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This is a collection of my blog entries and experiences with flying, and learning to fly. Something I had been wanting to do for quite a while.
You can find all the pictures I've taken here, and read below for my experience.
Specifically, I have a page for my Trips to Oshkosh, the mecca for pilots

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2013/10/13 United Family Day at SFO with Arturo
π 2013-10-13 00:00 in Flying
Arturo had been wanting to go for many years and scored a couple of tickets this year, so he invited me and we went together this year.

He picked me up and we drove a special parking lot at SFO and got in the maintenance employee entrance:


One hangar had planes on display and MX people answering questions on how they do maintenance. That was interesting:


they use eddie currents to see invisible cracks
they use eddie currents to see invisible cracks

engines sitting outside pre or post maintenance
engines sitting outside pre or post maintenance

We got to visit the test cell, a very interesting part of the visit:


this is where the engines get overhauled and tested
this is where the engines get overhauled and tested



impressive facility to test engines (they get tested for over 8H)
impressive facility to test engines (they get tested for over 8H)


mega blast door in case the engine disintegrates
mega blast door in case the engine disintegrates


Planes on display were nice, including plane pulling contests

warmup for the plane pull
warmup for the plane pull

it would be fun if we used them to tow planes from now on :)
it would be fun if we used them to tow planes from now on :)

Emergency slide deployment
Emergency slide deployment

Plane tours
Plane tours

Yes Arturo, this is what coach looks like. That's where other people sit :)
Yes Arturo, this is what coach looks like. That's where other people sit :)



They also had random other planes and cars for display:




the fire truck was cool
the fire truck was cool






Sky writing, dot matrix style:



And that was it. The only thing we messed up on was not getting in line to see the 747 cockpit very early on before a crazy line started, but oh well.


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