Hi Paul -
I'm not sure of whether you're saying you believe that there's a
similarity or difference, but I see significant differences from our
little Beeches.

The three T34s were built in 50s and 60s and led military training
lives BEFORE becoming air combat trainers. The NTSB report for the
first one is interesting in pointing out that while the official
hours were about 3200, they couldn't tell actual age, due to mixing
of parts from spares and from salvage. The camera from the second
T34 accident recorded the instructor saying something like pull
harder - harder, just before the failure. The airplane involved in
the third accident reportedly had a previous flight that went in
excess of 9Gs, plus the military and ACM career. Clearly our mice
don't get this beating and even the T34 association has distanced
normal private T34s from the nine (now six) used for ACM. The T34
in the 1999 accident had 8257 hours and while I know of a few higher
time mice flying as patrol aircraft or as trainers/commuters, they
won't have had the cumulative fatigue lives of the ACM T34s.

No, we don't do a heavy C check in the GA world, but the annual
should cover what a heavy check does, and more often. FWIW, the FAA
CY 2003 survey showed the average 4-seater had 3237 hours total and
flew only 116 hours. As mentioned off-line, inspecting more when
they get more hours isn't a bad thing, in case we do get to a
fatigue issue.

My point again was that operated how the book calls for and
inspected properly, I don't worry about fatigue in the normal
B19/23/24. Loss of vacuum or electrics while IFR, corrosion,
airspace restrictions, and cost of operation concerns me more.

A&P, Aero Eng
--- In musketeermail@yahoogroups.com, Paul Werbin <paulwerbin@y...>
> take a look at all the information out there that the T-34 groups
just worked up in the process of keeping their planes flying in
spite of the wings falling off of a few. Although not specific to
Musketeers the general information is certainly applicable to the
recent questions of overweight (or over G!) operations
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