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C-46 Commando aircraft scroll checklist


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I've had this stashed away in my garage for several years snd until recently had not been able to find out anything about it:

 

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It is a scrolling checklist for the C-46 aircraft and No idea when this was made, but the US Air Force used the Commando through 1968.

 

It's a plastic box with two spools for each end of a long paper strip with the check list printed on it. I have seen references to some of these having a typed check list. The script is black and white but is viewed through a red filter.

 

Here's what it looks like without the filter. Note the alligator clips connecting this to a power supply. I used 15 volts, but being an aircraft part, I presume the lightbulb is rated for 24 volts. It could use more power than 15 volts provides.

 

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Here's a YouTube movie showing it in action:

 


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I found a few references to these online, and someone is even selling a version with more modern aircraft checklists.

 

The book Air Crash Investigations - Chaos In the Cockpit - The Crash of Northwest Airlines Flight 255 mentions use of these scroll checklists for the C-141 and C-5

 

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A NASA report said:

 

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That brings back memories.

A Sabre 60 I flew from 1989-1996 had the same style checklist.

I think we removed it about 1991 or so.

Thanks for sharing.

 

John

...and on the eighth day, God created the radial engine...

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We also had scroll checklists for the C-130. One squadron to which I was assigned in 2002-04 still had them mounted in the aircraft, but they were not supposed to be used. Reason being was those scroll checklist did not reflect the updates and changes to the -1 and handheld checklists. That being said, if one had followed the scroll checklist, they wouldn't miss any critical steps, changes or not.

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