Aviation MegaThread!!!!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by EvilGenius, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    Yeah...not much to help you with scale there. For reference, the spinner is about 7 feet off the ground, and that's an M14 9-cylinder radial engine under the cowl. Here's a shot of Pete getting ready for a test flight, which gives you a better sense of scale.

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  2. Daniii

    Daniii geezer

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    Wow. How does he close the canopy? Rope tied to it?
  3. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    I guess it's a stretch, but there's just a standard release on the left side...

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  4. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    :eek1 Damn, that's a beauty! What's the cruise speed on that little jewel?
  5. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    They publish economy cruise at 200 MPH (maybe 70% power?)...if I remember, he said he's getting 4000 FPM on initial climb, and I can tell you that it looks like it! I didn't ask to what altitude.
  6. scottfromboston

    scottfromboston Turd poker.

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    Just. Plane. Silly. (ha ha)

    My dream is to build an F1 rocket someday. It's only taken me a year to get 80% of the way through my little Vans sample wing section, so I figure I've got about 100 to go to get the real thing pounded out. :D
  7. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    Got one of those on the field here (CGI), owned by a corporate pilot. Nice plane that unfortunately doesn't get much exercise. He did a complete glass cockpit, but I have to admit that I like steam gauges better. I think he added a year to the build just working the bugs out of that little modification. As an interesting note, the F1 Rocket was built on the field here by the father of the guy who built that Radial Rocket at his shop in Texas. The old man is over 80, and still works 6-7 days a week. He's an institution here, a great guy, a good friend to anyone with an interest in aviation, and still does exemplary work. Papa John Farquhar...:clap:clap He's your guy for advice if you ever need any.

    ...and he BBQ's a mean brisket, which according to him is the only thing anyone should ever BBQ.
  8. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    Where in Texas is his shop?
  9. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    Here ya go...

    http://www.airbornekustomz.com/index.html

    Great folks. I don't know the son (in Texas) so much, because I'm here and he's there. He's got a good reputation though. I can say that the paint on the Radial Rocket is show quality.
  10. scottfromboston

    scottfromboston Turd poker.

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    I've seen that guy's page linked from van's air force. Some beautiful work in there.
  11. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    Thanks D, they have some nice stuff there. If I hit the lotto I'll snag me an RV-8 from those guys.:evil
  12. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius 1.5 Finger Discount

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    Who left the sprinklers on!?

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    There's a 1/4" of ice all over the flight line.
  13. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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  14. airgord

    airgord What am I doing out here!

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    Busy day at the Eloy airport.

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    This 'little' jewel just rolled out of the paint shop here, test flown and the overhauled carb was giving some problems, sounded great but looked fantastic!

    These guys were back again to do more test drops for a parachute company from UK.

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    And the usual Skyvan and Otter parade.

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  15. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius 1.5 Finger Discount

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    AAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!

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  16. MN_Smurf

    MN_Smurf Capt_Confusion

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    I'm with EG.....:drif
  17. airgord

    airgord What am I doing out here!

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    Me too! I didn't dare get within 10' of it fresh out of the paint shop and all!!
    Like I mentioned it is having carb issues so it will be here and test flying for a few more days, I'll try to get some video.
  18. dfwscotty

    dfwscotty Long timer

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    My crappy office view this morning.

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  19. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius 1.5 Finger Discount

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    You have an office?

    How do the trucks like the cold weather?

    Ours wouldnt start the other morning.
  20. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    My shop on the 4th floor in Las Colinas looked out over the East
    Side runway at DFW. Then they moved me to a shit hole in another
    building.:cry