A Look at 38C: Detail image of "Charlie" - Photo for Monday, 03.24.14

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By Dan Pimentel,
Airplanista Blog Editor

I am continuing to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jerrie Mock's 1964 world flight by showing another of my "never-before-seen" images from a private photo shoot of her Skywagon "Charlie" or, technically, N1538C.

I conducted the shoot under the watchful eye of Smithsonian security in 2005 at the NASM's Steven Udvar-Hazy Center, and want to thank Dorothy Cochran of NASM - another fan of Jerrie and Charlie - for setting up the shoot.

Today's image gives you a look at Charlie's panel. While much of Jerrie's 1953 C-180 was stock, the panel was heavily modified to achieve safe navigation over long ocean segments, or through under-developed countries. Because she never really knew what radio nav equipment would be available in remote areas, she basically packed as much "state-of-the-art" (for 1964) avionics she could find into this panel, including some equipment usually found only on airliners of that era.

View the image here:

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