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p.3504 #1 · p.3504 #1 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Lucked out yesterday and completed a 2 day project in just one (18 hour) day. So, this morning I headed to the hangar and put the Super Legend through it's paces for 2.5 hours. I love 877PC and it will always be part of the family, but there's a lot to like about my Buddy Darin's new creation. My first goal was to work the pattern until I could squeak those big Tundra tires on with barely a chirp. That took about 20 minutes. Then I began exploring the flaps, simply amazing. With just one notch one can slide down final at a stable 45 knots, play the nose on the horizon and be down and stopped in a couple of fuselage lengths. I lined up with a runway light, poured the cobs to it with one notch, and jumped off the runway long before I crossed the next light, so less than 75 feet by far. Another 20 minutes in the pattern and Wilson One arrivals were in order.

The pattern started to fill so I blasted out to the lake to run Glenn's and my favorite route. The air was incredible this morning, cool and solid as a rock. I decided to go do a little air work. Stalls in every configuration are non-events. The aircraft flies like a much heavier plane in a way, but unlike Super Cubs and Husky's, it is a two finger flyer. The Lyc 0233 is very smooth and responsive and the composite adjustable prop is a perfect match for it.

The Super Legend has new seats, leather stitched with lumbar supports in just the perfect location. I flew for 2.5 hours and could have gone twice that in complete comfort. That is one mod that I'm having the boys at Legend do on 7PC, a half an hour in my front seat and my back is screaming.

When I was playing around the lake I could just imagine skimming that glassy water with a set of Legends amphibs, what fun that will be. Today was so much fun, JR and I are going to do a carbon copy tomorrow morning. My Super Legend is going to be metallic black with silver side lightening bolts and a silver sunburst on the wings. The Garmin 696 in the center of the panel makes you grin when you think of trying to fold maps in a Cub so you could read them but not have them fly around the cabin. We've come a long way.







Sep 07, 2013 at 12:59 AM
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p.3504 #2 · p.3504 #2 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Don't know Mark, but I'd bet that it never was addressed. If I execute my plan, it would go to Chino for an extended stay and come back a show winner. I've always loved that airplane, and when it is polished, it's beautiful.I suppose it's possible that the new owner wouldn't sell it, but there's a number for everything in most cases. I'd like the 25 I buy to be brought to the standards that Rod Lewis' Mitchell was restored to, flawless. I can see Gunny grinning through the wind screen now.


Sep 07, 2013 at 01:09 AM
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p.3504 #3 · p.3504 #3 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


The City of McKinney finally got it done:

http://www.allenamerican.com/articles/2013/09/06/allen_american/news/365.txt

Cutter, who I have never been a fan of, is gone 10/31 as is a questionable real estate developer who has held sway over the airport for decades. This will be good for the airport, and opens a few doors for some plans we have in the near future. Couldn't happen at a better time. I don't expect fuel prices to drop, but as long as a quick trip to Sherman saves me two bucks plus a gallon, I'm good.







Sep 07, 2013 at 01:17 AM
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p.3504 #4 · p.3504 #4 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


That's seriously into the Blue/Black Hour!

If you're lucky Jim, you may get CAF HQ as a new neighbor...

Your airport is on the short list.



Sep 07, 2013 at 01:20 AM
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There use to be a pastel blue B-25 sporting the CAF stamp that would visit Ellington in the middle '70s. The Pilot, co-pilot and bombadier's seat were all covered in pastel blue leather and were very comfy, but it never looked right.


Sep 07, 2013 at 01:23 AM
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JWilsonphoto wrote:
Speaking of striking imagery:

http://archdezart.com/2012/05/12/54-amazing-military-photos/



Great shots! The F-15 from the Mass. ANG especially so. My son-in-law is currently a crew chief with the 104th. The Lt. Col. , Chris Bigelow, used to be SSgt Chris Bigelow when we both joined the unit in 1986. We were both SAC KC-135A crewchiefs and quickly became friends. I seperated from the 104th and Chris finished college and became a pilot on the A-10s and then F-15s.Thank you for sharing the pictures.



Sep 07, 2013 at 01:34 AM
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p.3504 #7 · p.3504 #7 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Ain't ever going to happen Jay. The CAF wants lots of gimme's and McKinney isn't into those. Reason 2, we are bordered by a city that sues us when a hangar door squeaks, so McKinney isn't going to get too excited about making a home for a bunch of thundering warbirds. I could be wrong, but the City would have to have a major change of heart. Grayson County is a more likely choice, although it's out in the middle of nowhere, and they don't have deep enough pockets to offer incentives. McKinney has the pockets, but they turn down 90% of the opportunities that come to them, which has been great for the surrounding area. That Marriott, and all those shops surrounding it, Mckinney turned their nose up at all that.

Selfishly, they would probably want the same ground we're looking at, and that might complicate things a bit.



Sep 07, 2013 at 01:36 AM
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Wrei wrote:
There use to be a pastel blue B-25 sporting the CAF stamp that would visit Ellington in the middle '70s. The Pilot, co-pilot and bombadier's seat were all covered in pastel blue leather and were very comfy, but it never looked right.



Eeeeeeew!



Sep 07, 2013 at 01:37 AM
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Although, I did hear that the CAF "Airsho" will remain in Midland for another 10 years, by contract with the city. So McKinney wouldn't have to deal with the fallout from hosting that event, for a while.


Sep 07, 2013 at 01:40 AM
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JWilsonphoto wrote:
Ain't ever going to happen Jay. The CAF wants lots of gimme's and McKinney isn't into those. Reason 2, we are bordered by a city that sues us when a hangar door squeaks, so McKinney isn't going to get too excited about making a home for a bunch of thundering warbirds. I could be wrong, but the City would have to have a major change of heart. Grayson County is a more likely choice, although it's out in the middle of nowhere, and they don't have deep enough pockets to offer incentives. McKinney has the pockets, but they turn down
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Very true, but it's not the museum and home for "Airsho" they're looking at. It would be an entirely new museum and interactive thing that would be built from the ground up as a revenue-generating aviation "experience"

Key Word: Revenue (which is taxable...)



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JWilsonphoto wrote:
Jeff,

1.) Things might have changed, but no one touched my Blads, but Blad. Tony Corbell and Ernst Wildi watched over my gear with eagle eyes.

2.) No, replacing the seal isn't a big deal for Blad, but neither is an oil change on a BMW, it's just more expensive than you would think. I'm guessing a seal refurb on one back is probably $150 or so, but that's just a guess.

3.) Yes, The Super Wide is an architecturally perfect camera. No distortion, sharp as a tack. The drawback is, no tilt/shift, it is what it is. Often you will be
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Thanks much for the sage counsel Jim - the journey begins

Night moves at KPHX...








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p.3504 #12 · p.3504 #12 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Nice light on that last one Jeff.

While searching the files for a couple of Spitfire photo's for my Nephew's school project I'm came past this one missed in the past wile editing







Sep 07, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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Sounds like good news for Allen Jim ...... our airport is County owned.


Sep 07, 2013 at 04:07 PM
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Jan-Arie wrote:
Nice light on that last one Jeff.

While searching the files for a couple of Spitfire photo's for my Nephew's school project I'm came past this one missed in the past wile editing


Thanks for the kind words J-A. I love the Spit in B&W - nice conversion sir

v.2 of Night Moves at KPHX...








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JWilsonphoto wrote:
The City of McKinney finally got it done:

http://www.allenamerican.com/articles/2013/09/06/allen_american/news/365.txt

Cutter, who I have never been a fan of, is gone 10/31 as is a questionable real estate developer who has held sway over the airport for decades. This will be good for the airport, and opens a few doors for some plans we have in the near future. Couldn't happen at a better time. I don't expect fuel prices to drop, but as long as a quick trip to Sherman saves me two bucks plus a gallon, I'm good.


"The airport runway is the most important mainstreet in any town."

Norm Crabtree, former aviation director for the state of Ohio.



Sep 07, 2013 at 04:41 PM
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Playing around with a 10x30 crop.







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Who knows? McKinney might bite. Having been deeply involved at TKI for close to 30 years, I'm skeptical. We're looking at several options for our own needs. One would involve buying HP's hangar, which has been empty for several years, the other is having Butch build us a new version about the same size on one of two possible sites, one on the airport, one "through the fence". HP's hangar is nice and with a little refurb would look like new, a plus with that one would be the fact that a million bucks worth of concrete is already out in front of it. We would have to pony up for that if we went new. The drawback to anything on the airport is that legally it could become the city's property in 40 years. That option has never been exercised by the city, and they claim they never will, but legally it could happen. My flying activities will most likely be scaled back somewhat by 2053, but I like to keep my options open


Sep 07, 2013 at 07:41 PM
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Is it really that quiet on here today?


Sep 08, 2013 at 03:33 AM
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astrobrian wrote:
Is it really that quiet on here today?


Well Brian, I was sitting here this evening reflecting on my flying......I took a gentleman named Bill on his first ever glider flight yesterday. Bill is, amongst other things, one of the pilots of "fifi" and a very high time pilot. He did an amazing job of flying the second half of the tow and cored several thermals like a pro. The man is a good stick.

As we flew, the obvious questions came up: "how do we know we can make the airport?", " what if the wind changes?", "what if the runway is blocked?" "What if the rope breaks down low? and so on. Some of the answers seemed to unsettle him and he was actually pretty tense during the approach to land. It became obvious that along with being a good stick, that he was very CRM and procedure oriented....very.

I'm sitting here tonight thinking that while I would give my left.....well anything.... to get the same hour of stick time in fifi that he got in my glider, I have no interest in flying anything that is so procedure driven. I like a bit of the unknown, the solo flight and the real time risk management that seems to go with flying gliders.

But man....fifi? If only I could get an hour in the right seat of that thing....

Enough thinking for tonight.....gotta fly in the morning.


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p.3504 #20 · p.3504 #20 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Speaking of B-29's, I stumbled across this on eBay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/380707567062?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

It's the steering yoke button from a B-29. On the back it's engraved "Devils Delight, first flight Oct 5, 1944, flew over Tokyo Nov 29, 1944 Pilot Wm Douds".

Nov 29, 1944 was the first B-29 raid over Tokyo. A little research shows that Devils Delight was on that raid, and Douds was her pilot.

Less than a day to go, over $200 right now. Wonder where it will end up. I bet it would look good on Fifi.

Mark



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