Without good Maintenance planes would never fly. 

This gal did good work in her time   I'm sure she 

was "over worked"   



 

 

This (Non-Approved) Flight Checklist saved my butt a few times.

 Hey!! Whatever works, right?

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 And one view you NEVER want to see from your window is....

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And now for the more serious part of my site....

 

Over  20 years of my 37 years was  flying Airliners.  I flew 12 different models of CAL Jets.

 

B-727 (-100,-200 series)    .

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B-737 (-100,-200,-300,-500,-700,-800,-900 series) The -900 pictured below was actually larger than the B-727

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DC-9 (-10,-30 series)

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And before Continental Air it was corporate jets for "United Gas Pipeline" in Houston. Also the only 4-Engine jet I ever flew as a Captain. As you can see the "N" numbers are N23UG, N24UG & N25UG (which stood for United Gas).

 N24UG was a 4 engine Lockheed Jet Star

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And 25UG was a Gruman Gulfstream II, a really high performance corporate jet. It's roughly 2/3 the size of a DC-9.

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 I am still looking for more pictures of N23UG, the G-159 I flew for United Gas. I was lucky to be rated as a Captain in all 3 of their airplanes.

This is a partial shot of our G-1   N23UG   All 3 Aircraft had white paint with blue trim.

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Before United Gas "Big Iron" was a small commuter called Metro Airlines (Now changed to American Eagle) at the time in Houston. When I was hired in 1975 we had only 46 pilots total. Now American Eagle has thousands of Pilots flying the Regional Jets. The Twin Otters were history long ago.

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 This photo below was taken in 1956 when I was 10 Yrs. old in the cockpit of a Convair B-36 heavy bomber (state of the art that year) while in Ft. Worth, Texas. So perhaps you could say I have liked airplanes for 50 years. Now THAT plus the black & white photo makes me feel old.  :-)  At the time this was taken I had NO idea I'd even want to be a Professional Pilot.

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The picture below is of the giant B-36 next to a B-29 for size comparison.

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