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    Default Re: Random Shot Of The Day - Part 2

    Here's a photo from Ezell's shop in 2017, I believe it's been there since the Bear's first trip to their shop. I've seen another photo that puts it there in 2018 as well, but nothing beyond on that. Just a guess on my part but I don't see a reason as to why it would be anywhere else considering that Ezell is still working on the Bear.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CJAM427 View Post
    Here's a photo from Ezell's shop in 2017, I believe it's been there since the Bear's first trip to their shop. I've seen another photo that puts it there in 2018 as well, but nothing beyond on that. Just a guess on my part but I don't see a reason as to why it would be anywhere else considering that Ezell is still working on the Bear.


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    That sure looks like it.

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    Here's the aforementioned photo from May 2018



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    Someone from Ezell's shop should know something about it. P51 A?
    Lockheed Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJAM427 View Post
    Here's the aforementioned photo from May 2018



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    That certainly looks like it. I don’t recall the dome being black, but it’s been a long time. Thanks for taking the time to figure out where you spotted it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lockheed Bob View Post
    Someone from Ezell's shop should know something about it. P51 A?
    It's way too big for a Mustang. The modified cuffs on the obvious P-3 blades are pretty apparent even though they appear to be wrapped in cardboard or wrapping paper. Like I said before, anyone who has spent any time around it will recognize it quickly. It seems as if the mystery regarding the location of that prop is solved. If someone was to try to build a fake they wouldn't wrap it up, I suspect that's the one. I've pondered about what future purpose that prop might have, there are legal issues, and I still wonder who it could be sent to for inspection/overhaul (Cal-Prop doesn't exist anymore), and it's not just a plug and play to go from a Aeroproducts prop to a Hamilton Standard. I wonder what will happen to it? BCIV mentioned Barry Bearson, he was the owner of Cal-Prop when I worked there. I didn't work on props, I worked on prop controls, C-130 and P-3 stuff was our moneymaker, fireer stuff was a close second and the warbird stuff was just icing on the cake. We did not work on small airplane propellers. When I joined the Bearcat team I was working as a newly appointed A/P at Santa Paula and eventually Gil offered me a job and I took it. I dont know if a place like Cal-Prop exists these days. The variety of what was going through that shop was pretty amazing. Trying to find a shop that would be willing to sign off any work on that prop might be difficult. Maybe it will end up as someones really cool ceiling fan.
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    Shots without the spinner are unusual. Quite different ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by wingman View Post
    Shots without the spinner are unusual. Quite different ...
    That's Gil and I either removing or reinstalling the prop at Reno. There would normally be no reason to remove the spinner or prop if the engine wasn't broken, and it wasn't. It was a strange day. Maybe BCIV can chime in as to why we were tasked to remove it. And the dome is polished as I did correctly recall, there was some teflon and if you look close you can see why. I miss Gil, we worked very closely together outside of the Bearcat for a long time. And before anyone says anything about any "product" in my hair, there was, it's engine oil. That whole thing happened right at the edge of our pit and Gil and I were testing the limits of 6' ladders 5' from a very curious/enthusiastic crowd of fans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by knot4u View Post
    That's Gil and I either removing or reinstalling the prop at Reno. There would normally be no reason to remove the spinner or prop if the engine wasn't broken, and it wasn't. It was a strange day. Maybe BCIV can chime in as to why we were tasked to remove it. And the dome is polished as I did correctly recall, there was some teflon and if you look close you can see why. I miss Gil, we worked very closely together outside of the Bearcat for a long time. And before anyone says anything about any "product" in my hair, there was, it's engine oil. That whole thing happened right at the edge of our pit and Gil and I were testing the limits of 6' ladders 5' from a very curious/enthusiastic crowd of fans.
    Well, in those days a fast Bear was an oily Bear, so if you didn't wear a hat, odds are, you'd end up with oil in one's hair.

    I think the 3 blade went to Texas the first time the Bear did. That was why I was saying it would make sense if the pic I saw was at Ezell's, but I've got a pretty good memory, and the pic or video that I can't seem to find wasn't there. It wasn't the Bear cave either. I'm sure at this point more than a couple people think I'm smoking crack, since I can't find the pic/video I'm just going to let it go.

    Will

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAD2LTR View Post
    Well, in those days a fast Bear was an oily Bear, so if you didn't wear a hat, odds are, you'd end up with oil in one's hair.

    I think the 3 blade went to Texas the first time the Bear did. That was why I was saying it would make sense if the pic I saw was at Ezell's, but I've got a pretty good memory, and the pic or video that I can't seem to find wasn't there. It wasn't the Bear cave either. I'm sure at this point more than a couple people think I'm smoking crack, since I can't find the pic/video I'm just going to let it go.

    Will
    With regards to hair products, look at Gil's hat, it was probably new when we got there that week.

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