What a week it has been, Dixie said some overtime might be nice but I don't think she meant for this much. I knew for about a week that I was headed to Tucson to look at an airplane but on Monday I got sent to Billings Montana to look at an airplane.
This is about 9 at night in Billings. It was like 13 degrees and wind gusting at 30 MPH. It was pretty cold. We ended up finishing about 1 in the morning. We flew home on Tuesday and finished out the day at work. About 4 when we were getting ready to go home we found out that there was a plane in Burbank that was grounded for an indication problem. We were the only ones still around so off we headed to Burbank. Burbank is where Jay Leno's garage is but I couldn't find it. Not from lack of trying. I asked everyone I saw and they all knew it was around there and they all see him regularly but no one could tell me where it was. We ended up working until about 3 in the morning that time and headed to the hotel. In the morning as we were eating breakfast we got a call that the plane we worked on had another problem and we needed to rush to the airport and look at it. We went to the airport and found out the plane was in LA. There are no planes from Burbank to LA so we had to rent a car and drive there.
This 747 was in LA. Cool airplane, very big. I built these in Everett Washington for Boeing for 6 months in the late 90's. We fixed the airplane and ended up missing our plane so we had to catch the late flight home. We got home around 1 AM Thursday morning. I worked Thursday because it was my regular day and on Friday I caught my plane to Tucson.
This is my buddy I flew down with. We worked until 11 Friday night and had one more engine to scope in the morning. We finished up Saturday afternoon and saw a small car show right by the airport so we had to stop.
Here it is from the outside.