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    Re: A-10 Sextant Manual
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2009 Jun 19, 03:35 -0700

    It just occurred to me that some might ask how a careful pilot like me would 
    have failed to confirm the operation of the ferry tank prior to jumping off 
    to cross the pond. The explanation is simple. Another pilot had picked up the 
    plane in Wichita, taken it to Minneapolis to have the tank installed and had 
    then flown it to Newfoundland. Then, apparently while looking out over the 
    Atlantic, he "changed his mind."
    He left the airplane on the ramp and took the airlines back home. When I got 
    out to Newfoundland the plane was waiting for me with all the tanks full so I 
    didn't have any chance to test fly it prior to the crossing. I wasn't really 
    happy with this since I would have liked to have checked the fuel and oil 
    consumption but there wasn't anything I could do about that. I never had any 
    idea, however, that the ferry tank would be such a problem.
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