Aviation History in Control Wheels; Yokes
Posted 09 March 2019 - 01:34 PM
Hi All: Back in January I posted some photos of the restored control yoke from a Douglas B-66 Destroyer in my collection. Douglas built a beefed up version of that airframe for the Navy called the A-3 Skywarrior. Curiously, the functionality demanded by the Navy resulted in a control wheel that looked entirely different. Later in their operational lives, many Navy A-3s were converted into KA-3 tankers. The wheel/yoke in my collection still has the "Bomb Rel." switch suggesting it came from an aircraft that was not converted.
Edited by Swifter, 09 March 2019 - 01:37 PM.
Posted 09 March 2019 - 01:35 PM
Posted 30 March 2019 - 03:42 PM
Here's an example of a control wheel from my collection that few people associate with military service. It's the co-pilot's side wheel from a Convair 880 airliner. The Navy actually flew one of these, starting around 1981-82 as a UC-880 out at the NATC Patuxent River, MD. The jet had been obtained from storage at Mojave, CA and extensively modified as an airborne tanker! One of it's first uses in that role was to support the test and evaluation of the in-flight refueling capabilities of the F/A-18 Hornet, which was in the middle of it's FSD (full scale development) testing at PAX River at the time.
Posted 14 April 2019 - 09:13 AM
Grumman's "iron works" in Bethpage punched out an amazing variety of aircraft for the Navy in the 1935-1955 (and later) period. The moniker referred to the robust, no-nonsense character of the aircraft. And it extended down to the design of details, like the control wheel. The photos are of the wheel used in the G-21 "Goose". Kinda gives new meaning to simple and functional in design.
Edited by Swifter, 14 April 2019 - 09:14 AM.
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