LOCKHEED PV-1 SUPER VENTURA N183PL
This is the Super Ventura when she flew in to Chico.
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This is an earlier shot of her when she was still flying as a corporate aircraft in 1962.
This is how she looks now except I have removed each firewall forward QEC and I brought them home to build up with R-2800CB series engines.
This is the interior looking forward from the entry door. She was configured for 14 people. The cool thing about this aircraft is that she is still certified as a single pilot aircraft. There are 4 seats in the cockpit area that can be closed off by a door in the bulkhead shown in this photo. There is a couch on the forward right side that seats four and the club style seating as shown.
The interior upholstery needs to be replaced as the fabric is old and dried out but it is all there.
This is the bar and stereo console across from the couch seat. It has provisions for hot cups and a cooler as well as mounting the old entertainment system.
Most of the instrumentation has been removed except for the special instruments like fuel quantity, flap, cowl flap etc. The flight instrumentation is generic and I have most of it in our inventory. The controls are free and when I put power to the aircraft the systems came alive. There was still a charge in two of the accumulators. We put hydraulic fluid in the reservoir and fired up the electric hydraulic pump and the system held pressure. I was able to get the flaps to rumble down and even the brakes held although since then I removed the wheels and braked and we cleaned, painted and resealed them. I installed two tires and tubes on both the main and tail.
I was amazed at the condition of the interior spaces. This is in the nose under the cockpit. Those are some of the accumulators that still held a charge. The plumbing is in great shape although all of the rubber hoses will need to be replaced.
When I powered up the aircraft electrically one of the CB fire bottle squibs fired off though the CB had already leaked out. When I turned all of the switches off prior to putting power to the aircraft I missed the right fire bottle switch. The two brown spheres are the fire bottles and to the left of them is the black hydraulic pump and its silver reservoir. On the opposite wall of this compartment is a main electrical junction box. I wish I knew who wired this aircraft as it is a work of art. The wiring in the aircraft is in great shape.
This is looking into the aft section from the back wall of the bathroom. The bathroom is spacious and is bigger than the one in a DC-3. This shot shows the aft fuselage and one of the oxygen bottles.
Here we are removing the wheels and brakes for overhaul.
Here is Ray removing the left QEC to take home. We have begun to build up one QEC but customers aircraft have taken priority lately.
Here is one of the engines that Ray loaned me that is being prepared to run on the test cell.
She ran great! You can't beat the sound of an R-2800!
Here is the equipment list for this aircraft. She had all of the bells and whistles in her day. She was decked out then like a G-5 is today.
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