Re: [PBY] Botwood PBY
Since the senior mech was the Plane Captain and the NAP (early on) the third pilot, was there ever a case where the NAP was also the PC? It would seem unlikely except possibly if you had four pilots aboard, and it would seem likely to screw up the command relationships but it might have happened. I believe there were numerous cases where the NAP, although third pilot, had more flying time than the PPC and co-pilot together. And, as Bill Maris notes, sometimes the NAP was the better pilot.
In many cases the NAP would have been a plane captain earlier in his career. Would that cause problems for a PC later? I don't know of any such situations - just curious.
-------------- Original message from "Larry Katz" <papakatz@...>: --------------Mark,talk to any old timer Mech sitting up in the tower(especially a Chief or first class Mech)and you would have seen why we needed him as much as the 2nd pilot,(unless when we needed two on the yoke to pull us up in a choppy sea). Our Mech in the tower was the PPCs other hand........ .......Especiall y in the early war years.Larry----- Original Message -----From: Mark OConnellSent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 5:27 PMSubject: Re: [PBY] Botwood PBYI've never seen a civilian PBY that didnt have the flight engineer controls moved to the cockpit to allow 2 pilot operation. I suspect that would be the first order of business when buying one surplus after the war. I always wondered what the reason was for such an inefficient setup. Can any members describe how coordination was done between the pilots and flight engineer sitting up in the pylon?Mark OConnell Irvine, Ca.----- Original Message -----From: Heijo KuilSent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 11:34 PMSubject: RE: [PBY] Botwood PBY
Hello Cal and members.
Correct me if I am wrong.....
Firefighting PBY's have a crew of 2 pilots only.
The 'water' tanks obstructed passage to the aft section.
Blisters were removed to increase speed.
When flying as crew in a PBY, the blister area was the best seat in the house!
I heard that another opinion state:
"The blister is in direct line with any parts coming of the engines, a dangerous place to be"
Cal Olsen wrote:
"I can understand why they did not need the blisters
anymore. Regards, Cal VP43"
- See, guys, we had some officers who were gentlemen. Then there were the others.
-------------- Original message from "Bill Maris" <billmaris@...>: --------------GM DIDDYTHOSE ROOF RATS WERE OF THE HIGHEST CALIBER, FROM S2c TO CDR AND WOULD LAY ANY AVAILABLE FEMALE AVAILABLE AT HER CONVIENCE IN ANY OUT OF THE WAY LOCKER THEY COULD GET IN TO. THEY ALWAYS CAME AWAY SMILING. VERY CAPABLE IN ALL ASPECTS.I KNOW THAT OUR PBY's IN VPB/SR AT CC WERE OFTEN ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS FROM TIME TO TIME ON THE BACK LINE PRETENDING THEY WERE WIPING DOWN THE BIRD. ONE ON WATCH AND THE REST TOOK A NUMBER. HAD A HAPPY CREW ALWAYS.SATB GB BILL