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Dave Downs

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  1. I have to comment on this. Over the last 30 or so years I’ve had more than a dozen rescue dogs, most as puppies but a couple that were only with us a year or two. Only one ever turned bad, adopted as a puppy but by the time he was a year and a half he had become uncontrollable, had to keep him on a leash, got loose once and took out one of our free range chickens that the other two dogs ignored. Knocked me on the ground more than once while on the leash. Snapped at me, unprovoked, did it again 2 weeks later. Decided he was becoming a danger, the next ‘snap’ might be a bite. Took him
  2. Another thought - @New Englander The report mentions that the passengers were permitted to leave their seats and walk around while the aircraft was still in it's initial climb configuration. Doesn't that violate the FAR's? - not that it contributed to the accident but it seems like a very poor practice. I recall one of the early words of wisdom imparted by one of my flight instructors was that takeoff/climb was more dangerous than landing. When I flew on the EAA B-17 many years ago there were no jump seats, all the passengers occupied a crew position (except for the tail gunner) and
  3. Just read the report - with my overwhelming 1500 hrs + of flight experience in piston-powered aircraft (about 1000 in the same 150hp Citabria) I was amazed at how badly things were handled. Just the statement that the flight engineer/loadmaster routinely did not occupy a belted-in seat violates one of my earliest instructions in aircraft operations. When I first started flying I would fasten my belt just to taxi the plane to the fuel pumps (and continued to do so throughout my flying years), and this was in a era when very few people wore seatbelts in their cars, in fact in 1965 few of us owne
  4. Yep, I agree that it’s not a 9; I was looking at the shape but then another look at the operator and it’s not that big, but still a decent sized machine.
  5. Did some research and I’m pretty sure that’s a D-9 Cat pulling that rig. Couldn’t find any Allis crawlers with air cleaner in the front like that one. And the exhaust pipe at the left rear of the hood was early D-9 placement.
  6. Looking at the grill and pulley at the top and exhaust stack placement I’m thinking Cat D-9. Will check my reference books later.
  7. My neighbor asked me to do routine maintenance on his JD compact tractor (3038e) - oil, filters, lube, general check over. I looked through the owners manual and was surprised to see the recommended interval for changing the hydraulic fluid and filters was 400 hours. I’m not that familiar with hydrostatic transmissions but thought it was a bit low. I’m definitely going to change it (only 5.5 gallons and I’ll use JD fluid) since the tractor has 1450 hours on it and it lives outside. Is this a normal interval or a JD thing?
  8. Had me worried for a minute.....😀
  9. International Harvester Ford?
  10. According to this part of the autopsy it seems that he was positive for COVID post-mortem, probably due to an earlier infection. “The decedent was known to be positive for 2019-nCoV RNA on 4/3/2020. Since PCR positivity for 2019-nCoV RNA can persist for weeks after the onset and resolution of clinical disease, the autopsy result most likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent PCR positivity from previous infection.”
  11. That has got to be the dumbest post I’ve ever made; ‘East of the Delaware River’ would put me in NEW JERSEY......
  12. Southeastern Pennsylvania, North of Philadelphia, East of the Delaware River, closest town is Doylestown, mailing address is Fountainville. bitty’s original home farm is about 1/4 mile down the hill.
  13. I have one....somewhere... Used them on my grandfather’s farm when they butchered pigs to burn the hair off them. Fueled with what was called ‘white gas’ - basically un-leaded.
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