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  • #31

    Re: Dang

    I have flight test time on F-18, F-5, CT-133, CP-140, CP-121 Tracker, Tutor, Boeing 707, Polaris and Hercules fixed wing plus Twin and single Hueys, Kiowa, Sea King and Labrador helicopters. I was an engineer on the CH-146 Griffon, Lead of Certification on the CH-149 Cormorant and Chief Engineer/ Systems Engineering Manager of the CH-148 Cyclone acquisition project.

    I retired thinking that I had done enough but I find I miss it so I took on a project (part time) to document it all and perhaps make a book out of it; depending on what the sponsors will support!

    This is more than a bit off the topic of "-40C is damned cold" but is an interesting little diversion for me! I have never tired of airplanes since I first started seeing models fly on the Tantramar Marshes near Moncton, NB with my Dad when I was just a little boy and can still talk about them, tinker with them and play with them day and night. My work always seemed like play for grown-ups to me and I enjoyed the ride immensely. So many adventures!

    Sorry folks for (partially??) hijacking the thread.

    Ken

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    • #32

      Re: Dang

      I’ll throw in my story. In 1968, I worked at Prudhoe Bay Alaska on the discovery exploration well. We were 5 miles from the BeaufortSea/Arctic Ocean. Back then any exploring had to be done in winter due to the permafrost. In January it got to and stayed at -69F for three days (nights). The sun never rose. It was an experience that I never want to go thru again. The only plus was the non stop northern lights. But we had to be outside to watch them.

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      • #33

        Re: Dang

        Originally posted by KenL View Post
        I have flight test time on F-18, F-5, CT-133, CP-140, CP-121 Tracker, Tutor, Boeing 707, Polaris and Hercules fixed wing plus Twin and single Hueys, Kiowa, Sea King and Labrador helicopters. I was an engineer on the CH-146 Griffon, Lead of Certification on the CH-149 Cormorant and Chief Engineer/ Systems Engineering Manager of the CH-148 Cyclone acquisition project.

        I retired thinking that I had done enough but I find I miss it so I took on a project (part time) to document it all and perhaps make a book out of it; depending on what the sponsors will support!
        ...
        Ken
        That's a book I'd enjoy reading!

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        • #34

          Re: Dang

          The lower mainland is not equipped to handle snow. When I lived out there in the late 60s the city of Vancouver snow plow blades were raised by a second person in the cab with a hand operated hydraulic pump. Talked to my brother today who lives in Langley. In downtown Langley he seen a city employee with a 5 gallon pail and a coffee cup spreading salt on the side walks. Ice falling from Port Mann Bridge breaking windshields.

          Brian
          If your dreams don't scare you, you are not dreaming big enough

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