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LTV A7 Corsair II

LTV A7 Corsair II

A couple of days ago, we were camped in Montrose, Colorado. On our way out of town, we passed the Airport where this Ling Temco Vought (LTV) A7 Corsair II was mounted on a pedestal. I read that the last of these subsonic Navy attack aircraft has been decommissioned.

The sight of this (clickable) image (courtesy The Better Half) brought memories back to me. In the early sixties, I was stationed at the US Naval Missile Center, Point Mugu, CA. We had the big brother of the A7 on our aircraft line. Our F8U Corsair I aircraft were used to control drone aircraft flown downrange to be used as targets for air to air missile practice.

Later in my aerospace career, I was assigned to a project where our customer was LTV in Dallas, TX. The job was to evaluate and demonstrate Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) sensors potentially to be installed in the Corsair II. We spent a couple of weeks with prototype equipment at NAS Dallas.

It is always nice to see these old aircraft preserved for posterity. I do not know if any of these are still flown by civilians in refurbished aircraft. It would be nice to see one flying.

Do It Yourself RV Repair

RV Screen Door LatchA few weeks ago, we had the big RV down to the dealer in Avondale for some warranty work. We squawked several items, most of which were resolved to our satisfaction. One additional squawk that popped up due to one of the technicians errors was a broken latch for the screen door.

(Clickable) Image: The New Screen Door Latch

Our service advisor immediately ordered a replacement part for the door. In the meantime, we accepted the RV as it was and brought it home.

To shorten the story, the part arrived at the dealer’s place and the service advisor told us that we could pick it up. Well, the dealer’s location in Avondale is a one hundred mile round trip for us. I asked the advisor if they could ship the part to us. He went one better and said that since he commuted to his place just a few miles south of Wickenburg that he would meet us and hand over the part. We drove to a Family Dollar store and met him there.

We’re not used to someone going the extra customer service mile (actually several) to accommodate us. We thanked him profusely and took our latch home and installed it this morning. #campingworldofavondale

Rain in Monument Valley

Rainfall

The Better Half took the (clickable) image above of a squall in the distance as seen from our campground. We had a few raindrops fall here, but not enough to make the ground wet.

There is rain in the forecast along our planned route for the next couple of days as we conclude this trip. Both TBH and I welcome a bit of rain to wash off some of the road crud and dirt from the big RV.

We plan to get the RV to the dealer to fix some squawks and do some minor tune-up maintenance after this trip. The Freightliner Chassis, drive train and suspension has worked like a charm, but several annoying coach-related issues need to be addressed including drawers that don’t latch and come open during travel, loose wood trim and a broken mounting bracket for one of the window shades. There are others as well.

Nevada Northern Railroad Museum

Baggage CartsVintage Railway Express TruckMuseum Rail Yard

On our way out of town this morning, we drove by the Nevada Northern Railroad Museum, located in Ely, Nevada. We did not stop and go in, but The Better Half managed to get these shots as we drove by.

Left to right, we have some vintage baggage carts displaying the museum banner, a classic Railway Express Delivery Truck and the north end of the NNRM Rail Yard with vintage equipment. All are clickable images.

As we take this trip, we are on a faster schedule than affords us to spend some time visiting places like this museum, but we are taking notes to be considered for future visits to these areas.

Sharp Classic on the Road

Sharp ‘56 Chevy

You can tell from our posts on the other blog that we’re currently on a road trip. We have completed visits in K-stan with family members, both mine and The Better Half’s, so now the second part of the trip is devoted to go see stuff in the beautiful American West.

We were just into Nevada after transiting the Sierra Nevada Mountains when TBH spotted this very shiny 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Coupe coming down the road. Even though we were closing at 110 MPH (plus), she got this nice shot through the front window of the RV.

When I separated from active duty with the Navy, my folks had one of these (in blue) which I borrowed from time to time until I saved enough to get my own wheels, which, of course, weren’t any match for the classic ‘56, but they got me around.

Concrete Monster

Interchange

We have purposely avoided coming into the LA Basin area since no longer having a house in the area, but today, we ventured across Interstate 10, past the I-215 and I-15 interchanges to eventually settle into our campsite for the evening. We must candidly admit that we do not care much for traveling through this area, but as mentioned on the other blog, we made an exception this time.

Tomorrow, we will head out for points north and, thanks to the advice from someone who is familiar with the traffic patterns, we will avoid the times and areas of the most traffic. Hopefully, it will be relatively painless.

Asymptotically Approaching the Limit

Parkinson’s Law is an old adage which says something about consuming all the time available to complete a job. Well, a corollary likely applies to consumption of all the space (area) available for RV storage, particularly in our case.

Entering the RV Drive Clearing the Patio

(Clickable) Images above - Entering the RV Drive and Clearing the Patio

Originally, when building the house, we had our contractor construct an area behind the house to park a 24 foot travel trailer with access from the road just west of the house. Eventually, we had the area paved and a wall constructed to define the “RV Drive.” Soon after the wall and concrete were complete, we upgraded to a 32 foot Class A motorhome which fit - more or less - comfortably in the RV Drive space.

Parked - View 1 Parked - View 2

(Clickable) images of Palazzo parked, jacks down, all three slides and the awning out

Now, we have upgraded to a Class A diesel pusher which is just about the shortest in the diesel category at 35 feet nine inches. We have three slide outs and an 18 foot awning, all of which can be deployed in the space available behind the garage. But just barely.

Bedroom Slide and Patio Clearance Departure from the Concrete

(Clickable) images - bedroom slide proximity to patio and Palazzo departing

The forward starboard slide (dining room) is no problem but the aft bedroom slide must be past the patio in order to deploy. The Better Half guides me as I position the RV in this regard.

The port side slide clears the wall on that side by a foot or so when fully extended if the RV is precisely halfway between the patio and the wall. TBH also calls the position out as I’m entering the spot. We have two-way radios available, but she prefers to give hand signals.

All images courtesy of The Better Half.

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