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Julian Nott
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Re: Wanted Collins TDR-950 trtansponder [Re: Jeff Hartmann CIC]
      #395616 - 08/25/14 03:35 PM Attachment (336 downloads)

SPECIAL THANKS TO JEFF HARTMAN. A TDR-950 is now in the balloon cabin in the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center. Picture attached in the receiving area and it will be on permanent public display in a few weeks.

Seems like a modest panel? But how many of you actually need a 60,000 foot servo altimeter :-) [This cabin reached a world record 55,138 feet].

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Stephanie Belser
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Re: Wanted Collins TDR-950 trtansponder [Re: Julian Nott]
      #395620 - 08/25/14 04:49 PM

Nice. When was that record flight?

(Did they tell you anything about that ratty S-43 in the background?)

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Julian Nott
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Re: Wanted Collins TDR-950 trtansponder [Re: Stephanie Belser]
      #395637 - 08/26/14 01:29 AM

The ratty S-43 was at Pearl Harbor and survived. They are wondering what to do with it because restoration would be a major effort.

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Stephanie Belser
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Re: Wanted Collins TDR-950 trtansponder [Re: Julian Nott]
      #395646 - 08/26/14 12:07 PM

At least indoors, it's not going to deteriorate any further. But it does appear that a restoration would be almost a "dataplate" endeavor.

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Russell Holton
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Re: Wanted Collins TDR-950 trtansponder [Re: Julian Nott]
      #395650 - 08/26/14 01:43 PM

Quote:

The ratty S-43 was at Pearl Harbor and survived. They are wondering what to do with it because restoration would be a major effort.



I'd think the Pacific Aviation Museum would be interested in it.


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Julian Nott
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Re: Wanted Collins TDR-950 trtansponder [Re: Russell Holton]
      #395680 - 08/26/14 10:57 PM

If they are serious, get someone to give me a call and I'll pass it on. Someone commented that it is such a big restoration job they don't know what they are going to do with it. But understand that comment was very much in passing.

Julian Nott
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Or nott@nott.com

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Russell Holton
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Re: Wanted Collins TDR-950 trtansponder [Re: Julian Nott]
      #395683 - 08/27/14 02:27 AM

I'll give it a shot. Can't be any worse off than Swamp Ghost.

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Kcid LlirreM
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Re: Wanted Collins TDR-950 trtansponder [Re: Stephanie Belser]
      #395687 - 08/27/14 07:47 AM

They have tackled worse projects. Somewhere around Houston is a S-43 that once belong to Howard Hughes. It is the one he used to learn how to fly a flying boat, and he also crashed it into Lake Mead on a test flight that killed a CAA man. I think it was parked at JK West's place for a while.

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Re: Wanted Collins TDR-950 trtansponder [Re: Julian Nott]
      #395688 - 08/27/14 07:49 AM

Who is on the left?

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Russell Holton
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Re: Wanted Collins TDR-950 trtansponder [Re: Julian Nott]
      #395706 - 08/27/14 04:30 PM

Response:

I visited 1-J-1 at Udvar-Hazy this spring. It’s actually a JRS, not an S-43, but the two designs are about 95 percent identical.

It is in pretty rocky shape, but largely complete. Most of the work will be fabric and skin. They’re taking her back to Dec. 7 in grey and chrome yellow.

Smithsonian has no intention whatsoever of allowing the bird to leave Washington, alas.

Thanks for thinking of us!

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If your contact indicates second thoughts, I'm sure they'd be interested. They can contact Burl.Burlingame (at) pacificaviationmuseum.org


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