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Ernie Aubert wrote:
All the taildragger models I've had and seen had tailwheel steering. This AT6 obviously doesn't; is that the norm for full-scale taildraggers?



Hi Ernie,

The Six has a locking tailwheel, not steerable per se. Actually it allows you to pivot in some pretty tight conditions that a steerable tailwheel won't. The pilot "steers" with differential braking. Pulling the stick back pat neutral locks the tailwheel in a straight configuration. When you want to unlock it, you add a little power and roll slightly to take the tension off the tailwheel, as you do that, you pop the stick forward of neutral and it unlocks, castoring free 360 degrees. Done properly you can spin that big bird on a dime and stop it just where you want it. You had better understand the system though, because you can also send yourself into the weeds in a hurry. 51's have the same system by and large, with a lot more mass swinging out in front and a lot more power. Handling all this becomes instinctive after a few hours, you don't even think about it. On take off the tailwheel is locked straight until you pop the stick forward to raise the tail. In landing you have a 360 castoring tailwheel until you bring the stick into your lap. Three points that happens right away, wheel landings, not til you've slowed enough that the tail is coming down and you firmly plant that little wheel on the ground. Until you lock it, it's all controlled by power and brakes, and stuff can happen faster than one can imagine.


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Jul 05, 2013 at 04:28 AM
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How nice Laura! And isn't that what we are all about?! Well done!


Jul 05, 2013 at 04:31 AM
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Headed out at dawn to shoot Bryan tossing himself out of a perfectly good airplane. No, I don't feel the least bit tempted to join him.............


Jul 05, 2013 at 04:32 AM
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JDE1 wrote:
Not from Dayton, but from "The Brat III" visit to KPDK shortly before Dayton. The challenge was getting a shot when the airplane WASN'T being hand-polished or otherwise cleaned.

Jerry



Jerry, looks great, thank you. Chuck is big on keeping her clean and polished....

Lynn



Jul 05, 2013 at 04:36 AM
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Headed out at dawn to shoot Bryan tossing himself out of a perfectly good airplane. No, I don't feel the least bit tempted to join him.............



Ya know, I own a parachute that I never plan to pull the cord on....the only time it ever opens is for its 180 day repacks..and I like it that way!

Oops, TOP: one of our tow plans and its pilot hard at work...








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Yikes... I appear to be about 70 pages behind.

Hope everyone's doing beautifully -- I'll find out what y'all have been up to as I get caught up -- and blue skies to all of you.

I'm delighted to report that I've managed to twist my schedule into attending Alliance. I'll fly out from San Diego at oh-dark-thirty on Saturday morning and should be at KAFW by about 1400h. Hopefully I catch the tail end of the airshow, plus I'm on-site if there happens to be an air-to-air mission scheduled for Saturday's sunset. Then I'll stick around for Sunday, and I'll fly on to Miami on Monday morning (again at oh-dark-thirty).

Brutal schedule, but I couldn't not go, ya know?

Happy Birthday to the United States!



Jul 05, 2013 at 06:07 AM
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Thanks for the explanation, Jim. Differential brakes - of course; nothing that sophisticated on models, so it hadn't occurred to me, even though I know about it.


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JWilsonphoto wrote:
Hi Ernie,

The Six has a locking tailwheel, not steerable per se. Actually it allows you to pivot in some pretty tight conditions that a steerable tailwheel won't. The pilot "steers" with differential braking. Pulling the stick back pat neutral locks the tailwheel in a straight configuration. When you want to unlock it, you add a little power and roll slightly to take the tension off the tailwheel, as you do that, you pop the stick forward of neutral and it unlocks, castoring free 360 degrees. Done properly you can spin that big bird on a dime and stop it just
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When the Tailwheel is locked, it's not completely locked, you still get 15 degrees of swivel out of it.

If you watch the upper right hand video on this, you can see the stick go all the way forward, and how much my feet move to "catch" the mass as it swings around unlocked. It's rare you use the brakes though, unless you really got behind the eight ball, or you want an extremely tight turn.

http://youtu.be/QnGCw10Dl68

Chris




Jul 05, 2013 at 02:25 PM
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Lynn wrote:

>>Jerry, looks great, thank you. Chuck is big on keeping her clean and polished....

Lynn,

That was clear.

We had two P51s, an SBD, a T6, and a C45 here with "FIFI." The only one that spent the night in a hanger was "The Brat III."

Jerry



Jul 05, 2013 at 05:26 PM
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Thanks Jim, we toured the museum this morning, and Harry told lots of stories about the different aircraft. I definitely enjoyed the time, and was sad when he had to leave. He's probably now just getting to the Ohio/Indiana border with a planned stop in Indianapolis tonight.

For Harry, as promised, the photo I was talking about:

JWilsonphoto wrote:
How nice Laura! And isn't that what we are all about?! Well done!





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Now here's a guy I can relate to................







Jul 05, 2013 at 07:20 PM
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I'll have to say, if I was entertaining the idea of throwing myself out of an airplane (and I am not), this operation would be the one I would trust. The instructors were extremely professional and very nice. All the aircraft were turbo props and in excellent condition. They have a super operation from beginning to end near as I can tell.

The t-shirt that said, "It's not a sport unless you can die from massive internal injuries" kind of brought me back to reality.


Didn't dampen Bryan's enthusiasm....................







Jul 05, 2013 at 07:35 PM
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Jul 05, 2013 at 07:42 PM
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JWilsonphoto wrote:
Headed out at dawn to shoot Bryan tossing himself out of a perfectly good airplane. No, I don't feel the least bit tempted to join him.............


Para jumping is cool I got my wing in the Army Jumping in my free time whoho

Jump planes were a Cessna 205 Turbo and a Dornier 27



Jul 05, 2013 at 08:00 PM
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F4F







Jul 05, 2013 at 10:17 PM
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There has been some amazing shots on FB of the Phantom Pharewell. At least the German's know how to send off one of the most magnificent airplanes ever built in style.
We just send them off the be target drones.



Jul 05, 2013 at 10:22 PM
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Sensor cleaning the 1Dx's for the past couple of hours, ugh! Both my X's are in the batch that need to be sent off for the fix. I hate for them to re lube my mirror mechanism, it throws enough garbage on my sensor as it is.


Jul 05, 2013 at 10:36 PM
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Mirage




Mirage 2000N Ramex Delta




Jul 05, 2013 at 11:12 PM
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Our Belgian counterpart F16 Demo







Jul 05, 2013 at 11:29 PM
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Outstanding Jan Arie! And you should be so proud of the fact that you can actually put gas in them and fly. What a joke we must be around the globe. Although, we are giving 7.5B to Kenya, so nice to have a printing press.

(A non-partisan statement, that they are all idiots!)



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