The Big E

The USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier commissioned by the US Navy. It is the second oldest Navy vessel in commission…USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) is the oldest. The “Big E” is currently at sea, on her last deployment. She carries around 3,000 sailors, 250 pilots, and 1,500 “Airdales,”, 70 or so aircraft, 8 nuclear reactors, and, among other things, one EXAIR Ultrasonic Leak Detector.

Before setting sail last month, they took on board a technical advisor for their complement of EA-6B Prowler aircraft. He’s helping the “Airdales” find better and more efficient ways to maintain the planes, and before he left, I had the pleasure of helping him purchase our Model 9061 Ultrasonic Leak Detector, to try it out on our 30-Day Unconditional Guarantee. Before they even got underway, though, he used it to pinpoint a leak which would have taken them many hours to locate, in a complicated system.

He said that other squadrons’ personnel are actually hoping for a leak, so they can see the ULD in action. Word has even spread to another land-based squadron, and they want to see it as soon as he gets back. I think he’s keeping it.

I wrote up another non-compressed-air application for the ULD a while back. This is just another example of how handy a device this thing really is. If you want to:

*Locate a leak in an air, steam, non-flammable gas, refrigeration or A/C system, or even brake systems, tubes, tires, or radiators
*Find the source of bearing and gear wear
*Locate arcing in an electrical system
*Check for cracks in a V-Belt, or the condition of an engine seal
*Keep your multi-million dollar fighter aircraft in good working order,

Then EXAIR’s Ultrasonic Leak Detector is what you’re looking for. Fair winds and following seas to the crew, officers, and personnel of USS Enterprise. Thank you for your service.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
(513)671-3322 local
(800)923-9247 toll free
(513)671-3363 fax

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