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Author Topic: Antique aircraft radio thread  (Read 867 times)
KC7YE
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« on: June 23, 2017, 04:35:14 PM »

I didn't think my post in QRP forum would generate any response but sure did.
KJ6DRG: Historic Flight Foundation is located on Paine Field, Everett WA. Our B-25B, Grumpy is a very busy bird. We don't sell airplane rides as such, however we do have museum memberships at various levels that the premium is a flight on said aircraft. I believe the B-25 membership is $495. Being a docent at museum and we don't get paid, well we do get hops on occasion . Haven't made much progress in last 75 years, still wiping oil, cleaning wind screens, pushing planes for hops just as I did when was 12-13. Would have emailed you but none listed on QRZ
W8JX: Grumpy was there ! We (but not me) flew her to Wright Pat for the 70th reunion of the Dolittle raiders five years ago. 20 B-25 showed up and there is a video on youtube. Plan was to be there this last April for the 75th, however Grumpy had some major, untimely engine issues and didn't make the trip. Many $$$$ later all good and flying missions again. BTW Dolittle's Bomb Squadron still active at Elsworth AFB
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AC7CW
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2017, 06:02:12 PM »

I flew on the Confederate Air Force's B-29 when they were at Fox Field in the Mojave desert. We moved around from station to station and when I sat at the Radio Op's position there was my BC-348! Those had 3 tuned RF stages and were extremely insensitive. The designers needed the selectivity a lot more I guess. They put a crystal filter in the I.F. Sensitivity was gotten by trailing a long wire behind the plane. Mechanically those radios were wonderful. They had a cast aluminum frame and spring loaded anti-backlash gearing. The case was aluminum if I remember right, all light and tight for aircraft use...
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KC7YE
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2017, 06:41:23 PM »

Glad you got to fly on FiFi ! Couple of years ago FiFi was on our ramp for her mid tour maintenance period, 2 1/2 weeks worth. we escorted visitors out to ship for a look see. One family brought the mother who was mid 90's . She said she wanted to see where her husband flew at, was a radio op. Long story short, got her up to flight deck, she sat at RO position, said "this is where Tommy sat" Not a dry eye among us. Thats why I'm a docent, we can make a difference. The radio position is operational in all its glory, but seldom on air.
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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2017, 09:19:12 AM »

I'm currently gearing up to restore a SCR-274 and SCR-269 system for my Fairchild restoration project. Always looking for info and the few parts I don't have. I should be able to start getting the test bench up and operating before the end of the summer.
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« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2017, 06:40:59 PM »

I flew on a commercial passenger Ford Tri-Motor out of Lompoc Ca this summer. [some were for the military] Didn't get a good look at the cockpit to see if they had a radio in place. They did have radios I suppose? If so I wonder what they were like...
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