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Naval Aviation News - Jan 1943

Naval Aviation News - Jan 1943

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BUREAUOFAERONAUTICS
NAVYDEPARTMENT
NEWSLETTERRESTRICTED
No.186
15
January
1943
FLIGHT
>
5UREAUOF
AERONAUTICSNOTES
NAVMEYO--Ontheflrstandt'ifteenthofeachmonthHeadquartersSquadron,FleetAirWingFour,issuesa"NAVMEMOII(NavigationMemorandum)containingcurrentaeronauticalandhydrographicdatapertainingtotheW-ing'ssectorofoperations.
Bureau
Comment:
The
Bureau
considersthisan
excellentmethodofpubli;;;hingthepertinentdatawithinasector.Excessiveduplicationandtheincreasingloadofdistribution
~f
publications
by
theBydrographlcOfficewillbeconsiderablyreducedbythisprocedure.ItisrecommendedthatotherHeadquartersSquadronsinaugurateasimilarservice.
*********
STATISTICSDoYouMaketheBestPossibleUseofYoW'Radlo?--
Upon
returningfraInaroutinepatroljustbeforedark,thepilotofaPV-3approachedthebaseoninstruments,ridingthebeamthroughaheavysnowsquall,andbrokeintotheclear
when
approximatelyoverthefield.Uponsightingthe
field,
the
Filat
startedtodragthefirstrunwayhesaw,Due.toapproachingdarkness
and
lackofknowledgeofthesizeofthesnowsquallwhichwasrapidlycloslng1n,
be
decidedtoland,a.l.thoughherealizedhisapproachwassomewhatdown-
wind.
Thelanding
Was
longandfastwithther~sult
thattheairplanesufferedconsiderabledamagewhenitskiddedintoanobstructionoffthefar-endoftherunway.Thesquadroncommandermadethefollowingcommentonthisaccident:"Thepilotdidnothavehisvoiceradioadjustedforcommunicatingwiththebaseradio.Sincehestillhad
sufficient
fueltoremain1ntheairatleastanothertwoandahalfhours,somecontactshouldhavebeenmadewiththebasestationassoonashereachedthevicinityof
thefield.
Hadhesocommunicated
J
thegroundeontro1couldhaveinformedhimoftheextentofthesnowsquall,orcouldhavedirectedhimtoanalternatefield.Thisaccidentemphasizes
the
need
for
estab11shingand
mainta.ining
communicationswithabasestationinreducedvisibilitycondItions."
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N.L.No..186
1/15/43
Gentlemen,meetanold-timer,P.S.
("Post
Script")
PettIbone,longsinceretired,butnowbackinparachute
harness.He
started
flying
back
in
the
days
when
airplanes
werebuiltoutofcigarboxesandbalingw1re;whenanair-
planewasconsidereda
success
if
thepilotcouldcoax
it50feet
in
theairandasuccessfullandingwasanythingyoucouldwalkawayfrom.Thechan~esare,your
squadron
commanderwon'tevenreme.!l.'ber.S",Pettibone,but
those
steeped
in
the
ancient1
,~e
ofna,~;,l
aviation
willrecallthemany
aero-
na,utlcal
e
plotts~~hwhichhisnamewas
intimately
asso-
dated.Hislogbovkisstuddedwith"firsts,"dat~ngbackto
suchthingsas:
IIfirst
totakeoffinaseaplanecarrying
250poundsof
usefulload"
and"firsttomakea4-hourendurance
flight."
In
thelast
war
heusedtodogfIght
in
a
flying
boatanduseaColt
.45
tohelpouthiscombination
gunnerandbontberintbebow.
"PostScriptnPettibonewasalmost
equallyfamous
forhishair-triggertemper,affectionatelyeterredto
by
hiscronies
2S
h'S
lowboilingpoint.i'hesecroniesnever
tiredof
getting
:I.
"rise"
out
o:f
him
by
transfOrming
his
Licknameinto'
_t
~er,Thought"and
other,
les~
flattering,
terms..
Heis.st~llveryableand
eager
1;0
take
rare
of"h1ra-
st!l!",bu.t
because
of"
his
high
b
l.oodpressureand
his
rheumat-icbackandout
~f
~espectfor
hi3
venerabkeageand
long,
greybeard~wecwdefertohisdesiretobecallednGrampaw
Accord1ngl!,~Grampaw
Pettj,bone
it
is~-respectf'u.lly.
Gr~mpaw15stillarabid
aViation
enthusiast,
particularly'here
naval
aviatiDn
is
conce~Ded~
He
ha~
had
moreclose'-:!.lsand
experiencesthanEddieRickenbackerand
Dick
Tracy
,AbinedThelastof
GrampawlsaVLat10n
experl-
-;nces
came
"'OQut
throughhisloveof'fishingandwasesponsibll5ol"orhisreturnto
duty..
Crampawcla1msfishing
_thebes1;;
thinking
exercise
in
theworld,
so
he
used
to
eendmuch
01
histimea
t
the1'1vernhj.11zuns
throughhis
fa.,rm,
"fishing"upnewwa.ystooutwitlisoldHunopponents.
About
b'~n
daysago,whilesoengagedandjustaboutthetime
hewas
hbagg1Dg"
another
Hein1e
astudentpilotcrash-
landedafewhundred}ardsaway
F~rtl~ately,
the
student
wasn
l
t
j~
1;c'ed;
but
he
ai.rpla.nec
augh
t
fire
andburned..
There
~~C
,ntsmellofthsbumin
~trplane
was
tooauchforGramJaw.Hestoppedonlylongnoughtolocatehis
luck7
h~lmetandreturned
wit!.l
thestudent
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N.L.No.1861/15/43
NowGrampawcouldn'tbegintopassaphysical
exam,
but
he
talkedhimself
intoa
waiverj
long,
grey
beard
andall.
He
demandedaflight
physical,
butafter
listerringto
his
asthmaticwheezeandvisual1zing
hisbeardalltangledup
in
thecockpitcontrols,themedicalboardwisely
t
urned
himdown.Grampaw
claimedthisboardwasbiasedand
came
totheBureautocomplain.
He
arguedthat
because
of
hislongfl'ying
eXperiencehedidnttneedtobe
in
perfectphysicalcondition.HeofferedtotaketheChiefoftheBureauupforahopandprovethistohim,personally.Hearguedthatbecausehehadflownalltypesofplanesandnadhadeverykindofaccident,heknewhowtoavoidthem.Thelongerhetalked,thecleareritbecamethatitwoUldbeashameto~solatehimatanyonestationandnotgiveallaviatorsthebenefitof
his
vastexperience.Theresult
was,
thatdespitehispersonaldesirefor"action,"heisnowoccupyingthechairofAircraftSafetyCOmlselorintheBureau..FromthisvantageseathewillreminisceandthroughthemediumoftheNEWS
LETTER,
pointout"boners"andofferadvice.Yourpersonalflight-safetyproblems,
if
addressedtohim,careofthe
NEWS
LETTER,will
receive
hispersonalattention.Heinsiststhisis
all
awasteoftime
because
aviatorsaretoo
hard-headed
to
-take
advice,
anyway_We
disagreeandentreatyoutogivehimearnestheed,forheknowswhereofhe
speakS.
HisistherealVoiceofExperience.He
learnedthe-hard
way--bytrialanderror.Ashe
says,
hehasmadealltheerrors;sothereisnoneedforyoutorepeatthem.
May
youprofit
by
his
mistakes!
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