landing gear

Aviation History – Chapter 2.5 – Lockheed C-5 Landing Gear

February 12, 2009

I’ve been doing research for the next post on air refueling, which should be up in a couple of days. In the process I found these two videos which  show the operation of the Lockheed C-5 landing gear.  I tried to describe the operation in words in my last post covering some of the unique […]

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Globe Swift Landing Gear Rebuild – Actuator

July 21, 2008

In the last post we talked about replacing the seals in the Globe Swift landing gear downlock. This post will cover some of the steps in replacing the seals in the landing gear actuator. As mentioned in the last post, actuator seal kit S-147 was purchased from the Swift Association to complete this actuator rebuild.

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Globe Swift Landing Gear Rebuild – Downlock

July 13, 2008

The Manual The main landing gear downlock is the simplest of the hydraulic mechanisms on the Swift to rebuild, but it still is best accomplished with a copy of the Swift Hydraulic Manual. It may be purchased from the International Swift Association, Athens, TN.  In it are parts breakdowns and step-by-step instructions for the overhaul […]

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Back at work so I can get some rest.

July 5, 2008

Time Off? I was at home for about a week and a half toward the end of June. During that time I went back to work rebuilding the landing gear on my Swift. I’ll make a few posts on that process in the next day or so. I even managed to take some pictures of […]

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Refurbishing an Airplane

May 16, 2008

A little background is in order. I purchased this airplane, a Globe Swift, in late 2004 from an estate (funny, it seems longer than that….) . The owner had died suddenly a few years before. The plane and been sitting, unused in an open-air hangar since he passed away. I don’t believe it had been […]

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