Bear with me...this might get longwinded...
This week I was in Davenport for training and today we had class at Republic Electric Supply. They are practically next door to our main office. Anyway we do a lot of business with them and they were nice enough to let us use their facility for class today.
There is a section of their huge warehouse that is like a guy's dream hangout. One room has tons of war pictures, old cartoons, and whatnot on the walls. It is set up as the "classroom". The next room has a pool table in the middle, a bar on one end, and a general hanging out area on the other end.
The room off of this second room contains old pictures of war aircraft. Well, all of the rooms do, but this room is pretty much dedicated to it. There are old props hanging on the walls. Vintage war helmets and gear. There is also a little astronaut gear.
The guy who started Republic was in the air force in WWII. He's long gone now, but I sure wish I had been able to meet him. Just the way he had the place set up gave the feeling that he was a helluva guy.
Anyway, in the corner, surrounded by autographed pictures with former Presidents,Astronauts, and other such great Americans was something that caught my eye.
It was a Holley carburetor from some kind of airplane. Don't know exactly what plane it was from, but the carb was huge. It was as big as a small microwave oven. (Lousy comparison, but you get the picture, I hope).
Does anyone know anything about Holley carbs for airplanes? I didn't have a camera or I would have taken pics.