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Bickerton began the serious work

Post  lynk2510 on Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:28 am

Bickerton began work on the air-tractor sledge on 14 April 1912.[31] His first job was to repair the sledge, which had been damaged in transit when a violent storm hit the Aurora. A giant wave had slammed into the crate containing the sledge, driving the fuselage 4 feet (1.2 m) through its side.[25] With the repair completed, Bickerton began the serious work of converting the plane into a sledge. He constructed brakes from a pair of geological drills, and a steering system from the landing gear. Bickerton painted the engine and fuel tank black to better attract heat and protect them from freezing.[32] By June he had the engine running properly, and during a lull in the winds in early September he fitted the skis.[33] Finally, he raised the fuselage 5 feet (1.5 m) off the ground to allow the propeller free movement.[34]
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