Always exciting yet successful.



This A/C was one of 3 flying Electras for Reeve, yet the only one with an APU.



Flying into Anchorage International those awesome 501 Allisons doing well as usual. The Hamilton Standard props had some issues but largely great props. The stainless blades would pulverize rocks and FOD.



This Electra was the most peculiar aircraft. It was actually two different airplanes. The front was 178RV Original before a hanger accident. The back was the remnant of another unknown wrecked aircraft. The plane was crooked. It was bent in the middle a few degrees. It was easily seen as you looked down the fuselage.

The rudder trim was always way far to the right.

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Old 02-15-2011, 11:03 PM   #1503
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...they sold Tillie (N832RV) and re-painted her.
Bob Reeve died in 1980. I wonder who named that plane after his wife? Maybe one of Bob & Tillie’s sons.
According to this...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reeve_Aleutian_Airways
“In December 1983, Reeve Aleutian purchased two Boeing 727-22QC aircraft from Wien Air Alaska. They were N831RV RCR and N832RV ...”

Tillie died in 1993 I think. I never met either one of them. Wish I had.

About the Electras ...I flew all over the South Pacific in the late 1960s as a crew member on P3’s.
Yeah, they would fly thru most anything but in some rough weather, sudden hard updrafts & downdrafts, it would bounce you from floor to ceiling like a ping-pong ball being shaken up & down in a tin can.

Wings must have been pretty damn rigid. I don’t know how many times the 2nd mech & I scrambled on our hands & knees to our seats in the aft section to try & get strapped in before we got our heads slammed into the overhead. Guys had been hurt bad.

Wish I could do it again!





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Old 02-16-2011, 05:51 AM   #1504
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About the Electras ...I flew all over the South Pacific in the late 1960s as a crew member on P3’s.
Yeah, they would fly thru most anything but in some rough weather, sudden hard updrafts & downdrafts, it would bounce you from floor to ceiling like a ping-pong ball being shaken up & down in a tin can.

Wings must have been pretty damn rigid. I don’t know how many times the 2nd mech & I scrambled on our hands & knees to our seats in the aft section to try & get strapped in before we got our heads slammed into the overhead. Guys had been hurt bad.

Wish I could do it again!





Set a record as the worlds fastest prop driven aircraft didn't it?


One of my instructors was a P3 electronics engineer/flight safety officer among many other things during his career in the Navy. Many many hours of stories to tell.

He usually gets in arguments with the active duty students who work on C-130s as tO which aircraft has the engines in the right orientation.
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:33 AM   #1505
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He usually gets in arguments with the active duty students who work on C-130s as tO which aircraft has the engines in the right orientation.
That would be the 130.
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That would be the 130.
I knew you'd catch that.
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:02 PM   #1507
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I got to ride on a few Reeve flights out to the islands, pretty fun. In 1983 an Electra threw a blade and tore up a lot of the airplane and the pilots did an amazing job of bringing it back, an act of completely overlooked airmanship. For turbo-props Electra's and P3's were fast but the Tupolev TU 114 was considerably faster (record, 532 mph). I was in western AK in the early 80's and TU-114's would sometimes fly along the coast and soon two or four F15's would show up and escort them away. It was all a game to see how fast there would be a scramble. The 15's sometimes were waiting for them, so it was known well before hand.
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:02 PM   #1508
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I got to ride on a few Reeve flights out to the islands, pretty fun. In 1983 an Electra threw a blade and tore up a lot of the airplane and the pilots did an amazing job of bringing it back, an act of completely overlooked airmanship. For turbo-props Electra's and P3's were fast but the Tupolev TU 114 was considerably faster (record, 532 mph). I was in western AK in the early 80's and TU-114's would sometimes fly along the coast and soon two or four F15's would show up and escort them away. It was all a game to see how fast there would be a scramble. The 15's sometimes were waiting for them, so it was known well before hand.
The Pilot was Al Honda and the engineer was Moose.
All the cables were locked under the floor. All they had was electric trim and electric fuel shut offs (geneva locks) for all 3 remaining engines. No power changes, no prop adjustments, no flight control movements. Nothing but electric stuff.

The #3 engine heated blade cuff failed and this out of balance tore the gear box and prop off of the engine. The prop (maybe only one blade) went under the belly, slicing the belly open. The explosive decompression collapsed the floor beams and pinched the cables. It looked like the gearbox went over the top of the engine off the plane.
The A/C number was 1968RV I believe. I sure could be wrong on that. Also I believe it was 1983.
But Moose we actually looking out the window at the #3 engine when it failed. He was knocked on his butt however unhurt.
Yes they did do an amazing job getting home. The failure was actually their fault. They knew flying into Cold Bay a serious vibration had begun on the #3 engine, but had a case of "get home-itis" almost killed them.
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:42 PM   #1511
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:37 AM   #1512
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An incredible read,,,thank you for that.
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Old 02-24-2011, 04:54 AM   #1513
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Pics from the Emirates

Ilyushin II-76, at Kandahar, Afghanistan yesterday





My Favorite the A-10



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I'm getting checked out on a PT-13 next month, I'll be sure to post my Stearman pics!
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I'm getting checked out on a PT-13 next month, I'll be sure to post my Stearman pics!
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