April 2, 2011
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland — The P-3 is ready to return to IceBridge just 30 hours after the aircraft’s prop valve failed on Friday, April 1. Here we list highlights from the tremendous effort by aircraft crew who were responsible for the speedy return to flight.
P-3 crewmen John Doyle and Brian Yates work on engine #2. Credit: NASA/Jim Yungel
1. From Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, get permission to ferry the aircraft to its home in Wallops Island, Va.
2. Line up customs at Dover Air Base
3. File a flight plan
4. Fuel the aircraft
5. Remove the propeller on engine #2
6. Replace the P-3 propeller valve
7. On the ramp, let the aircraft’s engine run
8. Functional checkout flight (successful!)
9. Take a much-deserved mandatory hard down day in Wallops Island, Va.
10. The P-3 is scheduled to depart Wallops at 7 a.m. EDT and arrive in Kangerlussuaq at 4:30 p.m. local time, ready for a possible flight on Tuesday!
Engine run up under way on the ramp at Wallops. Credit: NASA/Jim Yungel