DC-3 75th Anniversay Tour

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 by hillermuseum

Day 6

We woke up to rain today. Another front passed through Oshkosh, the one thing they didn’t need more off – rain!

After going on a donut run, they make the best donuts right on the field, and filling the original coffee container from 1945 galley of the plane we were ready to start heading home.

We were parked in the grass in the warbird area and if you have been following this blog you know how much rain they have got recently in Oshkosh so you guessed it, the plane tires sunk a little bit in the ground. After recruiting a fair number of people we pushed the tail of 97H to the left to make sure we didn’t send a few T-6’s into orbit that were parked behind us when we fired up.

Once we felt we were clear the crew jumped in the plane and we fired up the left engine which started without a hitch. Then the right engine, nothing. We all figured it had to be the switch because nothing was happening, so we shut down and headed out to the engine to figure out the problem. There is one thing that is for sure, if you break down you want to do so when you’re in Oshkosh because there are so many experts, everywhere.

Someone said, “Just bang on the starter solenoid” So one of the crew standing on the right tire climbed up inside the nacelle and started banging on the suspected problem. Sure enough the propeller started to turn. Everybody back inside and she started right up.

We lifted off at 10am under a grey sky but the rain had stopped. We climbed to 5500 feet and we were direct to Liberal Kansas. Liberal is an old military base with runways everywhere, mostly closed but a good stop after 5 hours of flying. The debate at Liberal was which way to fly. There was a line of thunderstorms across New Mexico up to Colorado and we had to decide what the best route would be. After much debate we decided to hold course and head to Flagstaff AZ.

We had to repeat the banging on the right solenoid to get a spark and we were off. It was a beautiful flight. Some of the comments from the cockpit were “this is the only way to see the country” and “we go to fast, we need to slow down and enjoy” which is what we did.

We landed at Flagstaff after 9 total hours of flying. Some might think that is a long time considering these days you could fly from San Francisco to London in that time frame, but to us it went way to fast and we enjoyed every minute of it.

Tomorrow July 29 is our last leg, Flagstaff to Hayward CA.

The sky over New Mexico from a DC-3


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