BEECHCRAFT 3NM N21FS
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This is a photo essay of Beechcraft 3NM Expeditor N21FS
Fox Sierra is a beautiful Beech as you can see. Here she is on a ramp during a fuel stop on her way across the United States. She is on her way to her new owners in Denmark.
This is Lasse, the proud new owner of Fox Sierra.
Here is Frank, he and Lasse are partners in a company called OPMAS that helps with the importation of aircraft to Europe. Frank, Lasse and I flew their new Beech from California to an avionics shop for a radio upgrade.
A short time later Hardy Kalitzki and I took the Beech across the Atlantic for Lasse and Frank. Hardy is a professional ferry pilot who makes more the 50 crossings of the Atlantic each year. Our route took us through Canada to Goose Bay Labrador, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland and then Denmark.
This is Hardy
Here we are approaching Greenland
This is Narsarsuaq Airport known during WWII as Bluie West One. Thousands of aircraft stopped here on their way to and from the European theatre during WWII.
The survival equipment stowed by the escape hatch
Rolling in to Aarhus Airport in Denmark. Aarhus was an air field that was used by the Luftwaffe during WWII.
Lasse eventually sold the Beech to a Gentleman in Switzerland. Here the Beech is getting ready for flight training with the new owner and his crew.
This is Hugo the proud new owner of Fox Sierra
This is Jurg, Hugo's chief pilot taking his turn at the Beech
Hugo Dobler, gets a turn at the Beech
Yes, I think he likes Fox Sierra!
This is Fritz, Hugo's crew chief, who takes great care of his aircraft.
Maintenance and inspection work begins
Here the Beech begins the wing spar x-ray for AD compliance. The sand bags are used to weight the wings in preparation for the removal of the spar strap.
This is the tube that generates the X-rays for the inspection. Here is is set up to shoot down through the wing spar
This is an example of a film of wing station 90 lower. You can see that the spar tube is clean and free of corrosion
Gail is getting set up for the next shot
The left wing was removed for a closer inspection of a wing attach joint with more x-rays.
Everything was clean
Well almost everything was clean. A bit of grime in the wing root that needs cleaning
More maintenance and fixing the old gal up
One of the best parts about my business is getting to meet wonderful people from all over the world.
I have had the honor of working with these three gentleman at Grenchen. This is Rene, Walter and Kurt. Three great mechanics and great guys too.
Walter, Fritz, Hugo, Rene, Kurt and Hugo D.
Here is a happy Beech owner
Another great aspect of of my business is being able to see some beautiful sights from the cockpit of the Beech 18. I can't think of a better way to see Switzerland!
Can you spot Jungfraujoch ?
It is accessed by a train through a tunnel inside the mountain!
Yes, Hugo is a happy camper! Who wouldn't be? Flying around the Swiss Alps in a beautiful Beech 18? It was a good day.
Here is Fox Sierra in her old hangar. She is sitting on a turn table that rotates to put each aircraft in front of the hangar door.
Here she is in her new hangar that is much larger. The whole hangar is made out of wood because there is a VOR near by and a metal hangar would interfere with the navigation signals. Quite the turn table! there are two in this hangar and you can see one in the back for Breitling's aircraft.
More to come so check back
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