Great cross-sectioning Guys. It always adds a huge amount of understanding of the workings. The universal application of planetary gears for speed reduction is timeless and a great credit to the inventor. On a smaller scale than the propeller reduction gears shown, we have a typical radial engine inertia-type starter motor with two-stage planetary gears that give 600 to 1 armature to jaw speed or larger ratios in some models.
What some people don't know is that they don't know enough to know that they don't know anything
On Wednesday some of the restoration team spent most of their day putting the Vampire fuselage pod on to the original trestles that came with the aircraft from Blenheim. I see that quite a few of the inspection panels have been opened up and people poking their heads in looking to see the current state of the aircraft. The trip up to Auckland returned some items but I gather we will be making a few trips up there in the near future to collect more items for the Vampires. One of the items that did come back was a rusted long and slim steel box. Inside was an Army rangefinder and two small and one larger searchlights. The boys will have some fun with these items in the coming months. When we get the Bofors gun completed and on its trailer then we could put the range finder, searchlights and the gun together in a display. Neat eh.
This Sunday May 26th we will be opening our doors to the public, where for just a Gold Coin everyone can experience some Classic Flyers magic.
Aircraft will be displayed along our taxi-way where everyone will be able to get up close to view and photograph them. From 10.00am until 2.00pm a number of our aircraft will have their engines run up in an exciting display of sound, smoke and motion. Visiting aircraft from elsewhere on the airfield will add to the mix of aircraft on display. You can even get the chance to dress up as a pilot and get your photo taken in one of our Classic Aircraft.
There will be plenty of activities for all the family - including rides on our Vintage Fire Engine, Face Painting and for the more adventurous try out the Virtual Reality Simulations in The CAVE Mobile VR Experience.
The Tauranga Airport Crash Fire/Rescue team will come and display their Crash/Fire Tender in an exciting show of water and foam. Our squadron of pedal planes will be available for the young pilots. The AvGas cafe will be open selling great food and beverages including a ground crew sausage sizzle out by the planes. There will be a prize draw for a Flight in one of our Classic planes - so don't forget to enter the competition. The winner will be notified after the draw on Monday.
Put this Sunday 26th May in your diary Check out Classic Flyers for a memorable day out. Don't forget to bring your camera for some great photos. See you there....