Douglas DC-3 "Gooney Bird"
In December 1969, I joined FAA, flight inspection field office in Atlantic City, NJ. In the spring of 1970, I was transferred to the Columbus, Ohio flight inspection field office (FIFO) and flew out of Columbus doing Navaids flight inspection over Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and part of Pennsylvania. At times, we used a V-35 Bonanza aircraft for flight inspections.
In 1972, the Columbus FIFO closed down, and I was sent to the Bedford, MA office, which operated all over Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island and northeastern New York. Then in 1974, Bedford FIFO closed and I went back to the Atlantic City FIFO, which now covered the sixteen northeast states - Maine to Virginia and west to Pittsburgh. Great flying nearly every day, five days per week, with nighttime inspections at Newark, NJ, JFK and LaGuardia.
In 1974-75, we started to get North American-Rockwell AC-1121-B Jet Commanders with some automatic flight inspection equipment and the DC-3s were retired. At this time, my total C-47, Gooney Bird and DC-3 flight time approached six thousand hours.
We also used the Piper P-23 Aztec, Beechcraft C-33 Debonair, Beechcraft V-35 Bonanza, and Cessna Cardinal RG, mostly for radar flight inspection. Also flew Beechcraft Baron and Bonanza A-36. (pictured below)
North American-Rockwell AC-1121-B Jet Commander
This is N-80, the first of five Jet Commanders used by the Atlantic City Flight Inspection Office to perform navigational aids flight inspection over the 16 northeast states. I flew this aircraft from 1975 to 1984 out of Atlantic City, NJ - several thousand hours.