Aviation Photo #0596000 Nord 262A-12 - Allegheny Commuter (Ransome Airlines)

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    Howard Chaloner
    Allegheny Commuter (Ransome Airlines)
    Nord 262A-12
    Nord 260/262
    Nord 260/262
    New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild)
    New York
    December 28, 1978
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7 years ago
This is an aircraft on which I flew as captain in 1973 while employed by Ransome Airlines. I was 28 at the time, the youngest captain on this aircraft. It was a gem to fly - very stable. The engines had an 800 hour TBO and rarely made it to that number. Note the two pitot tubes behind the propellers on top of the engines. There's a third pitot tube you can't see that sits between the engines on top of the fuselage. This was part of the autofeather system. If during takeoff either of the engine mounted pitot tube had a pressure that was equivalent to the center pitot tube which was out of the propwash, it meant that your engine stopped producing power and it would automatically shut down and autofeather. Also, not get this - the Nord was a water wagon. We carried water that was injected into the engine combusion chamber during takeoff to provide reduced engine temperature and more engine thrust. If the water wasn't working, we'd have to offload as many as 8 pax depending upon ambient conditions. For me, this aircraft was a thrill to fly and got me my first type rating. Wow, those were the days.

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