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Fred Robel
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Looks like a german Heinkel bomber from the final stage of W W 2.
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+Lason Strike Mostly posted this because I really like Walk Off The Earth. And another friend is a Canadian ex-pat. :)
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1155 out of 1600.

I'm a little old school for some of the choices.
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Red Cross 'X'
Marks out the spot
For Russian silk-split sharp scalpels
Coming fast from altitude
Coming in hot

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The next B747-400F in the hangar, getting disassembled for acceptance and heavy check.

I love nose loaders. :D

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I don't know I much money. I need too going fix avion
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This Day in Aviation History
September 30th, 1975
First flight of the Boeing AH-64 Apache.

The Boeing AH-64 Apache is a four-blade, twin-turboshaft attack helicopter with a tailwheel-type landing gear arrangement, and a tandem cockpit for a two-man crew. It features a nose-mounted sensor suite for target acquisition and night vision systems. It is armed with a 30 mm (1.18 in) M230 chain gun carried between the main landing gear, under the aircraft's forward fuselage. It has four hardpoints mounted on stub-wing pylons, typically carrying a mixture of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods. The AH-64 has a large amount of systems redundancy to improve combat survivability.

The Apache originally started as the Model 77 developed by Hughes Helicopters for the United States Army's Advanced Attack Helicopter program to replace the AH-1 Cobra. The prototype YAH-64 was first flown on 30 September 1975. The U.S. Army selected the YAH-64 over the Bell YAH-63 in 1976, and later approved full production in 1982. After purchasing Hughes Helicopters in 1984, McDonnell Douglas continued AH-64 production and development. The helicopter was introduced to U.S. Army service in April 1986. The first production AH-64D Apache Longbow, an upgraded Apache variant, was delivered to the Army in March 1997. Production has been continued by Boeing Defense, Space & Security; over 2,000 AH-64s have been produced to date.

The U.S. Army is the primary operator of the AH-64; it has also become the primary attack helicopter of multiple nations, including Greece, Japan, Israel, the Netherlands, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates; as well as being produced under license in the United Kingdom as the AgustaWestland Apache. U.S. AH-64s have served in conflicts in Panama, the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Israel used the Apache in its military conflicts in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip; British and Dutch Apaches have seen deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq....

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Don't stop now!
You're almost there!
Oh wait, look at that over there!
~Moves the goalposts just so~
Oh dear
You actually have so far to go!

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I hate when that happens!
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This Day in Aviation History
September 29th, 1948
First flight of the Vought F7U Cutlass.
The Vought F7U Cutlass was a United States Navy carrier-based jet fighter and fighter-bomber of the early Cold War era. It was a highly unusual, semi-tailless design, allegedly based on aerodynamic data and plans captured from the German Arado company at the end of World War II, though Vought designers denied any link to the German research at the time. The F7U was the last aircraft designed by Rex Beisel, who was responsible for the first fighter ever designed specifically for the U.S. Navy, the Curtiss TS-1 of 1922.
Regarded as a radical departure from traditional aircraft design, the Cutlass suffered from numerous technical and handling problems throughout its short service career. The type was responsible for the deaths of four test pilots and 21 other U.S. Navy pilots. Over one quarter of all Cutlasses built were destroyed in accidents. The poor safety record was largely the result of the advanced design built to apply new aerodynamic theories, insufficient thrust and unreliable engines....
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The article makes mention of the possibility of data and Plans captured from the German Arado company being used in the design. Maybe so, as the Arado Ar 234 made the last recorded mission of WW2 by the Luftwaffe over the UK on a mission over Scotland (reconnaissance) on the 10 April 1945 from Scapa Flow to the Orkneys and the Firth of Tay. Very fast, nothing the Allies had could catch them .
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Performing a heavy D-check on a B747-100, outside in wet fall weather.

This was back in about 1996, and it was such a fail. It seemed to rain every single day. Water got everywhere we were trying to work; inside panels, under things. Applying sealant was a challenge.

The plane was N625PL. And we all called it "625 Please Leave".

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Husband, Father, Aircraft Inspector, Author and Poet
Hello, my name is Fred. 

I believe everyone is a person worth noting in life.  Everyone has something to contribute, and should.  Sharing ourselves and our experiences publicly is a way to give back to humanity, and share the important things in life.  Lessons learned, loves lost, happiness found, things created.

Nice to meet you!

I have many interests that I share, and like to have shared with me.  These include aviation, automobiles, motorcycles, poetry, short stories, serials, and most manner of creative writing; which I write most every day.  

Photography:  I often share images from my life in aviation, obligatory selfies, mechanicals, transportation, architecture, and other things.  

In the end, I hope that the things I make and do in life will provide a few bricks to help build humanity to new heights.
Bragging rights
Nothing I like to brag about.
  • Lansing Community College School of Aviation
    Associate Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology, 1989 - 1992
    After a slow start, because I didn't know what I wanted out of life. I settled into the two year aviation maintenance program at L.C.C. I did very well, and haven't second guessed my choice (much).
  • East Lansing High School
    High School Diploma, 1984 - 1989
    Four years of slacking in my case. I could write a book all about not living up to one's potential. And, nachos. Eating nachos.
  • St Thomas Aquinas School
    1976 - 1984
    Catholic Grade school; church every single morning.
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Other names
Eric Robel, Frederick Robel, Frederick D Robel II
Full time Aircraft Inspector, part time School Board Member, poet, author, and publisher
  • Au Gres-Sims School District
    School Board Member, 2014 - present
  • Kalitta Air
    A&P Inspector, 2007 - present
  • Pratt & Whitney Plattsburgh Flight Test
    Lead Inspector, 1999 - 2007
  • Kitty Hawk International
    AOG Mechanic, 1998 - 1999
  • American International Airways
    Aircraft Mechanic, 1992 - 1998
  • Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith (Law Firm)
    Office Services Clerk, 1990 - 1992
  • Meijer
    Housewares Associate, 1989 - 1990
  • Michigan State University Housing
    Summer Janitor Guy, 1989 - 1989
  • McDonald's - David Rudd Enterprises
    Grill Cook, 1988 - 1989
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Au Gres, MI USA
Haslett, MI USA - Beekmantown, NY USA - Plattsburgh, NY USA - Greenbush, MI USA - East Lansing, MI USA