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NOS U.S. Royal Airplane Tires & Grove Brakes

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This week we installed Grove brakes, a project I've been debating for many years. At the same time, we installed a pair of NOS U.S. Royal Airplane 8.00x4 tires with a 1959 date code. I flew the Cub from San Luis Obispo, CA to Phoenix, AZ to do this project with a childhood friend who is a 787 Captain, CFII, A&P and IA. We got our licenses together in 1978, when we were both seventeen. After the brakes & tires were changed, we flew the Cub and his Rearwin Sky Ranger to Cottonwood, AZ to hang out and do some more flying. Our flights around Sedona in the Navy N3N and Cub were some of the most spectacular I've ever experienced.

"U.S. Royal Aircraft tires were part of United States Rubber Company which was found in Connecticut in 1892. They were a top provider of aircraft tires from their founding as well as their transition to Uniroyal Tire in 1961. Michelin acquired Uniroyal in 1990. Fun fact.....United States Rubber Company was one of the original 12 stocks in Dow Jones Industrial Average. That's going back to 1896."
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