I have worked as an aircraft mechanic for 27 years. My first aviation job was for United Express then operated by Westair Airlines out of Fresno, CA. At that time we had a large fleet of EMB-120’s. It was an outstanding aircraft, it had speed and great handling. It was also every easy to work on and maintain from a maintenance stand point. The 2 1800 shaft horse power Pratt & Whitney PW 1800 engines could push it at over 300 knots. I remember and incident at SFO, one of our fully loaded Brasilia’s had an engine failure on take off. The flt crew reported, they were able to maintain a climb rate of over 1600 foot per minute on 1 engine. Talk about a Hot Rod. As the first plane I ever put a wrench to, it will be missed.
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