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alberchico
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How Do You Get Support

Thu Feb 24, 2005 10:47 pm

How do all the dc-3 and convair and generally all the operators of old derelict aircraft get support AND SPARE PARTS FOR THEIR FLEETS?  Confused
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RE: How Do You Get Support

Thu Feb 24, 2005 10:51 pm

In many cases, the spares are taken off grounded or preserved planes. Remanufacturing any rare parts is expensive, but some common parts, or those that are at any rate similar to parts used then, are probably bought new (instruments mostly - if you don't care about authenticity).
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alberchico
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RE: How Do You Get Support

Fri Feb 25, 2005 12:09 am

So for how long can planes like the dc-3 keep flying? sooner or later you're going to run out of planes to cannibalize for spare parts
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RE: How Do You Get Support

Fri Feb 25, 2005 12:54 am

Sadly, there is also a supply chain for counterfeit parts.

There was a joke around corrosion corners years ago:
"I want that R-1820 there."
"Okay, and how many hours do you want it to have?"

This is kind of going away since making a profit with a DC-3 is not all that likely anymore.
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RE: How Do You Get Support

Fri Feb 25, 2005 3:18 am

If there is a demand, authentic new parts can be made, like the deHavilland Beaver and Otter parts available through Viking Air,etc. If someone can get approval from a manufacturer, and find old jigs and drawings, it can be done.
 
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RE: How Do You Get Support

Fri Feb 25, 2005 1:56 pm

Not only that, but there have been a number of modifications developed to change the old radials to turboprops. The DC-3, and Twin beech are two that come to mind.
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