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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Saturday's Rides - Supercar: art deco cars of the 30's & 40's (Delahaye, Delage,Bugatti, Du...



Mothers Day reminder

Finishing first

My neighbour

                 So here's what happened...

    She's single.
    She's shapely.
    She's beautiful and she lives right across the street.
    I can see her place from my kitchen window.
    I watched as she got home from work this evening.
    I was surprised when she walked across the street, up my driveway
    and knocked on the door. I opened the door; she looked at me and said,

   "I just got home, and I have this strong urge to have a good time,
    dance, get drunk,and have sex tonight.  Are you doing anything?"
    I quickly replied, "Nope, I'm free!"

    "Great," she said.  "Can you watch my dog?"

    Being a senior citizen really sucks!

Thanks Norman

Signs of the Times... Some old, some new

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday's Rides - Route 66 Classic Cars

Robert Reich: Trump's infrastructure scam

A new low in comments by Trump

Trump boasts of highest TV ratings since ‘the World Trade Center came down’

Donald Trump has long been television ratings gold, and, even as president, he has kept his eye squarely on the small screen as a gauge of his popularity, a barometer for his governing agenda and his ability to dominate the airwaves, as The Washington Post's Ashley Parker and Robert Costa reported Monday.
Now, in an interview with the Associated Press released Sunday, Trump set a new standard of hubris even for himself — comparing his ratings prowess to one of the darkest days in U.S. history: Sept. 11, 2001.
“It's the highest for 'Face the Nation' or as I call it, 'Deface the Nation,' " Trump told the AP's Julie Pace, referring to the CBS News Sunday political talk show. “It's the highest for 'Deface the Nation' since the World Trade Center — since the World Trade Center came down.”
Trump said he helped the CBS Sunday morning political talk show score 5.2 million viewers, although it was not clear which appearance he was referring to. Trump's appearance in January 2016 registered 4.6 million viewers, according to TV Newser. His subsequent appearances on “Face the Nation” during the campaign last year got lower ratings, including after a Republican primary debate in February 2016.

Best feeling ever


Thanks Ralph

go and tell this one to your insurer..


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Pemberton Goose finished and flying

This is from a guy that has been restoring old planes for a long time, the latest is this one...he is in Spokane Washington....where I lived and worked for almost 10 years, the guy who keeps me up to date is the widower of my first roommate there...we both worked for Ma Bell, and the sender was stationed at Fairchild...

To all:
   After 5 years of banging on the Goose most week nights and weekends with a host of skilled volunteers and family N95467 left the surly bonds of earth for the 1st time last Monday April 17 without a hitch. After the 40 min test hop over the airport out test pilot Fred Ball “Mr. Goose” gave rides to all our Goose project volunteers. Right after the ride session training for my son Jay and I started. After 2 ½ intense training days Jay and I were  signed off  and met insurance requirements. As of Wednesday night Hobbs shows nearly 20 hrs. on the airplane already. Ryan was also able to fly a bit with Fred and get a left seat taste of Goose nirvana as well. In time Ryan will get his MEL and MES in the Goose when Jay and I get up to speed to start training for him.
Our Goose N95467 SN 1161 was manufactured in 1942 as a lend lease JRF-6B for the British Royal Navy. It spent its  post WW2 life flying Catalina island, the Caribbean and  Alaska until the airplane was worn out and in need of massive  repair work. While in the Caribbean it was owned by Charlie Blair and his movie star wife Maureen O’Hare who operated Antilles airlines. . It ended up in Palm Springs at the Bob Pond Air Museum as a static display for the 19 years before we purchased the airplane as a project .We disassembled the airplane and trucked it to Spokane in the Spring of 2012. After completion of our Waco Custom Cabin in the fall of 2012 the Goose restoration took off with an 8000 hrs. effort on major center section ,fuselage and wing repair. This endless effort was followed by all new systems and paint. I have always loved  1942 US NAVY tricolor  paint scheme and wanted NAS Whidbey Island livery as we are from Washington state.
The aircraft check out was interesting and new to us as the Goose requires  unique tail wheel aircraft techneque . Water work is amazing and we have a lot to learn before tackling other than benign water conditions for now. The Goose  is proving to be one of my most rewarding flying experiences to date. Fred Ball our check pilot is a wealth of knowledge and skill with the airplane. Fred has  15,000 hrs. in the Goose and Widgeon. Operating the aircraft in an open ocean with high swells seems at this point unreal. We will keep the airplane in fresh water and easy water for the rest of its life.
My many thanks goes out to the Grumman flying  boat operation and owner community which has been  inviable to us the last 5 years. Our Fresh Covington R985 Pratts are turbine smooth, powerful and leak tight. Covington builds a great engine. We have 5 Covington engines in our fleet and all of engines give great performance and reliability. The 2 blade 22D30 Hamilton Standard long blade props pull very hard and provide great performance. Other than noise I am puzzled as to why so many Beech 18’s and most  Gooses run 3 blade Hartzell props which do not perform as well require min RPM to feather and are extremely expensive?? There is a recurring AD on the Hamilton Standard props but our prop shop turns them in reasonable time and cost.
Addison Pemberton

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Memories - That's all Folks

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