I’ve seen a bunch of mangled auto parts in my day, but this is the first time I’ve seen a broken crank from an aircraft. Though it must happen in the air about as often as it happens on the ground, when one of these shears in the air it must be a show-stopper.
If you bug Chuck even a little he’ll probably be glad to tell you about his first solo flight where he lost his engine — from that and all the other stories I hear about single-engine-craft motors conking out, I must say it sounds like it happens entirely too much for my taste. I’m all about working on any motor, and fixing the Stinson that this came out of sounds fun as well, but I think I’ll have to sissy out on the test flights after it’s fixed.
Statistically I know that’s stupid to say. I’ll hop on any motorcycle after fixing it, and I’m plenty aware that they’re much more dangerous than aircraft — more people are killed on them each day than in planes. Perhaps I’ve seen too many disaster movies. Regardless, nice pic of the crank, Beano!
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