These are probably the cleanest Tigers in the land.
I always take the time to make sure the aircraft I have flown is spotless of oil before the next pilot takes her up. It's important so I can see if any more than the acceptable amount has been lost during the flight and also the next person can see if a leak has occurred. I also hate the thought of oil, or anything that shouldn't be there, sitting on the fabric for long periods of time.
In addition, I like to give the prop a quick wipe with a wet rag along with the wing surfaces (within reach!) and the wires. It's a chance for me to check everything as was before the flight and let's face it, the Tiger doesn't need any more drag adding and you will not believe the flies that get picked up in summer! 😂
Speaking of drag... I once took a bee on a lesson, I'm pleased to say he was still there on the wing when we got back so it must have been a good landing that day 😬
I can't deny that as well as good airmanship and etiquette the reason for a tidy plane is of course, purely aesthetic. I'm damn proud of the Cambridge Tigers and how tidy they look, and I'm glad I'm surrounded by people that think and do the same.
These Tigers sure are loved.
Tucked in tight in our hangar this week to stay out of the cold weather we are having here in NY are two examples of legendary aircraft made by North American Aviation during and immediately after WWII. The WWII, and Korean War era P-51D Mustang and what was originally one of the first post WWII T-28A trainers produced for the new USAF but converted into the venerable AT-28D-5 in 1965 for use in South East Asia during the Vietnam War. To learn more about these two aircraft in our collection check out the Aircraft bios on our web site.
Artisans in Action.
I had a wonderful time today wandering around the Commemorative Air Force MN Wing @cafmn hanger and speaking with the dedicated members devoted to keeping the birds in the air. Sheet metal tools rested on the wing of a Navion F Model that will be converted to a L-17. Originally produced by North American, Ryan Aircraft took over production. The L-17 saw use in both the Korean and Viet Nam wars. A stop by the hanger will not disappoint, it is open on Wednesday and Saturday, free but donations to keep the planes flying are appreciated.