Learning from the Logbooks

With the final pair of wings I also received the aircraft logbooks, or, I should say, logbook.  Rather worm-eaten, it is marked as Book IV.  The entries begin in November 1968 and run until the aircraft was retired in 1973.

The logbook details one hard landing and a bird strike, each carefully repaired.  A page is missing which would have documented the last major overhaul of the aircraft.  In all, she flew 355 hours in 655 days, and if this was typical of her activity rate during her whole Indian career I’m confident that the TTAF (total time – airframe) figure given on the final page of 6,942 hours is an accurate total including RAAF service.

A few other interesting papers were stuck into the logbook, including a weight and balance from 1968 and a list of modifications performed or present on the aircraft.

Check out that battery!  47lbs!  But this also confirms the blind flying hood remained.

Of course I wish I had more documentation, I believe that the flying club that owned A17-370 has since closed its doors but it seems to have been a joint government/private entity.  I still intend to do what I can to track down any other logbooks or documentation that may be out there.  If you think you might be able to help with that, please do drop me a line!

In particular I’m wondering if it might be possible to get in touch with the mechanics who signed the entries in this logbook.  I have their A.M.E. numbers but not their names (the signatures are hard to decipher).  I imagine there must be a database somewhere where A.M.E. numbers can be looked up, but I haven’t been able to find it yet.  As always, I’ll continue to chip away at this research!

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