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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by EvilGenius, Jan 1, 2009.
I wanna fly one of those so bad!
Yeah it's a great airplane, I had a lot of fun with it.
One thing I discovered about the Stearman was that it does not have a fuel system that works while inverted. Fuel is gravity fed from a tank in the center-section of the top wing.
I had been teaching aerobatics in a Citabria 7KCAB (which does have inverted fuel/oil systems) when we got the Stearman. My boss gave me a quick check-out in the Stearman, like once around the pattern, and then turned me loose in it. I took another guy up to familiarize him with the airplane and to show off I decided to do a slow roll.
I guess I knew how the fuel system worked on the Stearman, but I hadn't really thought it through. I used the same slow roll technique that I used in the Citabria, which means pushing forward on the stick when you reach the inverted portion of the roll (keeps the nose of the airplane level). This causes a momentary zero G condition. Well when I did this the motor cut out because, of course, the gravity part of the fuel system doesn't work at zero G.
This got my attention pretty quickly. Lucky for me, rolling the plane upright re-established the fuel feed and the windmilling engine re-started.
There is a mirror in the bottom of the upper wing on the Stearman. It is there so the instructor in the front seat can see the student in the rear seat. The guy I had in the back seat that day was an older guy, and a fairly mild-mannered, timid person. I remember looking up in that mirror when the engine cut out and his eyes were as big as pie plates, I'm sure mine were too though.
Take a minute to read about both generals... Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. and Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
I hate to report Mike Lakin from Charleston, WV crashed his Super Decathlon at Marysville Ohio during his annual airshow low level waiver flight. Mike has been a constant flyer around here and for the Air National Guard. TV 10 Station in Columbus reported his death. Mike will be very missed.
Bob Hoover the movie (trailer).
This will be fantastic! Bob Hoover is a true American hero and aviation legend, not to mention one heck of a nice guy. I used to sit on the wing of his P-51 with him at Reno every year following the Unlimited Gold race while he signed autographs for fans. What a time to be a kid who loved airplanes........
Can't wait to see that! His book Forever Flying was great.
AAAaaaarrrrggghhhh.. pilotitus is flaring up again.
Can't afford to do it.
Sure you can its only money.... What else are you going to do with it...?
Go on....just one little take off and landing.... maybe a few circuits..... what harm will do...? We won't tell if you don't...
I finally broke down and scheduled an hour for next weekend. Been ~7 months since I've committed aviation...
Ack. Thinking about climbing into a Cessna again next month as well. Just a taste.
Just heard on the news that a Curtiss Helldiver has been found off the coast of Florida.
Anyone able to add some info?
Anyone in the game know any inside details about the latest from Honda?
Has anybody posted the Stratolaunch system yet?
Wow, thats cool! My Grandma built those in WWII. She was a welder and did a lot of welding on the aluminum fuel tanks and lots of other bits from the sound of it.