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Reply #24 - Jan 28th, 2018 at 7:28pm

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LoL..... Huey...that was great!  The best part is, that it's true!   I bet the people at the pet store are still scratching their heads over that remark to this day.  I'm still laughing.  That remark reminds me of your  request on this Stick & Tissue site ".....for a radial engine and propeller to go with your Gee Bee model "...doesn't matter about how much time left..."   
 
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Reply #23 - Jan 19th, 2018 at 3:02pm

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You guys rattled some memories! In 91&92 I traveled around with a B17 known as "Memphis Belle", it was used in the movie that came out in 89. After we landed it was my job to handle the ground operations. The first thing I would do is take the rental and get Cat litter. 10 bags! Then spread it around under each engine. FBO didn't like oil slicks on their ramps! The people at the store would look at me and ask why so much? I said I had a big Cat.
 
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Reply #22 - Jan 4th, 2018 at 2:05am

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Skye,
I'll take the time and look back into it. But I may have misused a word, Instead of "civilian", I probably should have used "commercial" market. Its interesting how you bring up if they removed the pans. Because I also noticed, how there is not a single drop of oil on the ground. After sitting for a couple days, they do drip allot less. Maybe they didn't want people tripping over them. Because, looks like these pictures were taken from the days, when you actually could walk around the aircraft. Although, I have never really seen drip pans left outside for a couple days. I imagine, other aircraft operating in the area, would blow them all around.
 
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Reply #21 - Jan 3rd, 2018 at 4:44pm

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Dave,
Very astute observations on the -6.  When taking the pictures and just now posting them, I didn't even factor the oil drip that is so traditional of radial engines whenever they shut down.  Since the owners/pilots are very aware of this tradition, one has to wonder if they removed the drip pans on purpose for their own amusement.  However, I've seen B-17s, -25s, 29s and 24s also without oil pans.  With regards to the PBY-6  being produced for the civilian market, that's news to me.  I have heard and seen several photos of a four-engined PBYs with 6-cylinder horizontally opposed engines mounted outboard of the radials, to boost the power needed for short-field takeoffs or under extra heavy loads (makes one wonder even about this line of reasoning, given that the two additional engines, their mounting supports, electrical systems, starters, and more, is worth the trade off of the added weight in exchange for being able to takeoff with heavier-than-normal MTOW (Maximum TakeOff Weight) of the aircraft. Very good observations all around.  Thank you!
 
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Reply #20 - Jan 2nd, 2018 at 12:23am

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This last set of pictures confuse me, and also give me a chuckle. I thought the 6-A's, (without the nose turret and bomb racks), were produced for the civilian market after the war. But you can see markings of the Australian Pacific wing? Also, those signs leaning against the front of the main gear like that. I wonder how many spectators those engines dripped on?
 
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Reply #19 - Dec 31st, 2017 at 4:51pm

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Reply #18 - Dec 31st, 2017 at 4:48pm

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Reply #17 - Dec 31st, 2017 at 4:43pm

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PBY:  Thank you Tom.  It's much appreciated.  Photo #'s 72, 71 (photo # 73 is a close up of # 72) show the rear bulkhead just behind the pilot's seat.  As in the case of the Avro Shackleton, these shots are extremely rare, as most people and photographers alike, tend to focus on the front and side views. Photo # 79 is a close up of the crawl space between the rudder pedals of the pilots allowing the front gunner or bombardier, or extra person/s access to the nose.  As can be seen, there really isn't too much room for anyone to crawl between the two sets of rudder pedals.
 

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Reply #16 - Dec 26th, 2017 at 5:05pm

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Great stuff Skye...thanks!
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Reply #15 - Dec 26th, 2017 at 4:52pm

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Reply #14 - Dec 26th, 2017 at 4:48pm

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PBY: Photo # 40 and 39 shows the view toward the front cockpit as seen from the bulkhead near the main support pylon.   The bulge on the floor in photo # 40 is for clearance of the nose wheel. These photos almost makes the plane appear as if it was a submarine.
 

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Reply #13 - Dec 26th, 2017 at 4:45pm

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Reply #12 - Dec 26th, 2017 at 4:42pm

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Reply #11 - Dec 26th, 2017 at 4:41pm

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Reply #10 - Dec 26th, 2017 at 4:38pm

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