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  1. The owner of a Cessna LC-126 told me that when he stripped the paint, he could see the outline of an Army Transportation Command insignia with train, plane, truck, and ship. Unfortunately, he didn't make a tracing of it and when he contacted the Transportation Command to get the artwork, they didn't know anything about such an insignia. It would have probably dated to 1950's, no later than mid 60's.
  2. In the 1950's, the Navy would have still been using NAF Litchfield Park, Arizona as their boneyard.
  3. Found these foam earcups which look like they would fit ANB-H-1 headsets but shapes don't match pictures that I've seen. The main foam piece is painted while the softer piece that bears against the head is black foam.
  4. Photo of control wheel in first C-5B in 1985. When TA/TF was removed, a notation was made in the flight manual referring to the Time Compliance Technical Order. For the C-5B, all TCTO's were reviewed to see what drawing revisions would be required to build to the configuration of the last C-5A plus all TCTO's. Changing the control wheel would have cost money so they wouldn't have done that unless directed to do so by the Air Force. It's also easier to only keep one configuration spare part in stock. Or the way things work in the real world, you're cannibalizing parts off other aircraft, so not
  5. And finally, here is the gauge. Looks like the preservation worked.
  6. Package was wrapped in waxed cloth and marked "THIS PACKAGE DEHYDRATED 1/13/44. DO NOT OPEN UNTIL READY FOR USE." Inside the box, there are two desiccant bags.
  7. The military really wants their spares protected. This box was sealed in a plastic bag in May 1969.
  8. Probably around 2000, the Lockheed C-5 Program Engineering Manager had some decals made for the C-5 & C-141 control wheels to be given out on base visits. Apparently, this coincided with the various bases deciding that they needed to do something about all the missing emblems and they made their own with base name, squadron name or aircraft tail number on them.
  9. The original radar and autopilot on C-5A had terrain avoidance/terrain following. My memory of what I heard people say was that when they went to the small radome and color weather radar, they decided that they really didn't need TA/TF. Kinda like after the airplane had to be designed with leading edge slats and in-flight tire deflation so that it could operate from 5000 ft unimproved runways, they decided that they would never want to use it that way after all. They use night vision goggles now for the low altitude night flights so I guess the lack of TA/TF isn't so important.
  10. There are C-5's used for Special Ops. I heard a comment about they begin training at 200 feet AGL. When they used C-141's for that, someone whose brother had a farm under a training route said that his brother told him he could see the faces in the cockpit.
  11. For those who find this type of thing fascinating, a view of what the earpad looks like when the seventy year old glue fails.
  12. I wonder if the Germans thought that the Pennsylvanisch Deutsch sounded like the German equivalent of the Beverly Hillbillies?
  13. I would suspect that the basic DJ-11 instrument was built in different versions for different aircraft. Engines, propellers and instruments were normally Government Furnished Equipment. Since the fuel gage is peculiar to a P-40N, it may have been furnished by Curtiss instead of being GFE. There are no markings on it to indicate government procurement. I recall that in the 1980's, new C-130's were being fitted with GFE vertical speed indicators that were overhauled WWII instruments.
  14. The military tags have a date of issue for the tag not the part. When a change is made to the tag, the date allows identification of superceded tags which need to be discarded. Regarding the "overhaul", it is possible that new old stock instruments were simply functional tested postwar and put back into inventory.
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