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Aviation History in Control Wheels; Yokes


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Gary Cain

Great thread, I am sorry i didn't find it sooner!  Here is one of mine, the Co-pilot yoke from a C-5




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My grandfather was a pattern maker. He helped design aircraft components and prototypes for aeronautical companies via contracting. He’d make a wood pattern. The wood pattern would be used to make a metal cast. From the metal cast came the prototype plastic airplane yoke. He left me a set of them. Pictured is the wood pattern and metal cast that led to the creation of the DC-8 Yoke. It was originally designed for a USAF bird, however Douglas lost the competition for that contract and so converted it into a civilian craft. I thought you’d all enjoy seeing them! 






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