Hey Tom, what's the latest on the A26?
We are still getting closer and closer to wheels up!
As I've mentioned several times in the past, we are now (LITERALLY) down to several little misc-----------------BUT VERY IMPORTANT-----------things.
1. Getting the emer brake system to hold pressure
2. Getting the latches on the canopies to line up and LOCK in place
3. A little more adjusting of the carb on the right engine, it's almost, but not quite up to full power (GOTTA get it to 2700rpm)
4. Once EVERYTHING is done, the plane has to be jacked up and weighed to determine the CG (center of gravity).
None of the above includes new pictures (I guess I could take pictures of the canopy latches).
Maybe I'll take pictures when we weight the plane.
Now, with all the above said-----------------WE ARE DAMN CLOSE TO WHEELS UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't worry, I'll keep everyone informed.
Also, I WILL NOT, repeat, WILL NOT be on the first test flight. Even though my position on the plane is flight engineer (we have other qualified members), I will be on the ground getting videos of the first flight. And that is really more important.
Also, remember, I have made several flights on the black A26 that is now in Enid, OK with a different crew.
Some videos below when I was part time crew on the black A26, with some stories to go with them.
This was a few years ago when when I was still employed at Tinker AFB in Okla City. From time to time, I had talked to some of my co-workers about being part of a crew on an A-26. Several of my co-workers were kind of like, ya, ya, ya, Tom is full of BS, just trying to impress us. Well at an airshow that was held at Tinker, I told the same co-workers that I would be flying in on the A-26 Fri afternoon. If they wanted to come out, I would give them a tour of the plane. Again, ya, ya, ya, right. Their tune totally changed when they came to our parking spot on the ramp and I climbed down from the plane!
This is coming in to park at an airshow in Tulsa, OK.
This was coming into Ft Smith, making a low approach and pulling up hard left. The crowd was so impressed with this pass that the controller came on the radio and asked if we could make 3-4 more passes like that!
I CAN'T WAIT TO START MAKING IT TO THE AIR SHOWS AGAIN!!!!!!