The Saga of "Ximango (pronounced "jamango") Joe

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    Several years ago the USAFA academy acquired 13 AMT 200 "Ximango" (pronounced "jamango) motorgliders. They were delivered with the flight instruments on the right side of the side-by-side cockpit and were given the USAF designation "TG-14." After a few years of operation the USAFA decided they did not want to operate them anymore so the aircraft were surplused to other government agencies. 4 went to Edwards AFB and are being used at the test pilots' school; those were inspected and delivered by factory people. 4 are going to the US Army at White Sands (they took delivery of one). The remaining 5 went to law enforcement agencies in southern Alabama and Georgia. Well when these aircraft were being moved they needed some maintenance done as well as an annual inspection. As a private contractor, I was hired by the receiving agencies to inspect and ready the aircraft for delivery. What started out with one aircraft turned out to be 9 airplane on-going part time job.

    I helped the Sheriff Agencies take delivery of their aircraft. Most of the airframes were low time, I think the highest time airframe had a little over 300 hours on it. Well a few months ago the Deputy Sheriff from Dale County Alabama who runs their aviation program asked me to come out and annual the 4 Ximangos that were in Alabama.

    Dale County Sheriff's Department has a great aviation program. 2 Kiowa Helicopters and a OH-6 which they just took delivery of as well as the TG-14 and one C-172.

    Well I worked my butt off and got all aircraft inspected and signed off. On Saturday I got to do some flying. In one day flew the 172, TG-14 and the OH-6! Great time, hope to do it again next year!
     

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    The first picture is Fort Rutger's - we over flew it a few times that day. The rest are during the "Loach" flight, the lower pic is the town of Ozark.
     
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    More; That's "Sheriff Tim." Of course my fugly mug!
     

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    Good work

    Looks like fun!
     
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    More, flying the motorglider - note the "dead stick" landing!
     

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    Formation flight delivering Geneva County's bird back to its home airport. I was in the 172 along with one of the deputies who was a student pilot ready to take his check ride. I rattled him a bit when I pulled along side the TG-14, he said this was the closest he ever got to another airplane when flying. I actually closed in even closer than the photo.
     

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    Cool stuff Joe, looks like it was a good time.
     
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