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Another Classic at my local Airport

Unread postby BGH » Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:19 pm

I was out at my local airport yesterday & came across this ol' girl getting an annual so that it can be flown to her new owner Joe McBrian in Yellowknife.It has sat on the dock in Pender Harbour British Columbia for the last 5 years as it's owner first had medical issues & then passed away.
The mechanic is attempting to get it ready so that it can arrive for the Midnight Sun Flyin from July 10-12(http://www.midnightsunflyin.com/).
No generator to charge the battery,hand held radio,no transponder & 2 hours range at 90 mph ; oh and did I mention open cockpit.I would love to be on board for that flight ,a true adventure.I'm told that a second float equipped aircraft will accompany this girl for her trip in case anything is needed.

Regards;

Daryl
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Re: Another Classic at my local Airport

Unread postby akavidflyer » Mon Jul 06, 2015 10:47 am

What a beauty! I would give my left nut to have a day playing with that bird! Thanks for posting these pics!

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Re: Another Classic at my local Airport

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Re: Another Classic at my local Airport

Unread postby BGH » Sat Jul 11, 2015 4:41 pm

Here's a link to a local story about the N3N.

http://www.coastreporter.net/news/local ... -1.1987294
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Re: Another Classic at my local Airport

Unread postby jjbaker » Sat Jul 11, 2015 5:01 pm

What a cool story! :beer:

The late Bill Thompson’s yellow N3N bi-plane made its last flight out of Pender Harbour on June 25, but its flying days are far from over.

The N3N has made hundreds of flights for Pender festivals, events, ceremonies or simply evening jaunts into the sky.

“It was very significant to Pender Harbour. There was quite a crowd out to see it go,” Bill’s widow Wilma Thompson said. “It was a pretty emotional thing for me because we’ve had it for 25 years.”

Originally built as a training plane by the U.S. Navy in Philadelphia in 1942, the Thompsons purchased it in 1990. Bill spent the next 12 years rebuilding and caring for the plane, but most of all, flying the plane.

“Well, let’s put it this way: it was almost a nightly flight, and it never went up without a passenger,” Wilma said. “My husband took over 300 people for a ride. That was free gratis and for nothing. That wasn’t for hire – that was for pleasure.

“He never ever went up alone,” Wilma continued. “He spent too many years himself -– before he got his pilot’s licence – as a youngster wishing he could go for a ride in an airplane. I had a list so long I never got to the end of it. Everybody wanted to go.”

The bi-plane was purchased by Buffalo Joe McBryan, president of Buffalo Airways in Yellowknife, NWT.

“I didn’t buy it for resale, and I didn’t buy it for any other reason except that I always wanted a bi-plane,” McBryan said.

He found out about the airplane from tourists going through his hangar. A woman told him about the bi-plane and said that it was up for sale. Within a few days, McBryan had committed to buy it.

“So that’s really it, it’s moving to Yellowknife and it will live here forever,” McBryan said. “A lot of people buy these airplanes and restore them as war birds – but I’m not interested in the war. I’m more of a peace-peace, make love not war type guy. So I won’t be making it into a war bird. It will be just used to fly around.”

The N3N is being moved to Pitt Meadows to be serviced before making its way up north. When he was told about the significance of the N3N, McBryan made a standing invitation to the Pender Harbour community.

“It’s got a good home and they’re all welcome to come up here and visit her,” he said. “If they come up, I’ll take them for a ride in her.”
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Re: Another Classic at my local Airport

Unread postby KlausNW » Sun Jul 12, 2015 2:46 am

I have a short N3N story...

I was asked to do an Annual on this plane that "I" thought had similarities to a Stearman. I had no knowledge of the N3N at the time, so I stuck my nose in the books and the airplane and learned that it was not a relative of the Stearman. The engineers that developed the N3N had blimp resources and knowledge so as you may notice the aircraft is constructed of aluminum angle extrusions and gussets.

Most everything about the construction of the N3N is very unique and has been rarely duplicated over the following decades. After a couple Annuals "I" knew the difference and history surrounding the N3N. A very remarkable time in Aviation history.
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Re: Another Classic at my local Airport

Unread postby KeithSmith » Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:18 am

KlausNW wrote:I was asked to do an Annual on this plane that "I" thought had similarities to a Stearman. I had no knowledge of the N3N at the time, so I stuck my nose in the books and the airplane and learned that it was not a relative of the Stearman. The engineers that developed the N3N had blimp resources and knowledge so as you may notice the aircraft is constructed of aluminum angle extrusions and gussets.

Most everything about the construction of the N3N is very unique and has been rarely duplicated over the following decades. After a couple Annuals "I" knew the difference and history surrounding the N3N. A very remarkable time in Aviation history.


I think that has to be the toughest part of being an IA. No two airplanes are ever exactly alike. Plus, the paper trail of changes can span back to before you were born. Then, when all is done, it goes out the door with your name on the line. Truly an awesome challenge and responsibility.
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Re: Another Classic at my local Airport

Unread postby BGH » Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:48 pm

I found this on another site,it appears the aircraft has made it to it's new owner.

Daryl

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/buf ... -1.3650036
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Re: Another Classic at my local Airport

Unread postby Stevesbrother » Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:46 am

Got to fly a N3N on gear. Fun airplane flys nice incredibly heavy on the ailerons though took 2 hands and a leg to do rolls. Completely made of derrigable parts. Always wanted to fly it on float though. The one I flew had all the float parts but was sold before they ever put them on .
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