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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:11 pm 
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Taigh Ramey wrote:
The engines are the last major project that is needed to complete the Harpoon besides the ongoing maintenance.


OK WIXers .. if you're reading this, you are probably (like me) an avid follower of the Harpoon 062 thread. You've seen Taigh and his Stockton Field team (and their friends across the country) work veritable miracles with just a little bit of money and a whole lot of dedication. However, these engines are at the heart of everything and now they need more than passion and elbow grease can provide. They need specialized expertise. They need substantial funding. They need a major sponsor.

And to my mind there is one logical, natural,and mutually beneficial name that fits that bill.

FORD MOTOR COMPANY

So I'm putting the thought out there, along with a challenge .. can anyone here connect Taigh with the right people at Ford with the desire to listen to a pitch and the authority to potentially offer support?

It doesn't have to be the CEO (though that would be nice!)

Someone in corporate communications/marketing would do very well.

Or maybe you're buddies with a guy who owns some Ford dealerships (especially in the Stockton area) and loves Warbirds as much we do.

Ideally, we could connect them with the person who coordinates Ford's presence at Oshkosh every year. I was lucky enough to fly with the Harpoon to AirVenture in 2013 and Ford was everywhere. From the gorgeous Trimotor giving rides ...
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To Model T's on the flight line ...
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And a massive tent front and center in the middle of all the action.
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Clearly Ford is interested in reaching people with a love for airplanes (and cars) and willing to invest serious resources in making that happen. The company wants to remind people of its past and current contributions to national security, show respect to our veterans, instill justifiable pride in its professional workforce, and provide consumers with powerful examples of its high quality product.

Harpoon 062 can do all of that.

The engines in question were manufactured by the Ford plant in Dearborn, Michigan USA
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Seven decades later, they are still going strong .. a perfect embodiment of the famous slogan, "Built Ford Tough!"

With the proper care now, the Harpoon could go on for decades more .. spreading the message to teeming airshow crowds around the country on her Ford-built (and Ford sponsored?) engines.

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What do you say?

Can you make the connection?

Do you know someone (or someone who knows someone) that can help Taigh and his team reach a receptive audience at Ford?

HARPOON 062 NEEDS YOU! (to help convince Ford to sponsor the engine overhaul)
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:01 am 
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Thanks for the PV-1 update Taigh. It was very informative and insightful as always. Can't wait to see it at OSH with the Howards one day!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:34 pm 
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2 Nice shots of "062" in the "Indianapolis" Trailer at 2:35 & 3:05.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSTC6nnbaRo pop1

I hope the CG doesn't look like Pearl Harbor... especially after the loss of the Catalina :evil: .

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:39 pm 
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The Movie, USS Indianapolis, Men of Courage, is out on demand and is supposed to have a limited release in theatres on November 11th. You can also find it online and watch it for free in low resolution.

I will leave the judgement of the quality of the movie to you all. Don't get your hopes up. There are, however, some awesome scenes of 062 in flight and in some cool close ups. finally all those years of hand modelling paid off for me. Sadly the air to air shots of us opening our bomb bay doors in flight for the first time didn't make the cut. They used the ground shots.

As far as we were concerned the Harpoon was the hit of the movie but we are biased. At least we looked great next to the other aircraft that were mostly CG. I especially like how the USS Indianapolis berthed right next to the Enola Gay to drop off the bomb...

We all had a good time during the filming and were honored to have helped to portray the story of Lt. Gwinn and his crew and PV-1. I just wish this story could have had a serious budget and had been a better tribute to the crew and family of the USS Indianapolis.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:03 pm 
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More progress on the 1943 Mk 13 aerial torpedo. We were able to free up the turbine shafts and get the buckets to turn as well as the oil pump. Then we tapped into the air system and applied some nitrogen with pretty cool results:

https://youtu.be/7XHqHq5VtCQ

Helps to have a manual for sure.

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Considering that it was sitting outside in New Jersey for decades I am amazed at how nice this torpedo is inside. She has some rust and cancer in some of the steel skins but the mechanism is in beautiful shape and is coming back to life nicely. This torpedo is certainly worthy of a complete restoration. For now we will clean and preserve what we have as we continue to learn about it.

I am also amazed at just how beautifully built this is. It really is like a fine watch with intricate machining and craftsmanship. A fine watch that was dropped at speeds up to 300 knots at all kinds of altitudes and would smash into the water and yet drive straight and true to its target.

This is a whole new type of aircraft armament that is certainly fun to learn about. What happened inside of this device once it was dropped is very fascinating.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:26 am 
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Now, that is totally cool! First time I've seen how a torpedo functions. Thanks!!!!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:24 pm 
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Rod Schneider wrote:
Now, that is totally cool! First time I've seen how a torpedo functions. Thanks!!!!

Funny, me too!

It is very cool. I love the little oil pump pistons working away to lube the turbine shafts. The whole afterbody was pressurized with air presumably to keep water out that would interfere with operations. Our torpedo had panels cut out to allow access for training so it is a long way from being air tight but thankfully it appears to be very complete.

We will clean it up. strip the paint and refinish it and hang it in the Harpoon. We will fly with it but not on a regular basis as it weighs a bit over 1600 pounds.

Now we have to get out high pack air compressor up so we have high pressure air. We went through that full nitrogen bottle pretty quickly! The Cletrac also has a high pressure compressor and we have a small portable one too so we should be good on 2000+ psi air.

This thing is awesome!

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We brought her from: Image to this in 3 months: Image Help us get her all the way back Image

All donations are tax deductible as the Stockton Field Aviation Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Tell a friend as the Harpoon needs all the help she can get.

Thank you!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:49 pm 
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Sounds like it deserves to be in a museum... :wink:

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:25 pm 
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So cool!!!! you guys do so amazing jobs. keep it up :drink3:

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 3:59 am 
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I absolutely love that one of your goals is to get all of the original radios and radar working. Excellent job!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:18 am 
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HOT RUN! HOT RUN! Sorry, a wee flashback... :shock:
I've really enjoyed this thread from day one. Always something interesting!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:57 am 
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'062 in the trailer for the USS Indianapolis movie:
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 2:14 pm 
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Seeing '062 was the highlight of that trailer for me! I don't think the movie is getting a theatrical release in NZ so I doubt I'll get to see and hear a Harpoon on the big screen.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 6:43 pm 
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Zac,
The film is available on line. Film reviews weren't so hot but still great to see Taigh's aircraft get the publicity it rightly deserves. When I was a kid, I remember one our neighbors brother's was on the Indy.
Don't know if he was a survivor.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:12 am 
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Wow verry nice screen shots Chris, thanx for share those. 8)
Are there any updates about the PV-2D??? Always a pleasure to see progress about this bird.


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