Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel
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stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4084
Country: United States

Finally, the long-awaited day: the shipping container from Pipistrel was delivered to my hangar this afternoon. The contents were extremely well secured and we found no damage to any of the parts inside: one Virus SWiS fuselage, one Sinus Flex fuselage, three horizontal stabilizers (!), six assorted wing panels (!!!?), five assorted wing tips (!!!!!?), and a landing gear bow (!!!!!!!). All we were expecting were enough parts to assemble two airplanes, so we're hoping the Slovenians are planning to let us know where the extra parts are supposed to go next, and how they're supposed to get there.

More photos of the grand unloading are here.

http://www.stevezphoto.us/container



msalvetti
Registered: Dec 20, 2003
Total Posts: 3167
Country: United States

Wow, congratulations Steve! I was hoping we'd see some unboxing photos soon.

Is that a carbon fiber prop? Very cool.

Mark



Go4Long
Registered: Sep 04, 2005
Total Posts: 2013
Country: Canada

Congrats Steve1...looks like a nice toy...play safe.



david russell
Registered: Jan 06, 2008
Total Posts: 754
Country: United States

There's nothing like ripping a new toy out of the packaging.


....and a shot taken from the old toy for TOPP.









FlyingPhotog
Registered: May 09, 2008
Total Posts: 4775
Country: United States

NASA Sticker FTW!



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4084
Country: United States

msalvetti wrote:
Wow, congratulations Steve! I was hoping we'd see some unboxing photos soon.

Is that a carbon fiber prop? Very cool.

Mark


Thanks, Mark. The prop is very cool, indeed: wood-and-epoxy core with two layers of carbon fiber cloth, and a molded-in polyurethane wear strip; and it's a constant-speed prop, too.



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4084
Country: United States

FlyingPhotog wrote:
NASA Sticker FTW!


It won some NASA challenges for efficiency a few years back; and that was before they offered the injected Rotax engine, which is reputed to be about 25% more fuel efficient than the normally aspirated version. With the constant speed prop I'm supposed to get 147 knots at 3.7 gph. Webesee.



Wrei
Registered: Aug 01, 2008
Total Posts: 2939
Country: United States

Steve, are you going to leave the NASA 'Meatball' on your plane? Does it come off?

edit: Guess I should explain why I asked. Over 25 years ago when I began working in the NASA environment I saw the organization move from research and development to buying commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology. We were told to avoid new design and development when there was a COTS solution. So I guess it is appropriate for NASA to identify good COTS endeavors.



futurshox
Registered: Feb 15, 2008
Total Posts: 2777
Country: United States

Very nice, Steve!

Who is the other lucky recipient?



SJantzphoto
Registered: Oct 27, 2013
Total Posts: 5
Country: United States

Looks good Steve. Congratulations!



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4084
Country: United States

Wrei wrote:
Steve, are you going to leave the NASA 'Meatball' on your plane? Does it come off?

edit: Guess I should explain why I asked. Over 25 years ago when I began working in the NASA environment I saw the organization move from research and development to buying commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology. We were told to avoid new design and development when there was a COTS solution. So I guess it is appropriate for NASA to identify good COTS endeavors.


Hey, this is hardly rocket science!

I told the factory not to apply the advertising stickers (the ones on the other side of the nose are even more obnoxious) and they agreed, but then they 'forgot' and stuck them on anyway. I think I'll offer to leave the stickers on for a hefty fee; otherwise they're coming off.



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4084
Country: United States

futurshox wrote:
Very nice, Steve!

Who is the other lucky recipient?


The Sinus Flex goes to a new owner in Oregon. He saved a bunch of money having it shipped here in the same container, instead of solo to the Pacific Northwest.

We're still wondering where all the spare bits go. eBay?



Bill Gass
Registered: Feb 09, 2006
Total Posts: 4122
Country: United States

Christmas time in February, nice Steve !



Jan-Arie
Registered: Dec 24, 2005
Total Posts: 4096
Country: Netherlands

" target="_blank"> Staff Sgt. Stacy Pearsall US Air Force (Ret)

One of the speakers at the symposium.
Watch the video impressive looking forward to that one...


Glenn Watson
Registered: Nov 13, 2007
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Country: United States

Cool Steve - how long til you can fly it?



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4084
Country: United States

Glenn Watson wrote:
Cool Steve - how long til you can fly it?


It'll be a month or two before we can get an airworthiness certificate: I am suffering from bureaupathy.



FlyingPhotog
Registered: May 09, 2008
Total Posts: 4775
Country: United States

Adhesive material of the red kind... Not Fun



Glenn Watson
Registered: Nov 13, 2007
Total Posts: 3835
Country: United States

Sweet!

btw, forget to give the thumbs up on the TOPP for this page David!

Glenn



astrobrian
Registered: Sep 27, 2012
Total Posts: 827
Country: United States

With sadness I bring news of another gone too soon..........Blue Skies & Tailwinds....

http://www.newswest9.com/story/24766604/midland-businessman-killed-in-plane-crash



Ryan Harris
Registered: Jun 02, 2013
Total Posts: 149
Country: United States

Nice shot Bryan. For such a low time guy, he sure flew the hell out of that Mustang. I very very briefly met Ray at Wings Over Houston this year. He seemed like a really cool guy who loved flying these airplanes. I commented to him that he sure wasn't afraid to let the Mustang run, and was able to quickly show him a few shots I fired off of him during the show. I'm glad I got to share that with him, albeit briefly.



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